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What can Higgins do for you?

Get storm protection, light insulation, and a comfortable fit with FlyLow Gear’s Higgins Jacket. The Higgins blends softshell and hardshell technologies to arrive at technical shell that can handle a day of backcountry steeps just as well as in-bounds charging.
  • Three-layer Intuitive Soft-Hardshell fabric combines a hard-shell-like exterior with a soft-shell interior to create a feel that’s soft, slightly stretchy, and highly water resistant
  • DWR coating and fully taped seams block external moisture from sneaking past the fabric’s defenses
  • Two-way, 15-inch waterproof underarm zips shed excess heat when needed but block moisture from entering when closed
  • Powder Guard jacket-to-pant snaps
  • Front closure and chest pocket come with waterproof zippers for added protection against wetness
  • Helmet-compatible hood provides storm protection without sacrificing safety

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In the mountains

In the mountains

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Great shell for backcountry shredding

Deep Days

Deep Days

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Great for keeping you comfortable when your neck deep in pow

5 5

Who designs these things?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

They should get some kind of award or something. I have been skiing since I was a child and despite being lean (read skinny) have always skied with light layers due to heat issues. This material maintains a comfortable environment inside. I wouldn't call it warm, nor would I call it cold. I just lets out the excessive heat during high activity exceptionally well.

Polartec Neoshell performs like this but in my view is too air permeable, it lets in too much wind when your speed increases during skiing, and depending on the outside temp this can get cold. It is also still relatively expensive. Perfect for high aerobic activities that do not involve MPH. I have not noticed this Intuitive laminate/membrane do that at all. It blocks the high speed/pressure wind during downhill sessions, but allows my core temp to fluctuate with exertion never leaving me clammy, hot, or cold. I'm 6'0, 180, short torso, long arm'd and legged and either the L or XL fit just fine. They don't seem too far apart in size, or maybe I'm just in the middle of the sizes. I opted for the XL to accommodate thicker layers.

This little Colorado company is offering so much bang for the buck. The construction and materials seem top shelf and it has not left me wanting for more or different pockets and zippers.

Is this jacket insulated, or is it just a...

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Is this jacket insulated, or is it just a shell?

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Hey Cam,
This jacket is going to be a shell jacket but the inside has some brushed nylon lining which gives it a softer feel underneath but it will not provide much extra warmth. If you wear a nice down vest or wool layer underneath this jacket it should provide you with the extra insulation you are looking for.

5 5

I Am in Love

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Just got a Bluebird Higgins Medium. I am really particular about my gear. Researched a lot of different softshell/shells. Was looking for something for VT backcountry and lift-serve.
Fit: I am 5'10.5" and 167ish pounds. I have a 40.5" chest relatively longer legs and shorter torso. The length is perfect (hits just about at the inseam of my pants). Former complaints about jacket about rising up too far when raising arms over head are not applicable to the new model (Couldn't get it to come up over my belt buckle). Fit has freeride style, but is not ridiculously baggy. Able to get my puffy Marmot Ama Dablam (medium) down jacket on underneath without looking like a stuffed sausage.
Design & Materials: The material is awesome; lightweight, stretchy, and seems unflappable. Seams, pockets, zippers are utilitarian works of art. Hood is like your own personal tent in a storm (I am picky about hoods. Pet peeve are "compatible" hoods that won't fit over a ski helmet). The Bluebird color is really nice as well. More of a powder blue than the electric color in the pictures.
Performance: Have only had a chance to use it once. Took it on a quick hard charging tour up a steep grade (can hit maximum heart rate in about the first 5 minutes) and it performed well. I expected it to be soaked on the inside when I was done for it being 20/20, but it wasn't bad at all. The thin brushed layer did a great job dissipating wet spots. Kept me protected from hard snowfall and moved with me effortlessly (no noisy crunching associated with hardshells).
Can't speak highly enough about quality to cost ratio. Was looking at similar Patagonia shells, but with those priced $490 at 30% off, the Higgins makes them seems like a joke. I am also concerned about social/environmental responsibility. Great to see the Made with Love in China tag on the inside. Flylow seems to be doing things right.

Flylow Softshells 13-14

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Waterproof rating without compromising breathability, the Flylow softshells were built for the backcountry. Incredibly versatile pieces that take into account movement and venting, design features you need in a good touring piece. Check out the video to make sure that these are the features you are looking for.

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So for 13-14 they changed the materials? I'm 5'9" and 185lbs. Should I go with a M or L?

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I can tell you that I am 6'2' and 210 lbs, and the XL fits me perfectly in the Higgins jacket. I haven't tried the pants in an XL, but my guess would be that I would opt for a large, since I like a tighter fit in a pant. My suggestion, hit up our Gearheads on live chat. They are great with fit questions and will help make sure you get the right size the first time, rather than having to bother with the hassle of ordering 2 sizes and sending one back.

4 5

Nice addition to the jacket quiver...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I picked this up when my compound pants blew a snap and I needed something to integrate with my Magnum BC pants. So far this has been a bombproof soft shell. Hard to believe it is rated at 20K and breathes this good.

The fabric has a nice amount of stretch, and moves well whether you are skinning up or riding the lifts. Since it does not have a powder skirt, windy days can be a little chilly if you don't cinch down the drawcord at the hem.

Like all Flylow jackets, the collar is lined nicely with a fleece like material that does not freeze up on those freezing deep powder days. There is also a nice pass through from the front chest pocket to the inside so that you can run your music, or Outdoor Technology Adapt remote.

I do wish the Flylow Lab Coat fit as well as this does through the sleeves.

I realize that the hand pockets are mesh on the inside to allow for better venting, but they do tend to collect snow on the deep days.

I am 6 1" 190 lbs and a large works great with a base layer plus insulation layer.

I'm looking for more of a gray jacket. I...

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I'm looking for more of a gray jacket. I saw a similar question below, but I've seen different pictures of the pewter color on Back Country that make the pewter color look different in different pictures. Is the pewter pretty gray or is it more of that greenish/bluish kind of color?

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Justin,
It is a little hard to answer this questions because it isn't a straight grey. There is definitely a stoney blue quality in there but the overall base of the color is grey.

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Thanks! And does it have an interior lining? Like fleece or something?

I have two questions:
I'm 6', 195lbs, and...

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I have two questions:
I'm 6', 195lbs, and if there's one thing I hate worse than a jacket that's a little too big, it's one that's a little too small... so L or XL?

For anyone who has the Higging in the "Pewter" color: would you say it's more grey or more blue?

Thanks!

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It definitely leans more toward grey color wise. And as for the fit, It would depend on chest size most of all. Length will be a large for you and based on height and weight in general I would say large. However, if your chest measurement is 43 or more I would go XL. That is the only proviso.

5 5

Great shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Light comfortable, tons of pockets. I love this jacket. I am 5 11 and 195 pounds and the large fits perfectly. Slimmer fit but room to layer.

Is this a good jacket to use as a top...

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Is this a good jacket to use as a top layer? I'm going snowboarding in Cali this Christmas and I'm looking for a jacket to use as a top layer, with a fleece and undershirt underneath.

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Hey,
This jacket will be a great top layer, and layering up like you plan on will keep you nice and warm!

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This would be a killer top layer--it's super breathable, totally waterproof, and has nice, long pit-zips for when you're heating up on a big, hard day. The hood fits nicely over your ski helmet, and the cut has a nice minimalist look to it. I could go on..but I think you get the idea.

5 5

This jacket is awesome.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

5'9"/160lbs and M fits perfect. Exceeded my expectations.

5 5

Great Product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I recently purchased 2 fly low jackets.
The higgins in medium
the general down in large.

I am 6ft 160 lbs and both of these products fit great. I tried on the large higgins and would say it runs big, very happy I choose the medium instead. With the medium I can still comfortable fit the large general down puffy inside. Lots of room for layering.

I ran the higgins under the sink to see the water resistance and its unbelievable. Really quality product.

5 5

Like being draped in comfort and style?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

In summary, if you like being draped in comfort and style this technical soft shell is for you. Oh, and did I mention it has all the right tech features in a bombproof package. Only downside is that it's not very breathable due to its wind and water resistant design. This makes it a great for all conditions minus maybe high energy output situations such as touring. The light insulation provides the right amount of warmth without causing you to overheat on milder days.

It's the only soft shell jacket I've found that combines minimalist design with free ride fit and a bombproof highly waterproof construction. I'm 6-1 180lbs with relatively long arms and the large fit perfectly.

Love this jacket.

5 5

Blue bird higgins

just took the new higgins up to Abasin on saturday. the new blue bird color is stellar. no doubt a great day in and day out jacket. great jacket, great gear. nice work flylow.

5 5

Bomber Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love my Higgins, wore it all last season. Keeps all the water and wind out. Coupled with a base layer is great on even the super cold days. Best part is my jacket still looks new, hasnt snagged or stained.

I am 6'0 and 245.......xl or xxl?

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I am 6'0 and 245.......xl or xxl?

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I'm 6'4"225 and went with the XXL.

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Im 6 foot and 195 I have a Large. I would prob say go xl.

5 5

Awesome Value, Great Quality

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this jacket after looking for a jacket with all the bells and whistles of a $600 jacket for less than $300. I have been using a jacket from Burton's AK line that was $450+ and the Higgins outperforms in every way. Just took a trip to Montana and layered with a patagonia capaline base layer and a nano puff pullover and I was more than warm enough for any condition we encountered. The exterior is bombproof, keeps out every bit of wind and water. Fully taped zippers are a feature rarely seen on jackets in this price range and the fleece lined interior is perfect (especially near the chin where some jackets are rough on the face). I even got molested by the owners of a local ski shop when they saw the jacket- they were stoked to see a Flylow and wanted to know everything about it. My only gripe would be the headphone passthrough coming from the interior pocket- why not make the headphone pass through come from the pocket that is accessible from the outside of the jacket? It would make it much easier to access. Overall I am extremely satisfied with this jacket- I feel like I almost ripped the company off getting a jacket like this for such a good price. Will definitely buy Flylow again.

4 5

Great value, solid jacket!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had been promising myself a change and was glad when this arrived. Simple things done very well. Good fit, good pocket placement and always nice, good value. Even got a few admiring remarks/inquiries about the brand.

can anyone compare this to a Cloudveil...

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can anyone compare this to a Cloudveil RPK?

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They are very similar jackets. Both are 3-layer waterproof softshells that try to combine the best of both worlds hardshell and softshell) into one jacket. One key difference if you are a gear nut like me, is that the RPK uses Gore-Tex Softshell while the Higgins uses Intuitive. Otherwise everything is much the same. Helmet compatible hoods, powder skirt, underarm venting, etc.

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