Between the steep vert and the slightly harrowing, mostly technical descents, the art of alpine touring requires a jacket like the Strafe Outerwear Men's Cham Jacket to offer steadfast and lightweight protection. Starting with its articulated fit and minimalist silhouette, the Cham touts a movement-friendly design, making it ideal for hiking and skinning alike.
Additionally, the Cham is constructed with Recon 3L 4-way stretch fabric, which is not only incredibly waterproof and super stretchy, but also assures serious breathability, meaning that your baselayers aren't saturated in sweat by the time you arrive at the summit. To further a comfortable microclimate for your upper half, the jacket features zippered underarm ventilation for on-the-go temperature regulation, so you don't have to remove the jacket in favor of dumping excess body heat. The powder skirt is fully removable for customized protection, and not to mention, the hood is helmet-compatible and totally adjustable to suit your needs.
- Ski jacket that is engineered to help you bag peaks all winter long
- Super breathable and flexible 3L shell keeps you cool while moving
- Two large chest pockets are big enough to hold skins for quick laps
- Large underarm vents expel heat when you start working really hard
- Interior wind guard keeps you warm when changing over on the ridge
- Helmet compatible hood is adjustable in 3 spots for maximum comfort
- Seamless shoulders eliminate irritation from backpack straps
- Draw cord at hem keeps unwanted snow and wind out of your setup
- Item #SFO001B
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 185lbs
Took out for a few thousand vert of touring in the Wasatch in cold conditions. The Strafe rep was very excited about the breathability of this jacket-and upon first inspection it is obvious that this fabric breathes like crazy. It's a soft/flexible material and doesn't have the papery/stiff feeling of many of the gore tex pieces out there. Only tested in one day of cold/windy conditions and with proper layering underneath this guy kept me plenty warm and I never overheated even when working hard on the uphill. After testing, Strafe and Event are firmly on my radar to replace my gore tex pieces. Also as a touring specific piece this was a great pick since I was able to stash my skins between conversions in the dedicated, pack friendly pockets up front. This is a HUGE advantage if you tour a lot--not having to take your pack off to convert is a big time saver, and having your skins in a jacket with Event ensures they dry out FAST because the moisture is pulled out through the fabric. Great piece that I'll be purchasing for next season
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 145lbs
I've been wearing the Cham for a season now and I absolutely love this jacket. To give a bit of insight, I am one of those who don't buy a resort pass and ski anywhere from 60-80 days in the backcountry. I get just as much satisfaction from the up as the down, the more up the happier I am. So... in this there is also nothing worse than layers that don't perform or don't fit correctly and I've had many of them.
The Cham fits extremely well with a slightly beyond waist length (isn't going to ride up on you every time you take a step on the skin track and I would describe it as a "performance narrow.' In comparing with pants I would call it a relaxed fit but also not a skinny fit; more slim 'ish fit. Love the bright colors as we know the last thing you want when skiing with a group in the backcountry is a jacket that blends in with the surroundings (also great for photo's). Front pockets are perfect for storing either layers, phone or skins on hot laps. Pit zips are long and offers plenty of air flow. Breathable jacket, yet still plenty for storm skiing (just throw a few layers underneath), never had any trouble with the wind and feeling it through the jacket.
Take a chance and try this one out, you won't be disappointed.