List Price US $450
Type Fully Insulated
Primary Waterproofing
Outer Layer Waterproofing
Insulation Type Thinsulate
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers Yes
Hood Type Detachable Articulating
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface No
Venting Pit Zips
Meshed Vents Yes
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating Above 20k
Breathability Rating Above 20K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Great
Breathability Great
Warmth Great
Fit

Normal

Packability

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2018 Descente Challenger jacket Review by A Better Ski

Lets take a look at the Descente Challenger jacket.  This is a jacket you would take off the rack for a try if you were looking for a heavy winter jacket to keep you warm in the very low temperatures.  It looks warm and serious.  It fits well, padded but not super bulky. Lets take a closer look and see what this jacket is all about.

Special thanks to Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability:  The Descente Challenger jacket is constructed with Dermizax 20K membrane which claims to be completely waterproof and highly breath-able. This membrane can compete with Gore-Tex in both of these categories and is a good alternative choice. Scientifically, nothing can be both completely waterproof and breath-able but these pants score high in both categories. They claim to have over 35k breath-ability which will allow your sweat to escape even on the most active of days. Descente Challenger jacket is a good choice for mountaineers and back-country skiers who need a breath-able yet well insulated layer for protection against extreme and cold wintry conditions.

Warmth: The Descente Challenger jacket comes equipped with 3M THINSULATE 100G insulation which is enough to get you through temperatures down into single digits with the appropriate base and mid-layers.  Be careful with this one guys if you run hot or live in CA where the temperatures seldom drop into the teens.  Even though this jacket has great breath-ability, you will probably find yourself with all the vents and zippers open and still too warm. Go find a 40G.  But if you live where it is truly cold, Colorado, Vermont, Main, Chicago, 100G of insulation  is great for keeping the cold and moisture out and the warmth in.

Fit:  The Descente Challenger jacket feels very much like a heavy duty jacket.  It has weight and a bit of bulk and the feel of a tough ski jacket.  As with all the Descente line, I like the Motion 3D construction which allows for a slim yet nonrestrictive fit. It has good length in the sleeves and torso.  And finally, a hood and collar that fir my helmet and chin comfortably.  I don’t know what you did differently on this one Descente, but I like it.

Features: Matte 4-Way Stretch; Dermizax 20K; 20K; 3M THINSULATE 100G; HEAT NAVI; Motion 3D Fit; D-LASER; Powder Skirt; Pit Zips; Media Pocket; Inner Mesh Pockets; Waist, Wrist & Hood Adjuster; Removable Hood; Pass Holder; Waterproof Zips; Lycra Cuffs; Stretch Liner; Full Seam Seal

Bottom Line:  If you are in the market for a serious jacket for serious conditions, the Descente Challenger jacket could be your choice.  It is warm, almost waterproof, highly breath-able and well constructed with a good fit and classic ski jacket look.

 
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