Pros: Super warm and great pocket placement
Cons: Hood isn't helmet friendly
2013 Descente Chloe
Size Tested: 8
Type : Insulated
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Northstar
Length of time Tested: 2 days
Snow Conditions: Day one- mild temps/damp. Day two- Windy, powder day
Demo or Own: Demo
Ski Days/Season: 90
Years Skiing: 30
Preferred Attire: Shell/Layering
Current Quiver: Patagonia Rubicon, DNA Shell, Norrona Shell, Patagonia Nanopuff midlayer
While I usually prefer shells and layers, this insulated piece has many features that you'd look for in any ski jacket, including great pocket placement, water proof, and breathability, which make it easy to pick for a day on the slopes.
The hood is detachable, with a detachable fur piece, making it easy to dress it up or leave the fur off for wet days. This leads me to the first day I had a chance to wear it. It was a wet snow day, teetering on the edge of a rain day. While others were complaining about getting wet, the Chloe kept me warm and dry.
Day two in the Chloe was a day after a big storm, with high winds and lots of powder stashes. I enjoyed the fuzzy collar against my chin and cheeks, the fitted waist kept the wind out, and the wrist gaiters kept snow from making its way up my sleeve. The only disappointment was that the hood didn't fit over my helmet.
If you're looking for a stylish design in a cozy warm insulated jacket then the Chloe should be in your sights.