Thirtytwo Kaldwell Jacket Review

Thirtytwo Kaldwell Jacket (2016-2017) Review:

Thirtytwo Kaldwell Jacket

Jacket Reviewed: Black Thirtytwo Kaldwell Jacket
Rider specs: 5’9″  175 lbs jacket size: Large
Intended Use: Snowboarding, Snow Sports

Recommended for:
Anyone looking for a lightweight jacket for most conditions, this is a shell jacket and will require layering on colder days.

Product Details:
A minimalist style shell jacket with 10K waterproofing and breathability that can be used with layers on cold days or as a spring shell jacket, perfect as a waterproof layer on warmer days.

Details From Thirtytwo:

  • Fit: Regular
  • Fabric: 10k/10k (waterproofing/breathability) Lightweight matte face 100% Nylon Micro Canvas
  • Leveling: Level 1 2L Lining System (lightweight for spring riding or layering)

Tech Features:

  • Fully Taped Seams
  • Adjustable Hood
  • Mesh Lined Vents

Review Date: February – April 2017 in Colorado

Review:
thirtytwo kaldwell jacket 2017Since the release of Thirtytwo outerwear in the 2009-2010 season, the outerwear line continues to impress with their use of material and style. You can truly tell the rider driven company takes into account what snowboarders, and especially the Thirtytwo team riders, want to wear on (or off) the mountain. The Kaldwell jacket is a great example of Thirtytwo outerwear, it’s a standard jacket with just the right amount of storage for resort riding. Two front pockets, an exterior chest pocket and interior chest pocket provide a good amount of storage for a day on the mountain. The Full length pit zips let you dump heat during your spring riding days and this jacket works well in most heavy snow storms, with layering it will keep you warm.thirtytwo kaldwell jacket front exterior pocket

The Kaldwell jacket is only a 10K shell, with fully tapered seems, however I have found if it’s below 20 degrees fahrenheit you may prefer a different jacket for warmth. The nylon micro canvas is commonplace in Thirtytwo’s line and is fairly strong (it won’t tear easily) so don’t worry about bashing through your favorite tree run or through the park. I caught several branches in a few tree runs this year and also fell on some rails in the park and the jacket didn’t tear and looks good as new. The Kaldwell jacket isn’t flashy but it gets the job done and with a regular fit the size large works out well for me, it’s long enough to cover me on the chairlift, the hood easily fits over my helmet and the sleeve arm length is great for going over my mittens. The Kaldwell will work well on or off the hill if you want to use it as a light shell. If you’re looking for a minimalist style jacket at a very reasonable price, the Kaldwell will handle your riding needs.

 

 

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Pros

  • lightweight
  • durable ripstop and waterproof nylon shell
  • Fair amount of storage
  • Snap buttons over the zipper provide for extra wind/snow protection
  • 10K Waterproofing/Breathability works in most conditions
  • Minimalist style for riding, camping, hiking or running around town

Cons

  • drawstrings are long at the waste, and dangle a bit
  • other choices in outerwear for the coldest of days on the hill
Price: (4.0 / 5)
Performance: (4.0 / 5)
Design: (4.3 / 5)
Overall: (4.1 / 5)

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