Price US $325

Flylow Higgins 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Flylow Higgins jacket is a solid technical shell for resort or backcountry skiers. There is really nothing showy or flashy about the Higgins, but it’s a solid shell that will work well for a lot of skiers.

Flylow Higgins Ski Jacket Review

 

Tester: Matt

Size: M

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Flylow Higgins has a 20k/20k waterproof and breathable membrane. My experience with Flylow has been positive, and I find that the rating is pretty true to the experience. 20k is starting to get into the upper tier for both waterproofing and breathability. For a person like me who typically skis in the drier snow of the Rockies, the Higgins is about as waterproof as I would ever need. If you ski in a location where you could potentially see rain on a regular basis, the Higgins would be good, but maybe not great. In those locations it’s always worth at least looking into a more technical fabric like Gore-Tex or Dry Q Elite, etc… Breathability is also pretty decent, but I wouldn’t call it great in really warm conditions. I would say that for all but the warmest days, the Higgins breathes well enough. For those warm spring days, the Higgins does have decent ventilation that will help cool you down when you need to.

Warmth: The Flylow Higgins is a 3-Layer shell with a soft brushed liner. While this will provide a small amount of insulation, the Higgins will not be a great jacket for cold days on the mountain. However, if you use the right layers underneath, the Higgins could be just fine for year round use, even on the coldest days of the season.

Fit: The Flylow Higgins has a traditional fit that is true to size. I found that I could go with the small or medium and probably be happy with either one. I think if you like a loose fit, and extra room in the torso you could go with the medium and be just fine. Personally I liked the slightly tighter fit of the small, and I still found enough room underneath for layering. The Higgins also has a stretch fabric that makes it feel less restricting. If your similar in size to me, I think it would come down to preference over anything else.

Features: The Flylow Higgins isn’t flashy by any means, but it has all of the features that you’ll need for a fun day on the mountain. There are 6 total pockets, all of which are pretty big. I found plenty of room for all the gear I want on the mountain. The hood is helmet compatible, and with a contoured fit it covers my face really well when I need to tuck down into the jacket. All the seams are fully taped, and the zippers are YKK Aquaguard to help keep water out. Again, the outer shell is stretchy and helps to make the jacket less restricting The only downside for me is the lack of a powder skirt.

Bottom Line: The Flylow Higgins is a solid shell for serious skiers. It has a semi-minimalist design, but has solid waterproofing and breathability, along with all the features that you need on the mountain.

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Type

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

20K

Breathability Rating

20K

Manufactured in

Fit

Normal

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Poor