Price US $599

Armada Balfour 2016 - 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Balfour jacket is one of the most technical pieces of outerwear in Armadas collection. It has an 80D face fabric that feels durable and tough. Underneath the face fabric is a 3L Gore-Tex Pro membrane that does a great job keeping moisture out. Gore-Tex Pro is also relatively breathable, and does a good job of keeping you dry from the inside. This new generation of Gore-Tex Pro fabric is definitely pretty solid, and offers plenty of wet weather protection for skiers. The Armada Balfour jacket is also 100% seam sealed with 13mm gore tape, and comes with YKK Aquaguard zippers to ensure that no spots on the jacket allow water to leak through. Along with solid waterproofing and breathability, the Armada Balfour is loaded with cool technical features. It has a low profile powder skirt, reactive hood that conforms to your head and face, and Lycra wrist gaiters to keep your sleeves in place. We also love that the Armada Balfour has relatively large external pockets on the chest, waist, and sleeve. The sleeve pocket is higher on the shoulder than most sleeve pockets, and is a great place for a pass or radio. The interior of the Armada Balfour also has two large mesh pockets for gloves or skins. Although it’s just a shell, it does feel relatively warm, and the two pit zips do a good job of releasing heat when the days start to warm up. True to Armada style, the Balfour has a semi-relaxed fit that allows plenty of room for layering underneath. The fit also allows for good mobility whether you’re hitting booters in the backcountry or riding rails in the park. The fit is pretty true to size, and although it has that relaxed fit, it doesn’t feel too baggy or loose. I may opt for the small so it doesn’t look extra baggy, but even the medium would work alright for me. Overall, the Armada Balfour is a solid technical shell for serious skiers. It has a relaxed tit for added mobility, and would make a great jacket for anyone wanting to hit the park, or explore the backcountry in style.

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

Gore-Tex Membrane

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

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Average