The Obermeyer Cortina is a very solid resort jacket that would also be good for around town. It has a high level of waterproof protection, and a stylish design that is also very functional.
Obermeyer Cortina Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Obermeyer Cortina has a 30k HydroBlock Elite fabric for waterproof and breathable protection. This is definitely on the higher end of waterproof and breathable tech. We haven’t had a ton of experience with HydroBlock 30k, but would assume that it would do pretty well in some wet weather. The only surprise is the lack of waterproof zippers, and the lack of fully sealed seems. It almost seems a waste to not include those in a 30k jacket. Still it should be fine in wet weather. Breathability is also on the high end. However, it doesn’t feel nearly as breathable as a technical shell because of all that heavy insulation. It does feel better than most insulated jackets, but probably won’t be great for high output activities, unless it’s a really cold day.
Warmth: The Obermeyer Cortina has 100g of Primlaloft Silver insulation. It’s not the thickest insulation, but it is very warm for its bulk. The Cortina would be good for colder days on the snow, and with the right mid-layer could be just fine on extremely cold days.
Fit: The Obermeyer Cortina has a standard fit with Ski Contour articulated arms. The jacket seems to run slightly small, but is otherwise comfortable and functional. The articulated arms help to increase mobility, and when combined with the stretch Full-Motion core it has a good range of motion. The shoulders are slightly tight, but the torso has a more relaxed fit. Length is pretty standard.
Features: The Obermeyer Cortina would make a great jacket for about town, but it also has all the features you’ll want for a day on the snow. It does have a snap away powder skirt and stretch wrist gaiters to keep snow out of the jacket. The Hood is removable, but doesn’t fit great over a helmet. The Cortina has a stowable neck gaiter, and interior chin wind guard, and a custom breathable collar lining. The Cortina also has decent ventilation, and a ton of pockets.
Bottom Line: The Obermeyer Cortina is a very solid resort jacket for those skiers that ski in the cold and will see some pretty wet days. It has solid warmth, great waterproofing, and a stylish yet functional design.