As the lightest, most stashable jacket in Burton's collection, the Burton Men's AK 3L Freebird Gore-Tex Jacket is a technical touring jacket for the splitboard crowd. Its highly packable design takes up minimal space in your pack, while the bellowed chest pockets accommodate climbing skins when you're transitioning from touring to riding.
The Gore-Tex Pro Stretch 3-layer membrane delivers legendary waterproofing, with strategically engineered stretch panels for freedom of movement. Reinforcing the jacket against abrasion while enhancing breathability, the 40D Gore Micro Grid Backer lines the jacket's interior for high levels of comfort and near-bombproof durability. Fully sealed with Gore-Seam tape, this jacket won't leak outside moisture, even when you're riding in the wettest maritime snow and deepest powder.
Zippered underarm vents channel cool, outside air over your upper body on the sweaty uphill slog. Internal dump and media pockets store small snacks, accessories, and your smartphone. Other tour-friendly features include water-resistant YKK zippers, removable powder skirt, and jacket-to-pant interface for seamless connection with Burton snow pants.
- Item #BUR01BS
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
Burton didn't mess around with this jacket. It doesn't have the bells and whistles you might look for in a typical resort jacket. Instead it's more like a stripped down, high-performance backcountry machine. Super light weight, super pack-able, and stretchy! The stretch is huge, makes you more comfortable for everything from loading the car to scrambling up a sketchy ridge.
If you're looking for a high performance snowboard/ski shell I would highly recommend checking it out. I'll post back if I run into any longevity issues as the season goes on, but I've had great experience with my previous Burton purchases so I'm optimistic this investment will pay off.