Price US $425

Strafe Cham 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Strafe Cham jacket is great for those skiers who spend a lot of time hiking or skinning to backcountry stashes, or active resort riders that need extra breathability. It’s made with Polartech Neoshell fabric that is one of the most breathable fabrics on the market. If that wasn’t enough the Strafe Cham has some of the largest pit vents I’ve seen, so if you run warm it’s easy to dump heat. Polartech Neoshell also offers a decent amount of wind and water protection, and along with fully sealed seems and YKK Aquagaurd zips, the Strafe Cham does a decent job in moderately wet snow. It probably wouldn’t be my go to in a wet heavy snow storm, but there is no better jacket for blue bird days. The Strafe Cham has a minimalist design that features an adjustable hood, and removable powder skirt in a very light-weight design. The two front water resistant zippers are quite large and offer ample room for all my gear. The soft-shell fabric keeps the Strafe Cham quite comfortable. The fit is pretty true to size, and I love how low it sits on my waist. The fit is pretty normal, without being too baggy or tight. With the small I still had plenty of room for layering underneath. Overall the Strafe Cham is a solid jacket for backcountry skiers, or active resort riders that run a bit warm. It breathes extremely well and dumps heat like a champ. It still offers solid wind and water protection, but my not be my go to in a really wet storm. I could easily so this becoming my go to jacket in dryer areas like Colorado or Utah.

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

Soft Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips+

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Unpublished

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Average