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Cloudveil Boundary Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars

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photo: Cloudveil Boundary Jacket soft shell jacket

I live in Yellowstone during the winter and have a lot of down time to do backcountry cross-country skiing, not only through the forests and across the meadows, but up and down the quiet ridges and mountains. This past winter was Yellowstone's harshest in a decade and the jacket proved its worth during this time.

It held up to many falls (first time BC XC skiing) and scrapes among the trees and rocks. It was plenty water resistant while rolling in the snow or in the midst of a snowstorm. The Boundary Jacket also kept out the harsh wind that often accompanies the high ridges and mountain tops in central Yellowstone.

The pockets and their placement was fine, the high collar great on windy days and the light fleece lining appreciated on cold days (even though on warmer days or making my way up a slope it proved to be a bit warm and I left the jacket unzipped with just a medium-weight base layer on underneath).

My only qualms with the jacket is it was a bit bulky, even though this had a minimally noticeable affect on its mobility (and may just be the price you pay for the great weather protection) and the waterproof zippers seemed a bit weak. Often times I would have to pull hard on them and they never seemed to move too fluidly.

Eventually, the back of the main zipper broke and could not be replaced, which is why this jacket only received 4 out of 5 stars. But Cloudveil was quick to compensate for my loss. Overall, a great and recommended jacket for the harsher environs of the backcountry skier.

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