In Defense of the Insulated Jacket

daphane-plum copyIt’s true. Up until a few years ago, nobody who considered themselves an athletic, hardy skier would consider wearing an insulated ski jacket. Jackets were too hot, too stuffy, too overbearing for bootpacking and steep skiing.  Let the groomer crowd have their insulated pieces.

But then outerwear manufacturers—including Flylow—started getting smarter with insulation. We can now make an insulated jacket or pants that’s just as breathable as a three-layer hardshell. And it’s way warmer. So you can fight off the chill of a sub-zero day and still go for a hike without sweating through your base layers.

Outside Magazine writer Kelly Bastone recently penned a piece called The Case for Skiing in an Insulated Jacket. And she includes Flylow’s women’s Daphne Jacket to help prove her point.

“Outrageously soft, stretchy fabric makes the Flylow Daphne feel lighter and less confining than most insulated jackets, and 80 grams of Primaloft Eco insulation delivers warmth without the lead-jacket weight. In short: it’s comfy during hard-charging pow patrols,” Bastone writes.