Tirkishwrote a review of Burton AK 3L Hover Gore-Tex Jacket - Men's on February 25, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
You have to remember that you get what you pay for with 'Tex...but you sure as hell pay for it.
This jacket is not cheap in any way, but it's a jacket that will last forever. One of the pluses of its design is that it opts to avoid noisy patterns and outlandish colors, which will help make it less obsolete looking when you're still wearing it 10 years from now without any issues.
That's 3L Pro-Shell.
I was shopping for a new shell for a while, specifically for snowboarding in full conditions, and this badboy is pure win.
Roomy, but not too baggy, I opted for a Medium and can get plenty of layers on underneath without looking like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, and also go light on warmer days. As expected, the Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric is a little stiff, but not annoyingly so. If anything, it makes it feel that much more bombproof.
The hood is separate from the collar which is a plus for a more comfortable fit with the collar fully zipped. The hood could be a hair larger, IMO. It fits with a helmet, but comes up a bit short at the forward most edge of the hood...almost resting on the top of the helmet.
Standard pocket configuration, meaty zippers, pit zips and tough powder skirt are standard. Also included on the skirt are your 3 universal attachment points to lock into your shell bottoms. Works seamlessly with my Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants.
Saving the best for last, the greatest feature of the jacket are the powder gasket cuffs. This should be the new standard on EVERY DAMN SHELL out there.
You can wear the outer cuff loosely over your gloves or mitts, yet keep the inner cuff tight to avoid anything getting in. Also, the outer cuffs are super-roomy, so you can even pull them over a gauntleted mitt without too much hassle.