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The Eider Men's Haines II Jacket is a recipe for success in the big mountains whether your pursuit focuses on the way up, the way down, or both. Start with a big helping of three-layer Gore-Tex Softshell fabric, then add Aquaguard zippers and fully taped seams to seal in the flavors. Fold in an array of useful pockets and underarm zips for ventilation, then garnish with a removable hood and powder skirt for soft snow performance. Bon appétit: the Haines II Jacket is served. 

  • Three-layer Gore-Tex Softshell provides guaranteed waterproof breathable protection and feels soft to the touch
  • Fully taped seams keep wet conditions out
  • Lightly brushed backing boosts warmth and comfort
  • The relaxed fit with pre-shaped elbows provide freedom of movement
  • Underarm zips dump excess heat during high-exertion activities
  • Removable hood system protects in harsh winter weather
  • Removable powder skirt with a non-slip band keeps soft snow out and stays in the car or at home when you don't need it
  • Adjustable cuffs seal around wrists to block snow
  • Aquaguard zippers effectively repel water
  • Chest, sleeve, and hand pockets stow essentials
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Great choice for the outdoors

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

After I returned the Norrona Trollveggen jacket (see my review there), I got the Goretex Tech-shell Haines II from the French outdoor specialist Eider. After using it for several hikes and skitours, I decided to keep it due to its smart design and phenomenal performance.

The shell material is durable, water-proof, wind-resistant and breathable, which makes it comfortable to wear. The jacket dimensions truly serve the jacket for hiking, the arms are slim cut, but enough for one fleece layer, and the body has comfortable width. The inner layer is somewhat soft and feels comfortable on the the skin. The fleece-covered collar of this jacket is well-designed and and closes high up. The removable hood (yes, it is removable with snap-on buttons) is adjustable in several ways and does serve any conditions (wind, snow, rain). The zippers are all sealed and designed for heavy-duty use (larger teeth). Pockets are reasonably sized and in good reach. Vents are in good position and easy to use. The zippable powder skirt is a plus for skiing/ski touring.

Taken together,I think this jacket is a great choice for the outdoors, especially mountaineering and skiing.

Looks cool, is cool, has minor issues

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I really like this jacket: seems pretty darn weatherproof and has attention to garment details that you'd expect from Eider. Great hood (not removable, despite description), a "medium" hand (not hard like my old Arcteryx nor soft like a true softshell), smaller but well-placed and well-thought out pockets.

That said, for this price-point I think it should be PERFECT (and maybe also do my laundry). Some little picky things:

1) the brushed liner seems a bit weak and I'm already shredding it in the sleeves. I don't think that's functional

2) the sleeve pocket zipper catches the liner consistently and so I?m constantly prying it apart

3) the fit is pretty "euro" so I don't go for a puffy insulator under it. It's actually pretty warm for a shell.

Overall, I tend to reach for it for the resort. Perhaps a bit less bombproof than my Sidewinder SV but also not so "crinkly?". For a looser fit, or for touring, I like my Flylow Quantum. The small things don?t phase me much but I think they would if I paid full price!

A little bit of follow up: 1) the sleeve zipper finally got completely stuck and tore apart the zipper itself. The nice people at Eider USA were easy to contact and I just had to send it in for a replacement.

2) Despite my picky things above, I love this jacket more and more and am using it more for touring. I don't know how, but it is extremely warm for a shell and I need to layer very little underneath to be completely comfortable. And, as mentioned earlier, it is totally weatherproof. I get lots of compliments on the jacket, that certainly doesn't hurt my love for it. I don't know if there is more than one version, but my hood does NOT have snapon buttons and is stowable but not removable.

Simplistic, functional and durable

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I love the jacket's simple design, very functional and durable. I wore this skiing at Alta during snowstorm, in a very cold and windy conditions and it exceeded my expectations. Waterproof, windproof, breathable and bombproof, everything you would want in a ski jacket. I have this in fiery red color and my friends loved it.

Haines Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The Haines Jacket has very quickly become my go to jacket any day in the mountains. The Gore Tex soft shell is amazing. Very waterproof and breathable. This is one of the first jackets that I can skin in all day without getting soaked form my own sweat. The fit is great and the colors look amazing. The durability is also a huge plus. It has survived everything I have thrown at it. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

Eider Haines Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Sweet, highly functional piece that is well designed and tough. Used in conditions ranging from backcountry ski touring in the Andes to powder days in Colorado, and I'm super happy with it. Extended hut trips and refuge stays have proven it's durability and ability to shed all sorts of substances, including large amounts of red wine. I'm pretty damn happy with this jacket.