Millet Magic Stretch Review

October 14, 2015
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
85
Durability
6
Weatherproofness
6
Breathability
5
Features
10
Function
8

The Good

  • Cozy fit
  • Good stretch
  • Lots of bells and whistles
  • Good value

The Bad

  • A bit heavy
  • Odd front drop pockets
THE VERDICT

The Millet Magic Stretch is a classic frontside insulated ski shell at a good price. It is warm and fits well with lots of features like zip-off hood and a tethered goggle wipe.

FULL REVIEW

Durability
The Magic Stretch has a lot of seams—usually a jacket’s weak point—but it is swathed in a stretchy, burly fabric that will stand up to plenty of abuse. The relatively large-gague zippers will also hold up well.

Weatherproofness
This jacket checks all the boxes in the weathproofing department with a waterproof breathable fabric, synthetic insulation, a long hemline, and powder skirt for keeping snow out of your waistline. The fabric is rated to 15,000mm on the index, where many ski jackets hit 20,000mm, but it’s waterproof enough for all but an all-day downpour.

Breathability
The Magic Stretch is on par with other insulated ski jackets. The pit zips are smaller, but are mesh-backed to keep snow out, in case of wipeout.

Features
This jacket has a ton of features. There is a tethered goggle wipe, powder skirt, seven pockets (including a bicep pocket for electronic ski pass or a radio), snaps that hitch to ski pants to make a functional one-piece, stretchy wrist gaiters, and a hood that zips off (it’s too small to fit over a helmet). In other words, the Magic Stretch is fully loaded.

Function
We liked the stretch factor, and the snug, cozy fit on this jacket. It is warm, though a tad bit heavy, due to full features, stretch fabric, and synthetic insulation.

 


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MSRP
$390.00
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