When I was 17 in the mid-1980s, I discovered a small burn hole in the front of my CB jacket. It might as well have been a hole in my heart.
Here I was, the first time in my life that I actually owned something indisputably cool, and this happens. I didn’t even smoke cigarettes.
I wore that jacket through the rest of high school and college, and through the ’90s, without a second thought. It performed flawlessly — surviving the Catskills, the Berkshires, the Adirondacks and the Greens — maintaining style and function every turn along the way. The cigarette hole became a badge of honor.
“A lot of people have fond memories of the CB gear that they had, and I get contacted from time to time from people telling me they still have their CB jackets,” said Charles Bird “CB” Vaughan, who launched the iconic brand in Bennington, Vt., in 1969. Vaughan — who set a world speed-skiing record of 106.89 miles per hour in 1963 — famously sold his CB stretch “Super Pant” out of the trunk of his car. Over the next 30 years, the CB Sports brand, boasting distinct colors and design styles, gained a cult-like following among skiers.