First, I'd like to thank backcountry.com and Millet for selecting me to test out this Jacket for the community!
I haven't had a chance to get this jacket on snow yet, but can comment on the fit and features after trying it on with my ski gear.
This is the first Millet jacket I have used but I have noticed their climbing and mountaineering gear here in the Cascades for many years. Their gear always looks sharp, on-point and high-end, and now I can say I know why after trying this jacket and spending some time examining the features. I have to admit, as I opened the package I was stoked, the colors on the jacket, the feel of the face fabric and the overall look of the jacket are just awesome!
I went with a size Medium, which was spot on for me at 5ft 10in x 165 lbs. I would call the overall fit of the jacket average to slightly trim. I could probably get away with a small but additional layering wouldn't be as easy. The length of this jacket is perfect for skiing as it comes at least 4-5 inches below my waist line which should be the perfect length for keeping heat in and snow out. Another great part of this jacketâs fit comes from the higher neck tube, which will surely provide bomber protection from the elements when skiing or climbing. An easy to adjust helmet-gobbling hood rounds out this jacketâs stellar fit.
This jacket is truly a fully featured cold weather-shedding beast, while remaining relatively lightweight for a waterproof insulated jacket. Besides the great fit of this jacket, the low weight is probably my favorite feature. Low-weight is achieved with a lightweight Gore-Tex Membrane, Primaloft Insulation, and strictly functional feature set. Zippers are waterproof and run up and down easily. Large mesh backed pit-zips will make for great heat dumps when pumping hard on the hill. Inside the jacket there is a removable powder skirt with integrated clips for tying into loops on matching pants. Pockets are in good supply on this jacket, making it perfect for skiing in bounds or keeping your gear close out of bounds. An internal stretchy goggle pocket should be great for storing your specs, back-up gloves, or climbing skins. The Saphir color I have is a nice mid-navy blue and the pictures on the website are pretty accurate. The contrasting red and light blue zippers accent the jacket really well and will make this a classy looking piece of kit on the hill.
This jacket blurs the lines between a ski and mountaineering jacket. With its mid-weight insulation, it is definitely for colder weather objectives, but it will provide bomber protection and a fair amount of flexibility to dump heat or "batten down the hatches" when things get really nasty on the hill. I can't wait to get this piece outside this winter and test out its features for durability and compatibility in my skiing and climbing kits!