Gear Institute's 2012 Ski Jacket Reviews: Spyder Rocket Down Jacket

The Spyder Rocket Down Jacket is a 700-fill down insulated ski jacket for the coldest conditions

Rocket Down Jacket.     Photo: Spyder

THE GOOD
    •    Stretchy face fabric reduces insulation compression at speed.
    •    Welded baffle seams ensure waterproofness.
    •    High weight to warmth ratio.
    •    Lots of pockets, bells, whistles.
    •    Wrist gaiters and powder skirt seal out snowdrift.

THE BAD
    •    Pit zips too small for effective venting.
    •    Zippers a bit small for easy operation.
    •    Kind of bulky.
    •    Hood not helmet-compatible, but zips off.

THE VERDICT
The Spyder Rocket is a very good, cold-weather ski jacket—ready for serious and sloppy storms, and high-speed skiing. The stretchy fabric improves fit and resists compression (i.e. stays warmer at speed), and the full waterproofing makes it versatile enough for a range of conditions, though the fabric does make it heavier and bulkier than others here.

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