There are two of these things in a driveway a few miles from me. Pretty hot, huh?
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I forgot to come back and update this thread - bottom line this is the most physically comfortable and well constructed jacket I've ever owned. And it works in a wide variety of temperature conditions.
It does in fact feel like you're not wearing a jacket while you're skiing - people were not lying. It is so light weight, the stretch fabric so smooth - it feels like a second skin - but an insulated second skin that keeps you warm.
It breathes really well, and also blocks out Mammoth's horrific wind. It doesn't overheat when it gets warmer, but I can ski with just one layer on during cold days.
And little things - like pit zips with action that is smooth as butter - star to add up.
Would I pay $1,000 for the jacket? No. $500? Yes.
At $500 on sale I think it's a better value than a full price Arc'teryx shell at the same price.
However, these two jackets have different purposes - after owning this Kjus I'm not going back to wearing shells in-resort except perhaps on the very warmest days.
But this Kjus is clearly not the right solution for skinning and touring - for that I'd go back to a shell.
But for resort riding this is the best garment I've ever owned.