To the Resort and Beyond
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XS
After purchasing this shell a few months ago, I couldn't wait to try it out on the slopes -- I love this even more than before!
I'm learning how to ski this winter in Utah, so I've been researching the appropriate gear for a beginner, but I knew I wanted something I could get a lot of use out of both for skiing and other snow related activities. I've worn this for every occasion I've gone skiing and it's great at what it's designed for -- keeping out wind, moisture, and trapping heat beneath layers.
**Note: This shell was designed as a touring specific jacket, so there aren't a ton of bells and whistles but you can easily wear this in the resort over a puffy or similar mid layer! It's a shell, so it is not insulated and will not keep you warm without the proper layers underneath it. **
The cut of this jacket is very flattering; not bulky, not too thin, not too short, not too long. Right where it's supposed to be with plenty of room to wear my Outdoor Research Sonata Puffy, or my North Face L3 Down puffy under it for super cold ski days! It has amazing range of motion in the shoulders/underarms, and the tailored fit does not feel tight or restricting before, during, or after I'm skiing (or falling, let's be honest here).
The inner pockets provide ample room for things like skins, liners, gloves, a beanie, or similar items that you don't want to leave in the car but don't necessarily need to carry a backpack for. The two chest pockets are very convenient for my ski pass and my phone -- not once did I feel my large iPhone digging into my chest while skiing.
The underarm zips are a nice touch as well for the days when it gets too hot or sunny but you don't want to take off all of your layers. That being said this jacket is made with OR's breathable AscentShell material and I didn't feel like I was sweltering at any point of the day! It also kept me dry every day I've worn it so far. I would put this on par with something like Gore Tex, but a lot more breathable/stretchy and softer as well while keeping the same amount of waterproof ability in tact.
I am very eager to test this out some more! This is a great all-around shell for skiing inbounds or off - piste, as well as any other snow sport. OR killing it again!