BACKCOUNTRY SKI JACKET REVIEW
The STYLE ALTITUDE crew are big fans of Elevenate the freeride Swedish brand created by backcountry pros, Sara Rönngren, former competitive free skier and Jimmy Odén, IFMGA mountain guide. STYLE ALTITUDE Backcountry Editor, Ken Reeve, who bought not one but two for this winter, reviews the GTX Bec de Rosses and the GTX Brevent,..
So, it was with a heavy heart I had to retire my ageing North Face Steep Series shell jacket, which came with me to France six years ago and wasn't new then!
Looking around I realised it was going to be a big ask to find something as good without breaking the bank, luckily those kind people at SportPursuit had what I thought was just the ticket, trouble was what size?
At 170cm and 70kg I don't fall into the normal sizing stereotype, unless I want a jacket to keep my thighs warm, so I bit the bullet and ordered a size S in two models, the Elevenate GTX Bec de Rosses shell jacket and the GTX Brevent lightly insulated jacket from the same Swedish manufacturer, figuring with SportPursuit's return policy I'd just send one back......
And guess what, both were spot on, so I ended up with 2 jackets!
Reading Elevenate's blurb, they say the jackets are cut 'Freeride', which explains the ideal fit for me, had I gone for the recommended M, I would've had to ditch the skis and get a snowboard, man!
Both jackets are exquisitely constructed, with functionality in the DNA of the Elevenate brand. The Bec de Rosses shell is really light and has a nice crackly feel to it, which implies to me good water and wind resistance, all the zips are top quality YKK waterproof jobbies. And the hood is big enough to go over a ski helmet.
The lightly insulated Brevent is more of the same, but includes 80g Fellex insulation for those really cold days.
Gore-Tex features heavily, of course, and both jackets are made of 50 percent recycled materials to help our planet! As they say at Elevenate, 'We want Elevenate garments to last for a very, very long time'.