The Spyder Leader is a great resort jacket for those in colder locations that need a little extra insulation, and solid waterproofing and breathability. Spyder does have a very specific style that may not be for everyone, but they are well-built and perfect for resort skiers.
Spyder Leader Insulated Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Spyder Leader has a 20k Xt.L. membrane that will do a pretty decent job in wet weather. It’s not quite on the top tier of waterproof fabrics, but definitely on the higher end. This would be a good jacket for those who are going to ski in wet snow a lot, but probably won’t see a whole lot of rainy days on the snow. This X.tL membrane is also decently breathable. It does have a 25k rating, which is starting to get into the top tier. However, insulated jackets just don’t breathe as well as shells, and won’t be great for high output activities, unless it’s really cold. Still, the breathability is noticeable compared to other insulated jackets.
Warmth: The Spyder Leader has 100g of Thinsulate insulation. This is a pretty decent amount, and should be fine for most days on the mountain. You will have to layer underneath on the extremely cold days, and it will far too warm for the warm days.
Fit: The Spyder Leader has a traditional fit, but I have found that often they run slightly small. I also find that Spyder jackets are a bit short, and they feel somewhat boxy for my body type. For me, the medium was a good fit. It was loose without being baggy, and just long enough to cover the top of my pants and not leave anything exposed. What I really like about the fit is Spyders stretch polyester shells. This allows more mobility, and it also feels really comfortable.
Features: The Spyder Leader has a solid amount of insulation and good waterproofing and breathability. For me, those are the most important things, but I also like to see some ski specific features. Spyder is very ski specific, and their jackets have the features I like for at the resort including a removable articulating hood, and a built in powder skirt. The Leader also has wrist gaiters to help keep snow out of the sleeves. There are also a ton of great pockets, and waterproof zippers for extra protection from the elements.
Bottom Line: The Spyder Leader does have a certain look that might not be for everyone. Still, it’s a fantastic resort jacket for beginner and serious skiers alike. It would be great for those skiers that see some cold temps and wet days, and need some extra insulation and decent waterproofing.