Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket Review
August 20, 2018
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
Durable face fabric
Lots of features
Not super breathable
Pit zips difficult to open
The Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex jacket is a great in-bounds piece that has a comfortable modern fit and ample storage for a day on the hill. The Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex features a very durable face fabric and uses Primaloft insulation with a Gore-Tex lining for weatherproofness and great durability in a variety of conditions. Poor temperature control was testers’ chief complaint.
The Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket features a 2-layer waterproof Gore-Tex shell and Primaloft Silver insulation for warmth. The Gore-Tex shell kept out the elements like expected and the soft Primaloft lining provided plenty of warmth for the coldest days on the mountain. The Corpus Insulated uses a tough, durable face fabric that looks like it would last for many years to come. The high denier face fabric stood up to lots of abuse on the hill, and testers were confident in the jacket’s ability to still look great despite many falls in steep terrain or chance encounters with stray branches.
This jacket is equipped with all the features expected from a resort jacket and then some. It has double hand pockets, as well as snap front pockets, a chest pocket, a pass pocket on the left shoulder and one oversized internal mesh pocket with plenty of space to store gloves, gear, and snacks. The Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket also has a neoprene insulated internal chest pocket with a built-in headphone port to keep the cellphone warm enough to keep the tunes rocking throughout the day. Another handy feature is the removable powder skirt and wrist gaiters that also help to keep out cold air. While the jacket has waterproof pit zips for temperature control, testers found that they were a bit difficult to unzip on their own. Black Crows made sure to include a RECCO reflector which is a feature that doesn’t affect usability but can be a game changer in the unlikely scenario of being caught in a treewell or an unlikely avalanche while at a resort.
The 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric shed wind and snow like a champ and the Primaloft insulation kept testers plenty warm while out in the elements. The Gore-Tex fabric of the Corpus Insulated Jacket is extremely waterproof and testers had no complaints during testing even on wetter days at the mountain.
The one feature that testers had a few complaints about was the temperature control. While the Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket is very warm overall, testers noticed a surprising lack of breathability compared to other jackets in the test. When the sun was out and/or testers found themselves hiking to steeper options in-bounds, the jacket quickly became clammy. The pit zips were difficult to use due to the toughness of the waterproof zippers, causing testers to frequently have to ask a friend to help unzip. Once the pit zips were opened, they had an “all or nothing” effect, causing a chill to blast through the jacket when the opening caught the wind, but with little to no relief otherwise.
The Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket has a modern in-bounds cut, with a slightly longer length and loose fit giving testers plenty of flexibility and freedom of motion. The jacket never felt restrictive, but the Primaloft insulation in the sleeves did occasionally bunch up in the elbows, but usually only enough to remind us it’s there. It is cut a little longer than other jackets in the test which comes down to personal preference. The sleeves are a good length and provide enough room between the thumb cuffs and the rest of the sleeve to allow for under cuff gloves.
Value & Style
The Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex jacket has a freestyle look with a fishtail cut. Despite Black Crows being from the heart of ski country in Chamonix, the jacket doesn’t have much of a European “alpinist” look to it, but rather what you might see in the park being worn by the Olympic halfpipe crew. This is a crowd pleaser for anyone looking to fit in and still have a good looking piece to wear to the bar after a full day shredding. While there is no denying the quality of material and abundance of features, this is still the most expensive of the jackets tested at the price of $599.