The Flylow Vixen is a very solid technical shell for the resort, or the backcountry. The Vixen provides good protection from the elements in a comfortable and stylish shell that has all the features you’ll need at the resort.
Flylow Vixen Women’s Ski Jacket Review
Cindy’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Flylow Vixen has a decent amount of waterproofing and breathability. At 20k, the waterproof membrane is starting to get into the top tier of waterproof protection. This would be fantastic for those skiers who might see some wet snow occasionally and good for those who will see some really wet snow or rain on occasion. It’s not quite on par with Gore-Tex, but definitely very solid for most conditions. Breathability is also decent. 20k isn’t fantastic, but with the partial softshell design, the Vixen breathes better than other hardshells out there.
Warmth: The Flylow Vixen is a 3-Layer shell with a soft tricot liner. It’s warm for a shell, but doesn’t have the insulation to keep you warm on really cold days. Still, there’s plenty of room to layer underneath, and with the right mid-layer you could use this jacket for just about any day on the mountain.
Fit: The Flylow Vixen has a semi-tailored fit that feels pretty true to size. Even with broad shoulders, our women’s gear tester felt unrestricted and was able to move around really well. This is partially due to the stretch soft-shell fabric that moves with you. I love this stuff, as it allows you to have a better fitting jacket without restricting movement at all. It looks really good, and functions just as well. The only downside our tester noticed was that the waist was a little tight for those of us with a larger butt/thighs. Still, it wasn’t restricting enough to warrant sizing up to the next size.
Features: The Flylow Vixen is a technical shell with features that skiers will love. First is the fantastic stretchy shell that helps to increase mobility while retaining that form fit. In addition, the stretch fabric allows the jacket to absorb a bit more abuse, and you don’t have to worry about putting a hole in the jacket when you get snagged on a tree branch. The Vixen has wrist gaiters to keep snow out of the wrist and keep your arms warm. The seams are fully taped, and the zippers are water resistant. Pockets are positioned well, and there are enough of them to bring the gear you need for a day at the resort. The hood is helmet compatible, and the contoured shape allows you to bury your face on the cold and windy days. With a 20k/20k waterproof and breathable membrane, the Vixen will keep you dry from the inside and out.
Bottom Line: The Flylow Vixen is a very solid technical shell for resort and backcountry skiers alike. This is the jacket for serious women skiers that want to look good and ski hard.