Wolverine Cirque Insulated Jacket

Part of Backcountry's touring collection, the Women's Wolverine Cirque Insulated Jacket was designed with input from Backcountry Gearheads looking for a solution to the backcountry skier's eternal struggle: staying warm without overheating. To solve the dilemma, the Wolverine Cirque features stretchy, super breathable panels at the back and underarm areas and 60 grams of synthetic insulation at the core, allowing moisture to escape while we're working hard on the steeps, but trapping in precious warmth during transitions on chilly summits. Besides being breathable, the stretch panels offer an unhindered range of motion that we appreciate as we're booting up the steep chutes of the jacket's namesake, Utah's own Wolverine Cirque.

Because fat snowflakes and gusting wind are inevitable in the mountains, the jacket's face fabric is water- and wind-resistant, meaning we don't have to stop to whip out our shells at the first sign of snow. A band of stretch fabric on the hem prevents the jacket from riding up underneath a pack, and the large hand pockets are strategically placed to remain accessible under a harness or pack waist belt. All the zipper pulls are easy to operate with gloves on for fumble-free adjustment, while low-profile fleece cuffs with engineered thumb holes keep the sleeves securely in place when it's time to throw on the Backcountry x Flylow Pfeifferhorn Jacket and descend via one of Wolverine Cirque's iconic chutes.

  • Stay comfortable on the climbs and descents in this active mid-layer
  • Breathable stretch panels in high-sweat areas prevent overheating
  • Stretch panels offer unrestricted mobility on the skin track and the steeps
  • Weather-resistant fabric repels falling flakes and chilly wind
  • Synthetic insulation works to trap body heat for reliable warmth
  • Large pockets are placed high to fit seamlessly under harness or backpack
  • Gearhead Certified Product
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

The Perfect Touring Layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

This is the best touring mid-layer I have ever owned and my new go-to. I have worn this jacket on both freezing cold bluebird days and in actual blizzard conditions with 40mph+ winds and it holds up amazingly in both. It is breathable but super warm at the same time and always end up working up a sweat no matter what the temperature is. What I love most about this jacket though is the length - if you have a longer torso, have no fear - the cut of this jacket is flattering and will fit you well whether you are on the shorter or taller side. For reference, I am 5'5" and ordered a size M which was perfect - it gives me plenty of room for a thick baselayer, bibs, and a beacon underneath while not being skin tight and sits just below my hips. I will be wearing this layer for more than just touring though - this will be a great insulation layer for hiking, camping, and even just running errands around town.

She Loves it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I got this jacket for my wife and she loves it! She wanted a down style jacket that was not as puffy as the rest so when I though of this I knew that it was the one for her. She has warn it every day for the last 2 weeks, and she loves it. it keeps her warm and looks good while doing it! Would definitely recommend this jacket!

Made me a hero!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: m

Bought this jacket for my wife and it has been the perfect mid layer. Keeps her warm on cold days with a shell over and by it's self on warmer days.

Amazing Jacket!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: X-Large

I have been agonizing for a while on what mid-layer day to day jacket I should purchase and I think I have found the perfect one! I have had a chance to wear for about a week or so and haven't wanted to take off, every morning for work I can layer this over really anything I choose to wear into the office. The stretchy panel on the back and armpits is genius, it stretches better than any another jacket of its type and is my favorite part about it. I typically wear XL in all my ski jackets and I stuck to that size and it is perfect for me. I like looser fitting jackets. Overall the best jacket choice I have made in a while.

Perfect Mid Layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

This is half the price of a similar mid layer jacket from arcteryx, and I feel like there's 0 compromise. Its the perfect mid-layer jacket for a lift ski day or a great mid-weight jacket for wearing around. The sleeves are nice and long, and the fit is slender and super classy.

Great layering piece

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

It is SO unbelievably hard to find an insulating piece for touring that is breathable enough where you don't end up soaking wet if you have to wear it on the skinner on a chilly day. I run really cold, and have to find the careful balance of staying warm without getting dangerously sweaty. I actually tested this jacket out UNDER my shell while skinning on a below-freezing morning and I'm definitely impressed with how well the breathable stretch panels at the back actually worked to keep me at a comfortable temperature while the insulated front kept my core warm. It fits really nicely in my pack, too, and is definitely something I'd always have on me for most of the conditions I'd encounter here in Utah.

The fit is slightly slimmer in the sleeves and body, which makes it fit really nicely under a more fitted shell. I have pretty broad shoulder and sometimes have to size up in jackets so they don't pinch me under my arms and in my shoulders, but I got away with a small in this, even with a baselayer and fleece underneath.