Thusly, layers are my jam when it comes to playing outside, especially in the winter. Even on single-digit powder mornings in the Rockies, I start to suffocate within five minutes of the lift if I’ve got on one of those super-thick, AK-rated snowboard jackets with the fleece lining.
The Burton Jet Set jacket is a great solution for any woman whose life is a constant melt-freeze cycle. It’s part of the company’s Light category, but it’s sturdier and more insulating than a soft shell. It’s low volume, but not so slim-silhouetted that you can’t slip on a sweater underneath if the wind picks up and your precious sunshine gets blotted out.
The jacket’s got features I appreciate (like a snap-loop interface if you want to attach your jacket to your pants on a deep day) as well as ones I can’t live without (pit vents -- can’t tell you how many times they play into my “I’m hot, I’m cold, I’m hot, I’m cold” game).The lining is bluesign-approved recycled Thermolite (bonus), and the Dryride Durashell outer layer is rated at 10,000 mm of waterproofing, which means unless you’re making snow angels all day long or are out in the storm of the century, you’ll stay plenty dry.
Things I’m compromising on? Critically instead of fully taped seams, and the fact that the powder skirt is removable, but only permanently. I like to snap that thing in when I really need it and not have it flapping around my waist when I’m wearing my jacket to dinner later that night, but if you separate the Magic Stitch gaiter from the Jet Set, you can’t reattach it.
Remove at your own risk -- but that’s a pretty small warning for a basic piece that won’t bust your après budget.
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