Ads from the Past: Over-the-boot pants

Obermeyer 1970 Pants
Obermeyer 1970 pants
OTB pants

1970 marked the height of skiing’s boom years in North America. Ski equipment was a ferment of innovation: Peter Kennedy and Mel Dalebout introduced elastomer-injection custom-fit boots, Olin jumped into ski manufacturing, K2 launched its own sales force, Lange offered the Competite boot for women and built Dynamic skis in Colorado, and Spademan bindings reached ski shops. On the fashion side, a new silhouette ruled: the OTB, or over-the-boot stretch pant. It looked great and kept snow out of the boot. Now why didn’t we think of that sooner? The racer-look, in-the-boot stirrup pant disappeared, more or less for good. This ad ran in the spring 1970 Trade Show Guide of Skiing Trade News.




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