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Flylow Iceman

by Frederick Reimers - published November, 2012

83

About The Gear Institue Rating
  • 95-100 Extremely high recommendation.
  • 90-94 Enthusiastically recommended. Exceptional.
  • 80-89 Highly recommended - few reservations.
  • 70-79 Recommended. Standard performance.
  • 60-69 Fair. Recommended for certain uses.
  • 50-59 Poor. Not recommended in general.
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THE GOOD

  • Fully waterproof
  • Huge pit zips if things get warm
  • Long hemline and freeride fit
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • Light weight

THE BAD

  • Few resort-specific bells and whistles
  • A little billowy even for a freeride cut

THE VERDICT

The Flylow Iceman is totally waterproof, making it very versatile, and is very light for the impressive warmth and weather protection it offers. It’s so warm you can leave a few layers behind, and if things get overheated on a slackcountry hike, the huge pit zips help dump heat in a hurry. It’s durably built and eschews bells and whistles in the name of simplicity and weight savings.

FULL REVIEW

Materials
The outer shell is a two-layer Intuitive waterproof breathable with taped seams—essentially a rainshell, which was helpful on a big powder day in Oregon that was ruined by rain. It’s very windproof as well. The two-layered shell is preferable to a 3-layered version because less fabric means less weight to compress the 700-fill feathers, meaning more loft and therefore warmth.

Features
The hood is huge and fully adjustable along with a high, wind-blocking collar. I hunkered down snugly on Jackson’s Sublette Quad on a 10-degree day with 50-mph gusts. The powder skirt is removable, which saves some weight of you don’t like those things. The hem is long for extra protection slashing through deep snow or sitting on a chairlift getting pelted by big, wet flakes. I like that there are only four pockets—it helps keep weight down and makes fewer perforations in the outer shell to create leaks. Some people might want more pockets though.

How We Tested It

Six different testers skied slopes from Whistler to Snowbird, to Jackson Hole. Wet weather testing went down at Oregon’s Mount Hood Meadows.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$400.00
N/A

RATINGS

Durability
10
Weatherproofness
10
Bells & Whistles
5
Fit
6
Breathability
7
Value
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
83

Specs

  • Pit zips: large
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Helmet Compatible Hood: Yes
  • Gender: Men's
  • Fall 2012

Weight

1 lbs , 15 oz

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