Pros: Rugged durability
Cons: somewhat stiff
Product: FlyLow Masala Women's Shell
Size Tested: M
Cut/Style: Fitted, Technical
Color: Blue/Yellow zippers
True to Size: Yes
Notable Features: water resistant, wind resistant, durability, ample pockets
Environment & Conditions:
Initial Impressions: Solid seams, and nice fitting
Location of Test: Tahoe ski areas
Length of time Tested: 2 months
Weather Conditions: Varied from spring like to brutal wind
Tried or Own: Tried, but would be happy to own
Height/Weight: 5'6" 135 lbs
Jacket Size: 8
Pants Size: 8
Years Skiing: 25+
Preferred Attire: Shell/Layering
Current Clothing Quiver: Kastle Mountaineering, Norrona Shell, SOS Insulated, Patagonia Down Sweater(s)
* Seen here with the FlyLow Bella Donna pant
I was encouraged to take a look at FlyLow gear by a friend who thought I'd like the style and durability. FlyLow ski clothing was originally designed with back country and telemark skiing in mind, so durability and functionality has always been its goal, which has been obvious to those who put their products to the test, with durable fabric, substantial zippers, well placed venting, and deep inner pockets.
Most recently, I've noticed that FlyLow is more than a rugged line of ski wear, with its stylish lines and color that takes rugged to the resort skier.
The one thing I noticed immediately was the big inner pockets for essentials which is something that most shells tend to avoid. If there were one down side to the pockets is that its easy to overload them. The upside is that its nice to keep snacks, extra goggles, sunglasses, etc handy whether you're skiing at the resort or hiking for turns.
Another thing I liked about the Masala shell is that the vent zippers are easy to access, even when you're wearing gloves, which makes my life easier on a warm day on the slopes.
If you are looking for a sharp looking shell that keeps its promise to be water proof, wind proof and durable, look no further. This is the shell for you!