Thursday, December 1, 2011
Here is a review of one of my favorite new Jackets from Arc'teryx for the 2011/2012 ski season The Rush Jacket
My favorite feature of the Rush Jacket is: How light weight and flexible the jacket is. You hardly feel like you have a jacket on while wearing it, its so light. The fit is also relaxed easily allowing you to layer under the jacket as necessary. Even though this jacket is super light, it is incredibly warm, living in Jackson Hole I deal with some of the harshest winters of anywhere in the lower 48, but normally i just wear a Arc'teryx RHO LT under it and stay plenty warm. I also love the high collar and helmet compatible hood, this allows you to tuck your chin and face behind the jacket when the wind really starts to blow, and helps keep you warm on those cold chair lift rides. The pockets and zippers are also very well designed in that you can use the zippers and get into the pockets while keeping your gloves on. In addition If you ski in a backpack most days like I do, being able to get to the pockets while wearing a backpack is a huge feature.
The style of the jacket is simple and smooth: No matter what color you choose in the Rush jacket you will look great on the hill as well during apres ski. The color designs are both simple, yet stand out, You wont be missed out on the hill while wearing a Rush jacket.
One of the biggest keys to a ski jacket is toughness and durability of the outer fabric and the Rush as well as any Arc'teryx jacket will not disappoint . The Gore-Tex pro shell used in the Rush is both extremely waterproof, while still providing excellent breathability and durability. This jacket gives you the confidence that you will be able to wear it for years to come and it will perform the same as the first day you used it.
The bottom line to this review is that the Rush is a great and versatile jacket that can be worn in the stormiest conditions mother nature can dish out, to a stylish Jacket you can comfortably wear around town. I love this jacket, and would recommend it to anyone from an aspiring pro skier to the person who gets out for a couple weekends a year. Not only will you look great on the hill, but wearing it around the city you will look both stylish, yet still have all the waterproofness and warmth you have come to expect from Arc'teryx.