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Pros Impeccable quality, clean lines, very warm, excellent weather protectionExcellent performance in every category, durableVery warm, great weather resistance, high quality constructionCompletely weather resistant, good ventilation, freeride styleExcellent weather resistance, lightweight, breathable
Cons Super expensive, too warm for some applicationsMore snug fit than other optionsBoxy fit, unremarkable style, expensiveExpensive, too heavy and warm for most backcountry useLacks warmth, style could be better, light on features
Bottom Line This top-shelf manufacturer pulls no punches and creates a spectacular jacket in the processWe can't picture a better all-around jacket for skiingA 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 Arc'teryx Macai Helly Hansen Alpha LifaLoft Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR Jacket Hemispheres Jacket
Warmth (20%)
10
8
9
4
3
Weather Resistance (20%)
8
8
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10
9
Comfort And Fit (20%)
9
10
7
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8
Ventilation (15%)
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Style (15%)
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Specs Arc'teryx Macai Helly Hansen Alpha... Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR... Hemispheres Jacket
Main Fabric N40p-X GORE-TEX 2-layer stretch polyester 2-layer, 4-oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester N80p-X GORE-TEX 70D nylon
Insulation Coreloft 100, Coreloft Compact, and 750 fill goose down LifaLoft synthetic PlumaFill synthetic Light flannel backer None
Pockets 2 handwarmer, 1 sleeve, 1 chest, 1 internal mesh, 1 internal chest 2 handwarmer, 2 chest, 1 internal chest, 1 internal mesh, 1 sleeve 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) 2.64 lbs 2.56 lbs 2.54 lbs 1.66 lbs 1.29 lbs
Waterproofing 3L Gore-Tex Pro Shell Helly Tech Professional Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore-Tex
Hood Option? Adjustabe and Removable Adjustable and removable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable
Pit-Zips? Mesh-backed Mesh-backed Open Open Open
Cuff construction Velcro Interior stretchy wrist gaiters and external velcro cuffs Velcro Velcro Velco
Ski Features Removable powder skirt, attached/removable goggle wipe, pass pocket Powder skirt, fixed goggle wipe, high visibility brim, 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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