The Helly Hansen Alpha LifaLoft Jacket
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Price $550.00 at Backcountry$949.00 at Amazon
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Pros Excellent performance in every category, durableImpeccable quality, clean lines, very warm, excellent weather protectionVery warm, great weather resistance, high quality constructionCompletely weather resistant, good ventilation, freeride styleExcellent weather resistance, lightweight, breathable
Cons More snug fit than other optionsSuper expensive, too warm for some applicationsBoxy fit, unremarkable style, expensiveExpensive, too heavy and warm for most backcountry useLacks warmth, style could be better, light on features
Bottom Line We can't picture a better all-around jacket for skiingThis top-shelf manufacturer pulls no punches and creates a spectacular jacket in the processA warm and durable jacket with a high price tagWith weather resistance, style, and ventilation, this is the total package for a ski shellOur first recommendation for backcountry skiing, this shell is lightweight and weather resistant
Rating Categories Alpha LifaLoft Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Sabre AR Jacket Hemispheres Jacket
Warmth (20%)
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Specs Alpha LifaLoft Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Sabre AR Jacket Hemispheres Jacket
Main Fabric 2-layer stretch polyester N40p-X GORE-TEX 2-layer, 4-oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester N80p-X GORE-TEX 70D nylon
Insulation LifaLoft synthetic Coreloft 100, Coreloft Compact, and 750 fill goose down PlumaFill synthetic Light flannel backer None
Pockets 2 handwarmer, 2 chest, 1 internal chest, 1 internal mesh, 1 sleeve 2 handwarmer, 1 sleeve, 1 chest, 1 internal mesh, 1 internal chest 2 hand, 1 chest, 2 interior 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 1 internal 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 internal chest, 2 Shove-It
Weight (pounds) 2.56 lbs 2.64 lbs 2.54 lbs 1.66 lbs 1.29 lbs
Waterproofing Helly Tech Professional 3L Gore-Tex Pro Shell Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore-Tex
Hood Option? Adjustable and removable Adjustabe and Removable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable
Pit-Zips? Mesh-backed Mesh-backed Open Open Open
Cuff construction Interior stretchy wrist gaiters and external velcro cuffs Velcro Velcro Velcro Velco
Ski Features Powder skirt, fixed goggle wipe, high visibility brim, pass pocket Removable powder skirt, attached/removable goggle wipe, pass pocket Pass pocket, powder skirt attaches to Patagonia pants Fixed powder skirt buttons to matching pants, pass pocket
RECCO? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
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