Gear Institute's 2012 Ski Jacket Reviews: Dakine Drift Down Jacket

The Dakine Drift Down Jacket is a 550-fill down insulated jacket outfitted with snowsports-specific features for the coldest conditions

Drift Down Jacket.     Photo: Dakine

THE GOOD
    •    Good price.
    •    Powder skirt, wrist gaiters seal out snow.
    •    Long hem length.
    •    Lightweight.

THE BAD
    •    Less weatherproof.
    •    Hood not helmet compatible, but zips off.
    •    Kind of bulky.

THE VERDICT
Dakine’s Drift Down is a super warm jacket whose 550-fill down insulation helps keep the price a little lower. Tricked out with snowsports features with a relaxed fit for dynamic riding—though it’s a bit too relaxed around the waist, making it a bit bulky.

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