Flylow Lab Coat ReviewDecember 5, 2013
- Stretchy fabric for dynamic riding
- Very breathable for a hardshell
- Huge pit zips for easy venting
- Lots of bells and whistles
- Fit snags around the shoulders
The Lab Coat’s Neoshell fabric is the best stuff we’ve seen for everyday ski shells. Its waterproof, tough, stretchy and very breathable. Flylow furthers the hardcore capabilities with a long cut, huge pit zips, a big hood for protection, and pockets in all the right places.
The Neoshell membrane has a looser weave of fibers than most waterproof breathable membranes, which means more air permeability, which means better breathability. It’s plenty waterproof, however. We like the heavy lay-up here with its durable, stretchy face fabric and backer. It can take a beating scraping against rocks, trees, or stuffed in a ski bag.
The Lab Coat has a roomy freeride cut that fits on the boxy side—which in a ski jacket is preferable than too thin. Nice articulation in the arms, but the shoulders aren’t hitting that magic tailoring found in some of the more expensive brands. The hood is large and will fit any helmet, and the hemline is long to keep out weather.
The zip-out powder skirt will save a few ounces if you don’t like them. Huge pit zips for uphill travel or if you dress to warm. Two huge interior pockets can fit skins and anything else and are zippered on top for better security.