Size tested: Large
Color tested: Arctic blue
Where tested: Squaw Valley CA, Las Leñas ARG, Bariloche ARG
Days tested: About 60 days
Tester: Miles Clark. Height = 6’1”, Weight = 170 lbs
The bottom line to this review is that the Brevent is warm. I’m an pathetic pansy when it comes to being cold and I don’t go out there without solid gear. A thin insulating layer of primaloft makes this thing a true ski jacket. I always wore the Brevent with just a light weight thermal top underneath and was snug. On brutally cold days (highs of 16 F or colder) I’d wear a fleece vest underneath and be plenty toasty.
The key to any ski bum jacket is toughness of the outer fabric. If the damn thing tears, it’s the beginning of the end. The Brevent has a durable outer fabric that took some real hits this past season. This jacket handled tree branches, jagged ski edges, and the occasional broken beer bottle without a penetrating tear. I hate it when the shoulders wear out/tear up from carrying skis. The Brevent’s outer fabric took the skis on the shoulders thrashing without a tear.
Waterproofness was never an issue. Never got wet thru this jacket. Fully tapped seams and 15,000mm waterproofness make that happen.
Full run down of all the features of the Brevent in a British accent.
My favorite feature of the Brevent is the flaring cuffs. The cuffs on this jacket fare out to allow for easy glove insertion. I like my gloves to go under the cuffs of my jacket and this jacket makes it quick and easy. All jackets should have flaring cuffs, it’s a no brainer.
The style of the jacket is simple and smooth. The black option is almost invisible and the arctic blue is provocative. A size large jacket was somewhat baggy for me which fits in with today’s style and more importantly allows for free movement when performing violent spread-eagle crotch-grabs.
The season pass pocket on the left arm is a nice touch considering every ski resort is now attempting to fry your balls with RFID technology.
Arctic blue Brevent Jacket in action in Patagonia
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HH Brevent Jacket Specifications:
- Material:Helly Tech® Performance 17,000mm/12,000g waterproof/breathable fabric // Insulated 2 layer construction
- Tech Features:YKK zippers // Ski-pass pocket // Internal pockets // Detachable, adjustable hood // Mechanical venting zips // Articulated elbows // PrimaLoft® 60g insulation is soft, lightweight and breathable high quality insulation with ultra-fine microfiber technology offers great performance for high intensity activity in cold weather, with excellent water repellency. // Fully seam sealed
- Style Features:HH logo on chest // HH logo on shoulder // Adjustable cuffs
- Fit:Regular fit
- Hood Type:Removable Hood
- Pockets:2 hands, 1 chest, internal pockets
- Powder Skirt:Yes
- Seam Sealing:Fully Taped
- Venting:Pit Zips
- Warranty:Limited lifetime
- Waterproof Rating:15,000mm
- Sizes: S-XXL
- Price: around $260 usd
- Colors: Artic Blue, Black