The Armada Sherwin was our favorite jackets in Armadas 2015 line-up. It’s built with a durable 75D face fabric that feels pretty rugged, and a flannel backer that feels comfortable. In-between these layers, the Armada Sherwin has a highly waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. With fully sealed seems, and water resistant YKK Aquaguard zippers, the Armada Sherwin will do a great job keeping you dry in some serious conditions. Although Gore-Tex isn’t the most breathable material on the market, it does do a solid enough job to make the Armada Sherwin an ok backcountry option. With a flannel backer and three layers, the jacket does seem slightly warmer than other technical shells. Those who run warm will find they don’t have to layer a ton underneath, and when you do get hot, the pit zips do a nice job of releasing heat. The reason we like this jacket better than others in Armadas line-up is because of the fit. The Armada Sherwin has a moderately tailored fit that conforms well to your body. I don’t like jackets that are extra baggy, but I do like a jacket that is longer than average. The Armada Sherwin has a slightly tight site (without being restrictive), while still extending beyond my waist. Taller skinny guys will definitely appreciate the shape more so than other jackets. If you like the extra baggy look there are plenty of other options from Armada. Like the other technical shells in the line-up the Armada Sherwin has an adjustable hood, low profile powder skirt, Recco system, and Lycra wrist gaiters. I’m not the biggest fan of the cargo flap front pockets, but I do like all the storage the jacket offers. Overall, the Armada Sherwin is a solid technical shell for serious skiers. Take it in the backcountry or use it at the resort. It will be happy no matter where you are on the mountain.
Jacket Size – S
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.