Price US $480

Flylow Lab Coat 2.0 2015 - 2014 Review by A Better Ski

The Flylow Lab Coat 2.0 is a good backcountry jacket for those who need a lot of breathability, but don’t need the most bomb-proof waterproof protection. The Flylow Lab Coat 2.0 uses a Polartec Neoshell facefabric that is one of the most breathable fabrics currently out there. I had a hard time finding numbers, but would probably put the Neoshell in the range of 25,000mm+ for breath-ability. That is one par with some of the best soft-shell jackets out there. What is surprising about this fabric is that it doesn’t have a really high waterproof rating. Again it was hard to find specific numbers here, but would probably put it in the 10-15k range. This isn’t bad if you’re skiing in dry conditions, but when it’s super wet, or you put a lot of weight on the jacket (Heavy Backpack) you will get a bit of leaking. Other than that it’s really hard to say anything bad about the Flylow Lab Coat 2.0. It has a ton of great pockets, waterproof zippers, removable powder skirt, hood, etc… Flylow calls it an athletic fit, but again I feel like it’s a bit looser than I typically think of with an athletic fit. That being said, the Flylow Lab Coat 2.0 is pretty true to size, and offers room to layer underneath without being too bulky. It does have a pretty long length (Below hip) which is nice when your skiing deep powder. It is light weight and packs down pretty small, but for resort riding that doesn’t matter too much anyway. Overall, the Flylow Lab Coat 2.0 is a great choice for you backcountry riders who want superior breathability, but don’t need bomb-proof waterproofing (still enough for all but super wet conditions). It’s also not a bad resort jacket for those who run a bit warm, or don’t mind layering when it gets a bit colder.

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

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Above 20K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Poor