Price US $199

Armada Cora 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Cora is a good resort jacket for the casual skier. It’s comfortable, warm, and stylish. The Cora also comes with all the features you’ll need in a resort jacket.

Breathability: The Armada Cora has 40g of insulation and a 10k breathable fabric outer layer. This isn’t a super warm jacket, but it also doesn’t breathe great either. It would be fine as a resort jacket, especially if you’re always planning on taking the lift. When you do get warm from skiing hard, just unzip the pit vents and let the cold air cool you off.

Waterproofing: The Armada Cora has a 10k waterproof fabric. This is at the industry standard for “waterproof”, and will keep you dry in a light to moderate snow fall. If you plan on skiing in a wet climate all the time, then the Cora probably won’t be your best option.

Warmth and Comfort: The Armada Cora has 40g of synthetic insulation, and while this may not be the most heavily insulated jacket, it’s warm enough for most days on the mountain with a heavier base layer. This probably wouldn’t be my first choice for those of you that run cold, or will be skiing in zero degree weather often, but for mildly cold days, the Armada Cora is decent.

Fit: The Armada Cora has a regular fit that seems to be true to size. It does taper slightly at the mid torso and the length is on the longer side. The sleeves are also quite long comparatively, but we really like how it fits overall. Our tester fit best in the medium, and allows plenty of room for layering underneath. The small also fit, but seemed a bit more restricting to our tester.

Features: The Armada Cora has all the features you’ll need at the resort. It has a helmet compatable hood, powder skirt with jacket to pant interface, mesh lined pit zips, and Lycra wrist gaiters to keep everything in place. The Armada Cora also has two hand-warming pockets with flaps, a sleeve pass pocket, and large chest pocket. The only thing we didn’t like was that the hand-warming pockets only have a flap covering, but this isn’t a huge issue.

The Armada Cora would be a great resort jacket for the causal skier. It’s not super warm, but can handle cold temps with the right base and mid layers.

Jacket Size – M
Cindy’s Specs:
Normal Specs – 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body – 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body – 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam, 26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants. The jacket should stay in place! Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.

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Type

Fully Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

10K

Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Average