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Spyder Titan Review
Cons: Bold styling, limited weather resistance
The Spyder Titan is a unique piece in our test. It has an aggressive, polarizing style. For those for whom the style works, it really works. The rest of the population will be turned off. Functionally the Titan is solid but not flashy. Its technical specs belie strong insulating value while Spyder's DWR coating comes up short in our quick sprinkler testing. Excellent detailing pleased testers. Smooth collar construction and well-thought out features will reward those that make the strong style statement of purchasing a Titan jacket. If you like your ski jacket hemmed shorter than is currently fashionable, the Titan joins just a small number of jackets that will fulfill your desires. If a more contemporary cut is desirable, consider our new Editors' Choice winner, the Arc'teryx Macai.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The ski and snowboard jacket universe presents a wide range of styles. The Titan from Spyder brings a race inspired look to an all around design. The shell fabric and insulation feel as if they are one piece, fitting close and stretchy.
The Spyder Titan ranked near the top of our list in warmth. This subjectively rated performance was interesting, given that the jacket fits thin, close and short and comes equipped with the same 60g synthetic insulation of its sibling the Spyder Sentinel. We are not sure why the jacket felt warm, but are confident in our assessment.
Spyder's durable water repellent coating wet through a little sooner than most jackets in our sprinkler forearm rub test. The shell fabric, again like the Sentinel jacket, felt nice and soft and fended off classic High Sierra riming conditions. The hood of the Titan fits well and securely and the mid-height collar stays up in front of one's face. The sleeves are of average length and only occasionally work themselves out of union with a wearer's gloves.
The Spyder Titan comes equipped with mesh-backed chest vents. As noted in our review of the Helly Hansen Enigma, these style of vents did not move as much air around the bodies of our testers as traditional pit zips.
We liked the goggle wipe, the integrated powder skirt, and the straps to unite with Spyder's ski pants.
Fit and Comfort
The svelte Spyder Titan hugs the body in an insulating and fast-feeling fashion. The collar lining is smooth and comfortable against even the most weather-worn chin and face. The pockets are nicely positioned and easy to use.
The Spyder Titan is an all-mountain ski jacket with clear racer-inspired roots. Ski racing and the associated style is no longer the primary driving force in mountain fashion and technology. However, it is still relevant. The statement made by a Titan wearer is firm and fast. One would look strange at the bar rocking the Titan. Something like the Flylow Roswell is more appropriate for someone looking for a layer to wear from first chair to last call. However, it is the style and branding of the Titan that will seal the deal for anyone to eventually purchase this piece. If it works for you, there are few jackets on the market with the look of the Spyder Titan.
Those with racing backgrounds or aspirations will gravitate toward Spyder gear. Spyder makes clothing in a range of styles, but their speed-inspired, sleek pieces are their trademark. This is a bold looking jacket with adequate performance.
The Titan jacket is not inexpensive, nor is it the most functional jacket in the test. Anyone looking for value should check out The North Face Vortex Triclimate or the Patagonia Rubicon Rider
The look of the Spyder isn't for everyone, nor is the performance at the top of our heap. But many will like this jacket for exactly what it is: A ski-specific, warm-weather fast charging piece.
— Jediah Porter
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Most recent review: January 31, 2015
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