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Gear Review

4 5

military approved

OK not "officially" military approved but this jacket uses the same 3 layer gore-tex material as my military issued foul weather jacket, however the Burton AK feels "tougher" on the outside due to the "ballistic panelling" which also stretches a bit for better movement/range. The AK is simple yet high tech- it fits great, looks great, it uses 3Layer goretex but not overloaded with pockets everywhere, bad/baggy fit, crazy designs, etc. I haven't used it snowboarding yet but it has made a great cool weather rain jacket so far. Setbacks would be: no zip in capability for liners. No inner pockets for ipods, etc. hood is kinda funky, hard to tell it's a Burton (only small lettering on the sleeve) otherwise this jacket is bomb, and I'm sure will prove itself in the winter months. BTW, I wouldn't have paid the $500 retail...this site sells for a lot less off season/last years model. By itself, this jacket would be the last raincoat you'll ever buy and you can wear it in public with class and style. Throw on some layers and it would work great as a cold weather/snowboarding jacket as intended. No matter what, this is one badass jacket