The Spyder Amp has most of the desirable ski features, like a powder skirt, goggle pocket, and pass pocket with a chamois, plus it is warm enough for most days out at the resort. With graphics reminiscent of the jacket your mom wore in the 1990's, the style is not for those hoping to blend in. We found the fit boxy and unflattering. The Amp is the lowest end jacket that Spyder offers. As a result, the materials feel less than quality and Spyder left out some essential features, like pit-zips. If you are looking for a more stylish jacket that does include pit-zips, check out our Editors' Choice winner, the Patagonia Primo Down Jacket - Women's.
Spyder Amp Review
Cons: Unflattering design and fit, cheap feeling materials, no pit-zips
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Amp is Spyder's low price-point model. For the price, it has many handy ski features incorporated in the insulated ski jacket.
Insulated with Thinsulate, the Spyder Amp kept us relatively warm on the slopes. It is slightly warmer than the Obermeyer Josie and the Arc'teryx Meta - Women's. We did feel a draft through the front zipper when ripping the corduroy at high speeds, which made this jacket colder overall.
The Amp uses Spyder's proprietary "Spylon" DWR (durable water resistant) coating to treat their jackets. We found this treatment added a decent amount of water resistance to the stretch polyester shell material, but with a thorough dousing the material eventually absorbed water. The Amp does not have watertight zippers or other advanced waterproofing technology, such as is found on the Arc'teryx Meta.
Unfortunately the Amp is the only jacket we tested that does not have pit-zips for extra ventilation.
Spyder's specialty is ski jackets, so the Amp comes loaded with them. We like the Amp's comfy wrist gaiters and powder skirt that keeps fluffy powder out of the waistband. It also has a pass pocket with a goggle chamois inside and a large mesh goggle pocket on the interiror. The hand-warmer pockets are completed with a soft micro-fleece lining.
When wearing the hot-pink version of this jacket we felt like we were wearing our mom's ski jacket from the mid 1990's. We think that the cut is quite boxy and un-flattering. The asymmetrical placement of different colored material seems interesting in theory, but for some reason it seems to accentuate curves in a way that is not desirable. The plus side is that the Amp comes in a variety of colors, and any one is better than the pink.
Comfort and Fit
The Spyder Amp is relatively comfortable. Its material is stretchy and moves easily when we are skiing. Unfortunately, the jacket fits a bit small and the sleeves and hemline both feel short. Our medium sized tester, who is normally a size 8 or 10, found the size 10 jacket to be a bit snug, and it was hard to wear a layer underneath.
Spyder makes jackets for the ski resort and this is no exception. We would wear this jacket on the ski hill, but would not feel comfortable wearing it around town.
Spyder jackets are generally a high-end product at high-end prices, so at $300 the Amp is a good deal for a jacket from this brand. However, the materials feel low quality and the jacket is not very flattering. We think that for around the same price the Flylow Jane and the Orage Loulou are both better looking and quality products for your money.
The Amp offers many ski features in an insulated jacket for a low price, but we think your money is better spent on other jackets at a similar price.
— Jessica Haist