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.
Spyder Rival Insulated Ski Jacket Review
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.