List Price US $375
Type Shell
Primary Waterproofing Other
Outer Layer Waterproofing None
Insulation Type None
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 3 Layer
Waterproof Rating 20K
Breathability Rating 20K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Great
Breathability Great
Warmth Poor
Fit

Normal

Packability

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2018 Descente Rage 3L jacket Review by A Better Ski

Today I am trying on the Descente Rage 3L jacket.  This is a 3 layer shell designed to protect against wind and snow while allowing for a lightweight and breath-able experience.  I like to use shells with my layering system so that I don’t get too hot when the action is happening.  I can tell right away that this is a well crafted and durable shell. Lets see what else the Descente Rage 3L jacket

Special thanks to Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability:  The Descente Rage 3L jacket has a 20k waterproofing rating which will allow this jacket to repel water in any conditions except for a full on rain storm. Under winter conditions, this waterproofing level will keep water from getting in. After a couple of years use now I can report that under heavy, wet snowfall, this material will start to soak through after an hour or so. If you are planning on being in heavily wet conditions, I would think about picking up something made from Dermizax 20K or Gore-Tex. For all other conditions, this jacket will  keep you dry and comfortable. Descente Rage 3L also has a good amount of breath-ability to allow your sweat to evaporate during more active days.  With two large underarm meshed vents, there is good versatility in air flow options.

Warmth: The Descente Rage 3L is a 3 layer shell.  This means that the membrane is laminated between a face fabric and a protective knit backing.  This gives the material maximum breath-ability, durability, and protection from wind.  One half of staying warm is staying dry and the other is insulation. Rage 3L takes care of the first half.  You’re layering choices will have to take care of the second.  I love to wear a thermal base-layer, an insulated mid-layer, and a weatherproof shell for the best breath-ability and heat retention.

Fit:  Again Descente made a well crafted and comfortable fitting jacket.  Their Motion 3D fit really does allow for a full range of motion without all the excess bulk of material.   This jacket feels trim yet nonrestrictive which I love.  Unfortunately, once again Descente didn’t make enough room for my chin when my helmet (size L) is on and the collar is zipped up fully.  I realize that not everyone has the same face shape and some chins are larger than others or some faces are longer than others and Descente has to decide on one shape that wont allow wind and snow to get inside.  But seriously,  I would rather let a neck gator do the sealing work and not have my chin rubbing the collar all day long.

Features:  Powder Skirt; Pit Zips; Media Pocket; Inner Mesh Pocket; Wrist, Waist, Hood Adjuster; Removable Hood; Waterproof Zips; Full Seam Seal; Scooped Sleeve Cuff

Bottom Line:  I love Descente’s  approach to making outerwear.  There stuff is simple yet well crafted and durable.  It fits and moves great and feels good on my body.   The Descente Rage 3L shell lives up to all of these expectations.  It is comfortable, moves great, is obviously well made and looks like a nice jacket.  Unfortunately, I would have put this one back on the rack since my chin didn’t fit in the collar.  If you wear a size M helmet or have a rounder shape to your face, this isn’t a worry.

 
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