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Sarissa Sista

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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I've only ever had non-insulated hard shells, so this was a foray into fresh territory for me (Fresh Tracks...if you will).

First off, I'm always the kid with 3+ layers in the lift line, and my friends are always giving me crap, so I thought this might be a good solution. The CoreLoft insulation delivers serious warmth minus the bulk, which makes this jacket more flattering than most insulated jackets. It's just stellar on its own with a baselayer for most days. I add a 200 weight fleece for days that are extra frigid.

LOVES
*pit zips are just the right length and easy to access
*waterproof zippers combined with flaps make the pockets totally awesome
*Jacket is super warm without looking or feeling bulky
*I like how low the back of the jacket hits on the backside, helps prevent snow from creeping where the sun don't shine
*Quilted, insulated hood is made of super soft snuggly material
*The insulation has a super soft, silky feel to it
*2 good sized and very secure inner pockets with an additional mesh lined pocket for goggles.
*Recco for added safety in-bounds
*Nifty flap on the inner back of the jacket acts as a baffle trapping warm air, and preventing light precip from getting down your back.

DISLOVES
*Too hot to consider wearing for touring
*I wish the powder skirt were removable
* I wish the pit zips didn't have mesh as it inhibits venting in this really warm jacket!

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1000% agree with her!!