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Gear Review

2 5

lack of features

I was stoked to find some new gear made with high quality materials that was not the same burton ak that everyone else has. While the fabric of this jacket seems very durable and techy, i have no doubts as to its waterproof and breathability. I am dissapointed however that this jacket has no powder skirt, even though the description says it does. there are also no wrist gaiters. the underarm vents have no mesh lining. I'm 6'1" average size and the large fit pretty well, but was a bit tight in the shoulders/chest. you could definately fit 1-2 technical (tight) layers underneath with decent range of motion but if you like your stuff baggy then size up.

I had spent a bit of time looking through the homeschool site and thought that all of their stuff had jacket/pant interface tech on them, but apparently I picked the 1 item out of 7 that doesnt have it. I also got the skweetis pants which are supposed to have the jacket/pant interface but all i see is normal belt loops no snaps like on my old special blend.

The hood fits over my helmet (smith variant) but its very snug and causes the whole jacket to "ride up" a bit, further highlighting the need for a powder skirt or jacket/pant connection. I really like the cuffs and the media pocket but no pow skirt or vent mesh make this too easy to get wet from snow no matter how quickly you shed body moisture.

I will end up returning both items, but will still be watching out for new designs as they have some things going for them.

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Okay updated review after use. This fabric is amazing for durability, the blue shows dirt very easily. My helmet is size xl smith variant and the hood is just not big enough. this makes the whole jacket ride up. the "wind hater" panels on the hood become blinders that cover half my goggles because the whole jacket is pulled up. the sleeves seemed long enough but they ride up easily so i wish they were longer. Maybe the Xl will be longer waist, sleeves, and bigger hood without being hugely oversized in the chest.

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Hey man sorry this one didn't fit over your helmet. it does fit a lot of them out there. This piece never had a powder skirt so I'm not sure if DF made an error calling it out. It's a pretty stripped down piece. Kinda like work wear for snowboarding. Some people don't miss the powder skirt some do. Thanks for the review.