The Arc’Teryx Cassair ski jacket is a bomber resort hardshell for those skiers that want a technical jacket for everyday. It has a trim fit, and streamlined look with stretch material to help increase range of motion. The jacket also has a Gore-Tex fabric for wet weather protection.
2016 Arc’Teryx Cassair Ski Jacket Review Video
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Arc’Teryx Cassair jacket has a Gore-Tex N40s fabric with a brushed polyester backing. This Gore-Tex fabric is near the top of the industry for waterproof protection. It is 3-layer, which is going to provide even more protection from wet weather as a 2-layer construction. Breathability is decent, but Gore-Tex isn’t the best available. Still, the brushed liner helps to manage moisture a bit more, and the jacket breathes pretty well. This is a fantastic resort jacket for those active skiers that may see wet weather on a regular basis.
Warmth: The Arc’Teryx Cassair is a hardshell jacket without insulation. However, it does have a brushed polyester liner that will add a very small amount of insulation. This still won’t be a good jacket for cold days, unless you have plenty of layers underneath. Still, those active skiers that generate a lot of heat while skiing will find this jacket to provide a decent amount of warmth on mildly cold days, and could use this year round with the right layers underneath.
Fit: The Arc’Teryx Cassair jacket has a Trim Fit, which is the most form fitting of the Arc’Teryx jackets. Even though it fits tight, it is cut to accommodate both a base and mid layer underneath. The best part of the Cassair is that it’s built like a soft-shell with stretch outer fabric. In addition, the Cassiar is articulated in key areas. Both of these help to increase the mobility of the jacket, while still retaining that athletic fit. I’m between a small and medium and could see going either way. The medium (in the video) fit’s well, but gives me a bit more room underneath for layering. The small gives a bit more athletic fit, but it is a bit tighter. Still the stretch material and articulation ensure that I don’t feel restricted.
Features: The Arc’Teryx Cassair is a technical 3-Layer Gore-Tex shell that will provide great waterproof protection along with all the technical features serious skiers need. It has waterproof zippers, and fully sealed seems to ensure wet weather stays outside of the jacket. In addition, the Cassair has a helmet compatible articulated hood, and a stretch storm skirt to help keep you protected in bad weather. The Cassair also has a RECCO reflector for at the resort, and plenty of pockets for gear.
Bottom Line: Arc’Teryx pays attention to detail, and they make jackets that work well for skiers. The Cassair is a high quality jacket, and would be perfect for serious resort skiers that want a technical shell.