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Armada Stadium Review

This resort ripper will help you shred the slopes with style and ease, at a great price!
Best Buy Award
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Price:  $260 List | $155.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Inexpensive, warm, stylish
Cons:  Fits a bit snug around the hips, non-removable powder skirt
Manufacturer:   Armada
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 13, 2018
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RANKED
#4 of 11
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 8
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 8
  • Style - 20% 9
  • Warmth - 15% 8
  • Ventilation - 15% 7
  • Features - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Armada's Stadium will make you feel and look like a pro out there on the slopes this winter. It is a stylish choice for any hard-charging skier or snowboarder lady. It is also an extremely good deal and wins our Best Buy Award for its great price point and high functioning features. We love the color choices it's available in, its large helmet-compatible hood, and its warm yet breathable insulation. Its long tailored cut is flattering, although you may want to size up for extra layering room. We also wish that it had a removable snow skirt to reduce the bulk when it's not needed. Its insulation is a cozy synthetic material that will keep you warm up to the single digits.

Our other Best Buy Winner is the Columbia Whirlibird III that has lots of great value features like a removable synthetic inner jacket. The Whirlibird is more versatile in the sense that it is a 3-in-1 jacket, but the Stadium brings serious steez and comfort to the table with above-average performance in every metric for only $250. Both are great value options but with different approaches to a winter jacket that have a distinct appeal.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

This warm, comfortable jacket is as stylish as you would expect from the hard-charging ski brand Armada, at a low price that will surprise you. It wins our Best Buy Award and is a great choice to keep you out there on the slopes from bell to bell.

Performance Comparison


The Armada Stadium Jacket is a great choice for all resort skiing.
The Armada Stadium Jacket is a great choice for all resort skiing.

Weather Resistance


Although the Stadium's shell materials can't compete with the Patagonia Primo Down and Arc'teryx Sentinel's burly Gore-Tex materials in terms of waterproofing, it does have a DWR coating and a 10K water-resistant fabric that will keep you dry in all but the most torrential of downpours. It also has synthetic insulation which will keep you dry even if it gets a bit damp when you're sweating and working hard, unlike down fills of more expensive products.


The Stadium's hood fits well over a ski helmet, and we can easily zip up the front of the jacket fully with the hood over our helmet. We noticed on some other jackets, like the Columbia Alpine Action, that this was not possible, making the weather resistance less effective and less comfortable. Being able to zip up the front collar all the way keeps drafty winds off our necks and secures the hood over everything so it won't come off if you take a tumble or are traveling at high speeds.

The Stadium jacket's hood fits well over a helmet and the front collar can be zipped up to secure it.
The Stadium jacket's hood fits well over a helmet and the front collar can be zipped up to secure it.

Comfort and Fit


We like the Stadium's shell material that has a slight stretch for extra comfort and movement and think this jacket is super comfy.


The size medium fits relatively true to size but we found that the snow skirt adds extra bulk around our hips, and in combination with ski pants and layers tucked in, the jacket can feel a bit snug in that area. For this reason, consider sizing up if you're on the border of a size. If Armada could make this snow skirt removable like the Primo Down's, this would alleviate this issue.

The Stadium Jacket is comfortable and has a bit of stretch for movement.
The Stadium Jacket is comfortable and has a bit of stretch for movement.

Style


Armada is regularly at the top of the style game for ski wear and we find it sets the bar for stylish ski apparel. The Stadium is no exception.


It is a very stylish jacket. We like the different color variations it comes in. We also think the Billie Coat and the Orage Nina are stylish. We also like the Stadium's funky liner material that adds an extra flare when you see the inside.

We like the Stadium's bright color combination.
We like the Stadium's bright color combination.

Warmth


This jacket has 80 grams of synthetic insulation in the torso and 60g in the arms, which is the same as the Arc'teryx Tiya, translating to a warm and cozy jacket.


We grab this on cold days even when we're just running errands because it's so warm and stylish too. Resort jackets like the Primo Down that have down insulation are considerably warmer, and we reach for the Primo Down when we're headed to places like Canada where temperatures can drop well below freezing regularly. The Stadium also has features designed for extra warmth like integrated wrist gaiter/thumb holes and its large, synthetically insulated hood, which helps trap heat inside and make it even cozier.

Ventilation


The Stadium has mesh-lined pit-zips that help with ventilating when you're working hard in the deep pow. We appreciate that they're there, but they're not as effective as the Patagonia Untracked jacket's gaping un-lined pit zips that provide instant air flow. The mesh-backed pit-zips keep the snow out of your inner jacket if you do a face-plant, but allow less air to circulate as well. We've discovered that un-lined zips are more effective for ventilation.


The Stadium's shell fabric is more breathable than Gore-Tex, and therefore, provides more ventilation than a jacket with Gore-Tex shell materials like the Untracked that can get a bit damp inside from perspiration.

This model has decent ventilation with mesh-lined pit-zips.
This model has decent ventilation with mesh-lined pit-zips.

Ski Features


The Stadium is loaded with everything you need to keep you high functioning on the slopes.


It has an integrated snow skirt (although we prefer ones that are detachable like the Flylow Billie Coat) and a large, drop-in mesh goggle pocket. It also has a media chest pocket for your phone with a gasket to run your headphones in through the inside of the jacket. We also like the wrist gaiters, although they're cut on a diagonal, we think to leave more room in your glove. Other ski-specific features include a pass pocket on the sleeve.

We like the Stadium's bright lining materials and the headphone gasket from the outer pocket.
We like the Stadium's bright lining materials and the headphone gasket from the outer pocket.

Best Application


The Armada Stadium is a great all-around resort riding jacket. It is warm enough for most resorts' coldest days, but is breathable and has enough ventilation for warm spring laps. We wouldn't take this ski touring because it has too much insulation for that purpose, but if you plan to ride the lifts from bell to bell and season open to close, the Stadium will be a great choice!

Value


We were surprised that this stylish high-end jacket comes in at a low price point of $250-260. So, it knocks the previous Best Buy Award winner, the Orage Nina, off its podium and steps in as our new stylish Best Buy winner. Because it is so versatile, warm, and steezy, it's a great bang for your buck! The Nina retails for $100 more.

The Stadium has a tapered fit and we think it can fit a bit snug around the hips with extra layers.
The Stadium has a tapered fit and we think it can fit a bit snug around the hips with extra layers.

Conclusion


The Armada Stadium Jacket will keep you out there on the slopes from first chair to last with its high function, ng ski features, warm yet breathable materials, comfortable fit and very stylish good looks. All this at a low price point of $250! The Stadium takes our Best Buy Award because of its low price, versatility, and style. Its long cut fits a bit snug around the hips so consider sizing up if you're in between sizes.


Jessica Haist