• 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.
• 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 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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