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Price $179.55 at Backcountry
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Pros Weather resistant, great features, warm enoughExcellent 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 style
Cons Not very breathable, ski racer style is polarizingMore snug fit than other optionsSuper expensive, too warm for some applicationsBoxy fit, unremarkable style, expensiveExpensive, too heavy and warm for most backcountry use
Bottom Line A warm and protective jacket with ski racer stylingWe 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 shell
Rating Categories Spyder Chambers Helly Hansen Alpha LifaLoft Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR Jacket
Warmth (20%)
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8
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4
Weather Resistance (20%)
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Comfort And Fit (20%)
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Ventilation (15%)
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Specs Spyder Chambers Helly Hansen Alpha... Arc'teryx Macai Patagonia Primo Puff Arc'teryx Sabre AR...
Main Fabric 2L stretch polyester 2-layer stretch polyester N40p-X GORE-TEX 2-layer, 4-oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester N80p-X GORE-TEX
Insulation 80g PrimaLoft Black ECO synthetic LifaLoft synthetic Coreloft 100, Coreloft Compact, and 750 fill goose down PlumaFill synthetic Light flannel backer
Pockets 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered internal, 1 mesh goggle 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
Weight (pounds) 2.82 lbs 2.56 lbs 2.64 lbs 2.54 lbs 1.66 lbs
Waterproofing Gore-Tex Helly Tech Professional 3L Gore-Tex Pro Shell Gore-Tex Gore-Tex
Hood Option? Adjustable and removable Adjustable and removable Adjustabe and Removable Adjustable Adjustable
Pit-Zips? Mesh-backed Mesh-backed Mesh-backed Open Open
Cuff construction Interior stretchy wrist gaiters and external velcro cuffs Interior stretchy wrist gaiters and external velcro cuffs Velcro Velcro Velcro
Ski Features Powder skirt, pass pocket 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? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
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