Price US $289

Armada Mercer 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Mercer is a very warm insulated ski jacket. It would be great for those resort skiers in colder climates, or for those who just naturally run cold.

Armada Mercer Insulated Ski Jacket Review

Tester: Cindy

Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Armada Mercer has a 10k/10k waterproof and breathable layer. This is the industry standard for waterproofing and typical of most non-technical jackets. While 10k isn’t great, it should be enough for those skiers who will only occasionally see wet snow. The Mercer will keep you dry in a storm, but won’t be great if the only weather you see is wet.

Warmth: The Armada Mercer is the warmest jacket in Armadas line. It has 140g of synthetic insulation that is built to keep you warm on the coldest days. Sometimes heavily insulated jackets can feel a bit bulky, but the Mercer does a nice job of blending the heavy insulation into a comfortable and relatively low profile look.

Fit: The Armada Mercer has a semi-tailored fit that tapers in at the torso. The small fit okay, but if you’re similar in shape to our tester you may want to consider sizing up to the medium. The medium just gives you more room and doesn’t feel quite as restricting. The fit is pretty true to size, but with all that insulation it does feel a little bit more snug than you may expect.

Features: The Armada Mercer is all about warmth, but it also has all the features casual resort skiers will need. The hood is helmet compatible, and does a decent job covering the face. There is a powder skirt, and drawcord hem to keep snow out of the waist. Pockets are well placed, and there are plenty for bringing gear with you to the resort. There are pit zips, but they don’t open super wide.

Bottom Line: The Armada Mercer is a fantastic resort jacket for those who ski mostly on really cold days, and won’t see a lot of wet weather. This will be your go-to for those dry and cold mid-winter days.

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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

Articulating

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

10K

Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Very Thick

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Excellent