Stio Environ Shell ReviewDecember 5, 2013
- Durable shell material
- Long hem length, makes it a good wet-weather rig
- Helmet compatible hood zips off
- Cuffs can fit over or under gloves
- A tad boxy
- Pockets are a bit small
- No snowskirt
A full-featured snowsports hardshell.The Environ has everything you want in a ski shell—durability, breathability, pockets in the right places, though it isn’t exceptional in any of the categories. It is lightweight for the durability of its beefy fabric by sacrificing a few amenities. And, it’s a solid choice that should last a while.
The Environ is cut from a slightly stretchy hardshell material. It’s got fair breathability and is waterproof with sealed seams that kept us plenty dry in sloppy wet storms at Jackson Hole.
The freeride cut is about right for active skiing. I’d want a little more careful tailoring around the shoulders for more ease in swinging the arms and an inch or so longer hemlength to keep snow out. It runs a bit small.
I don’t mind the lack of a snowskirt as I generally am falling forward when I wipe out so snow tends to come in over the top rather than blow in from the bottom. It saves some weight not to have it. The hood fits well and can also zip off. I wanted the pockets and pit zips to be a bit bigger, but that is what accounts for the weight savings. The cuffs are well designed to fit over gloves or under gauntlet style mittens.