Clothes of the Eighties, Mother Karen
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Sex: Both
Type of clothing: Jacket Shell
When it was popular: 1981
Description: This was a 2 tone jacket, with a half zip and large front pocket manufactured in Utah. It was popular with the skiing set. It became a fashion accessory around 1981 where trendsetters would wear them with turtlenecks. There were also knock-offs you could pick up at Target but you could tell the real McCoy if there was a tab off the pocket with the silhouette of a grandma sitting in a rocking chair. Retail price for a kids version was around .00.
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Zachary - March 22, 2008 - Report this comment
My grandma gave me an original, belonging to my Dad from the 80's and I love it. I am 5 years old.
Larry - July 10, 2008 - Report this comment
The jackets were called "Ptarmigans." I had one that was blue and yellow. It was $40 back in the early eighties. A very popular item at my grade school in Denver.
Ron Guptill - November 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I rember your jackets Think I had a red one. Would like to know where I can get another.
Brian - November 24, 2008 - Report this comment
My father gave me his jacket when he stopped skiing. Its red and blue I still wear it to this day every time I go skiing. Its very warm with a turtleneck.
Jon - February 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I am fron Baton Rouge going to mardi gras and i am wearing my dad's jacket he gave to me he found at his dads gouse. i am 14 years old.
Robyn - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved & miss that jacket!! Mine was dark blue with a powder blue middle. I remember my dad buying me a "real" one and my mom had one with dark green sleeves and a tan middle. I also remember all the rich kids checking to see if mine was real or not by looking for the tag.
Mike W. - November 04, 2010 - Report this comment
my first powder shell was a Mother Karen i bought mail order and had black sleeves with a gray middle. Loved it and i looked cool wearing it, or so i thought. Had it for a long time!
Mike T. - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
It was a must Skiing in Tahoe in the late 70's early 80's. I still have mine and won 2nd place at the Eldora Retro Days last year wearing it.
Angela - January 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I don't remember this trend but I just wanted to say I LOVE the pic of all those kids with their Trapper Keepers! Awesome.
Jim - January 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Navy body Red Sleves couldn't get it away from me.
Patty McGuire - January 14, 2011 - Report this comment
i loved my Mother Karen pull over and the powder pants. Blue and red pull over, blue powder pants. i still have them too- from 1982. Most of our ski school wore them (Big Boulder Ski Area, PA). Amazing how it can bring back such fun memories
red - January 30, 2011 - Report this comment
We have been married for 48 years. She is still a great skier, mountaineer, cyclist, canyoneer, mother of four, grandmother of seven, so I guess now it's Grandmother Karen. This weekend she is with her family and friends celebrating a milestone birthday.
connie marshall - January 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a tan and yellow jacket. Felt pretty "hot" on Alta's slopes!
trixie - April 20, 2011 - Report this comment
They also had a great annual coloring contest with a very cool blank illustration available at ski stores. I mailed one in every year, but never won. I also loved my navy blue powdershirt with green sleeves.
Sara chambers - May 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Red...this is bill chamber' daughter. It's mom and dad's 50th anniversary this year and we're putting together an album with pictures of their friends from back then. Do you have any? Please send to PS...I LOVED my blue and red Mother Karen's powder jacket! Sara Chambers
snowbird licker - May 28, 2012 - Report this comment
They were called "powder jackets", and if you didn't have one at Hillcrest High in the early eighties, you were a total dork.
Bruce - June 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have mine! The body and neck are navy blue and the sleeves are powder blue, I bought it in 1981 at Gorsuch Ski Shops in Vail, CO where I was working at the time. It was made so well that it still looks new.
Claudia - August 18, 2012 - Report this comment
Just came back from a vacation on Telluride and it made me remember my old powder jacket. I absolutely loved that thing. I couldn't remember who made it but knew it had the word Mother in it. It's fun to read others recollections. Bring back the powder jacket!!
Tom - February 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Grew up in Tahoe. In the early 80's my brother and I and several friends all wore the same color, dark blue body with powder blue sleeves. Long live the Martin-Polaris gang!
Tom Oesleby - April 02, 2014 - Report this comment
I have a gray pair of knickers made for Nordic skiing. They are perfectly designed and constructed. I still wear them a half dozen days a year; have had them since new, bought at Dave Cook's in Denver in the 80's. Bought some new Toko ski pants a few years ago and took them back a couple days later. Maybe I can find a seamstress here in SLC to make me a duplicate pair. Had a pair of alpine bibs, too, that I wore until faded and threadbare. She was/is a genius!
Archie - May 01, 2015 - Report this comment
Yes! 1981-1982 these were HUGE! I had one in 5 grade. Dark blue center with light blue sleeves. My friend had the dark blue center with the red sleeves. We would keep our King B Beef Jerky cans in the center pocket during school. God what great memories.
morty - June 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I started with the pullover, but that was cumbersome. For about 120 back in 82ish I upgraded to the full front zip. Dang I miss that jacket. It was lost when I moved to California. I'd be willing to pay 500 for a new one.
Roger Scott - October 31, 2015 - Report this comment
We had matching jackets and powder pants. The very best for Utah's slopes back in the day. Couldn't use them in Spokane because it's much colder skiing there. Would love to have that outfit back. Would love to be able to fit in it too!
Mitch - January 07, 2021 - Report this comment
Had a pair of MK powder pants, So Awesome. I let someone borrow them and never got them back. sad
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