The Obermeyer Leighton Luxe jacket is kind of a hybrid ski/around town jacket. These are great for casual skiers that are going to spend just as much time walking around the base village as they are on the snow. These jackets are definitely not for everyone, but cater to a specific crowd of skiers.
Obermeyer Leighton Luxe
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Obermeyer Leighton Luxe has a 10k Hydroblock Sport laminate to keep you dry while on the snow. This is Obermeyers entry level waterproofing, and while it may keep you dry in a light snow, it won’t be great for those skiers that are going to see a lot of wet snow or rain. This is typically best for casual skiers that aren’t going to spend a lot of time on the snow in wet conditions.
Warmth: The Obermeyer Leighton Luxe is a pretty warm jacket with 135g of insulation in the torso and 65g in the sleeve. This would be a good jacket for the cold days on the snow. You’ll probably still need to layer underneath for the extreme cold, but this should keep you toasty on plenty of cold winter days.
Fit: The Obermeyer Leighton Luxe fits relatively true to size, but we found that it’s slightly on the smaller side. It does have an active fit, but if you’re typically in-between sizes it would be better to size up. The length is pretty short, and the jacket can feel slightly boxy. It also feels quite puffy with all that insulation, and if you’re planning on layer underneath, you’ll want to size up for extra room.
Features: Obermeyer understands that even if you’re only planning on hitting the slopes for a short period of time, you’re still going to want ski specific features. The Obermeyer Leighton Luxe has an integrated powder skirt, soft wrist gaiters, a removable hood, articulated sleeves, and a ton of pockets. While all of this seems great, we did notice that not all of the features work great. The helmet is okay, but it doesn’t fit well over a helmet. It would be good for wearing while you’re waiting for your friends to get to the outdoor bar for après, but not great for skiing. Also, while the two hand warming pockets are fine, the chest pockets are very small and not very practical for bringing gear or personal items to the slopes.
Bottom Line: The Obermeyer Leighton Luxe is a jacket for those casual skiers that are going to spend just as much walking around town as you are on the slopes. It does have ski specific features for when you decide to take a run or two, but this isn’t going to be great for serious skiers. It has very solid warmth, and entry level waterproof tech.