Price US $185

Descente Cascade 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Descente Cascade is a technical soft-shell that could be used as a standalone piece on milder days on the snow. It has some decent waterproofing (especially for a soft-shell), but won’t provide a ton of warmth or protection from nasty storms.

Descente Cascade Soft-Shell Ski Jacket Review

 

Tester: Matt

Size: M

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Descente Cascade actually has a 20k DT waterproof barrier. This is starting to get into the higher end of waterproof tech, and is far more than what you typically see in a soft-shell. This is great for those skiers that like soft-shells but want more wet weather protection. Breathability is also pretty solid. It’s offer far better in soft-shells than hard-shells and this is no exception.

Warmth: The Descente Cascade is better suited to mild days than is for cold days on the snow. You could fit a thick mid-layer underneath for extra warmth, but this is probably never going to be you’re go-to jacket for the blistery cold days.

Fit: The Descente Cascade has a pretty standard fit to it. We found it comfortable and true to size. For my body type, the medium works well, or I could even go small for a more tailored fit. If I was using this as an outer layer I would go medium for extra room, but if I don’t plan on using this with a lot of layers underneath, I would go with the small. It wasn’t overly stretchy for a soft-shell, and I’d like to see maybe a bit more mobility, but it definitely was not bad.

Features: The Descente Cascade is a pretty minimal jacket. It has good waterproofing and breathability as well as two chest pockets, and two hand-warming pockets. There really isn’t a whole lot else going on in or outside of this jacket.

Bottom Line: The Descente Cascade is a technical soft-shell that provides great waterproofing for a soft-shell. It’s a great jacket for those skiers that like soft-shells and want decent waterproof protection. It’s not going to be great on a cold and stormy day, but perfect for milder conditions.

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Type

Soft Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

No hood

Powder Skirt

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

None

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

20K

Breathability Rating

20K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Normal

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Poor