Jacobs research found that an Italian company was the only manufacturer of such a sweater and feeling he could make a better padded sweater he designed and produced some which were well received by ski racers.
Now, as to the 'spider' logo - Jacob's youngest son Bill dubbed his first pair of Dad's ski racing pants 'spider pants' because the stripped padding on the legs - remember this is before shin guards - looked like spiders legs...and the rest as, they say, is history.
In case you were wondering where the 'Spyder' spelling came from - David Jacobs has always been a passionate sports car fan and, he borrowed the spelling with a "y" from the Ferrari "Spyder."
Due to the attention to detail, quality construction and cutting edge fashion designs, Spyder's growth has exploded to the point where the company is now the largest ski-specialty brand in the world.
Here's what the crew at Spyder has to say about what's new and exciting in the 2012-2013 line of ski jackets and pants:
"Renowned for integrating high-tech fabrics, fashion and functionality, Spyder is the world’s leading skiwear and mountain-based apparel brand. Launched in 1978 with the development of revolutionary padded slalom race sweaters, the iconic brand continues to develop progressive apparel, season after season. Launching for winter '12/13, Spyder unleashes a range of technically superior, functional and stylish clothing that includes OSMO ultra-breathable technology, fully skiable waterproof/breathable down jackets, bold colors, dynamic details and high performance precision. Built with the world’s gnarliest mountain environments in mind but engineered to be simple and functional enough to be used in-resort. Spyder gear is rigorously tested by top athletes across the world including the U.S. and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams plus big mountain, freeski, and park & pipe professional skiers."Following is some information on a selection of ski jackets and pants from the Spyder 2013-2013 collection. Read more about these and all the Spyder 2012/2013 lineup of clothing and gear.
The Phenomenon boasts a removable hood system with adjustable opening, fully taped seams and is equiped with a Recco® Avalanche Rescue System. Whatever you need during your day outside there's a pocket for it in the Phenomenon - an internal zippered pocket, seamless goggle pockets, ski pass pocket on the sleeve, and all with waterproof zippers.
For the hike in the backcountry, you'll be glad for the core ventilation system and the snap back feature that holds the powder skirt away when not in use. Of course on the downhill, you'll want the zipper adjustable cuffs with gussets and drawcord adjustable hem.
A lot of design engineering went into the Phenomenon and it certainly holds up to it's name.
With fully taped seams, integrated textured scuff guards, articulated knee construction and the full stretch interior lining, you can see why they are made to keep the snow on the outside. The adjustable high back suspenders are removable and the pants have belt loops when you are only lapping the groomers.
Waterproof hand and back pocket zippers are complimented with a zippered leg stash pocket that doesn't interfere with the thigh ventilation system or the waterproof lower leg zippers. The inner snow gaiters come with gripper elastic and cuff anchors and the pants are ready with a Recco® Avalanche Rescue System.
Material is the same OSMO® Technology with 360º Stretch Nylon/Elastane Plain Weave as the Spyder Phenomenon Jacket and the legs have the Stretch Polyester lining and 40g of PrimaLoft® Sport to keep you warm.
Colors: Black, Sharp Lime, Collegiate
On bluebird days, you can remove the hood and powder skirt, unzip the under arm ventilation system, stow your goggles in the internal pocket, lean back, and work on your tan. With the Spyder anti-counterfeit Spyder authenticity label, when you see another Aphrodite out there, you'll know you each have the real thing.
Colors: White/Coast/Freen Flash, Green Flash/White/Gypsy, Black/White/Gypsy
Sizes: 4 - 16
Colors: Gypsy, Coast, Black, Green Flash, White
Sizes: 4 - 16
The waterproof hand and chest pocket zippers, ski pass pocket and the anti-abrasion brushed metal overlay film will keep the boy warm and the jacket looking like new no matter how many times he does a roll over and how cool are those brushed metal Spyder logos.
Colors: Sun/Just Blue/Just Blue, Red/Black/Red Mosiac Print,Just Blue/Collegiate/Sharp Lime, Sharp Lime/Black/Sharp Lime Mosiac Print
Sizes: 8 - 18
The Avenger pants look great but even after skiing them as hard as he can the laser cut and welded construction details, anti-abrasion brushed metal overlay film and scuff guards will guarantee the pants will be in good shape. Waterproof hand and leg pocket zippers inner snow gaiters with gripper elastic and cuff anchors are adult features that kids really need when they're outside all day long.
On the inside, the removable and adjustable high-back suspenders with mesh insert, back flap pockets and adjustable elastic waist hold everything up even on the warm spring days. The Avenger has that big spyder splashed on the leg - but don't forget how cool those brushed metal Spyder logos look.
Colors: Black/Black, Just Blue/Just Blue, Black/Red, Collegiate/Collegiate, Sharp Lime/Sharp Lime, Red/Black
Sizes: 8 - 20
It's not surprising that Jesst In Time has a lot of technical features under that cool exterior. Removable hood, taped seams, powder skirt with gripper elastic and snap back feature, interior stretch cuffs with thumb holes and the brushed microfiber inner collar make for a lot of comfortable skiing.
With this coat's catchy design, comfortable fit and technical feature, all anyone from the lift needs to see is your Spyder!
Colors: White/Gypsy/Green Flash, Gypsy/Gypsy/Gypsy, Coast/Coast/Coast, Black/Black/Black
Sizes: 8 - 20
Taped seams, waterproof hand pocket zippers and inner snow gaiters with gripper elastic and cuff anchors keep the snow out and - a really cool feature - "Great Lengths" cuffs extend an additional 1 inch when stitch is released.
On the outside she will be quite fashionable with the fashionable flap back pockets, the asymmetrical design lines, and nine different colors and combinations to suit any taste.
Colors: Black/Black/Black, White/Diva Pink/Coast, Green Flash/Green Flash/Green Flash, Coast/Gypsy/White, Diva Pink/Diva Pink/Diva Pink, Silver/Silver/Silver, Diva Pink/Green Flash/White, Gypsy/Gypsy/Gypsy, Coast/Coast/Coast
Sizes: 8 - 20