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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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Checking Lines

Checking Lines

Making the most of the final light and scoping lines to shoot

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Awesome picture Zach !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

Does anyone know the center-back length? Or Can anyone tell me if it is fairly long? I'm 6'3" and 215 and am thinking of getting an XL, just want to make sure it's long enough as I hate when jackets are too short and allow for powder to creep in. Thanks

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31.5 for the xl and 32.5 for the xxl. Measured from the back seam line to the hem. Rock on.

5 5

Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!

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

Love me some FlyLow. This jacket is gonna be so rad on the ski hill. At 5'-7" and 150# the size small fits me great, big hood for a helmet, perfect amount of stash pockets/zipper pockets, burly material.

Gonna be rad.

5 5

A lot of technical for a little price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

The Higgins Jacket is a rugged no-nonsense technical shell. For the 2013/14 season it was upgraded to a 3 Layer, 20k/20k waterproof, breathable fabric. Designed with the rigors of backcountry usage in mind, it has waterproof zippers, large hand pockets, ample hood, and huge pit-zips for extra ventilation. The brushed tricot lining makes the shell totally comfy. All the zipper “pulls” are large enough to use with your gloves on. It has good fit, and like most of their stuff we’ve tried on, runs slightly on the larger side. Minor critiques: we would like to see two chest pockets and the inside chest pocket could be slightly larger. Overall, a great piece and definitely on par with any of the high-end shell offerings from the other big name companies, but very likely a much better deal.

A lot of technical for a little price
5 5

Perfect

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

I put about 100 days on a Bluebird Higgins from last season and I couldn't be happier with it. I wore it both inbounds and touring and it proved itself bomber durability wise and incredibly versatile. Paired with a midlayer it kept me warm and dry for the coldest and windiest winter conditions the Canadian Rockies have to offer but was equally at home over a single base layer for spring park days and corn hunting missions. In terms of features everything is so well thought out I honestly can't think of anything I would tweak: the pockets are perfectly numbers, sized and positioned, with the inner mesh pockets being especially useful; the vents are big and provide immediate relief; the hood is a great fit and very comfortable to ski with over a helmet on the really cold, windy days; the brushed inner lining is very comfortable on skin; the low bulk cuffs are a nice touch.

The stretch in the fabric makes it a really comfortable shell but also means it can take a battering without showing a mark. The only sign of wear and tear I have so far is a tiny tear from snagging it on a sharp tree branch and then falling with all my weight - the sort of mishap that has previously torn other jackets to shreds.

Size wise I am short but wide (5'6, 185 lbs) and found the medium just right.

In summary Flylow have absolutely nailed it with the Higgins and i'll have no hesitation in replacing mine with another, although it looks like it'll be years before I even have think about that.

5 5

Great everyday jacket

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

I skied in the Higgins for the majority of last season. I used it at the resort and for long days of ski touring. A size Large fit me great, I'm 6'0". I really liked the simple and thoughtful design of the coat, with everything you need, and nothing you don't. I found the soft-shell to be plenty waterproof, even on the wettest of storm days, and highly breathable, but the massive underarm vents took care of temperature regulation while hiking...

Great everyday jacket
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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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.