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Burton Jet Set Review

We got lots of compliments on this jacket's looks, but found it lacking in durability and full functionality on the slopes
Burton Jet Set
Credit: Burton
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Price:  $210 List | $109.83 at REI
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Pros:  Stylish, good hood and neckline, no frills, inexpensive
Cons:  Feels cheap, not many ski-specific features, lacking in weather resistance
Manufacturer:   Burton
By Betsy Welch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 23, 2022
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  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7.0
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 7.0
  • Warmth - 20% 6.0
  • Ventilation - 20% 5.0
  • Style - 10% 7.0
  • Features - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Burton Jet Set is on the inexpensive side for a ski jacket, but we found that you get what you pay for. It performed well enough and kept us warm and dry during mild conditions, but we found ourselves wishing for better weatherproofing when the weather got rough. Burton is known for earning major style points on the hill, and this jacket didn't suffer for compliments. We loved how it looked and how protective and toasty it was around the head and neck. It just didn't feel quite tough enough for some of our testers. This jacket is great for someone who only gets out on bluebird days or who doesn't mind a less burly construction.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Burton Jet Set on March 23, 2022, with an unbiased assessment of value and performance, as well as suggestions for other products that may better suit your needs.

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Pros Stylish, good hood and neckline, no frills, inexpensiveRelatively inexpensive yet high-quality, breathable, great mobility, great ventilationWarm, three jackets in one, well-constructed with thoughtful features, versatileInexpensive, three jackets in one, warm, comfortableInexpensive
Cons Feels cheap, not many ski-specific features, lacking in weather resistanceNon-insulating, thin shell material, not for most casual skiersSlim fit, heavy, poor ventilation when both layers are wornNot very stylish, hood not helmet compatible, two layers don't work well when zipped togetherNot very water resistant, not breathable, short fit
Bottom Line We got lots of compliments on this jacket's looks, but found it lacking in durability and full functionality on the slopesAn excellent value for a high performing technical shell that serves inbounds or in the backcountryThis jacket is versatile and has all the necessary ski features for a long day on the hill, all at a reasonable priceA decent deal for two jackets that can be worn in three combinations, this is a great intro ski jacketA bargain in terms of price point, but not very effective at insulating or weather resistance
Rating Categories Burton Jet Set Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Columbia Whirlibird... Obermeyer Tuscany I...
Weather Resistance (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
2.0
Comfort and Fit (20%)
7.0
9.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Warmth (20%)
6.0
2.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Ventilation (20%)
5.0
9.0
4.0
4.0
1
Style (10%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Features (10%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Specs Burton Jet Set Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Columbia Whirlibird... Obermeyer Tuscany I...
Main Fabric Polyester, nylon 100% Nylon 100% Nylon Legacy Dobby 72% Nylon/ 28% Polyester. 60% Recycled polyester, 40% polyester
Insulation 80g Thermolite None 100% Postconsumer recycled polyester Thermarator 150g Thermore
Waterproofing DryRide 2L 3-layer Pertex Shield 2-layer DryVent Omni-Tech HydroBlock Sport
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, 1 zippered arm, 1 zippered internal, 1 internal mesh
Weight 1.6 lbs 1.2 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.4 lbs 2.4 lbs
Hood Option? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, removable
Pit Zips? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cuff construction Velcro Velcro Velcro Velcro Wrist gaiters
Powder skirt? Yes Yes Yes, behind insulating layer Yes Yes, snap away
RECCO? No No No No No

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.

Performance Comparison


Burton Jet Set ski jacket womens - the jet set looks good and feels great on!
The Jet Set looks good and feels great on!

Weather Resistance


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.

The Jet Set's oversized hood and tall neck cuff keep out the elements
The Jet Set's oversized hood and tall neck cuff keep out the elements
The Jet Set has a large, velcro chest pocket for your phone and a...
The Jet Set has a large, velcro chest pocket for your phone and a snack.

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 definitely has style.
The Jet Set definitely has style.
The size small fit our 5'6 tester perfectly.
The size small fit our 5'6 tester perfectly.

Style


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 a day of skiing.

Burton Jet Set ski jacket womens - this version of the jet set won us many compliments.
This version of the Jet Set won us many compliments.


Warmth


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.

The velcro flap over the front zipper helped keep cold air out.
The velcro flap over the front zipper helped keep cold air out.
The Jet Set was toasty on a powder day.
The Jet Set was toasty on a powder day.

Ventilation


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. 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.

Burton Jet Set ski jacket womens - mesh lined pit zips aren't our favorite.
Mesh lined pit zips aren't our favorite.

Ski Features


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.

Burton Jet Set ski jacket womens - we liked the large, mesh goggle pocket.
We liked the large, mesh goggle pocket.

Should You Buy the Jet Set?


The Burton 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 Women's 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.

Betsy Welch
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