List Price US $400
Spyder Rival Ski Jacket Review
Type Fully Insulated
Primary Waterproofing Other
Outer Layer Waterproofing DWR
Insulation Type Thinsulate
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers Yes
Hood Type Detachable Articulating
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Venting Pit Zips+
Meshed Vents Yes
Layer Count 3 Layer
Waterproof Rating 20K
Breathability Rating 20K
Manufactured in Imported
Waterproofing Good
Breathability Good
Warmth Good

Semi Tight



Spyder Rival 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Spyder Rival is a warm and comfortable jacket with solid waterproofing and breathability. It would be a great resort jacket for skiers of all ability levels, but its style definitely caters to a specific crowd.

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Tester: Matt

Size: L

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Spyder Rival has a 20k Xt.L. waterproof membrane. I’ve always had good experiences with Xt.L. 20 and could recommend this jacket for those that will see a moderate amount of wet weather. Xt.L. isn’t quite on apr with Gore-Tex, but definitely getting into the upper tier of waterproofing. Breathablilty is also pretty good, and I have found that Spyder jackets breathe about as good as any other insulated jackets. Sure it’s not a technical hard-shell, but you will notice the breathability.

Warmth: The Spyder Rival has 80g of Thinsulate insulation and offers a pretty solid amount of warmth. You may still need a thin mid-layer underneath on the coldest days of the season, but overall this is a pretty warm jacket. If you’re the type of skier that is always cold, you may need a thicker mid-layer or warmer jacket for the coldest days.

Fit: The Spyder Rival has a stretch polyester fabric that enables the jacket to fit a bit tighter without restricting any movement. I think this stretch material is my favorite feature of Spyder jackets. They just feel really comfortable, and enable a tighter fit. Spyder jackets do run slightly small, and I think I’d opt for the medium for my body type. I could also get away with the large, but I don’t like how loose and boxy the large can feel.

Features: The Spyder Rival has solid waterproofing and breathability, moderate warmth, stretch construction, and all the features you’ll need for the resort. These features include a removable hood, adjustable powder skirt, comfortable wrist gaiters, and plenty of pockets for gear. The vents are placed a bit more forward facing, and do a good job of creating air flow.

Bottom Line: The Spyder Rival is a very solid resort jacket. It has moderate warmth, solid waterproofing and breathability, and plenty of features for the resort. It would make a great winter jacket for skiers in moderately cold and wet locations, but does cater to a specific style.

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