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Flylow Jane Review

Flylow Jane
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Price:  $280 List
Pros:  Soft supple fabric, comfortable, great ski features
Cons:  Awkward fit, few color choices
Manufacturer:   Flylow
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 10, 2015
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  • Warmth - 20% 8
  • Ventilation - 10% 8
  • Water Resistance - 20% 7
  • Features - 20% 8
  • Style - 15% 8
  • Comfort and Fit - 15% 7

The Skinny

Discontinued
This product is discontinued. But don't worry, we have a number of fresh women's ski jacket recommendations.

The Jane is a fully featured ski jacket for ladies who rip. We love the soft feel of Flylow's proprietary Intuitive stretch shell fabric. it is the most comfortable and stretchy of all the jackets we have tested. The Jane has great ski features, we love that you can take the bulky powder skirt out for days that you don't need it or for wearing around town. We found the fit a bit awkward and wish it came in more exciting color choices.


Our Analysis and Test Results

You will ski with style and ease in the Flylow Jane. Its supple fabric allows for great movement and its ski features will help you perform your best on the slopes.

Performance Comparison


The Flylow Jane is a high performing ski jacket for ladies who rip.
The Flylow Jane is a high performing ski jacket for ladies who rip.

Warmth


The Jane kept us warm on cold and windy storm days. Its thick exterior fabric blocks the wind and we never felt any drafts through the zippers. You can zip its cozy collar all the way up to your nose for maximum protection from the elements. The Jane is lightly insulated with warm, synthetic Yeti Loft insulation that is thicker in the body and lighter in the arms. This is not the warmest jacket we tested, but for stormy days in California it was just right. We like that its hem line swoops down to keep our rear covered when sitting on the chair lift.

The Jane is warm and stylish and kept us happy on storm days.
The Jane is warm and stylish and kept us happy on storm days.

Water Resistance


Waterproofed with a DWR coating and 10k/10k waterproof breathable membrane, we found the Jane to score in the middle of the pack in the water resistance category. It kept us dry on wet stormy days, but after a few days of use, the coating had begun to wear a bit and the jacket wet out more quickly. The Patagonia Primo Down - Women's and the Arc'teryx Meta are both more water resistant with waterproof Gore-Tex membranes.

Ventilation


We like the Jane's large, gaping pit-zips. They provide immediate relief when things heat up. They are not mesh backed, however, so can allow for snow to get in if you happen to take a tumble when they are open. We think the stretchy exterior fabric and synthetic insulation will render the Jane more breathable than some jackets with down insulation/Gore-Tex combinations like the Primo Down.

We tested the Jane in high winds and whipping snow and did not notice any drafts coming through.
We tested the Jane in high winds and whipping snow and did not notice any drafts coming through.

Ski Features


Flylow puts a lot of thought into their products in this category, as they solely make clothing for the slopes. Our favorite features of this jacket are the removable snow skirt and the integrated media pocket so we can listen to our tunes discreetly. The hood fits over a helmet perfectly, and stays on when you don't want snow to get down your collar. The hem swoops down to cover the rear end and prevent drafts, plus provide extra warmth when sitting on the chair lift.

We think the Flylow Jane has great ski features including an electronics pocket with a headphone port  powder skirt and large mesh goggle pocket. Plus we like the bright liner color!
We think the Flylow Jane has great ski features including an electronics pocket with a headphone port, powder skirt and large mesh goggle pocket. Plus we like the bright liner color!

Style


This jacket looks better in person than it does on the Flylow website. We weren't sure about its boxy, multi-color design before we had it in our hands. The Jane is not the most feminine and flattering jacket we have tested (we think the Orage Lou Lou wins in this category), but we feel like we can rip some big lines and hang with the boys when wearing it. We think that the Jane has a certain steeze factor that not many of the other jackets we tested have. We would be happy wearing it around town, to the bar, or on the slopes.

Our favorite thing about the Jane was the soft  stretchy shell fabric that moved well with us and was extremely comfortable.
Our favorite thing about the Jane was the soft, stretchy shell fabric that moved well with us and was extremely comfortable.

Comfort and Fit


We think the Jane is very comfortable. Its soft, stretchy exterior materials allow for great movement when skiing. For those of us with bigger hips, we found the cut of this jacket a bit unfortunate, there seems to be a lot of room in the bust area and less around the hips. This creates awkward bunching in the chest area while the jacket feels a bit tight around the hips. That being said, a size medium seems right on par.

Best Application


This jacket is made for slaying pow and ripping big lines at the ski resort. It is a great choice for any kind of resort skiing.

Value


At $280, the Flylow Jane is a great value. It will keep you warm, dry, comfortable, and performing well on the ski slopes with all its great ski features. It does not have a RECCO reflector, which is becoming fairly standard in ski jackets. The least expensive ski jacket that you can buy with RECCO is The North Face Point It Down.

The Flylow Jane and the Arc'teryx Meta. The Jane is a great value ski jacket and the Meta is a versatile insulated shell with ski features that is expensive.
The Flylow Jane and the Arc'teryx Meta. The Jane is a great value ski jacket and the Meta is a versatile insulated shell with ski features that is expensive.

Conclusion


Looking for a steezy, comfortable jacket? Pick up the Flylow Jane. We think it has great ski features and love its stretchy, comfortable shell material. Its bright pink lining compliments its more drab exterior coloring. Flylow knows how to design a great ski jacket.


Jessica Haist