The Armada Smoked jacket is a solid freeride jacket with a comfortable fit. It also happens to be the most technical jacket in the women’s line. It’s extra-long in the waist and sleeves, but doesn’t have the bulk usually associated with longer park jackets. It’s a great jacket for the resort or backcountry, and definitely looks good in the park or pipe.
Breathability: The Armada Smoked is a two layer Gore-Tex jacket that breathes pretty well. Gore-Tex does seem to require a bit of moisture build up to start venting, but it does a decent job once things start to heat up. Being two layers, the Armada Smoked also breathes a bit better than a three layer jacket, and with large pit vents that extend to the underside of the arm, the jacket can cool you down in a hurry if needed.
Waterproofing: The Armada Smoked 2L Gore-Tex layer is good at blocking out wind and water. Gore-Tex is still one of the best fabrics on the market for waterproofing, and when you combine that with fully sealed seams and water-resistant YKK Aquaguard zippers, the Armada Smoked is going to keep you dry in some serious snow. The only downside is that it’s two layer vs. three, so it won’t be quite as bomber as other 3L Gore-Tex shells.
Fit: The Armada Smoked fits pretty true to size, but it does have a longer waist and arms than most women’s jackets. This freeride fit is a lot nicer for really deep days, or for anytime you might end up in the snow. The only size we were able to try out was the small, but it seemed to fit pretty well. IF I was planning on layering a lot underneath, I could probably size up to the medium, but then the sleeve length might be a bit too long. The nice thing is that the jacket does have a mechanical stretch, so even with a lot of layers underneath the small, I wouldn’t feel constricted or unable to move. I also liked that the small is a bit more conforming, and flattering.
Warmth and Comfort: The Armada Smoked does not have insulation, so it’s not going to be the warmest jacket. I’ve actually come to like hard-shells more than insulated jacket though, because I can use layers to control my temperature. This allows me to use the jacket when it’s really cold, or when it starts to warm up. With a good base layer, and mid layer, the Armada Smoked would be warm enough for most days on the mountain. If you’re always cold, then you may want to look at an insulated jacket first. The Armada Smoked does have a mesh lining to make it a little more comfortable, but I’d like to see a flannel backer. Those do tend to make the jacket a little warmer though; I guess it depends on what’s more important. The fit is comfortable, and with Lycra wrist gaiters, my arms feel nice and snug.
Features: The Armada Smoked is a full featured technical shell. It is 100% seam sealed, and has YKK Aquaguard zippers. It also has a reactive hood system, RECCO system, powder skirt with jacket to pant interface, and tons of great pockets.
Overall the Armada Smoked is a fantastic jacket for freeride skiers who like the longer fit. It has all the technical features you’d want in a shell, and offers solid waterproofing and breathability.
Jacket Size – S
Normal Specs – 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body – 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body – 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam, 26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants. The jacket should stay in place! Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.