Price US $349

2117 of Sweden Vidsel 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The 2117 of Sweden Vidsel is a technical shell with some cool features, but at a price that won’t break the bank. 2117 is a newer Swedish ski outerwear manufacturer and although you may not have seen a lot of their gear yet, they actually make decent quality outerwear. Sure it’s not going to be on par with a high end technical Gore-Tex Pro shell, but for the price, this is actually a pretty solid jacket.

2117 of Sweden Vidsel Ski Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The 2117 of Sweden Vidsel jacket has 20k/20k waterproofing and breathability in a 3L constrcution. This is starting to get into the upper end for both, and will provide a solid amount of wet weather protection and breathability. This is on the lower end for most technical shells, but is pretty spot on for the price point. It would be a great jacket for those who need that borderline bombproof protection and breathability, but don’t want to spend $500-600 for 3L Gore-Tex or Event.     

Warmth: The 2117 of Sweden is not insulated, so won’t be the warmest option for cold days. This is pretty typical of technical shells and is more suited to active skiers that may spend just as much time boot packing as they do skiing hard down the mountain.

Fit: The 2117 of Sweden Vidsel jacket is just a touch on the smaller side. If you’re between sizes you’ll want to want size up. Overall the fit is comfortable and very functional. The jacket is semi-articulated and allows you to move pretty well. It’s not restricting in any way, and will give you plenty of room to layer underneath.

Features: The 2117 of Sweden Vidsel is a low end technical shell with all the features serious skiers are going to want. It has a solid 20k/20k waterproof and breathable membrane for when the weather turns and you’re working hard. In addition the Vidsel has waterproof zippers and fully taped seems. There are no hand warming pockets, but there are two very large chest pockets and internal media and google pockets. The Vidsel has soft wrist gaiters and a removable powder skirt to keep snow out or your sleeves and waist. The hood isn’t very helmet compatible, but could work okay with a really small profile helmet. The hood is contoured and does a nice job covering your face when goggles are on. Finally, the Vidsel has a RECCO reflector. Overall it’s a solid jacket that is just on the borderline of technical shells, but comes at a decent price for what you get.

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Type

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

20K

Breathability Rating

20K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Average