Price US $300

Spyder Flywheel 2015 Review by A Better Ski

Although it’s not one of their highest end offerings, the Spyder Flywheel is still a solid everyday jacket for the casual skier. It offers moderate waterproofing with a 10k laminate that will keep you dry in light snowfall or rain. It’s important to note that the seams are only critically sealed, and the zippers are not water resistant. This is pretty typical of the lower end offerings, and it’s not a huge issue if you’re not skiing in really wet conditions. With 60g of insulation, the Spyder Flywheel also offers moderate warmth without the need for a lot of extra layers. The shell material is stretch polyester that feels comfortable and allows for better movement. The fit has a bit more relaxed and is still true to size. The Spyder Flywheel offers extra room for layering, but with 60g of insulation you won’t need to add much unless it’s really cold outside, or you like to stay a bit warmer. I opted for the small because I wanted a bit more snug fit, and with 60g of insulation I didn’t plan on layering very much underneath. The small fits a bit tighter in the chest and torso, and didn’t feel as boxy as the medium. The length is still pretty good on the small, although the medium is definitely a bit longer. Sleeve length was good in both the small and medium, with a bit more length on the medium. The vertical chest pocket is decent, but I found myself wishing for a bit wider opening. The horizontal chest pocket is okay, but not the easiest to use. The hand warming pockets are positioned well, but I’m not the biggest fan of the flap. The Spyder Flywheel does have an adjustable hem as well as adjustable powder skirt to keep out the cold and snow. The hood is adjustable and detachable and fits over a hood. It’s not contoured, but doesn’t do a bad job of covering most of the face when on. Overall, the Spyder Flywheel is a solid everyday jacket for the casual skier. It has a traditional look and enough features to keep you dry and warm in moderate conditions. I’d recommend the Spyder Flywheel for those who want a solid ski jacket that they can also wear around town, and don’t need anything super technical. It’s a solid resort jacket, and great for most days on the mountain.

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

Partially Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Polyurethane

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Insulation Type

Thinsulate

Taped Seams

Criticaly Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Articulating

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

10K

Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Good