Dynafit Meteorite Review
Dynafit’sMeteorite is close to ideal for backcountry days while skiing or resting layer as well as for lift assisted laps in bounds. It’s extremely light, it will keep you very warm even if it gets soaked, and it has a ton of great details.
The Metoeorite uses Gore’s new Thermium fabric. It’s just two layers thick instead of three to save cost, weight, and keep the insulation from being compressed. It’s far more durable than a simple nylon layer found on most puffies, but not quite as durable as a three-layer shell.
The shell is as waterproof as a raincoat, and the insulation is synthetic, meaning if you do get a load of snow down your neck, it’ll still stay warm even if soaked. A zip-off powder skirt, wrist gaiters, and a brow gaiter in the hood will help seal out snow, and retain heat.
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We like options, so the fact that you can zip off the powder skirt to save a few ounces is good. We also like wrist gaiters, though those who don’t won’t have much trouble removing them with some scissors. The brow gaiter is a nice touch for keeping the forehead warm in a wet snowstorm. Twin interior drop pockets are essential for stashing skins in a warm environment for the downhill.
Above all, it’s light and warm and weatherproof, which is what it was designed to be. I like to skin uphill in a water-resistant soft shell and then slap a coat like the meteorite on for the downhill, or for resting atop the peak. This is pretty close to ideal for that function. It’ll work just fine on resort, too.
With a lighter face fabric and some of Primaloft’s top-shelf synthetic insulation, the Meteorite breathes better than most synthetic puffies, though the coat loses a few points for not having pit-zips or equivalent vents.
Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.