I use these gloves daily for winters in colorado - nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and in the spring, they are my backup pair for ski mountaineering. Great for spring days at ski resorts as well. Super comfortable, sheds water quite well, and amazingly warm for a wide range of temperatures. I sweat a lot and so I do go through gloves quickly. These are true to size - I have a large women's hand and these fit well. My only gripe is if I don't have the gloves cinched down, the velcro catches on the strap of my ski pole.
For me a down hoody needs to be not that bulky yet warm. The hood is so essential for those super cold days in Colorado. This down hoody fits those needs. As much as I love my sythnetic puffy's for wet cold weather, this jacket is just so much warmer and don't you always have a waterproof shell to throw on top if it gets wet out there? I was surprised to find that I fit into a size medium in this jacket - usually I'm a large - so it does run a little big. Of course this doubles as my around town winter jacket as well.
I've owned plenty of expensive gortex jackets and was hesitant to trust this fabric for wet weather, but was happy to find it worked just great! The fabric is 'softer' than gortex and thus more comfortable to wear. Also surprised to find it very breathable. I use this as my winter backcountry ski and summer backpacking jacket. It isn't heavy and thus not as warm as other waterproof shells, but seeing as I always carry a down jacket or a synthetic puffy with me, this jacket works just fine. I've used it in downpours as well - totally impressed. I did get a size large in this jacket. I'm usually between a medium and a large (women's size 10). I like having it slightly roomy for layering underneath. I'm picky about hoods and this hood works just fine - not so big its hanging over my goggles and not so small that it doesn't cover the sides of my face. I don't need helmet compatible hoods for most of my backcountry ski days.
Awesome for colder trail runs. It breathes really well and will shed snow - preferably colder snow - very well. I use this nordic skiing on days when its above 25 degrees. You could use it for colder days as well - just layer accordingly. I love this jacket for summer high alpine mtn biking as well...spring skiing. It really is awesome.
Dont you mean a 174? do you need to size up in this ski becasue of the rocker? it doesn't appear to have significant rocker. thanks for getting back to me1
I would like to know if the Coomback has a little more stiffness in it compared to my three year old K2 Coomba. I love my Coomba but sometimes wish it was a little beefier. It can be a bit 'floppy' in conditions other than powder. I ski a 167 Coomba (5'7", 145 lbs) and also would like to know what size Coomback that would put me in?
How does the Gaia differ from the Titan?