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Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket - Women's

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Why We Built the Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket

We seek out the storm in confidence in our Cottonwoods Jacket. Inspired by the 500+ inches a year of snow we typically see in our local Cottonwoods Canyons—Salt Lake City’s Backyard—this hardshell is made from highly durable 3-layer GORE-TEX material that can handle our biggest lines, all while keeping us warm and dry. This robust outer layer isn’t as lightweight or stretchy as our Rustler Jacket, but the protection it offers for plowing through Pacific Northwest snow or making the most of pow days is unparalleled. The segmented sleeve design delivers the freedom we need for pole-planting and tightening up our bindings. And we built in a bevy of thoughtful features inspired by our Gearheads to keep us dry and charging all winter long.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • A burly hardshell for skiing and riding in heavy, wet snow
  • Gore-Tex membrane delivers waterproof, breathable performance
  • Articulated sleeve patterning ensures full mobility
  • Adjustable hood and cuffs keep out the wind and weather
  • Internal powder skirt blocks the invasion of fresh snow
  • Generous pockets store skins, accessories, and more
  • Interior comfort cuffs are glove-compatible and thumbhole-equipped
  • YKK Aquaguard zips throughout minimize moisture entry
  • Item #BCC00F3

Material
[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer), [face fabric] 100% nylon, [lining] 100% nylon
Seams
fully sealed
Fit
regular
Length
hip
Center Back Length
29in
Hood
adjustable, helmet-compatible
Pockets
[external] 2 zippered hand, 2 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, [internal] 1 zippered chest, 1 stash
Venting
underarm zips
Powder Skirt
yes
Thumbholes
laser-cut
Claimed Weight
[medium] 1lb 12oz
Recommended Use
all-mountain skiing, all-mountain snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Brilliant!

Very pleased with this. I get extra discount from here: coupon-bird.com

>Rating: 2

My wife soooo wanted to love this jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 8"

Better half loved the color and functionality of this bomb-proof jacket - but it's got an achilles heel! The zipper failed on Day 1 of our ski trip and had to replace with another shell on the mountain which cost a pretty penny. The zipper failed and got stuck at the bottom position. I read a prior review indicating a zipper issue - but all the other reviews + the fact that BC uses YKK zippers which are typically best of the bunch - decided to give it a go anyway given all the other 4/5 star reviews. Hopefully we just got a lemon here. Not what I expected from BC gear but appreciate BC standing behind their product and issuing a full refund. Hoping for better luck next time w/BC branded gear...

The same thing happened to my jacket! I've skied in it maybe 5 times before the zipper broke. I can unzip it down to the bottom but it will not come all the way off so I have to get it on and off over my head.

>Rating: 2

Am I the only one with HIPS?

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
m
Height
5` 3"
Weight
137 lbs

Out of the package I was excited about the jacket but when I put it on it was clear from the beginning this wasn't going to work. It fit like a large in the torso and a small in the hips. Sadly, this is a common problem for me with ski gear. Really? Do manufacturers think only barbies ski? Very disappointing.

>Rating: 5

Works well for me!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 4"
Weight
120 lbs

There are a lot of bad reviews on the fit of this jacket, so I was hesitant to try it, but the fit actually turned out great for me. I purchased it lightly used off of a resale site because it didn't fit the original purchaser (she described herself as 5'6" 140 lbs and pear shaped). I'm 5'4" 120 lbs and I have kind of an hourglass figure (smaller waist, but evenly proportioned upper and lower body). I typically wear an XS in tops, but this jacket in S is perfect for layering (it works for me over a baselayer, fleece jacket, light puffy, and my ski bibs) . An XS would have been way too small. The chest and hips both fit well and mobility is great. For me, the arms aren't outrageously long. The top of the cuffs (the gore-tex part) reaches the middle of my fingers. With mittens/gloves on, the sleeves do get a little bit bunched up, but I probably wouldn't have even noticed had I not read all the reviews. The stretchy cuffs with thumb loops are pretty loose, which I was skeptical about at first, but I now really like because they don't get bound up and feeling constrictive in my mittens. Note that this is not an insulated jacket--it's a shell, which is exactly what I wanted for layering while backcountry skiing. Be aware that it's not terribly lightweight or stretchy compared to some. For me this was a perk, as I was looking for burly fabric since I'm often out in nasty weather and pushing through brush, etc.

>Rating: 5

Disappointed.

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
X-small
Height
4` 10"
Weight
110 lbs

This is a shell. No insulation. It runs small. Loved all the pockets and it’s a great quality. Didn’t have it in a small.

>Rating: 4

Pockets!!!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 6"
Weight
125 lbs

Wore this jacket stuffed with: -beanie -neck gaiter -phone -hand sanitizer -chapstick -headphones -eye drops -Honey Stingers caffeinated energy gummies 😉 After stuffing all of that in the huge pockets I only had one issue and that was when bending over snacks would fall out of the inner pocket that you might put your skins in. That being said I could definitely stash my snacks in other places and put something like my beanie in that pocket. Many reviews state to size up and I almost think I would have been better off with a smaller size, but with a puffy it works fine.

>Rating: 3

Make jackets for women with hips

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 10"
Weight
145 lbs

This jacket his huge on top in the M size and still manages to tightly grab around the hip area which limits mobility in skiing and also just looks bad. Try again please.

>Rating: 4

Strange fit

I really really wanted to love this jacket! Great color, lots of pockets in the right places, and I caught it on sale for a great price. I think it would have performed well, but the fit just didn't work for me. I sized up after reading the other reviews about the hip area running small. It ended up being way too big everywhere else, kind of boxy, with really long arms - and I'm 5'10"! But I don't think I could have sized down in the hip area. Very nice looking jacket though if you have narrow hips and stick with your regular size!

>Rating: 4

Totes Ma-Goats Jacket Love!

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

Have you ever fallen in love with a color? I find myself purchasing more and more items in a shade similar to the Granite Green color and I guess you could say I'm happy with it. I like to think of it as a modern seafoam. In addition to loving the color, I really, REALLY love the function of this jacket. The 3L aspect keeps me nice and dry in the stormiest of weather, which makes me a happy shredder. And the abundance of pockets makes storing snacks, keys, kleenex and my phone a breeze. No two pockets have to have different items together inside them, which makes me have a bit more security that I won't dump anything accidentally when I get on the lift. The only weird thing for me is the wrist gaitors since the sleeves are a tad too long, they don't seem to fit my oddly short arms properly.

>Rating: 4

Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 6"
Weight
155 lbs

I love the color and all the pockets BUT unfortunately after my bottom layers the jacket ends up a little snug! :(

>Rating: 3

I wanted this to be the one

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
XS
Height
5` 2"
Weight
105 lbs

I love the granite green in this jacket and thought it had all the pockets and winter protection I was looking for. The fabric is kind of stiff but it is the fit I can’t get over. I’m petite and the arms are long and there is lots of extra room in the shoulders for me. That is especially awkward because of the stiff fabric as is the super high collar. It’s too high and the collar doesnt lay down well either when it’s not zipped. It needs to be an inch lower or more. I didn’t have the hip problem others referred to but the rest made it a nonstarter for me. Thanks Backcountry for getting some beautiful colors, athletic but feminine (most gear companies get it all wrong) but please work on the fit.

>Rating: 5

Cute Jacket!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
m
Height
5` 5"
Weight
144 lbs

This jacket is great. I got the Huckleberry color and it is so cute. I normally wear a size M and that is what I got in this, it's a little snug around my hips, but not uncomfortable. I would recommend sizing up if you have wider set hips.

>Rating: 3

Cute jacket, sad to return

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 6"
Weight
130 lbs

I reallyyy wanted this jacket to work! Loved the color and the cut but just a little too snug in the hips for me.

>Rating: 5

Cute and effective!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 3"
Weight
165 lbs

This jacket kept me dry on a three day backpacking trip last January. Good ventilation, and the hood is large enough to fit over hats/helmets. Love the color, too! Does run slightly small.

>Rating: 4

Solid Petite Fit Jacket - But Size Up!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 1"
Weight
95 lbs

I've never worn anything but an XS in my life, but ended up going a full size up to an S when I tested this jacket. The fit still felt pretty snug. I was a fan of the slim fit, but if you're curvier, this may be a bit of an awkward set up. As far as the jacket quality - I took this for a spin in a solid storm, and was a big fan of the waterproofing. The material is definitely stiff, but it was reassuringly heavy-duty, and I really didn't notice it once I was skiing. I was also **STOKED** on the media pocket on this. My phone is a old fragile thing that freezes the second it gets kinda cold, and this jacket somehow kept it magically warm almost all day? It was seriously witchcraft. My only major complaints were that the water resistant zippers, while they work well for holding out water, were kind of clumsy to deal with with gloves on. I ended up opening up the pit vents a couple times, and honestly decided that I really prefer the old-school non-waterproof zippers with a flap over them, rather than built in waterproofing. Totally personal preference though! The other thing was that this jacket is supposed to snap in with the bibs, but I'm so short that once I sized up to the S, the snaps on the jacket were like a mile below the snaps on the bibs. Didn't really affect the performance - the jacket and bibs were still solid at keeping snow out, but something that's worth knowing. Overall, I really liked this jacket, but I generally recommend sizing up, and be aware that it might be quite a bit slimmer than what you might be used to.

>Rating: 2

So CLOSE

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 7"
Weight
150 lbs

I REALLY wanted to love this jacket, the color is amazing, it has everything you need, but it was so stiff and uncomfortable. I have a pretty average body, 5'7, athletic, not small not big, but if my hips had been any wider the jacket wouldn't have zipped at all. Keep workin on this backcountry, I have faith!

>Rating: 4

Fits weird...

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
small
Height
5` 2"
Weight
110 lbs

I really love this jacket but the fit is a little weird. Like other reviews said, the arms are super long, it's pretty tight around the hips and a shorter torso than I'd like. It has a great performance though! I am thinking about sizing up to a medium?

>Rating: 3

Great jacket some fit issues

Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 3"
Weight
120 lbs

Beautiful colors, great features, everything one would want in a ski jacket. But the front collar comes up almost over my nose, and the fabric is not very flexible, I tried on with various layers but just couldn't make it work when fully zipped up. Otherwise everything one would want in a ski jacket.

>Rating: 3

Review after unboxing

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 5"
Weight
120 lbs

Initial thoughts after trying on: the material is very stiff. I hope as it gets worn more it will wear down a little and become more malleable. The sleeves are also too long...the thumb holes are well past my hands, so that might turn out to be a little annoying. Otherwise, I really like the color and I enjoy the slim fit.

>Rating: 3

Great jacket but funny fit

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XS
Weight
112 lbs

I really, really wanted to love this jacket, and I even made my self wear it a few times just to be sure I wasn't making a decision too quickly but at the end of the day the fit is too poor to be worth the money and sacrifice of efficiency and comfort especially in the back country. The hips are too tight and chest and shoulder area has way too much fabric making it bulky and difficult to maneuver. The arms are too long also. Such a bummer to return it because otherwise it's great! I have a curvy, athletic build and this doesn't seem to be compatible with that body make up.

>Rating:

Other reviewers seem to say this jacket runs small! Any chance you know this jackets measurement at the hips of an extra small?

>Rating:

What is the weight of this jacket?

Hi Crissy, This weights 28 ounces in a size Medium. Ben