Hayden Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket
Why We Like It
When we want to say goodbye to the crowds and head as deep as possible into the backcountry, we always take the Hayden Jacket along for the adventure. Since we're experts in this field, we designed this technical shell with a little help from Gore-Tex's new Infinium fabric, which delivers highly breathable performance when we're working hard—for our turns, perhaps. It won't keep out heavy or constant snow, but it will shed the light stuff, and it ensures that we don't get bogged down by our own microclimate. Built for active comfort, with large underarm vents and a stretchy construction, not even the steepest lines are beyond our reach.
Our passion, Gore’s Expertise
Our gear-loving expertise in the mountains goes back more than 20 years, and Gore-Tex is one of our favorite names in the game. Given our passion for the outdoors and Gore’s industry-defining expertise, it only makes sense that we teamed up to produce outerwear that defends on storm days and delivers comfort when we’re playing hard.
Breathable performance for active winter pursuits
Even the techiest of hardshells can leave us clammy on the skintrack, but we’ve taken advantage of Gore-Tex’s newest fabric in order to feel our best in the backcountry. Made to favor comfort and performance over waterproofness, this innovative technology is more flexible, breathable, and functional than classic Gore-Tex, making it ideal for steep, switchback-riddled ascents. It also boasts a Windstopper membrane to cut the chill during windswept traverses.
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.
A slim fit keeps excess fabric to a minimum for more efficient skinning on steep ascents, with a minimalist design that pairs better with touring packs and alpine harnesses.
Built for backcountry touring
From their slim fit to their Infinium construction, our touring outerwear balances comfort with protection. We’ve designed these pieces to be low-bulk and breathable with a minimalist design that keeps weight manageable. Thoughtfully placed pockets assist with gear storage for items like skins or a beacon, and stowed gear is always accessible, even while wearing a pack.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- A lightweight shell for adventurous trips into the backcountry
- Gore-Tex Infinium delivers highly breathable weather protection
- Windproof membrane defends against strong windsweapt ridge lines
- Adjustable hood, hem, and cuffs help keep the chill at bay
- Zippered vents give you a quick way to dump heat on the skin track
- Oversized chest pockets can easily hold skins or gloves
- Interior loop provides a handy attachment for your beacon
- Slim fit keeps bulk to a minimum during active pursuits
- Item #BCC00F0
What do you think about this product?
March 10, 2020
Best Jacket but...
This is one of the best jackets I have owned but I am selling it for few reasons. First, little bit too heavy and the middle additional zipper is not necessary for me. Secondly, the hood is extremely too big. I do understand the hood is designed to cover over the helmet but still too big for me. Lastly, I would keep the jacket if there were side zipper pockets.
February 4, 2020
I have been skiing in the Hayden for about a month and a half now. Couple things that really stand out are the ventilation and the stretch. The pit zips are large and do a great job dumping heat. The dual zipper is also a fantastic feature that allows for some added ventilation without having to keep the jacket open. The chest pockets are large enough to hold your skins which is awesome though I would have liked to have an additional hip pocket or something. The material has a nice amount of stretch that gives you a comfortable fit and great range of motion. Perfect length for a touring specific jacket. I would probably have gone with the medium size if I were to do it again. I'm just over 6' and about 180. The Large size definitely works but has a little more room than I typically like. The arm length is perfect. So many shells I have tested have really long sleeves which can definitely serve a purpose in some situations but for an everyday touring jacket I don't think it is necessary. The cuffs work well with gauntlet or under the cuff style gloves. Overall a great piece that I look forward to throwing on as I gear up to go hit the mountain. It is slightly heavier than I expected but nothing that's going to hold you back . Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for some added breath-ability in a softshell that can take come punishment.
January 22, 2020
Nice soft shell
Great jacket for backcountry skiing/splitboarding. My only complain is the hood and collar design. Collar is way to long, and when jacket is fully zipped, collar covers pretty much the entire face. Hood is huge. Even when put over the helmet it still feels way too large. Other than that - great soft shell jacket.
December 31, 2019
This jacket is a solid choice for backcountry riding. I have used it in wet PNW snow and also cold, dry Colorado snow and it holds up great to both. The front zippered vent is super practical for temperature regulation when skinning or if it is a warmer day at the resort. Combine that with the large underarm zips and you have got yourself a great backcountry jacket. It was pouring raining in the parking lot in Whistler and the Gore-Tex kept me dry. Not sure how it would hold up to a full day in wet snow/rain but I am sure it could handle it. The jacket also held up in Colorado with cruel December winds - I would say it is completely windproof. Wear a down layer underneath it and you have got an extremely versatile backcountry layering system. In my picture, I have my skins in the chest pockets - it seems like that is exactly what the pockets were made for.
December 27, 2019
this jacket is light weight but packs a punch in the cold
December 20, 2019
Solid Touring Jacket
After using it on a few tours I can confirm it breathes well and has a great overall fit for what I was looking for. I typically only wear a base layer under it, but it fits a small puffy underneath if needed. It does not include a powder skirt, but not having it does save weight and help airflow. Also, I wish it had a hanger loop as others have mentioned. This jacket seems a bit expensive for how minimal it is; I wish I could have gotten it for this current sale price (30% off).
December 16, 2019
Stellar Quality, Unique Fitting
This jacket is an amazing shell for shedding water and rain. However, the fit is very different from a lot of jackets, so for the sake of others, I’ll focus on clarifying that. First of all, as with most of Backcountry clothing, it is sized fairly large. I’m typically a medium and this felt like somewhere right between Large and X-Large. Also, this particular jacket flairs out at the bottom a lot. It’s tighter around the chest, but then the hips are bigger than the chest by about 5-7 inches circumference. The hood is also designed with a helmet in mind because it’s massive and is very big without a helmet, even when sinching down a lot. It can be seen from the photo, but be aware the chest zippers are not meant for hands, they are storage only. However, sizing aside, this is a stellar jacket. Nice Gore-tex and construction that keeps the wind and rain out. Has pit zips and also has a neat double-zipper option (one zipper that has venting holes in the material) so the ventilation I felt was really good. I also love the Backcountry sinch ‘pinch lock’. They’re very easy to feel and squeeze, as opposed to some brands that use more generic sinch locks and you have to fiddle around with first. So long as the sizing and cut works for you, it’s an amazing jacket!
December 13, 2019
I got this as a gift for my boyfriend. He was looking for a simple ski jacket to match with the bibs that I also got him. He was super happy with the jacket and we are planning to go skiing this Sunday! One of his favorite things about this jacket is the simple design and how big the pockets are. He plans to use this as a shell for all mountain skiing and then hopefully slowly transition to touring which this will work perfectly for. Definitely recommend as a solid gift for someone special! So he's about 6 ft tall and always tends to get a large in all his clothing so this fits pretty true to size. I feel like you can totally get a size larger to larger underneath as well!
December 18, 2019
Whoa Erica! yo man be skinny! You think a medium would be too big for a guy 5 foot 9, 160Lb?
December 13, 2019
Sick Soft Shell!!!
I love the inferium goretex! It's durable and a perfect touring jacket! My two qualms are #1 the weight. It's not the shell you want for a stash away... #2 There isn't a hanger loop to hang the jacket up. Making it a little more difficult to dry out after a day out on the mountain. Other than those two things I love this jacket! Seems to be pretty bomber!
January 13, 2020
Hoping to double up usage with this as a resort snowboarding shell and as a backpacking rain shell. I also deal with wet great lakes snow through the winter months. Does anyone have any experience with this jacket in wet conditions?
January 16, 2020
Hi Jordan, This jacket is highly weather resistant but not fully waterproof. Should work great for resort snowboarding, pretty good in wet snowfall, but I don't think it'd make a great rain shell.
December 15, 2019
I’m interested in using this as an inbounds resort ski shell. If I’m a 39” chest, 31” waist, 5’7”, and 155 lb person, do I need to further size up to a large to layer underneath this piece? And is it capable of going to ~15F on chilly days? Or should I look elsewhere to Goretex Pro models? I like the idea of the Infinium.
December 18, 2019
Hi Ryan - the benefits of infinium lay more in the breathability side of things so this will likely not keep you warm on chilly days if you are working to hard on the hill. this specific jacket was build for Touring, where you are exerting more energy or is considered a more high-output activity. For something more inbounds, I would go with the Cottonwoods BCC00EY jacket or the Rustler Jacket BCC00EX, both great 3L gore options that focus on waterproof layering and more ample warmth.
November 28, 2019
My son wears XL tall he’s 6’1” will the Hayden jacket fit him in an XL?
November 29, 2019
Hi Mary - thanks for considering this style! Can you describe your son's build and/or weight so I can better assess if the XL will be a good fit? Thanks! Alicia