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MHwrote a review of on October 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ski in the Canadian Rockies and winter resort mornings can be stupidly cold (-25/-30c). I hate wearing thermal underwear though as I overheat later in the day when it warms up or when I escape the resort for a quick skin or bootpack. I've just picked up a pair of these to handle those days on the recommendation of a friend. The insulation is not bulky but they're definitely much toastier than my shell pants. And they they have some big thing vents so I can dump excess heat in a hurry as soon as I start going up instead of down. The fit is typical for Flylow - the perfectly relaxed fit I look for in ski pants. Super happy with them so far.

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MHwrote a review of on October 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just picked up one of these as I wanted something lighter for touring. Initial impressions are exceeding expectations: it's amazingly lightweight considering the features. If I'm out touring good pockets and vents are a must and it's a relief that there's no compromise on that front whilst keeping the weight down. It doesn't feel too delicate either though and I'm looking forward to seeing how it handles some resort days as well. I just wore it for a rainy Fall day, brushing off the cobwebs with some crevasse rescue practice and transceiver drills, and was bone dry after a full day out there. I then biked home in the rain and the breathability seemed on point too. Looking forward to many more days out there to see how it holds up.

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MHwrote a review of on October 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are amazing value. They are super dextrous for the price point and a really nice, snug fit. I have some issues with my fingertips going numb due to repeated frost nip (lots of days skiing in -25/-30c temps) but have found these to be all I need. As long as I keep them on my hands are warm, and the dexterity makes touring transitions and the like much easier in inclement weather.. I reapply some Nikwax waterproofing wax every now and again to keep them in good nick - just standard maintenance for leather ski gloves.

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MHwrote a review of on September 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm on my second Higgins and it is always my most versatile and well used winter jacket. I ski in the Canadian Rockies where we're most often battling extreme cold rather than extreme moisture. In these conditions the Higgins excels as a do it all shell. It's more waterproof than I need plus the brushed lining adds a little more comfort and warmth than the other shells I've used in the past. When paired with a mid-layer it easily handles the -25c or colder morning we get, and then ditching the mid layer leaves you just right for when the sun or the boot pack/skin track warms you up. I've also taken to bringing it as an outerlayer when bagging summits in Spring, Summer and Fall - adding either the extra warmth or wind/rainproofing I might need depending on the day. I've been so happy with it i'll buy another replacement as soon as I need to. Given the shape it's still in after 100 ski days on it though it might be another 400 before I even need to start thinking about that.

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MHwrote a review of on August 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I put over 100 days on a pair last season and they barely look used. Burly fabric and construction but super comfortable with a perfectly baggy fit on me. My other ski pants were severely neglected this season with these proving flawless in all conditions.

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MHwrote a review of on May 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I was in two minds about whether to pick one of these up or not but so glad I did. It was warm and weatherproof enough to wear around town and to the bars all winter but it was spring skiing when it really came into its own. Perfect for resort and parklaps with the two best features being the media friendly zippered chest pocket and the helmet compatible hood. It is a fairly slim fit in the torso which I liked but could do with a little more room in the forearms. The external fabric withstood some spring showers more than adequately and it has a nice, comfy fleece lining.

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MHwrote a review of on May 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

One of those pieces you end up wearing so much that you wish you had three more. I bought it more as a casual piece but actually ended up using it as much, if not more, as a skiing midlayer. Really nice, comfortable fabric and great shape with quick snap buttons. It proved so useful I barely went anywhere without it all season, even wearing it on its own for sunny park laps at the end of the season. Will definitely be picking up another one for next year.

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MHwrote a review of on May 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The perfect combination of comfort and features. As usual the Flylow venting is as good as it gets, perfect for dumping heat quickly and easily although these are so breathable I didn't always have to use them when working a bit harder on bootpacks and such. They didn't let a drop of water through all season and were plenty warm enough with some longjohns for freezing Canadian winter days. They also look sharp in the 'night' colour, especially with the yellow and red zipper, seamtaping and logo embroidery. Overall I've been super happy with them and am looking forward to many more days in them.

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MHwrote a review of on May 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Just put 80 odd days on one of these and couldn't be happier. The fit and features are perfect - well thought out pockets, great helmet compatible hood and super comfortable. It's the breathability and waterproofness that's really made the difference though, making it super versatile for all sorts of skiing with some different layering options. From touring to resort s in -30c to warmer spring days it's proved suitable for all (based in the Canadian Rockies for reference). It's not the cheapest ski jacket but better value than others with similar specs and it's proving so durable that it'll no doubt last me for years. Won't hesitate to buy another once it does finally give up the ghost.

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MHwrote a review of on January 23, 2015

5 5

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.

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MHwrote a review of on January 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for touring and warmer conditions and they seem perfect so far so they always end up in my pack now. They are very affordable, seems like they'll last and they are both very comfortable and dexterous. I found the wrist a little tight to get on quickly and easily so went up a size from M to L.

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MHwrote a review of on January 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

These pants are just perfect and are my new go to's for pretty much any conditions. As expected for Flylow the build quality seems bomber, not yet showing any wear and tear in spite of much bush whacking. I've got no doubt they'll be in just as good a condition in a few hundred ski days time. As for the bib style these are my first pair but they're proving way more versatile than I expected. The extra protection is great for cold, windy and deep snow days as I thoughtb they would be but I have also been loving them for milder conditions and touring - the venting is more than ample plus the bib offers a bit more protection when there are still drafts but it's too warm to keep your jacket on for skinning.
As for sizing I found they ran a little small. I have a pair of Magnum BCs in medium and they are perfect but found the M in these much too snug through the butt and hip. I returned for a large and was a bit worried about being swamped length wise (5'6) but they were perfect.

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MHwrote a review of on October 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is probably my favourite item of clothing ever. I live in Banff where the winter is long and often brutally cold and buying this jacket is one of the smartest moves I have made. I lived in mine last season - wearing it to work, around town, driving to the ski hill, and also as a midlayer under a shell for cold ski days. The inner lining is very nice on the skin and it is just so comfortable and warm that you just don't want to take it off.

I have had only a tiny bit of down loss and no noticeable wear and tear -remarkable considering how often I've worn it and how soft and comfortable the jacket is. The smartest feature is the underarm vents which you don't see very often on down jackets. They're a genius addition though as they make temperature control on such a warm piece quick and easy. I bought size medium (5'6, 185 lbs) which fits perfectly on its own but also, and most importantly, fits perfectly under a medium shell, even with the helmet compatible hood (I've been wearing mine under a medium Flylow Higgins). It is also very packable which means it comes on every tour with me as well, much needed when you are stationary for a while or if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

All in all I couldn't be happier and it won't be long before I try to justify buying a second one.

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MHwrote a review of on October 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I won't wear anything other than leather gloves for skiing so picked these up as the price was impossible to beat (especially as I have a bad habit of losing gloves). After about 100 days on them they have proved waterproof, soft and very durable. They aren't the most dexterous but you can't expect them to be for the price. Most importantly I found them warm enough to get me through a Canadian Rockies winter with temps often around -20c and sometimes as low as as -30c. In fact they even proved warmer than a far more expensive pair of Hestras I had been using.

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MHwrote a review of on October 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I put about 100 days on a Bluebird Higgins from last season and I couldn't be happier with it. I wore it both inbounds and touring and it proved itself bomber durability wise and incredibly versatile. Paired with a midlayer it kept me warm and dry for the coldest and windiest winter conditions the Canadian Rockies have to offer but was equally at home over a single base layer for spring park days and corn hunting missions. In terms of features everything is so well thought out I honestly can't think of anything I would tweak: the pockets are perfectly numbers, sized and positioned, with the inner mesh pockets being especially useful; the vents are big and provide immediate relief; the hood is a great fit and very comfortable to ski with over a helmet on the really cold, windy days; the brushed inner lining is very comfortable on skin; the low bulk cuffs are a nice touch.

The stretch in the fabric makes it a really comfortable shell but also means it can take a battering without showing a mark. The only sign of wear and tear I have so far is a tiny tear from snagging it on a sharp tree branch and then falling with all my weight - the sort of mishap that has previously torn other jackets to shreds.

Size wise I am short but wide (5'6, 185 lbs) and found the medium just right.

In summary Flylow have absolutely nailed it with the Higgins and i'll have no hesitation in replacing mine with another, although it looks like it'll be years before I even have think about that.

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