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Flylow Billie Coat Review

This ideal and stylish hardshell fends off wind and moisture in a functional, no-frills package
Flylow Billie Coat
Credit: Flylow
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Price:  $420 List | Check Price at Backcountry
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Pros:  Stylish, great ski features and pockets, strong value, more versatile than an insulated ski jacket
Cons:  Not the lightest hardshell, stiffer material, no insulation
Manufacturer:   Flylow
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 23, 2022
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RANKED
#7 of 16
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 9.0
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 7.0
  • Warmth - 20% 4.0
  • Ventilation - 20% 7.0
  • Style - 10% 8.0
  • Features - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The folks at FlyLow have perfected the hardshell ski jacket with the Flylow Billie Coat. Although it has a Spartan feel, the features and weather resistance are second to none. We also love the cut and colors. This jacket was great to ski in on days when skies stormed, and we appreciated the oversized hood and removable powder skirt in changing conditions, as well. Since it's a shell jacket, the Billie Coat doesn't get high marks for warmth. Nevertheless, it has plenty of space for layering underneath. If you seek a hardshell for the resort that can also handle shorter ski tours with ease, then this is one of our top recommendations.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Flylow Billie Coat on March 23, 2022, with a critical assessment of value and performance, as well as suggestions for similar products.

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Pros Stylish, great ski features and pockets, strong value, more versatile than an insulated ski jacketWarm, lofty insulation, soft, very mobile despite insulation, excellent comfort and fitRelatively inexpensive yet high-quality, breathable, great mobility, great ventilationWarm, three jackets in one, well-constructed with thoughtful features, versatileInexpensive, three jackets in one, warm, comfortable
Cons Not the lightest hardshell, stiffer material, no insulationLackluster ventilationNon-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 together
Bottom Line This ideal and stylish hardshell fends off wind and moisture in a functional, no-frills packageA super warm and soft resort jacket with a cool utilitarian look, this is perfect for someone who runs a little colderAn 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 jacket
Rating Categories Flylow Billie Coat Helly Hansen Powder... Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Columbia Whirlibird...
Weather Resistance (20%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Comfort and Fit (20%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
6.0
Warmth (20%)
4.0
8.0
2.0
8.0
8.0
Ventilation (20%)
7.0
6.0
9.0
4.0
4.0
Style (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Features (10%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Flylow Billie Coat Helly Hansen Powder... Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Columbia Whirlibird...
Main Fabric 3-layer nylon Dobby Intuitive fabric 70% nylon, 30% polyester 100% Nylon 100% Nylon Legacy Dobby 72% Nylon/ 28% Polyester.
Insulation None Body: 60g PrimaLoft Sleeves: 40g PrimaLoft None 100% Postconsumer recycled polyester Thermarator
Waterproofing 20k/20k waterproof breathable membrane PFC free DWR 3-layer Pertex Shield 2-layer DryVent Omni-Tech
Pockets 2 hand, 1 chest, 1 sleeve, 1 internal 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, 2 internal drop-in 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
Weight 1.5 lbs 2.2 lbs 1.2 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.4 lbs
Hood Option? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pit Zips? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuff construction Velcro Velcro with wrist gaiters Velcro Velcro Velcro
Powder skirt? Yes, removeable Yes Yes Yes, behind insulating layer Yes
RECCO? No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

We always knew Flylow was a cool company with excellent products, and the Billie Coat convinced us that we know what we're talking about. The jacket performs well on the slopes and looks good, too. We felt it had everything we wanted in a hardshell despite feeling a little stiff and crunchy at the outset.

Performance Comparison


Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket womens - the billie coat is a great hardshell for all conditions.
The Billie Coat is a great hardshell for all conditions.

Weather Resistance


The Billie Coat is a three-layer hardshell, and you can tell. The fabric was slightly stiff initially, but we didn't mind because of its amazing ability to protect us from the elements. It boasts OmniBloq Durable Water Repellent coating, which is supposedly more protective than the industry standard DWR. We certainly didn't get wet during a sloppy snowstorm.

Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket womens - the water repelling qualities of the billie coat are bombproof.
The water repelling qualities of the Billie Coat are bombproof.

The jacket also protected us from the vicious winds of the Colorado Front Range. The hood helped, too, with more than ample room to fit over our helmets and then cinched tightly around our necks. Even with the hood fully cinched down, we could still move our heads from side to side. And, the Billie Coat's zippers didn't allow any noticeable drafts through.

Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket womens - the billie coat keeps us protected from the elements in style.
The Billie Coat keeps us protected from the elements in style.

Comfort and Fit


This jacket fits true to size, and we were able to layer up underneath it easily. It has a long, flattering silhouette, and we liked that it was feminine without being girly. It was easy to move while we skied and rode. It felt a bit stiff the first few times we used it, but it seemed to develop some flexibility with use.

Warmth


The jacket isn't insulated, so it received a lower rating in this metric. We always needed to have adequate layers underneath. We will say, however, that the thick shell material did not let any wind pass through the material itself or the front zipper when traveling at high speeds down the mountain.

Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket womens - the billie coat breathed well on short ski tours.
The Billie Coat breathed well on short ski tours.

Ventilation


The Billie Coat breathes well for a hardshell and has large, gaping pit-zips. Because the shell has no insulation, it vents easily. We found that we could hike short distances without overheating in this jacket.

Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket womens - the billie coat has long pit zips, allowing for maximum airflow.
The Billie Coat has long pit zips, allowing for maximum airflow.

Style


The Billie Coat has great subtle style. It's not flashy, but it still manages to stand out in a crowd. Because of how flattering it is, our testers all wanted to be the ones wearing this jacket for our photos. We like its long hemline, color choices, and how it tapers at the waist and flares at the hips. Our testers received many compliments when they wore this jacket.

Ski Features


We love the interior pockets in this jacket. They're both zippered and nine inches deep. The outer hand pockets are similarly spacious. Manufacturers often skimp on the usefulness of features in women's products, but the Billie Coat defies that trend. We love that the powder skirt is removable and wish all jackets had this option.

Another favorite feature of this jacket is the drawcord for the hood. The toggles are placed on the outside of the collar near your collar bones and make it super easy to cinch down your hood when things get windy sitting on the chairlift.

Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket womens - the billie coat's removable powder skirt is there when you needed...
The Billie Coat's removable powder skirt is there when you needed, off when you don't

Should You Buy the Billie Coat?


If you are looking for a stylish, high functioning ski shell that will help you rip around the mountain and look like a pro doing it, look no further than the Billie Coat. Our testers received many compliments on this jacket and reached for it when they were hitting the town and the slopes. We love its well-thought-out ski features, wind and waterproof exterior, and subtle style. Our only complaint is that it's not that warm, but that's to be expected for a hardshell. It's a jacket that will hold up to the test of time, and that's invaluable.

What Other Women's Ski Jackets Should You Consider?


We think that the Flylow Billie Coat is a stellar value for a hard-charging hardshell – it has all the features we want and need and offers superior weather resistance. That said, award-winning hardshells like the Arc'teryx Sentinel AR or the value-minded Outdoor Research Carbide have a slightly more tailored fit. Other technical shells, like the Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro or the Backcountry Notchtop Gore-Tex Active even offer a bit more ventilation for backcountry-focused skiers. But none of these shells offer the standalone warmth of the award-winning Helly Hansen Powderqueen 3.0 or even the price-point The North Face Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate 3-in-1.

Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket womens - we loved the long, relaxed, and feminine fit of the billie coat.
We loved the long, relaxed, and feminine fit of the Billie Coat.

Jessica Haist
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