Category Archive: Jackets

Apr 06 2014

Apparel Review: Dynafit’s Mercury DST jacket

Dynafit does apparel too. And well. The Mercury DST. Breathable. Quiet. Sheds snow. Simple design.

  Just as real skiers have a quiver of skis, at least two, so goes the wardrobe of backcountry skiers. You need two jackets – one that is more waterproof for when it’s puking rain, and one that is more breathable for when it’s not. Of course, the goal is always to have one that …

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Feb 05 2014

Review: Arc’teryx Caden Jacket

Caden provides all the adjustments and pockets a skier wants or needs.

  PR guys can tell you all sorts of things. If you just regurgitate them, you’re not practicing journalism, you’re shilling for them. In the ski world, where we’re all just pumping each other up with the opportunity to schuss through the ever dwindling offering from the heavens, any piece of gear that does it …

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Jul 25 2012

Review: REI’s Shuksan Jacket

Staying warm and dry in humid storm conditions with REI's Shuksan built with eVent fabric.

  For years I’ve been hearing about how much more breathable eVent™ is compared to Goretex™. As luck would have it, the samples that floated through the Couloir office always ended up covering another editors’ body. Frankly I was perfectly satisfied with my Schoeller™ jacket for most days since it was clearly more breathable than …

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Jul 05 2012

Review: Westcomb’s Cruiser Jacket

Westcomb's Cruiser jacket provides a windbreak while climbing Mt. Shasta.

  When first introduced to the brand Westcomb my ears were only half listening until I heard the term “ex-pat from Arcteryx.” Now that I have your attention as well, Westcomb is a new apparel brand out of Canada that gained serious experience as the factory building many of Arcteryx’s garments. Here’s a quick look …

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May 08 2012

Review: Rab Stretch NeoShell® Jacket

Rab's Stretch Neo Jacket in blue (they call it maya).

After only a dozen days use so far the DWR appears to still be doing its job. Those dozen days of touring confirm the breathability claims of venting better than Gore-Tex®, but I’m not sure if it is better than Schoeller®. It feels darn close.