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Ortovox Swisswool Piz Bial Jacket - Women's

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Swisswool Piz Bial Jacket

Chances are good that you've already experienced the benefits of wool in your baselayers, beanies, and socks, but what you're missing in terms of insulating layers is the Ortovox Women's Piz Bial Jacket. Insulated with Swisswool, the Piz Bial is a light and breathable insulating layer that carries with it all the natural benefits of wool. Since the jacket is insulated with wool, it effectively manages body temperature, so you stay at that just-right temperature, but it is also highly breathable, so you won't get too stuffy when you're hiking a steep section of trail, or making the long approach to the crag. Ortovox made the Piz Bial reversible so you can dress in subtler or wilder styles.

  • Wool insulator designed for alpine touring
  • SwissWool uses merino wool for temperature regulation and breathability
  • Pertex Quantum shell is windproof, breathable, and water-resistant
  • Reversible style comes in wild or subtle colorways
  • Item #ORT00E5

Material
Pertex Quantum (100% recycled nylon), DWR coating, [lining] 100% nylon
Insulation
88% virgin wool, 12% polylactide
Fit
regular
Length
hip
Pockets
2 front, 1 chest
Claimed Weight
12.4oz
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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>Rating: 4

Love it!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
large
Height
5` 5"
Weight
155 lbs

Ortovox was kind enough to send me this jacket to test and review. I have used it for a couple of hikes and a lot of downhill skiing at the resort. I love pretty much everything about it other than the fit. I have a smaller waist with larger hips and thighs so I ordered this in a large. It's still tight over my hips and fairly big over my top half. As a result, it can awkwardly bunch up under my shell jacket, but this is nothing new for me when it comes to outdoor gear. I love how warm and wind-resistant this jacket is. It feels relatively thin but it is much warmer than my jackets with synthetic insulation at a similar weight. I can only assume this is the superior insulating properties that wool brings to the table. I also love that the jacket is reversible! One day I was wearing a green shirt and didn't want to have a jacket that was so close in shade so I just quickly turned it inside out to fix the problem. Not a problem I expect to have often, but it's nice to have a jacket that basically doubles as two different pieces in my wardrobe. If you have less junk in your trunk, this jacket will probably fit perfectly and become a staple piece in your outdoor wardrobe!

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>Rating: 5

Great Jacket

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 1"
Weight
125 lbs

I bought this jacket for wearing as a layer under my shell when skiing at the resort. Although the jacket is lightweight it definitely keeps me warm and I love that it is fashionable (not your typical American brand for women that are teal and purple or only one color). Can be worn off the mountain as well as a casual layer.

>Rating: 5

Warm, light and versatile

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 7"
Weight
148 lbs

I’ve worn this to winter run, ski (it’s warm for that but I like to be warm) and snow bike. It’s my go to and I don’t fear winter activities with this baby on. The shoulders are roomy but I’d say it fits a little tight in my hips. Worth every penny.

>Rating: 4

warm for the weight

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 7"
Weight
130 lbs

This layer is surprisingly warm for it's weight. The pockets are roomy and plentiful, a welcome change from traditional womens' gear. The fabric is also highly durable, and zipper construction seems bomb-proof. The fit is wonderful. I have broad, climber's shoulders and feel very comfortable in a medium. It's also long enough to cover my back when I lean forward, thin enough to layer over, and roomy enough to wear as an outer coat. Added bonus: euro-style points for the color varieties! When you've had enough of your American friends asking you which way to the Aiguille du Midi, simply turn it inside out and tone it down. This is a great layer for those really cold days when your feather-light synthetic puff just isn't enough. I give it four stars, though, because it doesn't have a hood.