Cloudveil RPK Jacket
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The Cloudveil RPK is a softshell jacket. It was the company's use of softshell that attracted me to the RPK jacket. Out of the box, the RPK is a totally quality product, exactly what I would expect from Cloudveil. The fabric is sturdy and somewhat stiff. It’s a moderate weight that’s appropriate for alpine skiing in all but the harshest conditions.
The RPK has plenty of pockets, both exterior and interior, including lined handwarmers, napoleon, and a mesh goggle pocket on the interior. The hood zips off and is helmet compatible. The pit zips adjust from either direction for exceptional control of cooling. There’s also a powder skirt which doesn’t zip out. On the upper sleeve is a cool little pocket with a built in bungy for holding your ski pass.
The fit is good. There’s plenty of room underneath for layering – including a puffy should you need it – without feeling bulky. The RPK is lined with a micro fleece so it does tend to grab hold of certain fabrics causing them to bind up when putting the jacket on.
Overall, it's a great jacket for the slopes, cool weather hiking and camping. It’s got all the features you need and a few more.
You can find a full review and photos at my blog GearGuide.
Price Paid: $180
Great snow sport jacket.
- Waterproof and breathable
This is a nearly perfect jacket for snowsports. The Gore-Tex softshell fabric is comfortable and extremely durable. I have never gotten wet even in wet snowstorms or spring slop. I couldn't ask for any more pockets. They are perfectly placed to work with a pack.
The only item that might be considered a negative is the powder skirt isn't removable. This would make it a little more versatile as an everyday jacket.
As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.
Source: bought it new
I just got a sweet deal on this jacket and since I've been looking for a snowboarding jacket I went for it. I have been an Arc'teryx user for a while now and wanted to put to rest my older Sidewinder and was saving for an Alpha SV or a Westcomb Mirage.
So last week I happen to go to my local TJ Maxx looking for some socks for my son when suddenly I found the RPK. It is the '07 model but it is sweet, it does look pretty well put together and construction is top notch and for the price I paid I could not be happier.
As for the other reviewer, time will tell if it survives the season.
Price Paid: $150
This jacket seemed absolutely amazing. The fit was great, the style was great. The second time I wore it the zipper broke and the material on the sleeve starting peeling off (coming unglued). I called Cloudveil, got an ra# and sent it in for repairs or, hopefully, replacement. 3 weeks later I got a call saying they would fix the zipper but the sleeve peeling was "not their problem". After several calls and emails to Cloudveil customer service, I finally got a customer service manager who told me, and i quote, "We never like to lose customer support, but life goes on". I would never buy a Cloudveil product again, ever.
Fabric: Gore-tex with poorly glued outer fabric
Price Paid: $350
Made in China. Don't honor their warranty.
- Looks cool.
- Falls apart.
This company left me with a thousand dollars worth of useless junk when seams failed within months.
I am a mountaineer, led my own climb on the Matterhorn, Class V Whitewater guide, Skier both backcountry and resorts, and I won a national Downhill Mountain bike race series title. I love the outdoors.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Too much.
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