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    Which jackets have massive hoods

    Got a big head. Size L/XL Helmet. Old flylow Higgins had a pretty big hood that worked well for me. I upgraded to a quantum, and somehow now itís way too small. It covers my helmet and I can zip it all the way up but canít really move my head around and itís too tight against my face. Iím 5í9 165 but wear a large. I like a longer fit especially in the back. Only interested in shells. Any info on what companies make hoods big enough to fit my head while not having a super short euro fit?

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    My newer Higgins is smaller as well.

    Freeride Systems and Arc'teryx have the best helmet hood design around.

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    Freeride systems...

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    Which jackets have massive hoods

    Just chiming in to say I am annoyed when a high end jacket has a shitty hood when it comes to helmet compatibility. How can this be a thing? Itís a ski jacket and ~everyone wears a helmet. Right??!!

    My Arcíteryx, freeride systems and Flylow pieces have great hoods. Patagonia is a fucking fail at hoods.
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    Freeride Systems.

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    Strafe seems pretty good although Iím using a L not an XL helmet.


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    BD Mission shell has a huge hood. It fits over an XL Smith helmet with ease.

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    My FlyLow shell has a large hood. Makes it awkward to use when not wearing a helmet.

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    Any hooded jacket Arc'teryx has ever made features an absolutely massive hood.
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    I will echo BD Mission shell.

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    My wife has the Arcteryx Alpha AR and I have the Tantalus. Both have great hoods. I also have a Taiga Alpinist Pro which is excellent and half the price especially in US$. Made in Vancouver. They may ship to the States.
    https://www.taigaworks.com/collectio...35402149396645
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    Which jackets have massive hoods

    Had a Picture Organic jacket with a huge hood and collar. The torso fit was long and narrow. Both Trew shells I have fit over the helmet iirc.

    My ~mid 2010s hood/collar on whatever goretex pro Patagonia shell I have barely zips over my neck, let alone my face or helmet, wtf.

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    BD Mission shell has an enormous hood. I wear a size S jacket and a size L Smith Maze, and have to cinch the hood down to keep it from blowing off.

    Other BD jackets I've tried (softshells and insulated jackets) have had pretty small hoods and necks. More recent jackets (First Light and Alpine Start, can't remember which is which) have at least addressed the neck problem.
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    My L Orage Spire shell fits great over my L/XL Sweet Switcher helmet.

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    Black Diamond Mission jacket fits a helmet nicely.
    It's a thoughtfully designed jacket, too.

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    Interesting, I saw this thread but didnt pay much attention, but I do have a large noggin. Yesterday was my first day on snow this season, and I am trying out a new jacket (a used Helly Hansen I bought on gear swap) and the helmet wasn't really big enough, it was kind of constricting. So maybe I need to pay attention to this as I search for an insulated resort jacket!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doremite View Post
    Just chiming in to say I am annoyed when a high end jacket has a shitty hood when it comes to helmet compatibility. How can this be a thing? Itís a ski jacket and ~everyone wears a helmet. Right??!!

    My Arcíteryx, freeride systems and Flylow pieces have great hoods. Patagonia is a fucking fail at hoods.
    I donít shop for new jackets without a helmet in-hand and use the generous return policies when online shopping.

    It only gets worse when buying kid gear. There isnít a single jacket I have ever found for a kid with a hood that fits an FIS stickered helmet. Volcom comes the closest. It must come to market demand where most people buying ďski coatsĒ arenít really skiing, and those who are, are probably not riding in a PNW storm with every variety of precipitation possible. I was most bummed to see even dedicated ski/ride brands who are less ďlifestyleĒ orientated not keep pace. Offering a kidís jacket with all the goodies and in Goretex, only to have a tiny hood just doesnít make sense; to me at least. I gave up and just bought the boys ponchos for storm weather.

    Speaking to adults, I have a Patagonia shell that is marginal, Trew Cosmic could be a bit bigger in the neck cuff (I have a thick and short neck) but works and is probably just right for normal people, Armada Vcter series Goretex has a generous hood and neck cuff and also has a longer cut through the body than all my other jackets, and finally my TNF pro jacket has a generous cut too.

    My wifeís Columbia Titanium jacket has a good sized hood that is also detachable.

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    Freeride Systems Antero II Plus has a giant sized hood and Arcteryx Sabre LT has a big hood and extra length for covering the bum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doremite View Post
    Just chiming in to say I am annoyed when a high end jacket has a shitty hood when it comes to helmet compatibility. How can this be a thing? Itís a ski jacket and ~everyone wears a helmet. Right??!!

    Patagonia is a fucking fail at hoods.
    Quote Originally Posted by Self Jupiter View Post
    My ~mid 2010s hood/collar on whatever goretex pro Patagonia shell I have barely zips over my neck, let alone my face or helmet, wtf.
    So, while I continue to poke around for an insulated resort jacket, I was on Patagucci's website today. This is a picture that they have on their website, a picture that (presumably) is supposed to show how well their hood works.



    WTF? Looking at that, it is totally obvious that the hood is way too small and that guy will not able to easily turn his head.
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    Sucks to hear the flylow Higgins changed design. This has been my favorite jacket for resort skiing. Hood is so dialed for use with a helmet.

    That Patagonia dude couldnít open his mouth wide enough for a snack or turn and talk on the lift

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    So, while I continue to poke around for an insulated resort jacket...
    not sure if it's too warm for you, but you should buy the jacket I'm selling

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...mo-Down-Jacket

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuff View Post
    not sure if it's too warm for you, but you should buy the jacket I'm selling

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...mo-Down-Jacket
    It's probably not too warm, though I will admit the idea of an actual down coat for an activity that might lead to sweating does make me wonder. But I did look at it when you posted, the reality is that jacket is WAY too expensive for me. Not saying your price is wrong, I get that the jacket's MSRP is more than twice what you're asking, but my budget is much smaller.

    And then today I found out that Patagucci hoods might not work well for my oversized noggin, lol.
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