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List Price US $299
Armada Approach Ski Jacket Review
Type 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 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating 15K
Breathability Rating 15K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Good
Breathability Good
Warmth Poor
Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Armada Approach 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Armada Approach STR is a great jacket for park or pipe riders that like to explore the entire mountain. It has 15k/15k waterproof breathable Armada series fabric to keep you dry from the inside and out. Only Armadas Gore-Tex jackets offer better waterproofing and breathability. The Armada Approach STR is a lined with a SuperFlo Lining System that helps the jacket breathe a little better. It also helps to increase mobility and ensure you don’t get bunched up inside the jacket. When you combine this with the mechanical stretch fabric, the Armada Approach STR allows a big range of motion. The Armada Approach STR also has a standard fit (slightly relaxed) that is perfect for park us. Again this helps to increase mobility, and also offers lots of extra room for layering. The fit is pretty true to size, but just remember that the jacket will fit pretty loose. I really like all the front pockets you find on the Armada Approach STR. It has three cargo style flap pockets, one zippered chest pocket, and a pass pocket on the sleeve. This gives me plenty of room to stash gear. The hood fits well, and utilizes a 3-way system that allows me to cinch it down tightly around my head and face. I also really like that the Armada Approach STR has Lycra wrist gaiters to help keep my gloves in place and snow out. We really like the Armada Approach as a park and pipe jacket. It has a slightly loose fit, along with a mechanical stretch face fabric that helps keep this jacket easy to move in. It also offers solid waterproofing and breathability, and a ton of pockets.

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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