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Strafe Cham2 Jacket

- published January 2017

93

2017

RATINGS

Durability
8
Weatherproofness
9
Bells & Whistles
7
Function
10
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

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THE GOOD

  • Stretchy
  • Light
  • Great athletic fit

THE BAD

  • Low on bells/whistles

THE VERDICT

The Cham 2 is a simple ski shell is a backcountry skiing masterpiece, but isn’t so delicate you can’t use it for a day-in/day-out resort shell. It’s cut from Neoshell, the ideal ski outerwear fabric (especially for the Rockies). 

FULL REVIEW

Durability
We love Neoshell for ski jackets. It is the perfect intersection of waterproof/breathable/stretchy/relatively lightweight. For the Cham2 the fabric gives enough so that it can take a licking from schralping by tree branches or the metal edges from shouldering your skis.

Weatherproofness
The Cham2 has a helmet compatible hood and a hem that’s long without being jibber, wide cuffs that can cinch down over the fattest mittens, and a powder skirt. The fabric makes it as waterproof as any raincoat.

Bells and Whistles
Low on the bells and whistles for the sake of weight (there are only four pockets), the Cham2 nonetheless dials in the details. Zip out the powder skirt to save weight or if you hate them, and the chest pockets can swallow the fattest climbing skins.

Function
This jacket is perectly tuned for backcountry use with its durable Neoshell fabric, light weight, huge chest pockets for skins and zip-off powder skirt. The pockets, for example, are higher on the torso, above a pack’s waist-belt. It’s cut just right for freedom of movement, but doesn’t feel baggy. The pre-articulated arms are great.

Breathability
Neoshell breathes as well as any fabric out there and the Cham2 pit zips are gaping.

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used by a Jackson Hole based team of testers inbounds and in the backcountry in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Japan.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other ski jacket tests, ski tests, ski helmet tests, and other related ski gear reviews

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$465.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Durability
8
Weatherproofness
9
Bells & Whistles
7
Function
10
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

Specs

  • Pit zips: large
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Powder skirt: Yes
  • Helmet Compatible Hood: Yes
  • Wrist gaskets: No
  • Gender: Men's

Weight

1.2 lbs

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