Price US $299

Armada Corvus 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Corvus is a solid resort jacket at a very reasonable price. It has a comfortable fit, solid waterproofing and breathability, and all the features you’ll need for a day at the resort.

Armada Corvus 2L Gore-Tex Ski Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: M

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Armada Corvus is a 2-layer Gore-Tex jacket that offers very solid waterproofing. Gore-Tex is generally the standard for high end waterproofing, but at 2-layers it’s not going to give you the same bomber protection as a 3-layer shell. Still, the Corvus will be a decent jacket for skiers that are going to see a decent amount of wet weather. Breathability is also pretty decent, but not great. Being 2-layers it’s going to breathe decently well, but Gore-Tex isn’t the most breathable fabric out there. Again, I would say this will be a decent jacket for resort skiers that won’t be spending a lot of time hiking to new terrain.

Warmth: The Armada Corvus is a 2-layer shell without insulation. This isn’t going to provide a ton of warmth, but with the right mid-layers I feel like this could be a fine all season jacket. I run really warm, and I can always appreciate a shell. If I want to add layers underneath, I can. The feel of the shell is decently rugged, and I find that it helps provide a little better wind protection, and makes me feel slightly warmer than some shells.

Fit: The Armada Corvus has a slightly tailored fit that feels really comfortable. The more I use Armada jackets, the more I like them. The fit just feels very comfortable for me, and seem to work with my body type really well. The fit is true to size, and doesn’t feel overly loose or tight in any one area. For me, the medium is just about perfect. It’s tighter in the areas I like it to be, but loose enough to feel unrestricting. It’s not overly loose either, and I don’t feel like I’m swimming in the jacket. The small fit me as well, but it is a bit more tailored in the torso. I didn’t mind this fit either, but it does feel slightly more restricting.

Features: The Armada Corvus is a semi-technical shell that has all the features casual resort skiers will need. It has solid waterproofing and breathability in a comfortable semi-tailored fit. There are plenty of pockets on the jacket for bringing your gear with you. The only negative I would say about the pockets is that the horizontal chest pocket can feel a bit awkward to use. The hood is contoured and does a really nice job of covering my face when on. The jacket has wrist gators as well as a powder skirt, to help keep snow out of the sleeves and waist. The Corvus has YKK aquaguard zippers, and a RECCO avalanche reflector that you often don’t see at this price point.

Bottom Line: The Armada Corvus is a very solid resort jacket. 2-Layer Gore-Tex is not quite as bomber as 3-Layer, but it also comes at a very reasonable price while still providing very solid wet weather protection. The jacket has decent quality construction, and comes with all the features a resort skier will need. I would recommend this to any resort skier that wants a semi-technical shell that offers solid waterproofing and breathability, but doesn’t want to break the bank for an expensive high end technical shell.

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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

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Poor