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Spyder Titan Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: February 25, 2014
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Pros:  Bold Styling. Smart features and pockets.
Cons:  Bold Styling. Limited weather resistance.
Best Uses:  Fast and sleek resort skiing
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 0 reviews
Manufacturer:   Spyder
Review by: Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ February 25, 2014  
Overview
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.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

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.

Performance Comparison
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Jason, Mike, and Jed model, respectively, the Helly Hansen Enigma the Spyder Titan and The North Face Headwall Triclimate. Style varies among these, but all will do the job.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Warmth
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.

Ventilation
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.

Weather Resistance
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.

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Riming on the Spyder Titan. Frost accumulated and dissipated quickly in ever changing conditions on one of our test days.
Credit: Jediah Poter

Ski Features
We liked the goggle wipe, the integrated powder skirt, and the straps to unite with Spyder's ski pants.

Fit/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.

Style
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 BA Puffy 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.

Best Applications
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.

Value
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 Headwall Triclimate or the Patagonia Rubicon Rider

Conclusion
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.

Other Versions
Spyder makes a ton of ski and board jackets. There is no female-specific version of the Titan, but many of their offerings will fill the same niche.

Jediah Porter

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