Impressive.

From steep skintracks to cruising groomers, the Ortovox Men's Guardian Shell 3L Jacket keeps you comfortable and protected no matter the weather. The Toray Dermizax EV membrane boasts some of the highest breathability ratings around to keep you comfortable as you move and highly rated waterproof protection for powder days. The inside of the jacket is made completely of merino wool to provide unique comfort through thermal regulation that cools you down when you're warm and warms you up when you're cold.

This edition of the Guardian Shell also impresses with its weight. Thanks to lightweight materials and improved features, this jacket is lighter than ever. You can remove the powder skirt when you want to connect the jacket to Ortovox's Guardian pants. The adjustable storm hood is helmet compatible for the best in both safety and protection. An adjustable hem and cuffs help seal out snow and drafts to keep you warm and dry, while the underarm zippers allow you to let off steam when you're in the middle of a strenuous climb.

  • A comfortable and protective jacket for skiing on or off piste
  • Toray Dermizax EV membrane is waterproof and highly breathable
  • Fully taped seams ensure waterproof protection
  • Underarm zippers offer quick ventilation
  • Helmet-compatible hood with horizontal and vertical adjustability
  • Removable snow guard helps keep you warm and dry
  • Adjustable hem and cuffs seal out drafts
  • Harness and backpack-compatible chest pockets
  • Reviews
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Did not disappoint

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

Got a great deal from Backcountry (thanks!) then had to wait 7 months to test out my new Guardian Shell. Finally got it on the mountain, and It did not disappoint. First day was -16C and windy, but I was toasty in my Guardian Shell with Piz Boe insulator and Ortovox Rock'N Wool baselayer underneath. Previous reviewers are right - the quality of construction is top notch. The Guardian Shell stretch fabric feels great to the touch, much nicer than a comparable shell from Arc'teryx or others. It's supple and breathable, but perfectly waterproof. And the wool lining is similarly soft and comfortable against the skin.

I do agree with a previous reviewer that it would be nice to have hand warmer pockets, and for someone with longish arms for his height, the sleeve length seems too long (I think the intent here is to cover gloves more easily, which, it does). Also note that the jacket zips from the left, which takes some getting used to.

Overall, a great looking and wearing jacket that works incredibly well when used with Ortovox's other merino layering pieces.

Nice fit and fabric but design lacking

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I like the color on this jacket and the fabric is stretchy and very comfortable. I could not believe there are no front hand pockets on this jacket though. I returned it for that reason. I am 5’11” 165lbs and the small fit well, fitted and not baggy and the fabric stretches.

Amazing Hardshell

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

Ortovox knows how to make great gear. This is another example of taking time to make it right. Every piece of this jacket is quality. Besides the quality of the jacket the color blocking is fantastic. It doesn't look like everything else on the hill or in the backcountry, and it performs better than anything else I've used.

It is so nice my wife needed one for herself.

Amazing Hardshell

Excellent Hard Shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I have used this shell out west and in the northeast for skiing. It was equally as comfortable and functional on a powder day in Utah as it was in negative temps and high winds in Vermont. When layered properly underneath, this shell is all you need. I use this jacket with the ortovox guardian shell pants and could not be happier. Wind proof and waterproof. I also use the midlayer merino fleece from ortovox and the merino layering system is fantastic. Very breathable when active and keeps you toasty warm when your idle in windy cold conditions. Ortovox makes a stellar product. A bit pricier than other brands but worth every penny. You pay for what you get. Excellent quality, functional and stylish the perfect tri-fecta.

Excellent Hard Shell

I like that color combo.

amazing!!

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

These pants are a very european cut (i wanted that) so I really how they look. They do feel thin but in a good way. I have never seen pants with the velcro wrap around the midsection for lumbar support so I will get to test this out this winter :)