- Movement- Mirroring Stretch
- Fully Seam Taped
- Fully Adjustable Hood Fits Over Helmet
- Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood
- Bonded-In-Hood Cordlocks
- In-pocket Goggle Wipe with Tether
- Double-Separating Front Zipper
- Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
- Double-Sliding CrossFlo™ Chest-to-Hip Zippers
- Dual Zippered Napoleon Pockets
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Inner Lift Pass Pocket
- Internal Shove-It™ Pocket
- Integrated RECCO® Reflector
- Removable Powder Skirt with LockDown™ Technology
- Articulated Elbows
- ThumbDrive™ Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
- Drawcord Hem
Fit: Standard Fit
Fabric: Pertex® Shield+ Soft Shell 3L, 87% nylon, 13% spandex face fabric 20D, 100% polyester grid fleece backer
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 34.5oz / 979g (L)
- sweet piece (Review by mt ripper)
I am a front country down hill skier. I agree with M Chan, the zippers are too hard to close, I think they over built them. even after soaping them still difficult. As nice as the soft shell is I've been out recently in single digit temps and have found the fabric gets a little stiff. As far as water proof, haven't had to be in the rain, but it;s not a gore tex jacket i wouldn't expect it to be "waterproof". too many years in this industry to realize not many products are truly "waterproof". fit is good I'm 5'6" 150 lbs.
(Posted on 2/16/15)
- Warm & lots of pockets but NOT waterproof (Review by M. Chan)
I bought this jacket in size Medium. I am 5'-5" tall with fairly broad shoulders for my height. This jacket is built for someone with a very slim build. The Medium had high arm holes and just fit me across the shoulders.
- Lots of big pockets
- Double ended front zipper
- Warm grid fleece on the inside (very thin/low profile)
- Large hood fits easily over ski helmet
- Large neck opening fits easily over fleece gaiter
- Zippers hard to operate in the cold (not the side pocket zippers, which have smaller teeth, and operate fine.)
- Grid fleece in the arms makes it hard to take jacket on and off, because the fleece doesn't slide easily against a fleece-jacketed arm.
- Not waterproof at all. The Pertex+ claims to be highly water resistant, but I just spent an afternoon skiing in the rain, and I was soaked. I suspect that the seams are not sealed adequately because the inside grid fleece interferes with the seam sealing tape. Water probably got through the seams, the fleece absorbed and spread it inside the garment like a sponge. This might not be a problem unless you are actually skiing in rain, but be warned. (My ArcTeryx GoreTex ski pants, however, kept me completely dry from the waist down.) Go figure.
(Posted on 1/20/15)
- Excellent ski-specific jacket (Review by Tree hugger)
This is definitely the best ski jacket I've ever owned. Being a soft shell, it naturally has a supple feel, yet it stood up nicely to some bracing winds on a cold, north-facing New England mountain. While I've always been skeptical of ski-specific feature like integrated goggle wipes and ski-pass clips (both of which are found on this jacket) I have to admit they are handy. I am 5'7" and 150 lbs and the Medium fits perfectly though the arms are a bit long - they seem to be designed, along with the roomy velcro cuffs, to fit over gloves, but I've used them both under and over bulky ski gloves and they worked fine. The hood fits well and I appreciate the fact that OR did not over-do it with the volume - it fits easily over a ski helmet without alot of excess material to take up with cinch-down cords. I personally prefer having the front cinch-down cords accessible outsideof the front of the jacket as many manufacturers seem to be doing these days (on this jacket you have to open it up to pull down the two front cinch cords) but both designs have their advantages and disadvantages. The chest vents work fine, though I can't see that they offer a significant advantage over conventional pit zips. Lastly, water beads up nicely on the jacket, but it's too soon to tell if the Pertex equals or exceeds the water-resistance of Gore Tex. That said, I didn't buy this as a rain jacket and I expect this will shed snow nicely.
(Posted on 1/6/15)
- Dan K approved (Review by Harmonious Erich)
I have too many jackets and probably didn't need to buy this... but I did and I'm definitely impressed with it so far. The fabric is exclusive to OR and really feels like a standard softshell. I've worn several times skiing in snow/rain mix conditions and it's kept me super dry. I've also been able to stay comfortable with just a wool baselayer in warmer skiing conditions where it's around 40 and have the degrees out. I also dig the chest to hip vent that they have on this jacket. Easier and more efficient venting in my opinion. The fit I would classify as slightly relaxed. I'm 6'2" 195 lbs. and the large fits almost perfect. Obviously you want to have some room for layering but a slightly closer to standard fit the jacket would have been flawless for me. Definitely recommend for skiers who want a jacket that is breathable, comfortable, and waterproof and a bit different. Oh, and the color Taos looks pretty close to the picture... I would say it has a hint more orange look when you see it up close.
(Posted on 12/18/14)