FLYLOW GEAR higgins jacket review [2013/2014]

What it is: Flylow Gear HIGGINS jacket

Where to buy: EVO.com  EVO sticker

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-The Higgin’s jacket- This jacket is truly a jacket made for my Northwest winter conditions! Many of the fella’s at FLYLOW have spent time here in the Northwest, so they are affluent with the sometimes heavier, wetter snow here in the Northwest.

About the jacket: It carries an over all feel of quality and durability. It is a simple jacket. Flylow is not a company that attempts to flood the user with gizmo’s or gadgetry on their clothing, by rather just make quality clothing, that simply does what the user desires: work.  Water does not like the HIGGINS. 

In my opinion there is a secret to a quality winter sports jacket beyond the look/type of material etc. The secret is will the jacket allow basic functional movements of my sport. Meaning, is the jacket is restrictive to the movements I regularly do on the mountain, with out it being too baggy with excess material? A little test I like to do with new jackets: when I try it on with my gloves, if I reach down to adjust my boot, I don’t want the cuff to separate from the glove exposing my wrist. The HIGGINS performed just like I thought….perfect fit.

HIGGINS is built with today’s resort side-country enthusisest in mind, as well as for today’s touring enthusiasts.

brian hopper and the PIT BOSS  at crystal mountain resort by matt small (www.mattsmall.com)

brian hopper(ski) and the 2012-2013 HIGGINS at crystal mountain resort by matt small (www.mattsmall.com)

More of the secrets that make this jacket great: taped seams, and waterproof zippers kept me dry and the secret 3 layer Intuitive Fabric {top secret} kept the wind out and warmth in + a three-layer blend of hard-shell fabric and soft-shell lining. So, at this point you need to see this jacket in action. See the video below via Flylow’s blog! Click anywhere on the image.

Zipps: The zippers were easy to open and close with a gloved hand, and I especially liked the pit zips, that opened directly with no messy mesh lining that seems to always get caught in the zippers and tearing.

Hoody: Midway through the day, the wind kicked up, which reminded me I had a hood to try out! FLYLOW markets this jacket with a “helmet compatible hood”, which I was in need of as I reached the top of Green Valley chair at Crystal Mountain. That day gusts were reaching 40+ mph! Brrrr! However, after donning the hood, it was clear this was a helmet compatible hood: fitting easily around my Pret helmet. And with one quick tug on the drawstring behind the hood, it synched it up comfortably. I was particularly happy that the hood did not “balloon” out with the wind as I was making my way down the pillow lines I found off in the trees!

photographer: Matt Smalllocation: Crystal Mountain Resort

HIGGINS at work in the tree’s – photographer: Matt Small
location: Crystal Mountain Resort – skier: Brian Hopper(ski)

Tech talk:

  • – Three-layer Intuitive Fabric™
  • – Soft-hardshell fabric: 100% Poly-ester, (waterproof / breathable)
  • – Fully seam-taped
  • – Brushed Nylon lining
  • – Powder-Guard snaps
  • – 15” pit zips
  • – One-handed adjustable hood (made to fit over helmet)
  • – No-Bulk™ storm cuffs
  • – YKK waterproof coil zippers
  • – Level 5 Dupont DWR™ (Durable, Water, Repellent)

Pro’s: Fit is superb. Love most everything about the jacket!!!!

Cons: Really no complaints at all……but I would like to see slightly bigger velcro cuffs on the sleeves. Also, nylon/spandex wristlets would be an added bonus. I am used to a powder skirt in my jackets, and the HIGGINS has a modified snap system, however in my opinion a small powder skirt would be nice. Perhaps a removable one.

 

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