A newer brand that might not have the legacy that some of its competitors have, FW (or Future Wild) has still managed to take the outerwear industry by storm. Hailing from the mountains and nestled in the backdrop of Lake Annecy, FW combines decades of textile knowledge with a sleek, modern aesthetic to produce high-quality goods with rider refined features.
Despite their relative newcomer status FW has already managed to collect some big names in their pro team, including Euro rippers Alek Oestreng and Severin Van Der Meer. You can catch some of the team ripping in the Rhine Valley in Disentis here.
FW has taken steps to ensure they are being as socially conscious as possible in the manufacturing of their garments. As members of 1% for the Planet, FW donate a portion of revenue to climate based non-profits organisations. They’re also B Corp certified and manage their supply chain carefully to ensure it’s ethically sound. FW’s ethos when it comes to sustainability is akin to ‘Buy Well, Buy Once’, rather than using cheap materials they invest heavily in quality with the belief that a product should last. Their repair programme is one of the best we’ve seen to date, and aims to give new leases of life to garments that have begun to falter.
You’ll find a solid collection of outerwear, with specific collections for resort riding, backcountry and touring with FW. For winter 22/23, we named the Manifest Tour 3L as one of our top products of the year. It was, without question, well worthy of its place in the Whitelines 100. One more thing to note, the brand has also branched out into an array of soft goods including base layers, mid layers, and accessories.
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Scroll down or select from the links below to check out our reviews of this season’s best FW snowboard outerwear.