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Puff for the pow.

One problem with using a mountaineering puffy for skiing is that mountaineering jackets are made for use in high-alpine environments where moisture is less of an issue. FlyLow Gear made the B.A.Puffy Coat to succeed on the slopes where down jackets often fail. The B.A.Puffy comes with waterproof breathable fabric and taped seams to lock wet weather out, and it comes with underarm zips to you can vent your body heat when needed.
  • Two-layer Intuitive Hardshell fabric combines ripstop nylon with a waterproof breathable membrane to shed wet weather and allow your sweat to evaporate
  • Thinsulate insulation locks in warmth and, unlike down insulation, keeps you warm even if it gets wet
  • Two-way, 15-inch waterproof underarm zips shed excess heat when needed but block moisture from entering when closed
  • Removable powder skirt forms an additional barrier between you and the snow
  • Four exterior access pockets come with waterproof zippers for added protection
  • Helmet-compatible hood provides storm protection without sacrificing safety

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Hey guys, I live in the north west, so we...

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Hey guys, I live in the north west, so we have a very wide range of temperatures. i wanted to know what temp range this jacket would be for, and if it was waterproof enough to handle the cascades, and the gallons of rain that come down on the slopes.

Just Finished Hikin'

Just Finished Hikin'

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Great Puffy jacket, big ol' pit zips are very handy when hikin or when the sun shines. Versatile jacket skied big sky with 60 mph winds one day, 30 degrees no wind the next, same jacket, satisfied the whole time. Zip out powder skirt coupled with the belt loop snaps is a nice combo too. My favorite feature is the huge insulated hood that I can fit over my helmet and keep warm when the wind blows and temps drop. Got lots of good comments on the color. I'm a tall skinny guy (6'2'' and ~155lbs) I ordered the small and was very happy when the sleeves and length of the jacket fit me great, with plenty of room for layers.

5 5

FlyLow - B.A. Puffy Coat - GREAT!

The Puffy is an exceptional ski jacket. Wore it yesterday in a blaster snow storm at Vail. Stayed completely dry, regulated my body temp while offering great technical features. Pocket placements are super. Pit zips a bonus! For an insulated jacket, it's very light. Looks way cooler than most jackets and is easy for your people to spot on the Mt., in the trees, etc. True to size.

5 5

Dry and Breathable

Spent a miserably wet weekend in Okemo, rainy and warm. Jacket was awesome, kept me dry from the rain and fog, warm on the chairlift up, and cooled off fast after working through the bumps and glades

5 5

Sick jacket

Surprisingly warm for how thin it is. Looks sweet and design is well thought out. It does run a bit large. I'm 6'1" and 175 and the large was big, but the medium is a perfect fit with room to layer.

5 5

Nice Upgrade For Higgins Jacket Owner

I'm a hardcore AT guy. I love Flylow pants (I have 3 pairs) but could never quite love Flylow's Higgins jacket. I'm 6'2" 220 lbs, 46 inch chest. Higgins is only a shell, it is cut small, and by the time I put a few layers on underneath my XL Higgins, it fit me like Michelin Man. I could barely get the zipper up past my armpits.

The B.A. Puffy has solved this problem. The Puffy is cut slightly larger than the Higgins and has its own insulation, so I wear one less layer underneath. I now have plenty of room. I can zip a pair of goggles, my maps, and my GPS into the chest pockets and still get the main zipper up without fussing.

As with all Flylow gear, the construction is bomb-proof and the quality & detail is as good as anything on the market. The hood is helmet-compatible, even for my XXL 62 helmet.

The store was sold out of black so I had to settle for orange, but it's not as ugly as it looks in the photos. I rather like the orange now that I have worn it, and it's certainly more visible to your partner when bush-whacking in the backcountry.

The only thing I'd add to the B.A. Puffy would be a forearm pocket for "Ski Data" RF lift passes. In Europe and South America every resort uses Ski Data or something like it, so a forearm pass pocket is very convenient. But very few of the US and Canadian resorts have upgraded to RF passes yet, so I can see why Flylow left this feature out.

4 5

I could get used to this..

I typically wear a shell, but this jacket has broadened my horizons. It's amazingly light-weight for having insulation. I got the orange in medium. I'm 5'11", 165 lbs and wear a 41" sport-coat. The fit is bordering on too big, but I may need to wear layers underneath on those cold mornings at the Basin. The hood is huge, so I assume my helmet will fit underneath too.

5 5

An awesome jacket - runs a little large, though

I was hesitant to pick up a jacket online, but after reading the reviews for this one I felt confident I was getting a winner - I was right!

This is hands down the best ski jacket I've owned. It's very warm, but the pit zips let you keep cool if needed. It's stylish and you definitely stand out on the slopes (who wears black to ski these days, anyway?) It also has all the little touches that have been mentioned here: pit zips, waist girdle to keep out snow, velcro sleeves to fit snug around your wrists, easy to adjust and comfortable hood, perfectly placed inner pockets to hold phones/wallets, perfect length, stuffs down easy, feels indestructible.

The only caution I have is that the jacket runs big. I'm 6'0" and 180 lb; I picked up the large based on the reviews of people here and I was absolutely swimming in the thing - definitely go one size smaller and return if needed.

Buy it; love it.

5 5

My new Resort Jacket....BA Puffy

BA puffy is an amazing piece of technical wear. Previously I used a mico-puff jacket with a shell, but its really hard to regulate your temperature during high exertion days and Mountaineering Down jackets are not good with moisture. My first trip with the BA Puffy was to Silverton right when they got 100" in a week. A few days the top of the lift never got above -10, add to that the wind, and hiking up high on that ridge and its pretty hard to stay between being frozen and sweaty. The BA's pit zips on on a insulated technical shell are an amazing combo and a much better solution. Warm and dry on the big dump days but has enough ventilation so you don't get sweaty for big exertions.

5 5

Awesome Jacket

They one-upped themselves with the puffy this year. I love the powder skirt and also the hood that fits (really well) over a helmet. This jacket blocks out the arctic weather when you are the only one left out there shredding.

5 5

Fantastic Coat

Recently purchased this jacket and have been extremely pleased. I am 5'11, 175 lbs and a large fits me perfectly. The quality of the jacket seems to be top notch, and the zippers function very well (a must for me).

I would like to state that I am not an avid skier/snowboarder, so I cannot comment on how this jacket performs on the hills/mountains, though I see no reason why it wouldn't. I live in Minnesota, so the weather gets cold regardless of if you are partaking in snow sports. I got this jacket during the recent blizzard that swept the upper midwest, just after the snowfall and before the temperatures plummeted to -15 without windchill. I wore it with a single long sleeved shirt as a base layer and was warm the entire time I was outside.

I would strongly recommend this as a cold/very cold weather jacket. I find it too warm for anything above 25 degrees, but for anything below, it's a great purchase.

5 5

Warm as.....

After a few seasons with the North Face Plasma Thermal, I didn't think it'd get much better, but have quickly been proven wrong. Ths BA Puffy fits me perfectly (I'm 5'11 185) and is unbelievably warm. On cold days, I wear a long sleeve underneath and use pit zips when heating up. On the coldest days, I wear a shirt and fleece layer, and there is plenty of room, not constricting whatsoever. Also, the folks at Flylow provide the best servide in the industry, that I've seen atleast. The hood strap[ broke, not only did they fix it, they threw in an extra pair of "tough guy" insulated gloves for the inconvenience.

Warm as.....

How is the sizing of the BA Puffy? I had...

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How is the sizing of the BA Puffy? I had the previous Flylow Puff Coat in a Medium and it seemed to be big to me. I was thinking about sizing down to a Small for the BA Puffy. I am 5'9" 145lbs and typically a Medium in my other Patagonia and Arcteryx coats. Thanks!

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I am 5'8" 150 and it fits pretty good. Maybe a tad on the big side but I would not go with a small. A little warm if it gets over 30 but the pit vents help a lot.

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How does the Thinsulate Micro Puff insulation...

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How does the Thinsulate Micro Puff insulation on the FlyLow B.A. Puffy Coat compare to the 100g Thermal R insulation that is used in the Marmot Trient? Specifically, is one of them warmer than the other?

5 5

Warmth, Mobility and the Little Details

I thought this puffy would be overkill but its holds strong in -20 windy days when you can tuck inside the massive hood and keep everything out. The waterproof zippers are clutch on fluffy days. You can also wear the jacket around town and on warmer days with the pit zips open. I know its a small detail (Flylow's products have alot of these) but theres a little cover that goes over the main zipper allowing you to tuck your face in your jacket without that frozen zipper rubbing on your face. I really do use this jacket 90% of my season, great lightweight option but doesn't pack down like a down puffy would.

Warmth, Mobility and the Little Details
Winter Fishing on the Teton

Winter Fishing on the Teton

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This is a great all around puffy! This thing is a bomb shelter. Ive skied, Hiked, Biked, Fished, and climbed with this jacket and it has yet to let me down. It has stood up to underwater immersion, falling ice, crampons, air soft battles and late Friday nights. I have yet to see any significant wear on this jacket and has always kept me warm. Whether belaying in Vermont climbing in the Tetons or going out to cut some wood this is the jacket I choose.

5 5

One puff? Better be this one...

best all-round puff for the money. Had for a few years and shows no signs of wear and tear. Tough, durable and warm. Great for deep days, spring corn, or bar-hopping at night.

5 5

love this jacket

Had my B.A for a couple of seasons now and she's still going strong. Great fit and feel for a puff with out looking like the Michelin Man. Both ski and street savoy, it's a bit bulky for a day hike, but worth packing for anything longer. Stuffs well aslo

5 5

One Coat

A puffy that you can wear day-to-day. Riding lifts, hiking in the backcountry, it pretty much gets er done.