Don't let your shell slow you down.
The Dynafit Men's Chugach Windstopper Jacket puts a premium on breathability for rapid ski mountaineering objectives. When high winds demand you wear a shell during the ascent, pull the Chugach from your pack, zip it up, and open the two underarm vents for protection from the wind. The Chugach's Windstopper three-layer shell prevents ripping alpine winds from penetrating your core, while the jacket's fully taped seams and DWR finish help to shed moisture from snow and ice. Lock the hood, cuffs, and hem down tight when the winds really start to pick up and pull through the crux in comfort thanks to the stretch softshell face. Reflective details help to keep you visible when the light is low when you start your summit bid, and multiple pockets on the inside and outside of jacket stow everything from topo maps to quick skintrack snacks.
- Windstopper three-layer softshell
- Fully taped seams
- Regular fit
- Underarm ventilation zips
- Adjustable hood
- Adjustable cuffs and hem
- Stowable design
- Reflective details
- Item #DNF005W
- Q & A
Great Touring Jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
Finally got to get out and try this new Dynafit piece. I am 5'8" 200 lbs, somewhat broad shoulders. Got this in an XL, must be due to the fact I really only think skin suit when I hear Dynafit and apparel! The XL over my R1 Fleece, and Patagonia Nano Air had a true relaxed fit. I could probably and will likely exchange for a large because with a touring jacket, I appreciate the tighter fit. Their Gore-Tex line up that I would primarily use inbounds I might think about going into the XL, I will always be layering and relaxed fit inbounds is just more comfortable for me.
Yesterday it was 22 degrees Fahrenheit with a lot of wind and snow on the ridge. Was able to ski down comfortably in the jacket, towards the bottom I could feel the breathability and was ready to head back up hill. While touring up, I did overheat when I had on the Nano Air but, worn just over the thin fleece it was money! Its not as warm as the nano air but, once we really started gaining altitude it was a perfect notch in the layering system wearing it over the R1 (it was big over just the R1 and that was my favorite way of wearing it so definitely true-to-size, I am large in everything else dont know why I thought differently here).
Really stretchy which is awesome and compliments that tighter fit, you still get complete range of movement. The stretch also adds an element of durability, instead of a straight tear, the fabric has some give so that you can break free of a stick for instance.
Pockets were fine, dont need too much there for me. My pack waist strap did not interfere with them so that is all I can ask.
Pit zips make this usable for not just the winter. Probably wont touch them in the winter but, shoulder season use hiking and climbing are really important. The fabric itself breathes incredibly well and the jacket had only a slight damp feel on the outside after skiing through the storm plus snow guns at the resort.
Solid piece of the ever important versatile layering system from Dynafit. Jacket colors also compliment the Chugach Pant that will have a similar review!