Spyder Chamonix Jacket:
If there's one drawback to buying a high-end ski jacket, it's that once or twice in a lifetime you feel like you earn a limited return on your investment--especially if you and your friends prefer skiing in the mid-spring when alpine conditions are mild and sunny. Spyder's Chamonix Jacket delivers a one-two punch of practicality with an insulated jacket and vest that can be worn separately or together depending on how low you think that the mercury will go. While other convertible jackets offer zip-off sleeves, the Chamonix is a two-piece design with a separate and fully waterproof insulated component. Pair the vest and jacket together and you have roughly 120 grams of synthetic Thinsulate Supreme insulation around your torso area, which is significantly more than the Spyder Aspen and Vail jackets. This season Spyder redesigned the fabric in their top-end collection for better mobility. That's why the Chamonix features a new four-way stretch Primeflex fabric that's backed with a fully waterproof and breathable Dermizax EV 20,000-mm. membrane. It's full mobility with optimum weather protection and the best breathable vapor transfer available from Spyder. The Chamonix also offers a slightly lighter blend of synthetic Thinsulate Supreme insulation that replaces the former Fiberfill with X-static silver fiber insulation. Beneath the seam-sealed waterproof jacket you'll find versatile extras like a zip-out powder skirt, internal mesh goggle pocket, underarm zippered vents, custom chamois lens wipe cloth with retractable coil You can check out the rest of the fine details below. Even with the vest and component jacket together, the Chamonix still has a slight tapered cut along the torso that stands apart from the multipurpose climbing/mountaineering/backcountry tele shells that can't be fashionably refined without compromising functionality. This is a jacket made to ski--inside the resort boundaries or out of the helicopter. If you want to wear the best this season--but you also want adaptability for more ski days than other jackets, you'll appreciate every fine detail on Spyder's Chamonix Jacket.