Best Touring Jacket
Outdoor Research Skyward II

Thinking about purchasing a backcountry jacket that will perform well throughout the entire season? The Skyward II jacket might be your finest pick then. It does not fall short on any essential features, instead, it has everything from the TorsoFlo venting to wire-brimmed Halo hood and brushed tricot-lined collar. Its construction makes the jacket flexible and fully waterproof – the manufacturer took care of the fully seam-tape that became a part of the AscentShell fabric. The stretch of the material allows you to move freely and not worry about making any sharp movements. Whether it is the kids sliding next to you or an elderly couple learning how to ski, you will stay unbothered.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

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    The AscentShell material exceeds all the expectations
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    The pit zips are great for ventilation
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    There is an abundance of interior and exterior pockets

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe hood can be hard to loosen
  • check-markAlthough mesh pockets are great for breathability, it means that your valuables can get lost

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Outdoor Research Skyward II

Specs & Features

  • Material: 88% nylon/12% spandex, 50-denier polyester knit backer
  • Waterproof/windproof: yes/yes
  • Back length: 30.25 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb. 9.8. oz.
  • Recommended use: downhill skiing, snowboarding, backcountry skiing
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    The AscentShell material exceeds all the expectations
  • check-mark
    The pit zips are great for ventilation
  • check-mark
    There is an abundance of interior and exterior pockets

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe hood can be hard to loosen
  • check-markAlthough mesh pockets are great for breathability, it means that your valuables can get lost

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