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Backcountry x Flylow Grizzly Gulch Jacket - Men's

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Backcountry x Flylow Grizzly Gulch Jacket

Every morning, Backcountry is represented by Gearheads touring all over the Wasatch in search of the snowiest stashes before work starts. Chances are good that, if you're on a dawn patrol in the same region, you're probably sharing a skin track with us. You might also share our opinions and preferences about ski gear, and our collaboration with Flylow Gear on the Backcountry x Flylow Grizzly Gulch Jacket indicates that you're in good company. Flylow solicited some design feedback from us, and we told them we wanted a jacket that’s reliably waterproof for the best powder days, ridiculously breathable to keep us comfortable while skinning under heavy snowfall, and ultra-lightweight to pack down small when dawn patrol gives way to a bright winter morning. They agreed that those are all important traits, and we think you will, too.

The Grizzly Gulch's thin, light, 3-layer construction includes a waterproof, air permeable Polartec Neoshell laminate—one of the few waterproof membranes that’s actually air permeable. Unlike standard breathable membranes, Polartec Neoshell starts to breathe the moment you put the shell on. Standard breathable membranes don't start breathing until after you work up a sweat, which can be detrimental when you're sweating on a skin track in freezing temperatures. The Grizzly Gulch Jacket doesn’t exactly eliminate all the sweat dripping down your face when you’re tackling steep skin tracks, but it does allow all that moisture to vaporize off your body so you don’t freeze and sweat at the same time. And as for the downhill, the Grizzly Gulch Jacket sheds all the powder shots and snowspray coming your way, so you feel comfortably dry and fresh for another lap.

  • Ski shell designed by Backcountry and Flylow Gear
  • Polartec Neoshell is reliably waterproof and air permeable
  • Ventilation zippers under each arm amplify airflow
  • Athletic fit with articulated design for free movement
  • Waterproof chest pockets are accessible with backpacks on
  • Helmet-compatible hood and adjustments at hem and cuffs solidify coverage
  • Gearhead Certified Product
  • Item #BCC009Q

Material
[membrane/laminate] Polartec NeoShell, [face fabric] 72% polyester, 28% nylon, DWR treatment
Seams
fully sealed
Fit
semi-fitted
Length
hip
Hood
helmet compatible
Pockets
[external] 2 zippered chest, [internal] 1 chest
Venting
zippered underarm
Claimed Weight
1lb
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 4

Almost perfect.

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

Cuffs are a bit too narrow to easily wear a glove underneath it. I can do it by wearing my gloves first and easing the glove through the cuffs but if I need to use my phone or do anything that requires me to take off the gloves I would have to take off the jacket to get the gloves underneath the cuffs again. Sizing is a bit weird because the sleeves are a bit longer than I;m used to but the body and shoulders are athletic fit. This can double as a hiking shell too. Got it for $257.00 so it was a great deal for a 3L shell.

>Rating: 3

Awesome fabric, frustrating fit

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
215 lbs

I really, really want to love this jacket. The fabric is dead quiet, super breathable, packs really small, weighs very little, and doesn't seem to have wasted any fabiric, BUT, what is it with the arms? Were they made for the skinniest skiier ever? I don't have particularly thick arms and the insulation on my layers is crushed by the overly tight arms. I get that it's a backcountry-focused jacket- I want it to be - but this is too much. Zippers, pockets, hood, neck opening, etc. are all great. Just add 1/2-3/4" to the sleeve diameters and maybe about the same to the chest/belly so you can actually breath when you stuff your skins in the bib pocket.

>Rating: 5

Awesome jacket!!!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 11"
Weight
177 lbs

This jacket does everything I need it to skiing in Western Wyoming and anywhere else. I was very unsure on which size to order between the medium or large and am very glad I went with the medium! I’m 5’ 11” and 177lbs with a pretty athletic build and the medium jacket fits me great with room for a base layer and fleece. I don’t feel constricted at all wearing it.

>Rating: 5

BINGO

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 2"
Weight
190 lbs

I returned the Backcountry Cottonwoods jacket and got this instead, I am so happy. If you are looking for an athletic fit, super simple, technical shell then look no further. This is just burly enough to take a snag on a tree in the woods, yet light enough (super soft face fabric) to not feel like you're wearing a waxed canvas tarp. I'm always on the hunt for the year round shell, to keep me dry in the summer rain and the cold wind out all winter. So far (3 days in) I am very happy with this jacket. The fit is great (6'2 190 size L), maybe a hair on the large side but with a layer you're good. I can echo the issue with the tight cuffs for those with "under"-gloves, i'm an "over"-mitt guy so no worries here.

>Rating: 5

Great maneuverability

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
135 lbs

This jacket is amazing! I was able to move freely, without restriction, and never once got any snow where it shouldn't be! There aren't that many pockets on it, but I like the sleek slimmer fit look.

>Rating: 2

Super Slim Fit through the Sleeves

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 9"
Weight
175 lbs

The circumference of the sleeves is really small for a large. The sizing is right, torso length, sleeve length, shoulder width. It barely fits over a long sleeve shirt and North Face Thermoball synthetic. If I was in shape from climbing, I don't think it would go over my forearms. Good if you only had a t-shirt on. And the hood is gigantic. I wish they would stop making them to fit OVER a helmet, who does that?

You can always cinch down the hood. But if your hood doesnt fit when it starts raining/snowing/sleeting, you're SOL.

>Rating: 5

Great fit

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

The thing I like the most about this jacket is the fit. It's slender and not baggy but gives enough room for multiple layering options. It had held up well when the snow was falling hard as well as gives enough ventilation for the days which the sun comes out. This jacket has been completely waterproof and dependable and I would recommend it to others.

What size did you get? M or L?

>Rating: 5

Awesome shell

Height
5` 3"
Weight
130 lbs

I like the fit of this jacket, the hood is compatible with helmets which is nice. It has enough pockets for everything I'm carrying when out on the mountain. I also like the color - I got the mustard gold and it looks exactly the same as in the photograph on the website

>Rating: 5

Love it!

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

I bought this as a gift for my brother and he loves it! "That jacket is warmer and lighter than I expected"

What size did you get?

>Rating: 4

So close to the Perfect Touring Shell!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
155 lbs

First, I love this jacket and it performed very well through 6 days of BC touring in Hokkaido. The construction is kick-ass like most stuff from Flylow, so I was pumped that BC teamed up! I love the Neoshell fabric, it really breathes well and is stretchy, dry, and quiet. The fit of the Medium was spot-on for me as well. I tried a small and it was too tight in the shoulders/chest. I do have a few gripes about the shell. As another reviewer said, the pit zips are really hard to raise and lower completely without the jacket moving around. Having a backpack waist belt on really helps hold the jacket in place for zipping the pits. My biggest problem with the jacket is the cuffs on the sleeves. They are super low profile and would work GREAT with a gauntlet style glove where the glove goes over the jacket. For us Jacket-over-glove people the cuff is way to tight, even when un-done to allow enough room for the gloves to fit easily inside the cuff, especially when wearing a watch. There's just not enough room and it makes it time consuming and a waste of time trying to get the cuff over the gloves. While it's certainly not a deal-breaker, I think this jacket would be the perfect BC touring jacket with larger cuffs and a removable powder skirt for bibless folks. Overall, the construction, color, fit, and material are top-notch and I'll be keeping this jacket for a long time, but I might have to get MacGyver on these cuffs to help them fit over my gloves/watch.

First,
>Rating: 5

Lighweight and comfortable

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

This is a do it all lightweight shell. It's perfect for anything from touring to casual wear when you need weather protection. It's really thing but feels durable, slightly stretchy, and the fit is great.

>Rating: 5

Solid and dependable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought
medium
Height
5` 4"
Weight
160 lbs

Solid and dependable. Comfortable and lightweight. These are the terms I would use to describe this jacket. I wore this to tour and it ticked all the boxes on the awesome checklist. I am 5'4, 160lbs and this fit me perfectly. Kept me comfortable and protected during a blizzard while out riding. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a great Touring shell

>Rating: 4

Solid touring shell

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
6` 4"
Weight
240 lbs

An awesome shell that breathes well on the uphill and will hold up thru almost anything you'll put it thru. Might want something burlier for the resort, but this shell is perfect for dawn patrols.

What size did you get. I’m the same height and weight as you. Thanks. Did you later?

>Rating: 4

Great functionality

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

Ideal touring shell, extremely durable and exactly what you want in the Backcountry without breaking the bank. My one complaint is that the pockets are pretty high, making it a little awkward when you need to reach for items.

>Rating: 3

Staying comfortable

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
150 lbs

I purchased this jacket for backcountry skiing only to find the athletic fit is a little to slim for me, It pulls tight under the arms and does not leave enough room for wearing an insulated jacket in the sleeves. Another aspect is the pocket zips and the draw cords for the hem and hood are not large enough when trying to adjust with heavy gloves at 11200 feet and the wind is blowing 30 Knots. Then there is the fact that closing the underarm vents by yourself is almost impossible. Other than all that it is a nice jacket

>Rating:

Staying warm on Mt Superior

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>Rating: 4

Well balanced touring piece

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 9"
Weight
140 lbs

This is a quintessential shell for backcountry exploration. Good weight, breathability, and ventilation. Looking forward to spending more time in this shell to see how it holds up long term.

>Rating: 5

Perfect for touring

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
175 lbs

I use this jacket when I split board, snowshoe, or hike with microspikes. It is breathable for the tour up if it is windy, if it isn't windy I usually just stuff it into my backpack until the ride down. It is super lightweight and packs down very small. I get hot super fast though touring up. It is super waterproof and will stay dry even after a day of deep powder. I got a size large because I usually wear it over other layers. It fits me great.

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>Rating:

Would this shell be recommended for backpacking?

Hi T, This jacket would be great for backpacking! Great idea

>Rating:

Would you recommend this jacket for downhill skiing? Also, how does it compare to the Backcountry Hayden Jacket?

Hi Noah - thanks for your interest in the Backcountry product line! This compares very similarly to the Hayden as Neoshell and Infinium share tremendous breathability attributes. You can definitely wear this for any alpine skiing, but this particular shell will be more breathable and less warm than your typical 3L Gore-tex shell.

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I usually wear a size M in women's. I prefer these colors to the women's equivalent Pfeifferhorn jacket however. Would a size S for this jacket be comparable to the women's M?

Hi Natalie - you could try it but it would be risky based on the men's fit proportions being very different then women's (broader at the shoulder and narrower at the hips). My recommendation would be to try on a men's small Flylow Jacket in an outdoor shop near you and see if it works, before purchasing this one.

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Does this jacket have thumb hole gaters?

Hi Brian, This jacket does not have any thumbholes or handgaiters. Ben

>Rating:

I didn't see it mentioned but thought I would ask anyways. Does this jacket have a powder skirt?

Hey Chau, This does not have a powder skirt. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to reach out to myself or other gearheads.

>Rating:

What is the proer way to clean this jacket? Thanks!

Ideally, washing a waterproof jacket is not all too recommended. However, if you do choose to wash it, please reference the FAQ's on PolarTec's website here: https://www.polartec.com/faq Additionally, if you'd like to add secondary waterproofing treatments to your jacket, check out Nikwax here: https://www.backcountry.com/nikwax-tech-wash-txd-wash-in-twin-pack?skid=NIK0069-ONECOL-S10OZ&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6bmlrd2F4OjE6NjpuaWt3YXg=

>Rating:

How waterproof is this jacket compared to a goretex shell?

Hey Aidan, Polartec neo-shell has a waterproof rating of 10K. They will be waterproof in most conditions - I've been in the women's version at the resort during a wet storm and stayed dry. Technically it's less waterproof than gore-tex but it is far, far more breathable.