Amazing, breathable, durable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: xl
This has a more dense weave than the regular pro jacket. The pro version is 70 denier feels like old school goretex, plastic like and thin. The pro plus has a more durable, thicker weave (70/140 I think), which makes this jacket feel more like light weight canvas. I believe they even say the pro plus is a lighter jacket if that's possible.
For the extra money, the pro plus gives you pack friendly hand pockets, tricep vents which are incredibly easy to use, and a slightly longer cut with a 2 way zipper. All of those extras are worth it. What seals the deal is the front zipper that's mesh lined and has velcro opening to your under layers. It makes getting into your bib pockets and getting a beacon out so easy. With the zip open, it provides amazing breathability without getting snow inside and is enhanced if you open the tricep vents. You get wonderful cross air flow and it's suitable for skinning. On top of that, there's even pit zips for maximum heat dump age. In a storm with the hood up, you can still breath through the mesh and it seriously helps prevent goggle fog up.
Skied 3' of fresh with 50 mph winds in the backcountry off Wolf Creek Pass and then rode the resort with a lot of hiking. Lots of bushwhacking and branch strikes. Never took the layer off to skin, never had fogged goggles, never had wet clothes, never had a rip. This pro plus jacket with Gore Tex Pro is also the most breathable Gore Tex made to date, and it really, really works! Coupled with all the venting options, this jacket (along with the heavier duty matching pants) are bomber, lightweight and handle diverse conditions extremely well. I've done lots of resort skinning and backcountry with the jacket/bib combo, and it's the best I've ever used in 40 years of winter activities with heavy exertion.
For the most part it's true to size. I'm very fit with a 46" chest. The XL fits perfect, although the bicep area is a little large. Lots of room for thick fleece or a puff underneath. Not too baggy with a light layer either.
The price is high, and higher than Arc'teryx for example, but I really appreciate Norrona's sustainability platform, material sourcing, and recycled Gore Tex. The trim, materials, and options make it worth it for me.