Millet Magic Stretch ReviewOctober 14, 2015
- Cozy fit
- Good stretch
- Lots of bells and whistles
- Good value
- A bit heavy
- Odd front drop pockets
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.