Price US $299

Armada Approach 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Approach STR is a great jacket for park or pipe riders that like to explore the entire mountain. It has 15k/15k waterproof breathable Armada series fabric to keep you dry from the inside and out. Only Armadas Gore-Tex jackets offer better waterproofing and breathability. The Armada Approach STR is a lined with a SuperFlo Lining System that helps the jacket breathe a little better. It also helps to increase mobility and ensure you don’t get bunched up inside the jacket. When you combine this with the mechanical stretch fabric, the Armada Approach STR allows a big range of motion. The Armada Approach STR also has a standard fit (slightly relaxed) that is perfect for park us. Again this helps to increase mobility, and also offers lots of extra room for layering. The fit is pretty true to size, but just remember that the jacket will fit pretty loose. I really like all the front pockets you find on the Armada Approach STR. It has three cargo style flap pockets, one zippered chest pocket, and a pass pocket on the sleeve. This gives me plenty of room to stash gear. The hood fits well, and utilizes a 3-way system that allows me to cinch it down tightly around my head and face. I also really like that the Armada Approach STR has Lycra wrist gaiters to help keep my gloves in place and snow out. We really like the Armada Approach as a park and pipe jacket. It has a slightly loose fit, along with a mechanical stretch face fabric that helps keep this jacket easy to move in. It also offers solid waterproofing and breathability, and a ton of pockets.

Jacket Size – S
Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.

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Type

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

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

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

15K

Breathability Rating

15K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Poor