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Obermeyer Tuscany II Insulated Review

A bargain in terms of price point, but not very effective at insulating or weather resistance
Obermeyer Tuscany II Insulated
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Price:  $259 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Inexpensive
Cons:  Not very water resistant, not breathable, short fit
Manufacturer:   Obermeyer
By Jacqueline Kearney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 7, 2021
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  • Weather Resistance - 20% 2
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 4
  • Warmth - 20% 6
  • Ventilation - 20% 1
  • Style - 10% 4
  • Features - 10% 4

Our Verdict

Obermeyer has been an industry icon for decades. Unfortunately, we don't think they showed their experience with the Tuscany II Insulated jacket. In a lineup of technically performing and stylish options, we think they kind of missed the mark here. We feel that this jacket can perform well enough on fair weather days and transition well to apres seamlessly. If this sounds like your ideal ski day, then this is a very reasonably priced option for you. However, if you want your jacket to take you anywhere in any weather, you may want to look elsewhere.

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Pros InexpensiveRelatively inexpensive yet high-quality, breathable, great mobility, great ventilationWarm, three jackets in one, well-constructed with thoughtful features, versatileStylish, good hood and neckline, no frills, inexpensiveInexpensive, three jackets in one, warm, comfortable
Cons Not very water resistant, not breathable, short fitNon-insulating, thin shell material, not for most casual skiersSlim fit, heavy, poor ventilation when both layers are wornFeels cheap, not many ski-specific features, lacking in weather resistanceNot very stylish, hood not helmet compatible, two layers don't work well when zipped together
Bottom Line A bargain in terms of price point, but not very effective at insulating or weather resistanceAn 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 priceWe got lots of compliments on this jacket's looks, but found it lacking in durability and full functionality on the slopesA decent deal for two jackets that can be worn in three combinations, this is a great intro ski jacket
Rating Categories Obermeyer Tuscany I... Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Burton Jet Set Columbia Whirlibird...
Weather Resistance (20%)
2.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Comfort And Fit (20%)
4.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
Warmth (20%)
6.0
2.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
Ventilation (20%)
1
9.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Style (10%)
4.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Features (10%)
4.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Obermeyer Tuscany I... Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Burton Jet Set Columbia Whirlibird...
Insulation 150g Thermore None 100% Postconsumer recycled polyester 80g Thermolite Thermarator
Waterproofing HydroBlock Sport 3-layer Pertex Shield 2-layer DryVent DryRide 2L Omni-Tech
Weight (in pounds) 2.4 lbs 1.2 lbs 2.0 lbs 1.6 lbs 2.4 lbs
# of Pockets 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered arm, 1 zippered internal, 1 internal mesh 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, 1 mesh, 1 media Shell: 5, Liner: 3
Main Fabric 60% Recycled polyester, 40% polyester 100% Nylon 100% Nylon Polyester, nylon Legacy Dobby 72% Nylon/ 28% Polyester.
Hood Option? Yes, removable Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pit Zips? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuff construction Wrist gaiters Velcro Velcro Velcro Velcro
Powder skirt? Yes, snap away Yes Yes, behind insulating layer Yes Yes
RECCO? No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

While Obermeyer has released many iconic jackets over the years, we don't believe that this will be one of them. It performs adequately in fair weather, but we cannot recommend this jacket for all conditions. We found its fit is not conducive to adding extra layers or providing extra protection on heavy snow days. We are also not convinced that the water resistant coating will hold up in heavy precipitation, or that the zippers will keep moisture out. Overall, if you seek a jacket for just a few sunny days of skiing, this is an inexpensive option that could fulfill that need, but not much more.

Performance Comparison


The Tuscany II is most at home in the parking lot or out on the town.
The Tuscany II is most at home in the parking lot or out on the town.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Weather Resistance


The materials of this jacket perform adequately at best. The shell material of the Tuscany II is intended to perform as a 10K/10K waterproof/breathable membrane. However, we have doubts about the Hydroblock Sport DWR coating. In our experience, not all DWR coatings are created equal, and we found that this material did not bead water well. In fact, we noticed water seeping into the material almost immediately.

Water seeping into DWR during spray test on the Tuscany II is not...
Water seeping into DWR during spray test on the Tuscany II is not promising for long term perilous weather use.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Additionally, none of the zippers on this jacket are water resistant. With their only layer of protection being a flap of material with non-continuous velcro we found them susceptible to both wind and water. The cuffs of this jacket also leave something to be desired. They are not adjustable and while they are lined with gaiters, the gaiters do not have thumb holes, and therefore creep up, leaving wrists exposed to snow and cold. We do think the detachable fur trim on the hood adds an additional layer of wind protection, but the hood and fur are too small to be truly effective.

Comfort and Fit


Overall, the sizing of the Tuscany II is well on the side of form-fitting. While not too tight in any places, we did find that there was not much room to add a layer or two on very cold days, so if you would like extra room we suggest sizing up. In a world of slightly oversized fits, this jacket does feel markedly short.

We think the insulation and material have a nice stretch to them, which counteracts the trim fit of this jacket. The material feels soft and is surprisingly easy to move around in. The neck gaiter of this coat is relatively short, and we found it to be a little uncomfortable for this reason. This jacket definitely feels tailored to a trim female cut.

Overall we found the fit of the Tuscany II to be a little on the...
Overall we found the fit of the Tuscany II to be a little on the snug side, especially in the hood, neck and shoulders.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Warmth


On one hand, the Tuscany II is well insulated with 150g Thermore synthetic insulation. We felt this truly kept heat inside the jacket and amplified any heat we were creating while hiking or skiing hard. On the other hand, we also found that this jacket really traps moisture inside, so while we warmed up quickly, we found that we tended to get chilled on lift rides as our sweat cooled our bodies. Also, the short cut of this jacket allowed some cold drafts inside from the hem and cuffs. Overall, the insulated nature of this jacket warmed us up, but the cut and quality of the materials detract from this quality.

The quilted Thermore insulation on the Tuscany is adequate, but we...
The quilted Thermore insulation on the Tuscany is adequate, but we had a hard time finding a happy medium of heat.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Ventilation


Of all of our criticisms of this jacket, we find the most trouble with the ventilation of this jacket. No matter your skiing ability, skiing always has the potential to be hard work, making the ability to control temperature is key. The Tuscany II lacks pit zips, or any access to the outside air. This combined with the lack of breathability of the coat's material led us to feel trapped in our body heat and moisture.

With no pit zips and poor breathability, this jacket ventilated...
With no pit zips and poor breathability, this jacket ventilated extremely poorly and felt like a heat trap.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Style


The Tuscany II does not fully lack style, but it is certainly a specific style. The fur hood makes a statement and the trim fit is form-fitting. This jacket appears to be at home on a fair-weather slope, on hill party, or apres scene. If this sounds like you, it may be your specific style.

The ability to remove the fur on the hood of the Tuscany II is not...
The ability to remove the fur on the hood of the Tuscany II is not only a nice feature, it does marginally increase the versatility of this style.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Features


Again, the form-fitting nature of the Tuscany II inhibits the efficacy of ski features. We think the pockets are somewhat limited here. There is only one internal mesh pocket, one internal zip, plus the hand pockets are low and small. We also think the wrist gaiters are only minimally functional, without an ability to connect to hands or gloves, they are easily pushed up to expose wrists.

We do like the ability of the powder skirt to snap away into the jacket. Similarly, we like the versatility of removable fur on the hood and how the hood itself is removable.

The wrist gaiters on the Tuscany II are soft, but largely...
The wrist gaiters on the Tuscany II are soft, but largely ineffective due to their length and inability to connect to hands.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Value


The insulated Tuscany II falls on the lower end of the price spectrum. This being said, we feel that the lack of versatility in the performance of this jacket counteracts this inexpensive price point. We think there are several higher-performing and more versatile jackets available at a similar price point that have a higher intrinsic value.

Conclusion


The Tuscany II is best suited for a skier who prefers a few fair-weather skis per season. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend this jacket for someone who would like more versatility in their jacket. We recommend looking elsewhere in this price range for a higher-performing and more versatile option.

The Tuscany II can perform in fair weather conditions, but we...
The Tuscany II can perform in fair weather conditions, but we recommend other similarly priced options that perform with more versatility.
Photo: Jeff Dobronyi

Jacqueline Kearney

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