Price US $269

Armada Lyra 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Lyra is a very warm and comfortable women’s ski jacket. It’s great for the resort, especially in areas where you see a lot of cold temperatures. It has the typical Armada styling, with a longer waist and freestyle look. Come check out what else this jacket has going on.

Breathability: The Armada Lyra has 200g of synthetic insulation and a 10k nylon fabric. This will not breathe very well at all, and if breathability is what you want the Lyra won’t be your jacket. For those of you that only plan on riding lift serviced terrain, especially in colder climates, the Lyra may be a great option.

Waterproofing: The Armada Lyra has a 10k nylon ripstop fabric. This is right at the industry standard for waterproofing, and when combined with a good DWR, the jacket would work well in a light to moderate snowfall. It won’t be the best for really wet climates, but those of you that mostly ski in dryer climates should find it to be enough.

Warmth and Comfort: The Armada Lyra is all about warmth. It has 200g of synthetic insulation in the torso, and 150g in the sleeves. I used a 100g jacket during the coldest months of last season, and thought that was more than enough. If you always run cold, the Lyra may be your answer to longer ski days. 200g of insulation will keep you nice and toasty. Some down jackets may be slightly warmer, but synthetic insulates better when wet, and often doesn’t look as puffy. So We’d take the Armada Lyra over a down jacket any day. The inside of the jacket also has a very comfortable quilted liner. Putting on this jacket almost feels like covering yourself with a ton of thick blankets in bed. The Armada Lyra is seriously warm and comfortable.

Fit: The Armada Lyra is a regular fit that feels slightly tailored. True to Armada style, the Lyra is also quite long and covers the back end nicely. The fit is pretty true to size, but can feel slightly baggy. Our tester liked the fit of the small (slightly more conforming, and still nice and long). The medium fit as well, but felt a lot baggier on our tester. When sizing, remember that this is a very warm jacket and probably wouldn’t require very many layers underneath. It also seems slightly baggy, so sizing up may make you feel like you’re swimming.  The arms are pretty long, and hang past the wrist.  Overall it’s a pretty flattering and comfortable look as long as you size it right.

Features: The Armada Lyra isn’t a highly technical shell, but does have most of the features casual skiers want. The Armada Lyra has a warm hood, powder skirt with jacket to pant interface, pit zips, and Lycra wrist gaiters. The Lyra also has two large front cargo style pockets, a pass pocket on the sleeve, external music pocket, and an internal goggle pocket.

The Armada Lyra is a great resort jacket for those in colder climates. It doesn’t have the top end fabrics of a technical shell, but offers solid waterproofing, and very solid warmth for casual resort skiers. It’s very comfortable and looks nice when sized right. We’d recommend this jacket to any person who runs a bit colder and wants a very warm and cozy jacket for the resort.

Jacket Size – S
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

Very Thick

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Excellent