Price US $550

Salomon Soulquest BC Down 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket is fantastic for those who need the extra warmth of down, but still want the features of a technical shell. The Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket is light-weight and warm thanks to a 600 fill down and synthetic insulation. The insulating layer is a mix of Smartskin insulation and DWR down to help keep your insulation from wetting out and not working properly. This ensures you stay toasty, even when the weather is really wet. To keep you dry, the Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket uses a Pertex Shield+ membrane. Pertex shield+ is a light weight alternative to a heavier Gore-Tex material, but still offers great wind and water protection while also maintaining a high level of breathability. This is great for active skiers that like to ride in the backcountry, and need the extra protection of a good membrane. Because the jacket is so heavily insulated, I will say that it doesn’t breathe extremely well, but Pertex Shield+ does do a much better job than other Gore-Tex jackets I’ve used. The Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket has a lot of cool backcountry specific features like its own stuff sack that you can use to pack down really small. So when in you’re hiking in the backcountry in a mid-layer, the Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket can fit in your pack. The Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket is also harness and backpack compatible, so you can access your pockets when skinning to your stash. The Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket has a ton of features for the resort as well, including a pass pocket, a goggle wipe, helmet compatible hood, light-weight powderskirt, water repellent YKK zippers, and an Advanced Skin wrist gaiter with thumb loops. The Salomon Soulquest BC Down Jacket fits pretty true to size, although the combination of a relaxed fit with “Motion Fit” does make it seem a bit loose. Motion Fit is designed to give you a better range of motion with more room in the back, shoulders, and arms. The articulated design gives you all the mobility without compromising fit. I found that for a smaller guy like me, the relaxed and motion fit combo made the jacket feel a bit large. This isn’t a huge deal breaker though, and if I sized down it seemed to make this better. I also found I didn’t need a whole lot of extra room because I probably wouldn’t layer much under this jacket. I think I’d like to see this same jacket with an active or tailored fit, but that’s really just personal preference. Overall the Salmon Soulquest BC Down jacket is a great option for active skiers that want the extra warmth of down, and the extra protection and features of a technical shell.

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.

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Type

Puffy

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Down

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

20K

Breathability Rating

20K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Great