The Thirring Coat

Gliding over the Slopes

The renowned ski apparel brand Colmar played a significant role in the creation of a unique and groundbreaking product—the Thirring Coat. The original idea for this innovative garment came from Hans Thirring, an Austrian physicist and politician. An enthusiastic skier, he described his creation as "the most delightful invention I have ever made." Later, the coat was worn by Leo Gasperl, a distinguished speed ski master, achieving remarkable records, significantly contributing to the notoriety of this innovative creation. The Thirring Coat was, in fact, a bat cape: When it inflated at the back, it resembled the wings of a bat. This unique design functioned as a type of sail between the arms and legs, providing an almost floating sensation while skiing. Due to this characteristic design, the product received its colloquial nickname.