During the first ride up the lift at the ski resort, it was apparent that the temperature was dropping. At the top of the mountain, the temperature had dropped easily 15 degrees with the wind ripping approximately 45 mph. The Flume jacket performed great. It had the lightweight quality that I like because the big, thick, insulated jackets confine my movements while on the mountain. Mountain Hardware uses a material called Conduit DT Hybrid in its shell. It kept the wind and moisture away from gaining access inside and was able to regulate the moisture that was being produced within the jacket to escape.
The Pasilla gloves were thick, comfortable, and warm. The wrists were wide enough to go over the sleeves of my jacket and the drawstring prevented snow from getting in. The gloves were flexible and easy to maneuver. There was enough room under the gloves to wear wrist guards for protection if needed.
The Medusa glove had great coverage over the cuff due to the extended length up the forearm. Nothing is worse than having snow creep into the glove at the cuff to let moisture leak down into your fingers. The Medusa has “Outdry Waterproof Technology”, a nice feature to keep dry if your hands tend to sweat. The Medusa also has a large string loop to put my hand through before I put my gloves on.
MEN'S VERTICAL PANTS
The Vertical Pant has very useful myriad of vents. The three quarter rubber sealed side zips stop just below the hip. The inside gaiter at the bottom of the pant worked wonders. The rubber elastic, along with the Velcro and snap closures kept the pant in place while the ease of boot adjustments and removal was a breeze. There is a reinforced piece of material on the bottom of the leg to protect the pant’s Gore-Tex liner from getting cut from either boots or ski edge.
The Dauphine Jacket fit well yet had room for layers underneath. Zippers under the arm help ventilate the jacket to prevent overheating in warmer weather and velcro straps on the wrists kept the snow out. The powder skirt was wide and kept both snow and cold air from coming under the jacket. There are plenty of zippered pockets to hold items including a media pocket with a slit for ear buds for your ipod.