Spyder Eiger Jacket

Spyder Eiger jacket

THE SELL: A ski-mountaineering master. THE TEST: With laser-cut gills on the collar for ventilation, a Recco avalanche reflector, a powder skirt, and rubbery dots on the shoulders to ward off ski-edge cuts during hikes, the Eiger wins the bells-and-whistles award. Designed by ski mountaineer Chris Davenport, the waterproof-breathable Eiger meshes seamlessly with a backpack and harness. And though the trimmings were as sleek as possible—did we mention the hemline’s anti-chafe foam tubes and pocket-leashed goggle wipe?—some testers found them excessive. THE VERDICT: Light enough for the backcountry, full-featured enough for the resort. 1.4 lbs

Breathability: 3.5
Weatherproofness: 5

Those black stripes on the Spyder jacket? They’re not for speed; they’re cut-outs in the fabric that help prevent your warm breath from icing up the jacket.

Brand: Spyder $450
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