FlyLow Gear Colt Down Jacket - Men's

Keeps you out when crowds are low and the snow is deep.

Don't let bone-chilling temperatures keep you from getting your turns in—throw on the Flylow Men's Colt Down Jacket to keep warm while you take advantage of all that cold smoke. Built for those colder-than-usual ski days, the Colt is stuffed with 600-fill water-resistant down, and wrapped with a DWR treated, waterproof, breathable membrane, so you can float turns through chest-deep pow without having to dry out in the lodge afterwards. A removable powder skirt lets you take the colt to the street, underarm zips let you dump excess heat, and the low-profile wrist gaskets feature thumb loops so you don't get cold air creeping up your sleeves.  

  • membrane (10K/10K)
  • 600-fill goose down
  • Regular fit
  • 2 underarm ventilation zips
  • Removable powder skirt
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • Wrist gaskets with thumbloops
  • 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 1 chest, 1 internal media pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Not accurate description

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: large

I purchased this jacket to replace an Armada Vortac jacket that was very much the warm / waterproof down jacket I wanted but was too loud (red/orange and given to me by a friend). The Colt jacket by contrast has almost no loft. Only a few of the baffles are even remotely full (what you would look for in a warm jacket) and the baffles in the arms and hood are baffling in the way that there is no down at all in either. Also missing are nice features such as mesh in the pit zips (how else do you keep snow out for the cold and deep days for which this jacket is advertised).

To test the jacket, I wore it over a T-shirt on a cool night of 35 degrees on a two mile walk to see if it offered any warmth. The metal zippers in the pits became very cold and as expected the jacket was little more than a thicker shell. I was cold by the time I returned home from the walk. By contrast I normally wear a low loft Arcteryx Atom LT jacket over a t-shirt and am very comfortable on such evenings.

FlyLow seems to have significant QC issues (I've had other experiences with their gear - such as delams and weak seams) and this jacket fits that bill as well. If the down was evenly distributed - or actually if there was any down in the jacket at all I would have kept it. It was sent back and returned. Similar jackets in the price range are far better. Especially those made by Spyder and Narrona.

No disrespect Patrick, but I couldn't disagree with you more. I thought this jacket was perfect for what it what designed for, which is cold days at the resort. It sounds like you were wanting Flylow's General Down Jacket, which is their billowy 800-fill down jacket or their old Iceman Jacket. I was happy that this jacket didn't feel like a traditional "Michelin Man" down jacket. The arms and the hood definitely have down in them, they just don't have the amount of a traditional down jacket. I found that the amount of down in the arms made for a good mix of warmth and range of motion. I've never felt like I needed more warmth in this jacket, even when the temps are hovering near 0 degrees.

Regarding your comment about mesh in the pit zips. You should have known that if you buy a Flylow piece you're never going to have mesh in any of their vents. Anytime I've had mesh vents with other brands of outerwear I've always cut the mesh out, it restricts the airflow to almost nothing. When it's cold and deep and you start to heat up, vent on the lift, and close them up when you start going down. Even with mesh vents I wouldn't advise keeping them open while skiing.

Also there is no way that your Atom LT is warmer than this jacket. I also have an Atom LT, and while it is a warm layer, it is not designed to take on wind and snow like this jacket. You could've probably made an argument with the Atom SV but not the LT. Also, I will agree with you that a t-shirt is probably not the best base layer to wear with this jacket...but I would say that about any outwear that doesn't have a nice fuzzy (i.e. heavy) liner.

Regarding Flylow QC issues, you must have purchased all of their lemons. This jacket is the 7th piece of Flylow that I've purchased and haven't had a single issue with any of their items. And I'm sure if I ever do have an issue with their products that their customer service will be on-point and get my issue resolved quickly.

Sorry if my response to your comments is a little strong, but it just felt like you were trying to make a blanket statement about Flylow because you had unrealistic expectations for this jacket.

Actually owning both jackets, I can guarantee that my Atom LT is warmer than the Colt Jacket I had. I was not exagerating that there was literally no down in the baffles - zero loft - like nothing between the satin liner and the outer shell. The few baffles that did has some semblance of loft weren't Michelin man thick - I wasn't looking for it either.

That said, you've made the very point I was trying to make which is FlyLow has a long way to go on QC. I'm not surprised at all that some of the jackets have universal loft, while some have next to no loft at all. Regarding FlyLow customer service - I don't buy my gear to worry about the quality of service I'll receive when the gear fails. I prefer stuff that wears out after years of hard use.

I'm glad your jacket worked out for you. I simply have had a different experience. I've found a great replacement which I'll review once I've had some time spent in it.

One last thing, I recommend you try leaving in the "snow mesh" in one of your jackets vents some time. I think you'll be amazed by how rather than overheating on the down and venting on the up, you're capable of simply maintaining a nice body temperature.

Beat the Cold

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

I got this primarily as a resort jacket for the really cold days and couldn't be happier with it so far. I live and ski in the Canadian Rockies so most of the winter is spent facing temps anywhere from 0 to -40. On those days when it's so cold you really don't want to get out of bed (and we get many of these) it's nice to know that I can just throw this on over a single base layer and be toasty warm for the day's skiing. Having said that it has lots of venting so when it warms up later in the day or if I take any short skins/bootpacks I can quickly dump some heat by opening up without faffing around shedding multiple layers. All the little features are just so well thought out for skiing too from the pockets, to the hood, to the robust, storm proof outer material. If you run cold or ski in places where the cold puts you off this jacket will have you out enjoying turns when you'd otherwise be hiding in the lodge.

FlyLow Gear Colt Down Jacket - Men's