The Armada Yosemite is a slightly less insulated Armada Lyra. Both jackets have a similar look and feel, but the Yosemite has less insulation than the Lyra. Both are very warm, and comfortable. Both also make a great resort jacket, especially in areas where you see a lot of cold temperatures.
Breathability: The Armada Yosemite has a 10k breathable nylon fabric, but probably won’t be your go to for backcountry expeditions or for those who expend a lot of energy on the mountain. Chances are if you’re looking for an insulated jacket, you’re not going to find one that breathes super well. But most breathable jackets will sacrifice warmth.
Waterproofing: The Armada Yosemite has a 10k waterproof fabric with a durable water repellent. 10k is the industry standard for a water proof fabric and with a good DWR the Armada Yosemite can handle a light to moderate snowfall pretty well. I’ve used a 10k for a season in Colorado, and it was fine for 90% of the days on the mountain. That being said, the Armada Yosemite probably wouldn’t be the best choice for really wet climates. It would do okay, but there are definitely a lot better jackets out there for really wet days.
Warmth and Comfort: The Armada Yosemite has 80g of synthetic insulation in the torso, and 60g in the arms. This is generally enough insulation for moderately cold temps, and with a good base layer and mid layer, we feel the Armada Yosemite could tackle some pretty cold temperatures. If you’re the type of person that always runs cold, it may be worth looking at the Armada Lyra with its 200g of insulation. The Armada Yosemite does have a satin lining that is pretty comfortable. We really loved the quilt lining of the Lyra and wouldn’t mind seeing it in the Yosemite, but the quilt can also feel a bit restricting at times.
Fit: The Armada Yosemite has a regular fit that feels shapely through the middle. It’s a long jacket, and the waist sits nicely over the backend. It feels pretty true to size, but with all that insulation it can feel a bit bulky. Also the waist does seem a bit wider, but not overly so. If you’re between sizes you could opt for the smaller of the two for a more conforming fit. Those who want more room to layer, or need longer arms, and don’t mind a slightly baggy fit could opt for the larger size. The arms are long on the Yosemite, so sizing up could make them feel really long. Overall the Armada Yosemite is a flattering and comfortable jacket.
Features: The Armada Yosemite isn’t a highly technical shell, but does have most of the features casual skiers want. It has a ton of great pockets on the front side of the jacket. Both the hand-warming pockets and chest pockets are large and easy to use. There’s also a pass pocket on the sleeve, and an internal goggle pocket. The Armada Yosemite also has meshed lined pit vents, a helmet compatible hood, and a powder skirt with jacket to pant interface. The Yosemite also has Lycra wrist gaiters to help keep snow out and the sleeves in place.
The Armada Yosemite is a great resort jacket for the casual skier. It’s warm, and very comfortable while still offering all the features you’d want in a resort jacket. Armada also caters a bit more to the park rider, and the fit tends to reflect that. The jacket allows you to move well, and doesn’t restrict you. It offers solid waterproofing for those in drier climates, but may not be the best in really wet areas.
Jacket Size – S
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.