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Burly ski jacket with legendary storm protection and unparalleled breathability.

The ridge was steep and angry that day, and the storm raged like a ferocious beast. But, thanks to its waterproof breathable eVent fabric, your Westcomb Flow FX Hooded Jacket helped you to brave the tumultuous ordeal and slay the sickest line you’ve ever skied.
  • eVent fabric combines waterproof technology and industry-leading breathability to keep you dry and comfortable in extreme weather conditions—guaranteed
  • Fully taped seams block water and melting snow from sneaking in through the fabric joints, and micro seam taping process utilizes thin and light materials to create a pliable seam and reduce weight
  • Extra-plush Polartec Thermal Pro Hi-Loft lining acts as a thin layer of insulation to keep you warm, but, unlike traditional insulations, it’s lightweight, breathable, and actively wicks moisture away from your body
  • Seams constructed with 20 SPI (stitches per inch), which exceeds industry standards; a higher SPI creates a lighter, more durable seam that doesn’t require topstitching
  • Removable powder skirt, adjustable cuffs, and a burly storm hood work together to block out cold, wet winter weather
  • Underarm zips help prevent overheating during a sunny, late-season runs and long boot-packs up steep chutes
  • The fashion-forward freeride fit gives you room to move and to layer but doesn’t feel overly baggy—to take advantage of this feature, Westcomb recommends you order your normal size
  • Westcomb makes its products using sustainable practices and partners with companies that share its vision of ecologically responsible manufacturing

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2 5

the liner is horrible

I bought this and am returning it. The liner is comprised of furrish fabric. While not bad on the inside of the jacket, it is a horrible idea to put into the hood, and at the tail of the jacket below the powder skirt. It does two things great.

1 - retains sweat and stench
2 - balls up snow that is impossible to remove without melting

After one day, I had a jacket that was a solid sheet of compressed snow under the powder skirt. I was going to wear the jacket after riding with my jeans, but that was impossible because the jacket had to "thaw" and then was sopping wet.

One other problem is the lack of multiple interior pockets. Super warm though, and the event on the exterior is great.

5 5

westcomb warranty policy

there was some comment on here for another westcomb product...can't find it now...that claimed westcomb wouldn't warranty any of their products purchased on bc.com or SAC because they were closeout prices. after contacting BC to confirm that they are an authorized westcomb dealer i wrote westcomb and asked their warranty department if they honor warranties for products purchased from BC/SAC and they confirmed that they do. bad ass jacket, highest possible quality and warmth.

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I wrote the comment and it is 100% true. Westcomb would not warranty a jackets picked up off SAC. They offered me partial credit, less thanhalf, instead of a replacment. I always thought it was a product warranty not a price. Of the four Westcombs my fianc�e and I have, two have de-laminated. When hers started to fall apart we took it to the retailer and retailer took care of us. When I contacted Westcomb personallywith my SAC jacket, they had no intrest in warranting their product and were downright rude. We no longer purchase Westcomb products.

How warm is this jacket?

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How warm is this jacket?

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Tough question to answer. From reading the other reviews, it sounds like this is a fairly warm jacket.

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Very Warm. I boarded on some of the coldest days at Breckenfridge (a.k.a. Breckenridge) and this kept me warm.

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Too warm for many applications. I use mine for an around town/work coat. I can wear nothing but a tee under in on zero degree days and stay warm.

4 5

Get in the Flow

I bouoght this jacket to snowboard during really cold days in the Colorado Rockies. I've used this over 15 days of boading this season...in some of the coldest, windy days up on the peaks of Breckenfridge. This jacket handled the harsh weather like a monster but with class and style. I have not been cold in this thing and unless it gets freeze my nuts off cold, I usually just board in a thermal top and a t-shirt...otherwise, I'll through on a light middle layer. The jacket vents and breaths really well to dump heat because of the eVent and pit zips. This is a good thing because as you start moving, you will get warm. The eVent material is very thick and durable...I feel bullet proof when riding. The jacket has no tears or scratches after some serious falls and branch wackings.

I got the asphalt (grey) in medium and it looks slick without being loud. Will go nicely with almost any kind of boarding pants. When Westcomb says this has a relaxed fit they were not joking. Don't mistake this jacket for something in their alpine/mountaineering line...this not fitted at all. I usually wear a medium in Arcc'Teryx or MHW so I ordered a medium and initially felt like it was large. I quickly got used to it and besides, its for boarding so having a baggy fit works. The jacket also has a much longer length than an alpine/mountaineering jacket.

Westcomb did a nice job with build quality and design. There are a lot of nice touches. The hood is huge and easily covered my riding helmet. The pockets are very large and have H2O proof zippers. The fleece lining is similar to the same stuff that as the monkey man jacket or the inside of the Arc'teryx hercules jacket. It will keep you warm. The chest pockets are a different colar (same color as the bottom rear patch). I usually ride without the powder skirt unless I'm hitting pow.


The negatives are that this jacket is heavy...but what do you expect with that amount of fleece and the weigth of the eVent. I don't mind it much but if they had a poly-fiber fill option like primaloft, I'd think about that option...although I suspect you'd like you were wearing a puffy. Also, I'd like to have a bit of fleece around the chin, especially on those cold windy days.

Otherwise, a fantastic, bomb proof, heavy duty jacket that will keep you toasty. Also - I have not yet seen anyone else with this jacket and I've gotten multiple compliments and a number of questions asking the brand and where I got it. After I told them the price most gagged though. Actually...maybe giving a great review isn't such a good idea as I don't want to be going up the lift with some knucklehead that has the same jacket.

Hello,
I am looking for a general purpose...

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Hello,
I am looking for a general purpose crumby weather coat. Is the Flow hoody too much coat for urban home to office use? I will be moving to Beijing China soon, and from what I understand, it can get pretty cold there(20's-30's). I really like the looks, but I dont want to overheat. Also, a all in one jacket is nice when dressing up for work, as I wouldn't need to "outdoorsie" layering thing. Any thoughts?

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Yes, too much for home to office, unless it's pretty cold where you are. This would probably work well paired with a sweater in China.

will this jacket be on sale thru the...

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will this jacket be on sale thru the weekend

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Hey Sean,

The sales change almost daily, if you're set on an item and it is on sale at the time I suggest getting it then to guarantee the price. Backcountry.com also offers a 30 day price match guarantee after your purchase. So, if you buy the item at this price and it goes lower on this site within 30 days of purchase they will refund you the difference.

Does anyone know how the sizing on this...

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Does anyone know how the sizing on this jacket runs? I am right on the cusp for Med/Lrg in most Westcomb stuff. I heard that this one runs a bit bigger? Which shlould put me in the Med, 5'7" and 165 with long arms. Help a brother out.

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Go with the medium.

The Flow FX runs a size larger than normal alpine gear. So if you're typically a large, the medium will best suit you.

5 5

The last insulated jacket I buy.

So this review is for the 2011 Flow FX. First impression, love the denim feel/look (currently have the Absynthe color). It's rated at 820 eVent which is a measure of thickness, and I feel more comfortable skiing/skinning through trees without worrying about any rips or tares than I have in any other gear. At a hair over 4 lbs, the Flow FX is indeed on the heavy side but the plush Polartec interior will leave you forgetting that when it's super cold outside.

Second impression, DEEP pockets all around. The Flow FX has two large chest pockets with seamless zippers that are actually a bit hidden for a lack of a better description. The two hand pockets are also voluminous, and Westcomb designed a sleek look with the addition of a single snap button to keep the pockets more streamlined.

Back to the interior - again, plush is how to best word the feel of the material. You definitely sense right away that you get what you pay for. This is a very warm but also very breathable jacket as eVent is superior to anything out there right now. Pit zips are long and again, seamless and waterproof. I'm 5'10", 180 lbs and the large fits roomy but not excessively baggy. I probably could have fit into a medium but opted for a more freeride look.

Overall, I'm very impressed by the warmth, feel, durability, breathability, and waterproofing of the Flow FX. I recently spent a weekend that dropped over 30" of snow in Colorado and was surprised to end the day as dry as I did. Lastly, you can feel good buying from Westcomb knowing they make all their garments in Canada.

The last insulated jacket I buy.