Price US $239

Armada Prospect 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Prospect is a solid jacket in an affordable price range. I think most people will find it great for almost any day you’re out on the mountain. It has 80g of synthetic insulation in the torso, and 60g in the arms to help keep you warm when the temps drop. I found the Armada Prospect to be pretty warm, but when the temperatures really drop (it was -10 here yesterday) you will definitely find yourself adding some layers underneath. Some people may find they want a lighter jacket for the really warm days, but the Armada Prospect does have underarm ventilation to help you drop heat when it gets warm. The jacket has a relaxed fit, but I found it wasn’t quite as baggy as some of the other jackets in Armadas line-up. I’m 5’9” and 155lbs. I found the small to fit fine, although I do prefer a little more active fit. They call it standard length, and for me it fit below the waist, which was nice. The outer shell is made from Armada Series Fabrics which give you 10k waterproofing and breathability. The Armada Prospect isn’t going to be a great jacket if you ski in really wet snow like that in the PNW, but most people will find it sufficient for the light and dry snow you find in the Rockies. The two chest pockets are great for smaller items, and the external access music pocket is great for those who don’t want to open their jacket to access their phones. The Lycra wrist gators are a nice touch that you don’t often see in jackets of this price point. Overall the Armada Prospect is a great everyday jacket for those who like to be warm and look good on the mountain.

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. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.

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Type

Partially Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Polyurethane

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

Waterproof Rating

10K

Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Fit

Tight

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Good