The Top Women's Snowboard Jackets of 2013: Arc'teryx Kamoda

In the first installment of her new The Adventuress column, Ali Carr Troxell, who has over 16 year of snowboarding under her belt, reveals her favorite jackets for the current snow season

Jan 10, 2013
Outside Magazine

Arc'teryx Kamoda Jacket.    Photo: Courtesy of Arc'teryx

There’s no denying the price tag for the women’s-specific Kamoda is the equivalent to nearly a month’s rent for many. But with top-of-the-line technologies and details, the difference was noticeable. I couldn’t get over how lightweight and mobile I felt given how warm the jacket was. Usually that level of insulation requires some amount of bulk. Not so with the Kamoda thanks to the brand’s Coreloft Compact Insulation—crimped polyester fibers that have undergone a reduction process that not only shrinks the fibers but also creates air pockets that trap heat. Arc’teryx claims the material’s thickness is reduced by 50 percent but it still retains 90 percent of its warmth. While I can’t confirm or deny their claims, the stuff works. On a seven-degree, white out day at Aspen’s Ajax Mountain in Colorado, I felt toasty even while riding the lifts. Plus, I loved the oversize collar that I could zip over my mouth.

Another bonus? The jacket’s outer Gore-Tex Pro fabric, paired with the insulation, breathed exceptionally. I shed my mid-layer for a sunny day with spring-like conditions at Northstar in Lake Tahoe and was perfectly comfortable. The Kamoda has all of the bells and whistles you expect from a high-quality ski jacket (stretchy mesh powder skirt, a laminated brim on a large helmet-compatible hood, Recco avalanche reflector technology), and they’re all smartly placed and built well.

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