Snowbird, Utah during OntheSnow’s annual ski test
March 6-8, 2014
Spring conditions, bluebird in the upper 30s to low 40s
What we Thought:
> Style: This kit looked sophisticated and fit well, top to bottom. The jacket's five exterior pockets and two interior (including an oversized goggle pocket) provided ample space for water, snacks, trail maps and other ski day necessities. While the hood did not fit over my helmet, it easily snapped off. The pants received multiple compliments on the lift and in the base area.
> Comfort: The jacket fit comfortably, offering up plenty of room to reach for my next turn. The thumbholes built in the sleeve fit great, and the adjustable two-button snapped cuffs rested over my gloves with no noticeable bulkiness. With the pants' covered zipped closure, I felt confident storing my wallet in the pocket. The legs include built-in gaiters that stayed in place over my boots.
> Performance: At the base area I found the insulation a bit much, even with the dual covered underarm vents open. On the lift and while skiing, however, I enjoyed the noticeable airflow. Same story with the pants, however the Defender twill fabric breathed remarkably well and wicked moisture away, even sans vent zips (one feature on our wish list). That and the borderline baggy, more lifestyle-oriented fit were the only drawbacks to the Manhattan Pant.