Keeps you out when crowds are low and the snow is deep.
Don't let bone-chilling temperatures keep you from getting your turns in—throw on the Flylow Men's Colt Down Jacket to keep warm while you take advantage of all that cold smoke. Built for those colder-than-usual ski days, the Colt is stuffed with 600-fill water-resistant down, and wrapped with a DWR treated, waterproof, breathable membrane, so you can float turns through chest-deep pow without having to dry out in the lodge afterwards. A removable powder skirt lets you take the colt to the street, underarm zips let you dump excess heat, and the low-profile wrist gaskets feature thumb loops so you don't get cold air creeping up your sleeves.
- membrane (10K/10K)
- 600-fill goose down
- Regular fit
- 2 underarm ventilation zips
- Removable powder skirt
- Helmet-compatible hood
- Wrist gaskets with thumbloops
- 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 1 chest, 1 internal media pockets
- Item #FLG000H
- Q & A
Not accurate description
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: large
I purchased this jacket to replace an Armada Vortac jacket that was very much the warm / waterproof down jacket I wanted but was too loud (red/orange and given to me by a friend). The Colt jacket by contrast has almost no loft. Only a few of the baffles are even remotely full (what you would look for in a warm jacket) and the baffles in the arms and hood are baffling in the way that there is no down at all in either. Also missing are nice features such as mesh in the pit zips (how else do you keep snow out for the cold and deep days for which this jacket is advertised).
To test the jacket, I wore it over a T-shirt on a cool night of 35 degrees on a two mile walk to see if it offered any warmth. The metal zippers in the pits became very cold and as expected the jacket was little more than a thicker shell. I was cold by the time I returned home from the walk. By contrast I normally wear a low loft Arcteryx Atom LT jacket over a t-shirt and am very comfortable on such evenings.
FlyLow seems to have significant QC issues (I've had other experiences with their gear - such as delams and weak seams) and this jacket fits that bill as well. If the down was evenly distributed - or actually if there was any down in the jacket at all I would have kept it. It was sent back and returned. Similar jackets in the price range are far better. Especially those made by Spyder and Narrona.
Beat the Cold
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I got this primarily as a resort jacket for the really cold days and couldn't be happier with it so far. I live and ski in the Canadian Rockies so most of the winter is spent facing temps anywhere from 0 to -40. On those days when it's so cold you really don't want to get out of bed (and we get many of these) it's nice to know that I can just throw this on over a single base layer and be toasty warm for the day's skiing. Having said that it has lots of venting so when it warms up later in the day or if I take any short skins/bootpacks I can quickly dump some heat by opening up without faffing around shedding multiple layers. All the little features are just so well thought out for skiing too from the pockets, to the hood, to the robust, storm proof outer material. If you run cold or ski in places where the cold puts you off this jacket will have you out enjoying turns when you'd otherwise be hiding in the lodge.