The Armada Carson is a moderately warm insulated jacket with a slightly tailored fit. This would be a good jacket for resort skiers that need a little bit of warmth, but don’t need the best in waterproof or breathable tech.
Armada Carson Ski Jacket Video Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Armada Carson has a 10k/10k waterproof and breathable fabric. This is the industry standard for waterproofing, and would do okay if you see wet weather from time to time, but will ski most often on dryer days. I’ve used a 10k jacket for a season before, and in general they work fine for casual skiers that won’t be out on the wettest days. Breathability is also on the lower end, but for most casual skiers the Carson will be fine. The only time I would wish for more breathability would be on really warm days, or days where I’m planning on doing a bit of hiking or boot packing.
Warmth: The Armada Carson has 40g of polyfill insulation. This is a moderate amount of insulation, and good for mildly cold days on the mountain. With 40g you’ll still need to layer underneath when the temperatures are really cold. However, if you’re the type of skier that runs warm, or works really hard while skiing (and generates a lot of heat), the Carson would be fine for a large majority of days on the snow.
Fit: The Armada Carson has a moderately tailored fit. This means that it is a little bit more tailored in the torso, but not so much so that it feels restricting or tight. I found the fit to be true to size, and very comfortable. I was in-between a medium and small, and would probably go small to get a more tailored look and feel. The medium was fine, but it did feel a bit too loose for my liking. In addition the medium runs a bit too long for me.
Features: The Armada Carson is a pretty standard insulated jacket. It’s built for the casual resort skier that doesn’t need a high end technical jacket. It offers standard entry level waterproofing and breathability and moderate insulation for warmth. It has a contoured helmet compatible hood, and a powder skirt for added protection from the elements. There are also plenty of pockets for bringing gear with you to the mountain.
Bottom Line: The Armada Carson is a moderately warm insulated jacket with entry level waterproofing and breathability. The fit is moderately tailored, and a bit more form fitting than most of Armadas other jackets. It would be a good jacket for the casual resort skier that doesn’t need anything super technical.