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What kinds of equipment does Spyder sell?

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Spyder sells clothing for professional snow ski racing, including jackets, pants, core sweaters, baselayers and racing suits. It also provides ski accessories, such as gloves, hats, socks and protective covering. The company has many clothing products designed for the casual skier as well.

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What kinds of equipment does Spyder sell?
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The company's flagship product is skin-tight racing suits with wild graphics that can be commonly seen at World Cup and Olympic skiing competitions. Its clothing products come in a wide variety of materials, compositions and weights. This allows skiers to match the apparel with the weather and skiing conditions. There are styles and sizes for men, women, boys and girls. Spyder also sells smaller sizes to fit toddlers.

The company began in the 1970s during the pinnacle of downhill ski racing's popularity, when the pro tour offered big money purses, and racers like Jean-Claude Killy, Hank Kashiwa and Billy Kidd were household names. The company was a small mail order business named after its owner David L. Jacobs, and its products were marketed as clothing for racers that was made by racers.

One of the company's first products was a pair of bright blue racing pants with yellow stripes of protective padding running down the legs. Skiers began calling them spider pants because the padding resembled a spider's legs. Jacobs renamed the company Spyder, borrowing the spelling from Ferrari because he was an avid racing fan.

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