EiderShaper Jacket - Men's

A shapely figure.

While its name might remind you of a corset or clothing item found in a women's catalog circa 1889, the Eider Men's Shaper Jacket is anything but restrictive and outdated. In fact, the Shaper is designed specifically for backcountry touring and freeride pursuits, which further explains its lack of appearance in 1800s catalog.

Additionally, the Shaper is equipped with Eider's Defender fabric technology, which provides waterproof protection and breathable performance in the fact of warm spring temperatures and bitter cold winter weather alike. Perhaps most notable, though, is the Fix-A-Shape ergonomic front zipper which essentially molds to your facial features and promises a friction-free fit and feel. Speaking adaptive technologies, the zippered underarm vents are designed to dump excess body heat quickly, while the removable snow skirt and internal wrist gaiters double down on your protection should you require it. Not to mention, a bevvy of pockets keep necessities close at hand.

  • A durable, technical shell for backcountry touring or freeride
  • Waterproof, breathable exterior protects against precipitation
  • Zippered underarm vents dump excess body heat quickly
  • Snow skirt is removable for customizable protection
  • Helmet-compatible hood offers adaptive defense
  • Bevvy of pockets keep necessities close
  • Relaxed fit enables a full range of motion and comfort
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

A jacket cuff that I finally love!

I absolutely love the Fix-A-Shape zipper. It is so nice to have a cuff that doesn't choke you, or rub your face, or feel constricting at all. Plus when you have a beard most collars are even more uncomfortable. Not the case with the Eider Shaper jacket!

A jacket cuff that I finally love!

Interesting Fit but Awesome Technology

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

I used this jacket for the first time yesterday and I have initial impressions. It was the first powder day of the year and it did keep me very dry and very warm. I wore a base layer, Nano Air, and then this for the shell and was very pleased. Snowed the whole day and I spent most of the day skiing fresh snow. Not once did I feel cold and the waterproof technology Eider uses is definitely top of the line.



As for the fit, this is my only issue with this jacket but it really comes down to a preference thing. I tend to link my jackets a little bigger and baggier (i'm 6'5" and weigh about 205lbs). This jacket is definitely a slim fit and is pretty tight on the torso and arms. I am a pretty skinny guy and even this jacket feels tight on me and I got a XXL. I wouldn't say it is restrictive by any means but if it was any tighter it definitely would be. Overall I was very happy with this jacket but I just need to get use to the fit of it. If you have any other questions on this jacket or any other Eider gear please let me know.



Pray for snow!

Interesting Fit but Awesome Technology

Your beard will thank you

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

This Jacket has exceeded all my expectations. After reading about the Fix-A-Shape zipper I was already excited. Putting it on and zipping it up added to that excitement, you have a perfect cup around your face, and your beard doesn't get caught in the zipper or get irritated by your collar. Along with the over all fit and feel of the jacket, it is super practical. So many pockets for everything you need, and fully taped so you don't have to worry about your items getting wet. I also really like the Shaper jacket, pant powder skirt integration; you can button the skirt to your pants so that it never rides up and ensures you won't ever have snow down you pants.



I wear medium in base layers and mid layers, but always size up in jackets so I can layer underneath, and I also prefer the look of it being a little bigger. This jacket is the perfect Large. Sleeve length is great so when you reach out your gloves don't come out of the cuffs, and not so long that you struggle to zip it up. perfect fit!

Your beard will thank you

Incredible Quality

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

This is truly the best-designed ski jacket out there. Period. From the thumb-holed cuff liners to the self-supporting semi-rigid brim in the hood to the perfectly-shaped chin zipper, this jacket just gets everything right. The powder skirt is perfect, the pockets are well-located, and the fabric is tough and strong enough to take a serious beating. Up close, the detail work (the interior fabric finishes, the sealed seams, the stitching, you know... the little things) really makes it clear - this is a flagship jacket, meant to stand toe-to-toe with the very best available from any company, at any price. I've had a lot of experience with high-end jackets over the years, and I am not easily impressed, but Eider really knocked this one out of the park. I know sometimes people can get caught up on frivolous design features added for the sake of marketing - but this jacket distinguishes itself by excelling at the basics, the often overlooked features that actually matter most. The interfaces between the jacket and the user - the collar, the hood, and the cuffs obviously received close attention, and are all perfectly executed. The materials throughout seem strong - probably chosen for performance and durability rather than novelty and hype.

I can't really say enough about the fix-a-shape zipper and how perfectly executed the collar is. The interior along the chin doesn't have that typical ice-and-snot collecting microfiber lining that seems to pill so easily and is often the first part of a jacket to deteriorate. Instead, the chin is lined with smooth fabric like the rest of the interior, which should last a lot longer, handle frozen moisture better, and ride more comfortably against facial hair or stubble. The collar rides high enough when zipped that you can comfortably hide your entire chin/mouth/nose behind it, right up to the goggle line, without the excessive rubbing and chafing you'd get from any other jacket. You know what I'm talking about - when you're sitting on the lift, with your face getting snow-blased by the wind, when you wish you could tuck your whole face in behind your collar like a turtle. Wish granted.

I like a slightly loose fit for mobility and layering, so I'm happy that I went with an XL for myself at 6'2 180lb. The sleeves are long enough to swing my arms in any reasonable direction without needing to worry about gloves riding up or sleeves coming untucked, and the shoulders have free range of motion. The torso is trim and long - how a ski jacket should be. I found certain other "high-end" jackets from competing brands to have a short, boxy aesthetic to them that didn't really match their "sporty/athletic" marketing image. Eider's pattern was right on the money for a man with an athletic build.

Also, I should note that Backcountry gave me excellent customer service, both over the phone with a friendly call to let me know the jacket had shipped, and over online chat, honoring their price-match guarantee. You've earned yourself a loyal customer, thank you!

tl;dr: Once you spend a few hours behind the fix-a-shape zipper, you will lose interest in every other hooded ski jacket on the market.

Chin shaped zipper!

EIDER and YKK developed the first waterproof ergonomic zipper for the EIDER SHAPER Shell. Basically the shape for your chin is built into the zipper itself!



Comes in really handy when tucked into your shell on a cold lift ride or windy hike up the ridge.

Chin shaped zipper!

Awesome Jacket

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

I was originally drawn in by the new zipper, but that was only the start. I wore the jacket for the first in Tahoe, and had a great mix of 40 degree days with sun, and heavy snow, heavy wind days. The jacket was awesome. The vents were great on the sun days, as Tahoe gets pretty warm, and breath-ability was comfortable. The snow days were brutal, and the hood fit great over my helmet, and that much heralded zipper worked great. It gives extra space in front of the face so the jacket doesn't constantly rub up against the skin. Couldn't be happier with the purchase.

The jacket isn't insulated, so cold days I had a thermal base, with a fleece mid-layer, and the shell. More than enough. Warm days consisted of the thermal and shell.

I typically wear a L, and ordered that, but ended up sending the first one back for an XL. The fit was good on the L, but snug when layering up.

EURO Made 3 Layer Shell with Ergo zip

The new Shaper shell from Eider won a Powder Magazine Gear of the year for good reason! Eider worked with YKK to develop the first waterproof, ergonomic zip. Basically the shape for your chin is BUILT INTO the zipper itself. Sounds weird, Feels great. The shaped zipper allows you to have freedom in the collar of your jacket even with multiple layers (fleece, down, etc) underneath. It alleviates the feeling of having multiple zips all up in your chin when you're tucked in on the chairlift.



The Fabric sports a bi-density weave so that you have ripstop fabric seamlessly woven into the shoulders, back and arms.



Sharp look, relaxed fit.

EURO Made 3 Layer Shell with Ergo zip

Pretty Innovative

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

Full disclosure, I work here at BC and have only tried this jacket on I have not used it in the elements. However, I wanted to write a review to point out the super cool zipper technology this thing has. Sounds pretty boring huh? I thought so too, but they actually teamed up with YKK the classic zipper manufacturer, to make something super cool. I'm no zipper engineer, but basically the way the teeth are shaped makes it so that the zipper bends out and curves in front of your face. This makes it so that when the jacket is fully zipped, it curves around your chin instead of jamming up into your chin. It's actually quite an improvement over most jackets I have worn for comfort when fully zipped.

Other than the crazy zipper technology, I found the jacket to be what you would expect for a high end ski jacket. Plenty of features, and light enough so you can wear it any time of year with the appropriate layers underneath.

If you're on the fence with this one, I would highly suggest giving it a try for the super cool zipper thing (as icing on the cake of a pretty sweet over-all ski jacket). Don't like your face being comfortable? I would look elsewhere.