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Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket - Men's

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    Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket

    Why We Like It

    We don't mind when the snow gods are dumping in full force—in fact, we welcome it. We created the Cottonwoods Jacket so that we could continue to play in such weather, snug as a bug. Even though the Cottonwoods Jacket is not as lightweight or stretchy as our more versatile Rustler Jacket, if we're plowing through mountains in the Pacific North West it's the piece we want. Articulated sleeve patterning still allows us the freedom we need for pole-planting and binding adjustments, while a plethora of features keeps us comfortable and dry in even the deepest of snow.

    Product Features


    Benchmark for waterproof, breathable performance

    Gore-Tex is a synthetic laminate that features thousands of tiny holes small enough to prevent water droplets from penetrating but large enough to allow water vapor to escape. This combination prevents snow and rain from reaching layers while still allowing hot air and water vapor to escape, managing moisture from external and internal sources.

    Low-weight breathability for chasing goals

    3-layer construction is more breathable, more packable, more durable, and lighter than its 2-layer counterpart, so it thrives during strenuous efforts in the worst weather. This construction features a technical laminate attached directly to a face fabric and a backer. Though it’s called 3-layer, the design works more like a single layer that seals out the weather while releasing excess heat and moisture. In this process, the face and backer provide protection while the laminate does the heavy lifting of sealing out water and releasing moisture.

    Keeps even the sneakiest moisture at bay

    Even the highest-rated membranes won’t do a whole lot of good if the seams between aren’t defended. We fully seal every seam on our technical outerwear, so melting snow doesn’t find its way into baselayers.


    Modern style with room for layers

    Our regular fit is built with inbounds resort riding in mind. The cut accommodates multiple insulated layers for the coldest days on hill, while still tapering in just the right places to provide a clean look that’s at home across the world.

    Additional Details

    Coverage from deep snow

    Powder skirts are built into the inside of the jacket at the waist to prevent snow from blowing up into your layers while you slash and turn in powder. They feature a closure at the front and elastic around the bottom to create a seal that can keep snow out, or be undone for more comfort during days spent on-piste.

    Recommended Use

    Designed to thrive in lift-accessed terrain

    Built with daily use in mind, our resort-oriented outerwear features a durable and waterproof construction that keeps you covered through changing weather and holds up to daily wear and tear.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • A burly hardshell for skiing and riding in wet, snowy conditions
    • Gore-Tex membrane delivers waterproof, breathable performance
    • Articulated sleeve patterning offers easy mobility on the hill
    • Adjustable hood and cuffs seal out chilly mountain weather
    • Internal powder skirt offers welcome protection on deeper days
    • Beacon loop and generous pockets come in handy on backcountry tours
    • Interior comfort cuffs are glove-compatible and thumbhole-equipped
    • YKK Aquaguard zips throughout jacket minimize moisture entry
    • Item #BCC00EY

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer), [face fabric] 100% nylon, [lining] 100% nylon
    fully sealed
    Center Back Length
    adjustable, helmet-compatible
    [external] 2 zippered hand, 2 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, [internal] 2 chest
    underarm zips
    Powder Skirt
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 1lb 15oz
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain skiing, all-mountain snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

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    heavy duty

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: extra large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    First off I should mention that I bought this jacket for everyday use not skiing. I wanted something that was sturdy, waterproof and could accommodate multiple layers. It definitely meets all my requirements. Great design with plenty of space in the pockets. The fit was good for me but I do not have an athletic shape to say the least. I own two other jackets from other brands that are more expensive but not nearly as good as this one. It is a little heavier but it is a small price to pay for the sturdiness. My only complaint is that I wish it came in a little less muted colors.

    Well-built Jacket

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    The jacket did not fit me at all. However, I inspected the jacket carefully and it is very well made - fully taped seams, heavy duty zippers, and the outer material is very thick, good quality and heavy duty. The cut is for someone fairly tall and slim; and the jacket falls to waist. This would be a bomb proof jacket for The resort or for backcountry skiing. Well done on quality Backcountry, but unfortunately have to return it.

    Review from my spouse

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    This ski jacket has everything you need and nothing you don’t. The strong Gor-Tex exterior keeps me dry when I spill my coffee on the ride to the mountain and the well thought out pockets means room for all my snacks and trail maps. I’m 5’11” and 190lbs and the large fits me perfectly.

    Great shell jacket!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    If you are looking for a tough winter shell than look no further. The Backcountry cottonwoods has you covered on those stormy winter days with fully sealed seams and a Gore-tex membrane you won't ever need to worry about the weather outside. Going through the trees and worrying about hitting branches and ripping your coat is a thing of the past this is burly jacket that has you covered. This jacket does run large so I would recommend sizing down even if you are layering underneath it is definitely roomy!

    Size down!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    This is a great jacket, but the sizing is insane. I would suggest ordering your normal size if you are looking for a solid shell in a "ski bro fit". I'm 6'2" 190 and am returning a Large. The arms are really long as is the general length of the jacket. In hindsight, this was not the product for me (can't stand the wrist gaiters and I prefer a more athletic fit) but I have been wearing the Grizzly Gulch jacket for 3 days now (size L) and LOVE IT. 4 stars for the Cottonwoods.

    Burly Hardshell

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Extra Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    Ordered an XL and it was definitely too big - Im 6'1 190 - looks like these jackets run a little big. It was too long in the arms and too wide in the waist for me. I was really impressed with how bulletproof this jacket felt. I have no experience using it in snow/rain but it felt like it will handle anything thrown at it. Might not be the best for touring as it was also pretty heavy but did have plenty of venting. Overall its tough to beat this price-point for similar type goretex ski jackets

    Solid Jacket

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    The Gore-Tex in this jacket is great! I took it out for some winter duck hunting where i just sat in the now for hours and stayed dry the whole time! the fit is great as well, However i would say it does run large and recommend sizing down depending on what you wanna use it for.

    Nice shell

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    This is a nice shell for outdoor sports - unforturnatly it did not fit me so I had to send it back. Too bad - I really liked it.
    This is not built for large shoulders and arms, plenty of waist room. Its kind of a slim build fit.

    Heavy Hitter

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    If you're looking for a durable heavyweight resort slayer with all the features you want with none that you don't, the Cottonwood is the jacket for you. After wearing this a few days on the mountain, I started feeling invincible as the material feels as though it was a coat of armor in it's previous life.
    -The build quality feels great and feels as though it will last the test of time
    -With pit zips, a pass pocket, Gore-Tex tec, powder skirt, and oodles of other features, the jacket has all you could want

    -Because of the super-durable material, the jacket doesn't move as well as some of the stretchier jackets out there, but since this would be the go-to lift access jacket it doesn't make much of a difference.

    In a world filled with the lightweight thin shells, it's refreshing to have something a bit more durable.

    Heavy Hitter

    Great review! After a ton of looking and reading reviews , your reviews put me over the edge on this jacket AND the Cottonwoods Bib. I just got them both today! I do have one question though. I'm curious if you had any issues with the hood or have any suggestions? With the jacket fully zipped, it really seems like the hood will be in the way, if not using it. My current jacket has the hood attached to the collar, instead of one solid piece and has always been great. Who knows, maybe I won't even notice the hood, once I get out on the snow. Thanks

    Super durable and burly!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I wore this out last winter and I was thoroughly impressed, the fabric feels like nothing is going to get through it, very tough! Essentially a free ride jacket that can take abuse if needed. You sledding into the backcountry? Heli-skiing? Side country? This is the jacket you need! Excellent pockets and pass pocket. Also runs true to size, usually wear a large and fit is slightly larger, this is due to you layering for different temps. In this picture I am wearing a medium however but I would prefer a large. This jacket would last you a few years no doubt!

    Super durable and burly!

    Super Durable!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    This is my favorite jacket in the new Backcountry Gore-Tex line. It fits great, looks great, and will withstand a lot of abuse with the tough 3-layer fabric. You can tell the design was well thought out to include all the features you need and none you don't - burly fabric, pit zips, hand pockets, chest pockets, wrist gaiters, and Cohaesive cord lock systems. This jacket was built to last for many years!

    Heavy, but built like a tank.

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Just got the jacket and haven't had a chance to test it. Fits pretty good, maybe a little on the big side. I can easily layer a patagonia down sweater jacket under the shell.
    I wish the wrist gaiters had a little more elastic to them since I have smaller hands and narrow wrists.
    Im sure this shell will hold up superbly going through the glades at Steam Boat or even a monsoon as the shell feels as if its made of kevlar.
    If you want a durable and feature packed shell that can take punishment while keeping you dry, then this jacket deserves serious consideration.

    Beacon Loop ??? There really needs to be a photo of the full interior. I know what a loop is and I know what a beacon is... what is a beacon loop?

    Hi Bret - a beacon loop is a fixed loop on the interior of the pocket to loop your beacon strap through for extra security in the pocket. Apologies on the lack of imagery supporting this but I hope that makes sense!

    Would you be able to wear a standard puff down jacket (like a 650-750 down) underneath this jacket without it being too tight? or should I size up? I wear a size medium normally.

    Best Answer

    Hi Greg - Yes, you should be fine as long as the fill power isn't too high. This Jacket fit is a touch more relaxed and built for layering so this shouldn't be an issue for you.

    Thanks for your interest in the Backcountry brand! I hope you enjoy the new jacket!


    How warm is this jacket?? I ski mainly in MN which can be really cold and windy. Will this keep me warm enough?? If not what other jacket recommendations do you have?

    Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket - Men's. Do you have pictures of the inside of this jacket. The video shows only a closed jacket. What internal pockets exist?

    Hey Phillip, We do have photos of the inside of this jacket! If you refer to the photos on the side, the second and fourth photo on the left column of photos you can find the interior there. Please reach out again if you have any more questions on the Cottonwoods jacket.