The Descente Dart is a great semi-technical hard-shell that comes with a lot of great features and tech for the price. This would be a good shell for skiers on a budget that still want some decent tech to keep you dry on the snow.
Descente Dart Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Descente Dart has a 20k/20k DT laminate that offers some pretty decent waterproofing and breathability. It’s not quite on par with Gore-Tex waterproofing, but is starting to get into the higher end of waterproof/breathable fabrics. This is a great semi-technical piece for serious skiers on a budget, or for those who will see a decent amount of wet weather, but maybe not as much rain as some locations. Breathability is also pretty decent, and I could see using this as a backcountry jacket or for hiking to hike-to terrain at the resort. It’s not quite as good as event or Gore-Pro, but definitely noticeably more breathable than entry level jackets.
Warmth: Being just a shell, the Descente Dart isn’t super warm, but it does have a micro fleece liner for a little bit of insulation. I actually found the Dart pretty warm for a shell. That being said, this isn’t going to be a good jacket for those skiers who are always cold, or for those super cold days on the snow. However, the Dart offers plenty of room underneath for layers, and with the right mid-layer you can turn this isn’t a pretty warm jacket. I prefer shells to insulated jackets because I can control how warm I want to be with layers. I could easily use this as my go to jacket all season long.
Fit: The Descente Dart has a normal fit that is slightly on the big side. I found the medium to be pretty loose in the torso, and would probably like the small a little better for my body type. I do prefer a tailored fit though, so if you like the loose freestyle fit, the medium would work pretty well. The Dart does have a Motion 3D Fit that adds a bit or articulation throughout the jacket. The Dart also has a Perfom X stretch fabric, so even on the tighter fit of the small, the jacket doesn’t feel restricting at all.
Features: The Descente Dart has some higher end fabric tech that includes a 20k waterproof and breathable DT laminate, and a Perfom X stretch shell. If that’s not enough, the Dart is loaded with ski specific features. This includes a removable contoured hood, snap-away powder skirt, waterproof zippers, and mesh lined front facing pit zips. There are also plenty of pockets for gear.
Bottom Line: The Descente Dart is a really great shell for the price. It has some pretty solid fabric tech, and all of the features you need for a day at the resort. I could easily recommend this jacket for those skiers that want a technical shell, but can’t afford to spend $500 for one of the higher end shells.