Basin and Range Empire 3L Shell Jacket - Men's

Gear up to get down.

When the weather guessers are calling for more than a foot of fresh snow overnight and a few more inches throughout the day, you'd better fake a hernia quick, because tomorrow is going be sick. It's in times like these that you're going to want the Basin and Range Men's Empire 3L Shell Jacket to keep you dry while you make the most of your ,"sick day."

This burly three-layer shell is built to put the stop on nuking snow, howling lift chair winds, and of course, bottomless face shots. Fully taped seams prevent any moisture from seeping through, while a DWR finish makes moisture bead along the face fabric. When you're booting it to the goods, two underarm ventilation zips let you dump heat quick, so you don't sweat out your underlying layers. And when it's time to buckle your boots down and send it, an integrated powder skirt and helmet-compatible hood let you keep everything cinched down and snow-tight.

  • Three-layer shell with DWR finish (10k/10K)
  • Fully taped seams
  • DWR finish
  • Regular fit
  • Underarm ventilation zips
  • Integrated powder skirt
  • Helmet-compatible, adjustable hood
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great style and function

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I bought this jacket as a gift for a friend who took a birthday snowboarding trip to Austria. He hasn't upgraded his gear since we went to college together 10 years ago, so I was determined to show him how far outdoor clothing tech has come. He wears a size medium in everything and this was no exception. He's very happy with the quality and style of the jacket, and is stoked to no longer be absorbing snow thru his shells while riding.

Well made jacket

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

I've been looking for a 3l shell for some time and settled thought I would give basin and range a try. What drew me in was the blue color and the appearance of the fit on the website. When i received it, the color was spot on and the fit is great - for me. I'm 6'4" and a little over 200lbs and its quite long, lots of flexibility and comfortable in the right areas. Its wide in the shoulders and tight in the waist which is what i was looking for. Overall, I'm impressed with the quality. I've only had a chance to wear it a few times, but it didn't disappoint in skiing, hiking or in the rain. Ive received a few compliments on the look of it too.

Well made, lightweight, slim fit

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

This jacket is very well made and very light, also the color is darker than the picture suggests. It is more the blue color of an iMessage chat bubble. The inside pocket is fairly small, my iPhone 6 (not the plus) barely fits in the pocket. The powder skirt is also not removable. Those are my only complaints about this jacket though. The fit is pretty true to size but it does fit rather slim. I am 6'0 160 lbs and got the medium. Arm length is a tad long which is good, but if I had gotten the large it would be WAY too long. Cuffs are large so they should accommodate almost all gloves. Great wind and water proofing while still remaining breathable. For colder days you need to layer as it is not insulated (which is expected since it is just a shell). Length of the jacket is right below the waist. Jacket fits anyone whose taller and has a slim waist. Shorter torso, wider waist, and short arms, I would recommend another jacket. Sorry but that's just how it fits. All in all, a great shell especially for the price!

Well made; be careful with sizing.

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

This jacket appears to be extremely well made and designed. Unfortunately, the sizing is on the slim side, and the representative I dealt with did not factor in layering when advising on size. Be careful when ordering, especially at the last minute. Because of this sizing, I won't be able to have this jacket for a ski trip. I'm still considering getting the next size up, however, because it's that well made.

Lightweight

    This is a lightweight coat that's a little on the slim fit side. You definitely want to layer with this coat as its not insulated. Gets the job done.

    All round goodness

    All round goodness

    Is this jacket insulated? How does it compare to some of the other jackets similarly priced? (Northface Gatekeeper for example) Thanks!

    Hey Darragh, I don't personal experience with the TNF Gatekeeper. From the specs I'd say its very close to the same in water resistance but trimmer in the fit for sure.

    there is no insulation like down or a synthetic layer but its got a fleeced backing that provide much more warmth than a windstopper softshell and less than my OR Superlayer jacket.

    I go with this jacket on colder dry days with a simple wool baselayer, OR Acetalyne jacket and the Empire and stay pretty warm.

    Hope that helps

    inside pocket and my massive Galexy S6

    inside pocket and my massive Galexy S6

    #PutAGoatOnIT - nice Reid!

    All round goodness

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Well after a solid month of use and abuse I'm still stoked about the Basin and Range Empire. Admittedly cautious about new brands this jacket surpassed my expectations. 3 layer shell jacket weather proof to a point. I have yet to take it out in a PNW snowstorm to test its water proofing. All other ski conditions the jacket as crushed! 40mph winds touring up ridges, cold weather splitboarding, resort laps from sun to snow.

    Soft fleece lining is warm and traps heat while the pit vents dump it right back out.

    Pros, fully featured resort and side country jacket. powder skirt media ported chest pocket, inside security pocket, helmet compatible hood, vents and tough material.

    Cons, inside pocket is too small for larger smartphones, Powder skirt isn't removable. DWR didn't last long.

    All in all this is a great stand alone ski\snowboard jacket. Handles backcountry adventures variable weather very well.

    The sizing is perfect, not boxy in the body, long in the arms.

    Only things I would change about the jacket would be larger pockets inside and lycra wrist gaiters, cause I like those!!

    I'm excited to see what else Basin and Range crank out.

    All round goodness

    Another skin track...

    Another skin track...

    Looks/ Feels Awesome, Really Weird Fit

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Small

    I wanted to love this jacket. The jacket looks great and the material feels really durable, but the fit is hard to describe:. both too large and too small at the same time. I'm 5'8", about 140lbs with a slim/athletic build, 37" chest and 30"-31" waist. First of all, the jacket is long. Great for keeping the powder out so not a big issue. However, when i tried to zip the jacket up, i had to pull very hard just to get the zipper to meet up. The jacket was extremely tight at my waist and would restrict movement. The torso was just about right, but the shoulders seemed a bit boxy and the arms were a bit long... Historically i've bought a lot of Patagonia, Stoic, and BC private label gear, and size small has almost always fit very well.

    If you are tall, broad shouldered, skinny with a small waist, and have long arms, I think this jacket would be perfect.

    Perfect for a little backcountry.

    Perfect for a little backcountry.

    I'm 6'0", 145lbs - thinking of getting this jacket for resort use & backcountry touring. I'm tall & skinny, what size should I get? Thanks.

    Best Answer

    Hey Andrew, I"m 6'2" and skinny, long build. I went with the Large cause often when the body fits the arms are too short.

    It fits well. great for layering. Its long in the body without being boxy.

    Ha, I have the same problem with all my jackets, they fit in the body but short in the arms. Thanks for the help Reid! Happy touring.

    Layers well.

    Kyle is wearing a size large with the Wasatch down jacket underneath. He is 6'1.

    Layers well.

    I have a slightly longish torso so jacket length is important for me. I am 6ft, question is how far down does this cover on kyle's backside.

    Anyone have a photo of this jacket being worn for a sizing reference?

    Reid,



    This model is 5'9 with broad shoulders. He preferred the fit of the size large over the medium, due to his broad shoulders and his style preference, which is long and baggy. Lookin' Good!



    More questions? Just call or email me, directly.

    Reid,

This model is 5'9 with broad shoulders. He preferred the fit of the size large over the medium, due to his broad shoulders and his style preference, which is long and baggy. Lookin' Good!

More questions? Just call or email me, directly.
    Best Answer

    I just purchased this jacket, I haven't been out on the slopes with it yet, but I can tell you about the fit.



    I'm 5'11'' and I weigh 175. I'm a slim build and I ordered a medium. It's fits perfectly. It's not too tight, but it's also big enough that I can layer underneath it. If I had ordered the large I would have been unhappy. It just depends on what you want.