2014 Spyder Dual Product Review // Ski Reviews
2014 Menage a Trois 3-in-1 Women's Jacket:
With bright new colors and edgy style, the women's Menage a Trois Jacket boldly returns as part of Spyder's Matrix collection for 2014. Though the name may inspire pearl clutching, or in my case, an extra shot of sass, this fully featured women's ski jacket does not mess around. When it comes to ski wear, I have a rigorous list of criteria that must be met to achieve a 5 star rating. I don't let my gear nor the cold, and quickly changing East Coast conditions of Stowe compromise my day on the hill. In my book, the Menage a Trois meets all and more while looking effortlessly stylish, to receive an outstanding 6.
Sleek, flattering, and feminine, this 3 in 1 component jacket was designed with both function and versatility in mind. Boasting a waterproof Xt.L outer layer, and a removable, reversible Primaloft and ThermaWeb blend insulated liner, I rock this jacket regardless of what the conditions are. When the temperatures dip and it's cold and raw, I stay toasty combining the liner and the outer jacket. On warm, spring, bluebird days I wear the liner alone; ducking ropes and avoiding ski patrol, I simply reverse the liner to be incognito… If clouds roll in, to stay dry I swap the liner for the waterproof outer layer.
Spyder also integrated thoughtful details like glove and mitten friendly elongated zipper pulls, a quick access wrist pocket for my goggle chamois and season pass, and a hood that fits over my helmet. One of my favorite, fashion forward details is the contrasting color accents. This gives me a wide variety of options to accessorize and coordinate my outfit. Because seriously, ladies, we can unanimously agree – sacrificing comfort for style is not an option. At $450, treat yourself! The Menage a Trois is really like four jackets in one! A Menage a… well, I won't go there. Feel a little sassy, look flawless and stay warm and dry whatever the conditions are, this season in the Menage a Trois jacket.
2014 Spyder Prevade Men's Jacket:
The 2014 men's Pervade Down Jacket is the newest addition to Spyder's Quest Series. If you're like me, "sacrifice" and "compromise" do not exist in your vocabulary when describing your gear or your day on the hill. The Pervade does neither of these things, as it is a fully waterproof, skiable down jacket. While staying true to Spyder's classic alpine design and style, the Pervade also reflects an embrace of next generation advances in downhill skiwear from Spyder.
At first, I was skeptical and underestimated the surprisingly lightweight Pervade's potential for warmth throughout the changing seasonal conditions; especially, frigid, bullet proof days at Stowe. If you ski on the East Coast, you need no explanation of the piercing cold that Mother Nature can dish out here. You also deserve a medal. Once temperatures plummeted and mid winter arrived, I found that the Pervade was the ultimate combination of superior warmth and waterproofness. I stayed toasty from first to last chair, thanks to a 550 fill down insulation. On the rawest of raw days, Spyder's Xt.L fabric ensured premium waterproofness.
Added features like waterproof zippers kept my phone dry, and the outer chest pocket was the optimal place for my ski pass. The insulated hood even fit over my helmet. Sure, I love my old ski jacket, and I loved it in the 80's too. For $375, I had no excuse to ignore my family's pleas to upgrade. It far exceeded my expectations on the hill, and best of all, I had extra cash for another apres Scotch. Cheers.