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
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.