• Very stretchy shell keeps down insulation from speed compression.
• Great fit.
• High warmth-to-weight ratio.
• Welded baffles make the jacket totally waterproof.
• Powder skirt and wrist gaiters seal out snow.
• Extremely expensive.
• Hood is a touch small for some helmets.
If you don’t mind paying for a double-dose of luxury with your top-level performance, the Mountainforce Park Down delivers. It was the best performing jacket we tested, but it’s triple the cost of average jackets. The stretchy fabric is exquisite—as elastic as a rubber band. It keeps the down from being compressed and allows for a snug fit, yet never feels constrictive. It’s the best fitting ski jacket I’ve worn, and the 800-fill down keeps it light.
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