The Salomon Brillant is a very solid insulated jacket for skiers in cold and potentially wet climates. It offers a moderate amount of warmth and a good amount of waterproofing and breathability.
Salomon Brillant Insulated Women’s Ski Jacket Review
Cindy’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Salomon Brillant has an Advancedskin Dry 20k/20k waterproof and breathable fabric designed to keep you dry on a wet day. At 20k, AdvancedSki Dry is starting to get into the higher end for waterproof fabrics, and I have found it to work decently well. The Brillant would offer enough wet weather protection for just about every day I ski here in the Rockies, but for really locals like the Pacific Northwest, the Brillant will only be okay. 20k breathability is also a pretty decent rating, but in my experience breathability isn’t all that great in these heavily insulated jackets. Sure the Brillant will breathe a little bit, but it’s really designed to keep heat in and it won’t breathe like a technical shell.
Warmth: The Salomon Brillant is a pretty warm insulated jacket. It has 100g of synthetic Actiloft insulation, and it should keep you warm on all but the coldest days. If you typically run cold, and need a warm jacket for everyday, the Brillant is a good choice. It would make a good mid-winter jacket, and when the temps drop below zero, you still have enough room underneath for layers. This will not be a good jacket for warm spring days though. Even with ventilation, the jacket would be a bit too warm for those bluebird days.
Fit: The Salomon Brillant has an active fit that feels pretty true to size. Sure the fit is a bit tighter in the torso, but the Brillant has a 4-way stretch that makes you feel less restricted and able to move in any direction. Our tester could size up to the large for a looser fit, but the medium worked just fine. The only downside is that some areas a bit too tight, while others fit perfectly. Sizing up would make things too loose in areas. Bottom line is this jacket is better suited to smaller women over full figured women, but would still work for most body types.
Features: The Salomon Brillant is a solid jacket that is designed to keep you warm and dry. It also has a ton of great features that skiers will like. The only downside is that some of these features don’t function quite as well as we hoped. Most importantly the jacket has a 20k waterproof and breathable membrane, as well as 100g of insulation. This will keep you warm and dry on just about every day. The Brillant also has fully sealed seems, and waterproof zippers to keep even more water out. A powder skirt keeps snow out of the waist, and wrist gaiters keep snow out of the sleeves. The hood is helmet compatible, but fits really tight around the neck. It’s not bad, but it does restrict movement with the helmet on. There are also a good amount of pockets, but none of them are really big. We’d like to see a bit larger chest pocket.
Bottom Line: The Salomon Brillant has a lot of potential for the right skier. It’s a warm jacket while offering higher end waterproofing and breathability. The Brillant also has a lot of features that resort skiers will want. The only downside is that it seems like it would fit a certain body style (smaller women) better than others. If you find the jacket fits well, it will be a very solid resort jacket for years to come.