A shapely figure.
While its name might remind you of a corset or clothing item found in a women's catalog circa 1889, the Eider Men's Shaper Jacket is anything but restrictive and outdated. In fact, the Shaper is designed specifically for backcountry touring and freeride pursuits, which further explains its lack of appearance in 1800s catalog.
Additionally, the Shaper is equipped with Eider's Defender fabric technology, which provides waterproof protection and breathable performance in the fact of warm spring temperatures and bitter cold winter weather alike. Perhaps most notable, though, is the Fix-A-Shape ergonomic front zipper which essentially molds to your facial features and promises a friction-free fit and feel. Speaking adaptive technologies, the zippered underarm vents are designed to dump excess body heat quickly, while the removable snow skirt and internal wrist gaiters double down on your protection should you require it. Not to mention, a bevvy of pockets keep necessities close at hand.
- A durable, technical shell for backcountry touring or freeride
- Waterproof, breathable exterior protects against precipitation
- Zippered underarm vents dump excess body heat quickly
- Snow skirt is removable for customizable protection
- Helmet-compatible hood offers adaptive defense
- Bevvy of pockets keep necessities close
- Relaxed fit enables a full range of motion and comfort
- Item #EID006T
- Q & A
Chin shaped zipper!
EIDER and YKK developed the first waterproof ergonomic zipper for the EIDER SHAPER Shell. Basically the shape for your chin is built into the zipper itself!
Comes in really handy when tucked into your shell on a cold lift ride or windy hike up the ridge.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 195lbs
I was originally drawn in by the new zipper, but that was only the start. I wore the jacket for the first in Tahoe, and had a great mix of 40 degree days with sun, and heavy snow, heavy wind days. The jacket was awesome. The vents were great on the sun days, as Tahoe gets pretty warm, and breath-ability was comfortable. The snow days were brutal, and the hood fit great over my helmet, and that much heralded zipper worked great. It gives extra space in front of the face so the jacket doesn't constantly rub up against the skin. Couldn't be happier with the purchase.
The jacket isn't insulated, so cold days I had a thermal base, with a fleece mid-layer, and the shell. More than enough. Warm days consisted of the thermal and shell.
I typically wear a L, and ordered that, but ended up sending the first one back for an XL. The fit was good on the L, but snug when layering up.
EURO Made 3 Layer Shell with Ergo zip
The new Shaper shell from Eider won a Powder Magazine Gear of the year for good reason! Eider worked with YKK to develop the first waterproof, ergonomic zip. Basically the shape for your chin is BUILT INTO the zipper itself. Sounds weird, Feels great. The shaped zipper allows you to have freedom in the collar of your jacket even with multiple layers (fleece, down, etc) underneath. It alleviates the feeling of having multiple zips all up in your chin when you're tucked in on the chairlift.
The Fabric sports a bi-density weave so that you have ripstop fabric seamlessly woven into the shoulders, back and arms.
Sharp look, relaxed fit.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 195lbs
Full disclosure, I work here at BC and have only tried this jacket on I have not used it in the elements. However, I wanted to write a review to point out the super cool zipper technology this thing has. Sounds pretty boring huh? I thought so too, but they actually teamed up with YKK the classic zipper manufacturer, to make something super cool. I'm no zipper engineer, but basically the way the teeth are shaped makes it so that the zipper bends out and curves in front of your face. This makes it so that when the jacket is fully zipped, it curves around your chin instead of jamming up into your chin. It's actually quite an improvement over most jackets I have worn for comfort when fully zipped.
Other than the crazy zipper technology, I found the jacket to be what you would expect for a high end ski jacket. Plenty of features, and light enough so you can wear it any time of year with the appropriate layers underneath.
If you're on the fence with this one, I would highly suggest giving it a try for the super cool zipper thing (as icing on the cake of a pretty sweet over-all ski jacket). Don't like your face being comfortable? I would look elsewhere.