Burton Jet Set Review
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|Pros||Stylish, good hood and neckline, no frills, inexpensive||Relatively inexpensive yet high-quality, breathable, great mobility, great ventilation||Warm, three jackets in one, well-constructed with thoughtful features, versatile||Inexpensive, three jackets in one, warm, comfortable||Warm, resort-oriented look, quite inexpensive|
|Cons||Feels cheap, not many ski-specific features, lacking in weather resistance||Non-insulating, thin shell material, not for most casual skiers||Slim fit, heavy, poor ventilation when both layers are worn||Not very stylish, hood not helmet compatible, two layers don't work well when zipped together||No ventilation, bulky insulation, chafes chin, ineffective hem and hood adjustment|
|Bottom Line||We got lots of compliments on this jacket's looks, but found it lacking in durability and full functionality on the slopes||An excellent value for a high performing technical shell that serves inbounds or in the backcountry||This jacket is versatile and has all the necessary ski features for a long day on the hill, all at a reasonable price||A decent deal for two jackets that can be worn in three combinations, this is a great intro ski jacket||This inexpensive jacket was able to keep us warm and dry in most low-exertion skiing|
|Rating Categories||Burton Jet Set||Outdoor Research Ca...||The North Face Ther...||Columbia Whirlibird...||Wantdo Snowboarding...|
|Weather Resistance (20%)|
|Comfort and Fit (20%)|
|Specs||Burton Jet Set||Outdoor Research Ca...||The North Face Ther...||Columbia Whirlibird...||Wantdo Snowboarding...|
|Main Fabric||Polyester, nylon||100% Nylon||100% Nylon||Legacy Dobby 72% Nylon/ 28% Polyester.||150D Dull Mechanical Elastic|
|Insulation||80g Thermolite||None||100% postconsumer recycled polyester||Thermarator||Insulating padding|
|Waterproofing||DryRide 2L||3-layer Pertex Shield||2-layer DryVent||Omni-Tech||DWR, 10k waterproof fabric|
|Pockets||2 zippered hand, 1 mesh, 1 media||2 zippered chest, 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered arm, 1 internal mesh, 1 internal zippered chest||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, 1 internal goggle Liner: 2 zippered hand||Shell: 5, Liner: 3||2 zippered hand|
|Weight||1.6 lbs||1.2 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.4 lbs||2.5 lbs|
|Hood Option||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, removable fur|
|Powder skirt||Yes||Yes||Yes, behind insulating layer||Yes||Yes, snap away|
Our Analysis and Test Results
With its excellent price point, we wanted to love the Burton Jet Set but found it lacked durability and versatility. It did look good on and off the slopes and kept us warm and protected on mild days.
The Jet Set wasn't the warmest insulated jacket we tested; however, we found that there was enough room for a mid-weight baselayer underneath, and this made the jacket feel as warm as we needed it to. It has 80 grams of synthetic insulation in the body and 40 grams in the hood, which is nice when you're unhelmeted. We loved that the insulation is made with 40% recycled content.
Burton uses waterproof/breathable DRYRIDE two-layer fabrics for the outer lining of the Jet Set. We found it to be protective in light precipitation, but in wetter conditions, we started to feel dampness soaking in. Fortunately, the jacket offers a lot of head and neck protection with its stand-up collar and a helmet-compatible hood.
Comfort and Fit
The Jet Set shines in this metric. It's soft on the inside and out. The mobility is there with this jacket, moving well with our bodies on the ski hill. It has a nice long torso, appropriately long sleeves, and is flattering. The sizing feels accurate to us. We could easily fit a thin base layer underneath. Overall, it's a very comfortable jacket.
The Jet Set has mesh-lined pit zips for ventilation. While some pit zips are better than none, we prefer unlined ones. The mesh keeps out unwanted snow, but it also impedes breathability. Because the jacket is on the lighter side for an insulated parka, we found that it breathed fairly well because of the soft outer fabric. The synthetic insulation kept us dry on the inside, even when we got sweaty skiing hard.
We got many compliments on this jacket, especially the "Gradient Spun Out" pattern we rocked at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. Burton never sacrifices style for function, and this is true in the Jet Set, as well. The jacket has enough insulation to keep you warm but still boasts a flattering fit. The Jet Set transitions very well from the slopes to wherever you're headed after.
Burton has given the Jet Set several ski-specific features, but we weren't overly impressed. The hand pockets - whose microfleece-lining we loved - are the only zippered pockets of the four on the jacket. The chest pocket closes with velcro, and the inner mesh dump pocket has nothing to affix. This design made us slightly anxious to put our phones or other valuables in. Our favorite feature is the tall, protective collar which goes all the way around your neck whether you have the hood up or not. Standard features like a pass pocket and a powder skirt are here, too. We wish the powder skirt were removable.
Should You Buy the Burton Jet Set?
The Jet Set has a low price point, basic ski features and fits nicely, but it lacks in the weather resistance and durability departments. We liked how it fit and moved while skiing, and we stayed warm when it wasn't freezing out. However, as the weather conditions worsened, we felt that the jacket couldn't hang as well as we wanted it to. It was great for simple laps around the resort on a mild day.
What Other Ski Jackets Should You Consider?
We think the Burton Jet Set presents a decent value but don't expect it to withstand adverse conditions or high output shredding. Although it is a bit more expensive, a modular 3-in-1 jacket like the The North Face Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate is a more versatile – and more weather resistant – combination of a shell and an insulating layer. For women who ski hard, the award-winning Outdoor Research Carbide is our top-pick for a shell that deftly balances value and performance for both uphill in the backcountry and downhill skiing within the resort.
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