It’s not hard to see the impact that Armada is having on the ski world. Of the new 2011-’12 skis this season, I have seen more JJ’s and VJJ’s on the hill than any other models. I have also noticed a very significant number of skiers and even snowboarders rocking Armada outerwear on the mountain. This is no surprise when you consider the quality products, ridiculously talented team, cool brand name and image and mission to change the skiing world that Armada embodies.
The Armada Departure Jacket is solid. It’s great to see that you can get a really functional, versatile and stylish jacket for around $200. Yes, this isn’t one of the $600-$800 super high-tech jackets on the market, but who cares. Most skiers can’t afford those anyway, and that’s one of the reasons why the Departure is so great. It not only looks cool, but also offers a 2-Layer 10K mm waterproof and 10K g breathable laminate and DWR finish. This jacket will perform in all but the most extreme weather conditions.
You’ll also be happy to know that the Departure features 100 percent sealed seams, microfleece chin guard, mesh lined zippered pit vents, adjustable and stashable powder skirt, helmet compatible fixed hood, goggle pocket and external-access music pocket with headphone port. This just means that you’ll have the features that you need to ensure that you’re comfortable and covered all season long. Armada also gets some bonus points for the creative logo placements at the top of the zipper, down the right back of the jacket and while no one but you will see this, the Armada jacket lining print is pretty pimp as well.
Don’t forget to check out Armada’s outerwear lineup this year because you might find yourself matching your skis to your outerwear moving forward.