List Price US $259
Type Fully Insulated
Primary Waterproofing Other
Outer Layer Waterproofing
Insulation Type Other
Taped Seams Criticaly Taped
Waterproof Zippers Yes
Hood Type Articulating
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface
Venting Pit Zips
Meshed Vents Yes
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating 15K
Breathability Rating Unpublished
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Good
Breathability Good
Warmth Great




2018 Obermeyer Foundation Insulated Jacket Review by A Better Ski

This is the 2018 Obermeyer Foundation Insulated Jacket.  This jacket is fully insulated and ready for those seriously cold days on the hill or out around town.  It has a comfortable, weighty feel to it with good mobility and excellent craftsmanship. Along with good waterproofing and breath-ability, Foundation Insulated Jacket is an excellent choice for many of your colder or stormy conditions.

Special thanks to Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability: The Obermeyer Foundation jacket has 15,000mm waterproof/breathable 2-way stretch fabric. This material will allow for excellent weatherproofing for most of your cold or stormy conditions. For heavy, wet snowfall, I would take out a different jacket. The two large pit vents gives additional adjust-ability of temperature regulation.

Warmth: The Obermeyer Foundation Jacket is really quite warm. With a 100gm. body and 80gm. sleeve and hood this jacket is ready for some extreme cold. For the temperatures less than freezing, I would be careful of my layering choices in order to avoid overheating.  If you’re a guy who runs hot and isn’t in an extremely cold place, pick a lighter jacket.

Fit:  I liked the fit of this jacket. I seemed to be in-between sizes on the Obermeyer line but I liked the fit of the Large I tried on. The Foundation Jacket has a weighty comfortable feel with an unrestricted range of motion. I think the only thing I didn’t love from this jacket was the fit of the hood. I felt the chin was too small for my chin.

Features:  YKK® zippers; Adjustable cuffs with inner stretch thumbhole; YKK® zipper sleeve pocket; Interior electronics pocket with cord routing port; Interior windguard with fleece chin protector; Detachable, scratch-free goggle cloth, Fleece-lined collar

Bottom Line: I liked this jacket for a cold weather choice. The Obermeyer Foundation Jacket is comfortable and well made.  I enjoyed the way it looked and felt.  Just be careful of your layering choices with this one.  It can get warm quickly in this one!

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