The Salomon Foresight is a 3 layer technical shell that would be good for the resort or the backcountry. It has some solid waterproof and breathable tech, and some okay features for a day of skiing.
Salomon Foresight Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Salomon Foresight has a 3L 20k Climapro fabric that is built to keep you dry from the inside at out. I’ve also had pretty good experiences with Salomon jackets, and their waterproof tech is pretty solid. It’s not quite on par with Gore-Tex but definitely getting into the top tier of waterproofing. This would be perfectly fine for a wet day on the mountain, but if all you see is wet snow and rain, then maybe Gore-Tex would be a better option. Breathability is better than Gore-Tex though, and will be noticeable when hiking or boot packing to steeper terrain.
Warmth: The Salomon Foresight is a technical shell, but doesn’t have much for insulation. Being 3-layer does give you a little bit of extra insulation vs a 2 layer shell, but it’s pretty minimal. This is a good jacket for warmer days, or for those days your planning on doing a lot of hiking. With the right mid-layer the Foresight can be pretty warm, but probably not the best option for those skiers who are always cold.
Fit: The Salomon Foresight has a relaxed fit, but doesn’t feel overly loose. I have noticed with most of Salomon’s outerwear runs slightly on the small side. I think I could get away with the small Foresight because of the relaxed fit, but I actually feel that the medium fits a little better.
Features: The Salomon Foresight is a technical shell with all the features we like for the resort. However, we found that some of the features don’t work all that well, and we were slightly disappointed. First is the hood that doesn’t really fit over the helmet very well. With a helmet on I couldn’t get the jacket to zip all the way up. If you don’t use your hood, this isn’t a big deal, but we were definitely a little surprised that it wasn’t helmet compatible. The other thing we didn’t like was the outer chest pocket, and internal media pocket. Neither one of these were large enough for my Galaxy S5 which is a pretty standard size phone these days. We did like the rest of the pockets just fine, but I would like to see a bigger chest pocket at least. The Foresight does have a removable stretch powder skirt, waterproof zippers, and front facing pit zips without mesh.
Bottom Line: Overall, the Salomon Foresight is a decent shell with some nice tech. However, we didn’t love all of the features, and would like to see a few changes before we could really recommend this as one of our favorites.