Spyder is the largest ski specialty brand in the world. The Spyder brand began in 1978 as a small mail order business selling sweaters out of the kitchen of Canadian, David Jacobs home. After the successful introduction of race sweaters, David added ski pants to the catalog offering. One of his early creations was a navy blue racing pant with yellow striped pads extending from the knee to the hip. His son Billy mentioned that skiers were calling them "spider" pants, due to their spider leg-like appearance. David recognized this as an opportunity to have a powerful, lasting name and logo associated with his products, and renamed the company. A passionate sports car fan, he borrowed the spelling with a "y" from the Ferrari Spyder. Over the years, David grew the brand and led the company to greater sales and global distribution.
Besides being an athlete and businessman, David is also an innovator. In 1994, he was granted a patent on SpeedWyre, a technology that reduced wind drag on race suits by up to 20%. It was used by the U.S. Ski Team to win two World Downhill Championships by Hilary Lindh and Picabo Street. SpeedWyre was eventually banned by alpine racing's governing body, FIS, for giving unfair advantage. The Spyder Performance GS race suits and full side zip race pants continue to set the standard in alpine ski racing protection, versatility, and performance year after year.
At Peak Performance Ski Shop we carry Spyder Race Suits and Full Side Zip Ski Pants. Please scroll down to see all of the Spyder products we carry.