Mother Nature can be one cruel bitch. Arm yourself accordingly with the guaranteed waterproof and breathable Armada Akari Gore-Tex 3L Women's Jacket. Ideal for the gnarliest conditions imaginable, the Akari Gore-Tex 3L Women's Jacket features a 3-layer Gore-Tex membrane and fully taped Gore-Seams to keep you dry during first descents, dawn patrol sessions, and everything in between. A flannel backer is attached to the 3-layer Gore-Tex membrane for added warmth and noise reduction. Further fortifying this jacket's waterproof protection, YKK Aquaguard Vislon water repellent zippers use a polyurethane laminated tape for enhanced water resistance.
Stuffing a host of appealing extras into the Akari Gore-Tex 3L Women's Jacket, Armada provides a helmet-compatible hinged hood with an ergonomic brim profile. An external-access music pocket with headphone port is built in for jammin' out on the lift, in the lodge, or anywhere you so desire. Shielding your face from scratchiness, a microfleece chin guard is great for preventing chafing. Rounding out the list of impressive features, you'll find underarm vents, Lycra wrist gaiters, a stashable powder skirt, and jacket-to-pant interface system.
|Fabrics/Materials:||GORE-TEX 3L fabric|
|Features:||Recco Avalanche Rescue Reflector|
|Hooded:||Ergonomic, Helmet-Compatible, Adjustable Hinged Hood|
|Lining:||Flannel Backer Technology|
|Pockets:||Hand Pockets, Inner Stash Pockets and External-Access Music Pocket with Headphones Port|
|Seam Sealed:||GORE-SEAM tape|
|Vents:||Unzip the no-snag pit vents|
I took this jacket in deep POW for its maiden voyage and it surpassed my expectations. I'm a huge fan of the freeride style so am all about the longer body length (I'm 5'10" and it still goes below my butt) and the ohhh-sooo lushisly long arms...I can't say enough. The adjustable hemline draw-cord is a nice touch to customize the length a bit and for extra reinforcement to keep out unwanted snow (if that's even a worry since the internal powder skirt hugs like a panda when closed). I have no issues with the high tech Gore-Tex fabric wetting through like the earlier review, but neither do I ski in the northwest where it can get a bit soggy (although we do have our blizzardy days here in the Wasatch mountains). I ride with confidence when it comes to dryness and this surprisingly lightweight and durable fabric is perfect for this style.
Layer up or down, but since this is more of a slender cut, choose your layers wisely. If you're wondering about color, the choices make it tough since they're both a knockout. My only issue, which is not much of one at all, is that with the soft fabric on the inside paired with the outer layer, and the higher cut for protection, the collar tends to be a bit stiff when worn open and relaxed. But like I said, its not a big thing and wouldn't deter me from buying again. I can go either way with sizing, but since I prefer a looser, relaxed feel, I went up.
Kalen, the photos are great and really tell the story!
Yes!! Finally, a jacket that has all the quality and function of the backcountry brands, with the fit and style of the very non-functional freeride brands. I'm able to take this jacket out in even the toughest conditions and know I'll stay dry and warm without having to worry about the jacket coming up over my butt when I lift my arms up or the sleeves only coming to my wrists. The zippers keep out any water and I'm a big fan of the purple/black metallic contrast on them. The jacket is also lightweight and fairly compressible making it easy to stow away when you're touring. The brushed fleece inside is sooo nice on the ears since I don't have to hear my jacket sounding like a freight train while its flapping in the wind unlike other ultra-thin shells. The hood is nice and big and the collar comes up high enough to protect you from the wind doesn't rub your chin raw.
In a nutshell, this jacket is perfect for the lady shredder who's fed up with the short, fitted, boring designs of other outerwear and is looking for something to turn heads in the Tram line that's also able to stand up to any conditions as she hikes to her favorite summits.
I'm 5'7" 140lbs and I wear this in a medium
The first day on the hill with this jacket, albeit an early season wet day, the jacket wetted out throughout the shoulders, arms, and torso sections of the jacket. My outer-baselayer (a tech flannel) was slightly damp. I'm honestly disappointed in the jacket; I expected a lot more out of 3-layer Gore-Tex, considering how much the jacket costs. I advise adding some Nikwax or other waterproofing agent to the jacket if you live in a place similar to the Pacific Northwest's winters, and you're doing full day treks and pow missions.
Despite the wetting out, I think the jacket is well made, and is a good compromise between tech and style. The length (I bought a medium , I'm 5'3" and 125lbs) and the jacket goes well past my butt. The additional length is really nice for deep days, and the flannel lining of the jacket is very cozy, and does cut down on the "swish-swish" you get when hiking/touring.
I wear the jacket a lot on my college campus, and get lots of compliments. It holds up in the torrential downpours during my walk to and from campus. Dries back out fairly quickly, and I stay warm with one/two layers underneath; usually nothing more than a flannel.