Swisswool Verbier Jacket
Waterproof and warm, there isn't much the Ortovox Swisswool Verbier Jacket can't do for you as you traverse into the trees in search of fresh tracks. The main body fabric is Pertex Quantum Pro, both highly durable and highly water resistant, and is further buoyed by a PU coating; even without a membrane, it still delivers 20,000mm of waterproof protection, keeping you dry in waist-deep powder and on storm days where refills abound. In exchange, the fabric is lightweight, breathable, packable, and soft to the touch.
Ortovox filled the Verbier with rare black sheep wool sourced from the Swiss Alps. 200g in the body provides valuable core warmth, while a lighter weight 150g in the sleeves leaves you mobile and keeps you from overheating. The numerous benefits of wool include a superb ability to regulate temperature, continue to trap warmth even when wet, high breathability, and a naturual resistant to funky odors.
- Insulated softshell jacket for resort skiing and snowboarding
- Highly water-resistant construction protects against the snow
- Wool offers highly beneficial thermal qualities and comfort
- Two-way stretch ensures unrestricted mobility
- Adjustable storm hood seals out the the winter weather
- Elastic gaiters keep snow from creeping up your sleeves
- Sleeve pocket offers a secure stash for your ski pass
- Standard fit can be worn over or beneath other layers
- Item #ORT00BL
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 155lbs
Everything puffy jacket I have owned has either been down or synthetic insulation and I didn't have experience with wool for insulation. I take this jacket on most of my winter ski tours and it is the warmest jacket I have ever owned. I love the fact that it is a natural fabric and the weight difference is not significant between synthetic or down (for how warm this jacket is). It does not pack down quite as much as the super light down puffies but with the wool, anytime it gets wet, it still keeps you warm, whereas a down puffy gets soggy. The fit is true to sizing chart and I also really like the slightly reinforced material that really helps abrasion resistance and weather protection. I really would love to see Ortovox make a sleeping back insulated with wool; I really think the insulation properties would allow you to use less material for the same warmth value. In any event, I am sold on the wool insulation and would highly recommend it to anyone who is skiing at the area or backcountry skiing; it is my go to outer insulation layer.