Gear Institute's 2012 Ski Jacket Reviews: Mountainforce Park Down Jacket

A full-featured snowsports jacket with a stretchy shell and insulated with 800-fill down

Park Down Jacket.     Photo: Mountainforce

THE GOOD
    •    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.

THE BAD
    •    Extremely expensive.
    •    Hood is a touch small for some helmets.

THE VERDICT
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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