Flylow Lucy Review
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|Pros||Good value, weather resistant, breathable, comfy||Warm, lofty insulation, soft, very mobile despite insulation, excellent comfort and fit||Relatively inexpensive yet high-quality, breathable, great mobility, great ventilation||Warm, three jackets in one, well-constructed with thoughtful features, versatile||Warm, resort-oriented look, quite inexpensive|
|Cons||One-way pit zips, heavier than some other shells, non-insulating||Lackluster ventilation||Non-insulating, thin shell material, not for most casual skiers||Slim fit, heavy, poor ventilation when both layers are worn||No ventilation, bulky insulation, chafes chin, ineffective hem and hood adjustment|
|Bottom Line||This jacket is a top-tier shell offered at a fraction of the price of some of the highest-end shells||A super warm and soft resort jacket with a cool utilitarian look, this is perfect for someone who runs a little colder||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||This inexpensive jacket was able to keep us warm and dry in most low-exertion skiing|
|Rating Categories||Flylow Lucy||Helly Hansen Powder...||Outdoor Research Ca...||The North Face Ther...||Wantdo Snowboarding...|
|Weather Resistance (20%)|
|Comfort and Fit (20%)|
|Specs||Flylow Lucy||Helly Hansen Powder...||Outdoor Research Ca...||The North Face Ther...||Wantdo Snowboarding...|
|Main Fabric||100% Polyester||70% nylon, 30% polyester||100% Nylon||100% Nylon||150D Dull Mechanical Elastic|
|Insulation||None||Body: 60g PrimaLoft Sleeves: 40g PrimaLoft||None||100% Postconsumer recycled polyester||Insulating padding|
|Waterproofing||3-layer Stormshell Intuitive||PFC free DWR||3-layer Pertex Shield||2-layer DryVent||DWR, 10k waterproof fabric|
|Pockets||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, 1 interior with media port||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||2 zippered hand|
|Weight||1.2 lbs||2.2 lbs||1.2 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.5 lbs|
|Hood Option||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, removable fur|
|Cuff construction||Velcro||Velcro with wrist gaiters||Velcro||Velcro||Snap|
|Powder skirt||Yes, removable||Yes||Yes||Yes, behind insulating layer||Yes, snap away|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Flylow continues to be a tried and true option when it comes to resort-oriented shells with the Flylow Lucy Jacket. This jacket ticks all the boxes when it comes to a burly shell for the resort and backcountry alike, all at a fraction of the price of the very high-end shells.
The Tactic 3L proprietary softshell material from Flylow does a great job at beading water, breaking wind, and resisting wet-through. The 100 denier fabric feels burly and kept us dry all day long, even on the wettest powder days. This jacket is also equipped with highly effective water-resistant zippers at all external pockets.
We loved how well the DWR treatment beaded water while using this jacket in all precipitation, even some early season slush. The fully-taped seams also did an excellent job of keeping water out on the shoulders and the joints of the hood. The helmet-compatible hood and tall collar kept snow off of our faces and heads.
Comfort and Fit
This jacket is one of our favorite fits. The Flylow Lucy has an incredible amount of stretch and mobility for the thickness of its material. We found it very easy to move our shoulders and chest on long hikes and bootpacks in this jacket. The jersey-backed softshell material is soft and comfortable to the touch, and the high collar is also fully lined with brushed tricot to prevent any chafing when you snug up behind it.
A little detail we found to really increase mobility was the split hem. It left room for wide hips and muscular legs, but had the option to cinch down and keep out snow with the adjustable hem. This jacket also left plenty of room for layering without being excessively roomy.
As a non-insulated shell, the Lucy will not provide much warmth, so you'll want to layer underneath appropriately. This jacket material is backed with jersey and a small amount of tricot on the collar. Where this jacket shines is in the thicker softshell's windbreaking ability. We did not experience any drafts, even through the zippers on this jacket. Still, on cold days, you'll definitely want to layer up.
The softshell material of the Flylow Lucy is one of the most breathable out there. We found that the 20k/20k waterproof/breathable membrane performed nearly as well as some of the most expensive ski jackets. We took this jacket ski touring and on long bootpacks and found it let water vapor and excess heat escape, keeping us dry from the inside and out.
When it got a little too warm to keep the hatches battened down, the 12" pit zips on this jacket were extremely effective at dumping heat and increasing airflow. Our only complaint here is that the pit zips only have a one-way zipper, which can make them a bit challenging to open.
The Lucy comes in a few different muted solid colors and a few brighter color-blocked patterns, offering something for almost every style. We love the contrasting water-resistant taped zips on every version. This jacket also had a flattering tapered cut and dropped hem that contributed to its freeride look.
Our favorite elements of this jacket are the more subtle stylistic features in its cut. The hem has a split edge that is clean and unique. The back of the hood has geometric overlapping fabric that is a very nice little detail. Overall, we really loved the look of this jacket.
This jacket has a good number of sleek, well-functioning features. The design of the removable powder skirt was one of our favorite elements, with its smooth zipper that remains low-profile with or without the skirt attached.
The Lucy also sports one internal and one external chest pocket, both equipped with water-resistant zips. The external chest pocket can double as a venting feature, as it is backed with mesh. The typical resort features of a media pocket and pass pocket work well too. This jacket had everything we needed (and nothing we didn't) for piste and off-piste skiing.
Should You Buy the Flylow Lucy?
The Flylow Lucy is an excellent crossover between resort and backcountry ski gear. While not quite as light or streamlined as some top-end shells, it provides excellent performance for a fraction of the price of some other similar jackets. If you are looking for a quiver-of-one shell without completely breaking the bank, this is a great option.
What Other Women's Ski Jackets Should You Consider?
If you're seeking a shell that takes you from the lifts to the lift-accessed backcountry and to the foot-accessed backcountry, check out the Outdoor Research Carbide. Our top choice for a shell jacket is the high-end Arc'teryx Sentinel, which excels on and off the resort. And, if you're wanting a little added warmth, the Helly Hansen Powderqueen 3.0 is our favorite insulated ski jacket.
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