First Look Gear Review
Street Price: $375
Pros: Durable materials, good ski specific features, excellent value.
Cons: Cut can be restrictive in arms.
Best Uses: All mountain skiing.
The Quantuum is FlyLow's top-tier waterproof breathable ski jacket. It's designed to be your go to all mountain shell for the times when the weather turns for the worse but you keep shredding. Sometimes the Quantum can be difficult to find at major retailers; if you're looking for a hardshell immediately, consider the Arc'teryx Alpha FL, $399, which wins our Editor's Choice Award and is in a similar price category.
The Quantum combines a three layer ePTFE membrane and durable face fabric with all of the features an excellent ski shell should have: two handwarmer pockets, large pit zips, a chest pocket, interior storage, and a super comfy powder skirt. The hood is massive and can be worn over a helmet without feeling restrictive.
Although we haven't done a comprehensive review that compares a dozen or so uninsulated ski shells, our testers believe that the Quantum (and Fly Low in general) offers skiers with high quality gear at rock bottom prices. The Quantum can be found for as little as $250, which for most people will be a far better buy than $600+ Patagonia and Arc'teryx ski shells.
Check out our complete Hardshell Jacket Review to compare all of the models tested. For resort skiing also see our Ski Jacket Review.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale
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Most recent review: July 2, 2012
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