Price US $425

Spyder Highlands 2015 Review by A Better Ski

With the Spyder Highlands Insulated Ski Jacket  you will be easy to find on the mountain as it comes in several bright colors that will make you stand out. The Spyder Highlands is an insulated jacket that is waterproof and breathable, but at 40g insulation, you may require extra layers on a really cold day. On the other hand, it does have a good ventilation system to keep you from overheating when the weather warms up, but may be a bit too warm for really late spring skiing. The Spyder Highlands Insulated Ski Jacket is best for mid-season resort riding when the weather isn’t at it’s worst. It does have an active fit, but seems to be a little more relaxed than some of the other Spyder Jackets we have tried, maybe due to having less insulation. The waist length is fine, and the snow skirt fits snug to keep out drafts and snow. The Spyder Highlands does have an adjustable hem if you like to cinch down the waist for a really snug fit. It has four exterior zippered pockets that are well placed. The one on the chest is big enough for a typical smart phone or ipod, while the two side pockets are big enough to fit your hands into easily. The vertical pocket on the lower arm is a good place for your pass, and also comes with a lens wipe. The internal layer comes with thumb holes that are great for keeping the liner in place, while the outer cuff adjusts to keep the snow out. The Spyder Highlands Insulated Ski Jacket is great for those who want a lighter insulated jacket, but still want something that is waterproof and breathable, and are willing to pay a little more for a high quality build.

Jacket Size – M

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

DWR

Insulation Type

Thinsulate

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Detachable Articulating

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

20K

Breathability Rating

20K

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Average