|Primary Waterproofing||Gore-Tex Membrane|
|Outer Layer Waterproofing||Other|
|Taped Seams||Fully Taped|
|Jacket to Pant Interface||Yes|
|Layer Count||2 Layer|
|Waterproof Rating||Above 20k|
|Breathability Rating||Above 20K|
Armada Stealth 2015 Review by A Better Ski
The Armada Stealth Gore Tex 2L jacket offers solid waterproofing and breathability in a relaxed fit jacket. It’s great for skiers who want extra room for layering, or the extra range of motion that comes with relaxed fit jackets. Take it in the park and pipe, or take it all over the mountain. With A 75D polyester outer shell, the Armada Stealth is quite durable, and can handle the stress associated with falling on rails or getting snagged on a tree.
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. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.
Waterproofing: The Armada Steath is a two layer Gore-Tex shell that provides solid waterproofing. Gore-Tex doesn’t publish water-proof ratings for their fabric, but many consumers agree that it offers some of the best water-proofing in the industry. Two layers provides durable wet weather protection, but isn’t quite as bomb-proof as 3L. The Stealth does have fully taped seems, and YKK water resistant zippers, helping to keep water out.
Breathability:Shells often breathe better than insulated jackets (less material to pass through), and with 2L Gore-Tex, the Armada Stealth breathes pretty well. Further helping the cause is a mesh liner and pit zips that helps dump heat quickly.
Fit: The Armada Stealth offers a relaxed ft for unrestricted movement and plenty of room for layering. I find that sometimes relaxed it jackets can be quite boxy, but although the Stealth has plenty of extra room, it seems pretty streamlined. The waist is definiitely a bit roomy, but when the powder skirt is in place, it does a great job of keeping out the cold and snow. The fit is pretty true to size, but there is a lot of extra room throuhgout.
Backcountry to Park Functionality: Armada understands park skiers, and the stealth is designed with them in mind. It has a nice roomy fit for added mobility. This is perfect for pulling off big tricks. Others will also appreciate the extra room when the temps drop and you need to layer. A heavy denier shell is also quite durable and good for those who find themselves in the backcontry and trees. Backcountry users will like how well the Armada Stealth breathes.
Other Features: The chest pocket on the Armada Stealth is positioned well for easy and quick access to your media players and phones. It’s plenty roomy, and has waterproof zippers to keep moisture out. The Stealth also has lycra wrist gaiters to keep out snow, and a recco avalanche reflector for in bounds riding. The stealth also has a internal goggle pocket.
The Armada Stealth is a great option for park skiers and resort riders. It offers good waterproofing and breathability in a light shell. It’s not insulated, but offers plenty of room for layering. It’s a solid jacket for the casual and hardcore skier.
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