The Spyder Monterosa is the most technical insulated jacket in Spyders line-up. While we find it to be a very solid resort jacket, we’re not entirely sure if it’s worth the $900 price ticket. There are many jackets that are just as good, if not better than the Monterosa, at a much more reasonable price. Still, I think many loyal Spyder fans will like the Monterosa, and if you have a budget that is considerably larger than mine, the Monterosa is a solid jacket.
Spyder Monterosa Insulated Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Spyder Monterosa uses the proprietary XT.L waterproof and breathable membrane. I think this is biggest surprise for me right off the bat. While XT.L is good, it’s still not on par with Gore-Tex, and at this price point I’m a little disappointed with the fabric choice. Really the only benefit to XT.L over Gore-Tex is the pliability of XT.L. This allows it to stretch really well, while still being highly waterproof and breathable. I must admit, that I really do love the fit and feel of Spyder jackets because of the stretchiness, but is that worth sacrificing a little bit of wet weather protection? Don’t get me wrong, XT.L. will probably be more than enough protection for all but the wettest days on the mountain, but at this price I would really expect the best in waterproof technology. Now breathability does have a really high 30k rating. This is top of the line, but with all that extra insulation, I don’t ever feel like they breathe all that well. Still this will breathe better than most insulated jackets.
Warmth: The Spyder Monterosa has 60g of Primaloft insulation. This is a moderate amount and should provide just enough warmth for all but the coldest days on the mountain. If you run cold, you will find you need layers underneath more often. There are warmer jackets out there for you, but for average skiers you’ll be able to wear the Spyder Monterosa for most of the season.
Fit: The Spyder Monterosa has a comfortable and functional fit that is pretty true to size. Spyder jackets tend to be a normal to semi-tight fit that run slightly short. This works really well with a certain body type, but not all skiers will find the Monterosa to fit perfectly. For me, they fit just a bit short and boxy. To combat this I could size up to a large, but then they fit a little too loose. The medium works well, but is just a little too short for my liking. Still, I actually really like the fit and feel of Spyder jackets. Overall they are very comfortable, and the stretch material helps with articulation and maneuverability.
Features: The Spyder Monterosa comes with a stretch nylon shell with proprietary waterproof and breathable fabric to keep you dry. All seams are fully taped, and zippers are waterproof. Each sleeve comes with a wrist gaiter to help keep snow out of your arms. The hood is helmet compatible, and removable. It is articulating, and does on okay job covering your face. The biggest positive to articulating is that it lays flat when not in use, and you can barely tell it’s there. The Monterosa does have pit zip ventilation that sits a bit more on the frontside of the jacket. This is a nice feature as it allows a bit more airflow than those under the pits. There are also plenty lots of pockets for gear.
Bottom Line: The Sypder Monterosa is a solid resort jacket, but it definitely caters to a specific crowd. Those of us on a budget will definitely not look twice at the Monterosa. Yes it is a very solid jacket, but I can get the same features on other jackets for $500. I know some people love Spyder, but it does have a certain stigma and look that just aren’t for me. However, if you’re a Spyder fan and don’t mind the high price tag, the Spyder Monterosa is a very good jacket.