Burton Jet Set Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Stylish, good hood and neckline, no frills, inexpensive
Cons: Feels cheap, not many ski-specific features, lacking in weather resistance
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Our Analysis and Test Results
With its excellent price point, we wanted to love the Jet Set but found that it lacked in durability and versatility. It did look good on and off the slopes and kept us warm and protected on mild days.
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 category. 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. Under the jacket, we could easily fit a thin base layer underneath. Overall, it's a very comfortable jacket.
We got lots of compliments on this jacket, especially the "Gradient Spun Out" pattern we rocked at A-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.
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 Jet Set has mesh-lined pit zips for ventilation. While some pit zips are better than none, we prefer unlined ones. Nevertheless, the mesh keeps out unwanted snow if you take a tumble. 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 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 it. This 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 was removable.
We think the Jet Set has decent value, but don't expect it to withstand adverse conditions or high output shredding. Its construction feels like its price tag, and the ski features aren't that helpful. Nevertheless, for casual skiing in decent weather, it gets the job done well.
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 we were 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.
— Betsy Welch