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    Wolverine Cirque Insulated Jacket

    Wolverine Cirque is an epic basin located in the backcountry between two of Utah’s world-renowned ski resorts, and it’s home to 16 of the steepest, tightest chutes in the Wasatch Range. Skiing all 16 in a single day is the stuff of Backcountry Gearhead dreams, and doing so would require ambition, tenacity, and a collection of technically advanced, performance-oriented, and backcountry-specific ski clothing. We can't help with the former two qualities, but we designed gear like the Wolverine Cirque Insulated Jacket to meet the gear requirements. It's our go-to midlayer for highly aerobic activities—like, say, skinning and skiing 16 chutes a day.

    To make an insulator worthy of such a grandiose tour, we designed this hybrid jacket with a combination of weather-resistant materials, moisture-managing fleece panels, and an innovative insulation with incredible breathability and stretch. Unlike standard synthetic insulators, 3DeFX+ insulation mirrors your every movement to maintain warmth and reduce the chance of cold spots appearing over time. We wrapped this innovative insulation in a stretch-woven, water-resistant shell to shed snowfall on the 14th boot pack of the day, and the fleece paneling wicks moisture away in areas you’re likely to sweat most while moving fast.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • Technical synthetic insulator part of Backcountry’s touring collection
    • Breathable, stretchy insulation ideal for highly aerobic skiing
    • Stretch-woven, water-resistant shell sheds snowflakes and moisture
    • Fleece paneling enhances moisture management and quick-drying comfort
    • Thumbhole cuffs and adjustable hood secure the fit
    • YKK zippers at front and hand pockets with glove-friendly pulls
    • Gearhead Certified Product
    • Item #BCC00BT

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [face fabric] 40d nylon ripstop, DWR treatment, [back, underarm panels] 50% nylon, 41% polyester, 9% spandex
    Insulation
    60gm 3DFX (synthetic)
    Fit
    semi-fitted
    Length
    hip
    Hood
    fixed
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Nice, but haven't found where it shines

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    So this jacket is one that I bought on a whim as the Backcountry in house stuff looks pretty cool and I like the idea. What I found with this jacket was beautiful construction, well-thought out details (like the wrist closures) and really good value. Where things get wonky is the insulation/fleece combination. I'd say the insulation feels like a 120 gram jacket. This makes it weird for me as I run hot and it's simply too much insulation when being active despite the fleece back. On the other side of it, the fleece means you can't use it as a coat to keep you warm without generating your own heat. So, for me in the PNW, it's too warm for activities and too cold for not being active. If it had half the amount of insulation it would be sweet or if it was entirely insulated with the thicker insulation that would make it a good layer as well, but for me it missed the mark.

    Super comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    This thing is super comfortable! I haven't used it while being active yet but it worked as a great layering piece on a recent cold camping trip (temps in the 30-degree range). The fit is a little more relaxed than some other similar options out there which makes it very easy to layer up underneath it.

    Very solid

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    This jacket is surprisingly warm, and the stretch panel on the back is definitely a good feature especially if you're using this for touring or active things. Personally it's a bit too warm for me for that, but as a wear anywhere jacket it's great. The sleeves are long enough usually but I found them a tad short when using the thumbholes, I have long arms though. overall really nice jacket, the hood fits perfectly.

    Wear It Everywhere!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    I was able to demo this jacket for a week and was very impressed with how it performed. It's light enough to wear indoors as a comfy hoody, but also warm enough to wear on a hike in 25 degree weather!

    solid

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I chose this jacket over an Arcteryx Atom because I wanted to save $80. I hadn't tried a Backcountry product before, but I ended up quite happy. It's a competent jacket for "technical" use, and I think it fits the casual role, too.

    The quality is almost 100%, with the occasional fraying cord here and there. It's solid so far (two months in).

    It looks great, and my girlfriend likes how it feels. It's not quite as slim as the Arcteryx, so consider sizing down. The huge pockets do make my torso look weird. Whatever; life is short.

    This is a light insulated jacket filling the gap between your autumn fleece and your enormous winter parka. It's meant for layering, so you absolutely should layer it. I've worn it under a waterproof shell and over a wool base at around 15 degrees F (while moving), and I was quite comfortable. Any lower, or if you plan to be stationary, and you should probably look for a puffier jacket.

    Nice features: some people love the thumb holes. I love the waist cinch and the interior chest pocket.

    Cons:
    -Curiously, there's no neck loop for hanging the coat on a hook, which I find maddening.
    -The hood is large enough to fit a hat, but I don't think it would fit a helmet; you'd have to size up and be swimming in your jacket unless you're a bigger person.

    Backcountry's offering us a good option at a better price than the big names. By the way, their customer service has always been good to me.

    I never have to take it off

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I wear this jacket ski touring, I wear this jacket on Business trips, I even wear this jacket at home. It always seems comfortable. I normally wear a medium even though I am pretty skinny just so the Arms and Torso are long enough but this jacket in a small is amazing, nice trim fit without the bulk and plenty of length

    Great for most conditions

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    This jacket works as a stand-alone layer for conditions as low as 40F and is suitable for warmer spring conditions. You could get away with it in colder temps but only if your blood is pumping to give it a boost in performance. The jacket itself is so light you’ll forget you're even wearing it.

    Layer me up! Well Done BC

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I love this coat for 2 reasons.
    1. it's a great layer for skiing, it doesn't end up wet, due to sweat,
    2. it is a great stand alone coat. it fits a slender build very well.
    I love it. I like the blue on blue combo.

    Great for Touring

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I bought this coat for my fiance who loves touring in the Wasatch. He loves that this jacket strikes the right balance between warm and breathable, especially when skinning up. He wears it all the time and says it's now his favorite jacket!

    Very Good Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Super breathable and stretchy, perfect for exercise in cold weather. I've taken it hiking and backcountry skiing a bunch of times already and it's been the perfect layer. Impressively waterproof given how breathable it is. Also just a great fit and cool to wear around town

    Love it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I bought this jacket as a new warm layer for countryman touring. I found this toasty, wind resistant, and comfortable. Svelte enough to fit under my technical Shell jacket, while still providing me ample movement, warmth and comfort.

    I also find it casual enough to wear daily for work and fun. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a solid insulated jacket for touring.

    I'll Take Two

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    I fell in love with this jacket the second I first put it on. First off, I love thumb loops. They make-or-break jackets for me. The nice fleece cuffs and thumb loops are great on this. The insulation is super warm. This jacket was great on its own for walking around town and driving to work on real cold days. I also used this a good bit touring. On super cold days this layered on top of your base-layer is just about perfect. It can almost be too warm touring on warmer days. I think the Wolverine Cirque Vest will be great for those warmer days when you want to retain your core warmth, but still need to dump some heat if you're working up a sweat.
    Overall, I really like this jacket as a layering piece for touring and an everyday jacket.

    Becoming my go-to midlayer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I have now used the Wolverine Cirque for over two months in various conditions: in the resort, in the backcountry, and around town. This jacket is quickly becoming my go-to mid layer based on its warmth, stretch and features. I have worn this mid layer in the resort over a thin base layer and under a shell and I have stayed warm in single digit temps. The insulation retains heat and is very flexible. The key features for me are the stretch fleece back and the stretch fleece cuffs and waist. Unlike other mid layers the back panel on this piece is stretch fleece which prevents overheating with a pack which is critical to staying dry (not sweaty) and reducing bulk. The stretch fleece cuffs (with thumb holes which are a great touch) and waists improve the fit of the product while also keeping each area in place during rigorous activities. I find myself reaching for this mid layers over all of my other options

    Great for layering

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 183lbs

    This jacket has become my go-to ski layering piece for resort days and for touring. The fleece back keeps me from overheating but the insulated front blocks wind and helps retain heat when I'm sitting on the lift. Layered with a shell (I wear the Backcountry x Flylow Grizzly Gulch jacket) and I can stay dry and warm all day.

    Favorite Mid Layer!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    The Wolverine Cirque has quickly become my favorite winter mid layer. its cozy and provides a good amount of warmth especially for how lightweight it is. The thumb loops are great for a bit more warmth when cruising around town and fit well. My favorite thing about the jacket though is how well it works as a mid layer for cold weather activities. Because of the stretchy and highly breathable back it wicks moisture extremely well and helps regulate temps like a champ. It is well designed and high functioning especially as a touring and resort use layering piece.

    Great for layers!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 240lbs

    This is the perfect jacket for layering. It is great as a mid layer with a shell underneath. If the sun comes out on a warm blue day you can unleash and uncage the wolverine! Let it loose and enjoy the slopes you animal, you've earned it. This is your time to shine. Spread your wings and fly!

    A go to for Touring

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    Best Synthetic Jacket I have ever warn. It is so comfortable to wear around town in cool temps and even better under your shell for Touring. It provides the perfect amount of insulation and has great breath-ability. No Complaints.

    Killer jacket for most purposes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    First off, I love the style. The navy blue just looks super cool to me. Also, to quote my friend Julian who tried on the jacket "5 out of 5 for the thumb loops alone." Obviously a lot of thought went into the jackets construction - there's insulated pockets up front to keep the hands toasty, a drawstring to tighten the hood, the inner pocket is vertical rather than horizontal if you're layered up and going touring and don't want soap in your jacket, and there's a fleece backer and insulation up front (though I am unimpressed with the lack of warmth provided).

    As far as the material goes, I don't love the feel of the outside of the jacket but I like how light the jacket is. It's the same kind of feel as Black diamond's first light which fills a similar niche so that's more of a me problem. The fleece paneling on the sides also work wonders for breathability.

    I felt cold in this jacket in 40 degrees with 3 layers underneath (sweater, long sleeve, and undershirt) and I felt cold in it more than a few times and I tend to run quite warm but this was while standing still. The jacket favors flexibility, dexterity, and movement. The total lack of restriction makes this an ideal jacket for hiking, backpacking, and even climbing. I can't attest to durability yet, but I have tried it climbing indoors a couple times with no problems.

    Overall, a great jacket for casual and active wear, but make sure to layer if you're around a wet or cold environment!

    Hey Ben (nice name!),
    Thanks for the review on the Wolverine Cirque and glad you're enjoying it. Just want to let you know it's *not* meant to be used as a waterproof shell jacket, moreso as a midlayer and outerpiece when there's no precip.
    Ben

    Perfect touring jacket!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 240lbs

    This jacket has all the features you'll need for the mountain, but still looks good enough to wear around town!

    Stuffed with insulation up front, and a nice warm fleece backer, this jacket protects you from the cold yet sheds the hear coming off of your butt and back. The thumbloops are perfect for keeping the sleeves in place on a cold ascent, and the long over-the-butt cut keeps the jacket in place.

    One note though, try to avoid stretching the thumbhole to get over your bulky gloves, as I'm starting to have some minor stitching tear out along the sleeve because of my antics.

    A great jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    This jacket is great for layering under your shell. It is also great on it own. Keeps you warm and dry. Nothing fancy, just straight to the point.

    ok going to ask a pretty obvious question - until i saw this i was looking to buy an Atom LT (since i dont have one) and i do have the cotopaxi pacaya hoodie. Can anyone compare this jacket with those two in a more technical sense?

    Hey there! So the main difference in the Atom and the Wolverine Cirque is that our Wolverine jacket doesn't have insulation on the back - which for winter touring or hiking makes more sense to me because you have you pack against your back when you're touring so you're cutting out weight from the insulation without really losing any heat from your set up. I'm not super familiar with the Cotopaxi but looking at the specs it's not as durable in the face fabric as ours (they use a 20D vs our 40D fabric) and they have insulation all over the jacket except for the sized panels so it's going to be warmer than the Wolverine. If you're looking for a winter touring/hiking/backpacking layer, the Wolverine is the better choices. I find that I don't overheat as quickly in this style but I'm still warm on the downhill or when I stop moving in it.