I might be the worst meteorologist in the world… Despite checking all of the weather channels and websites, I am always wrong — usually too hopeful. But the weather never ceases to surprise, and thus I have often found myself left hanging at the top of the lift shivering and suffering for one measly park or cruddy tree run in my XXL hoodie and whatever jacket I happened to find lying around that day. It was time to smarten up, to prepare myself for all weather.
Thus, Protest’s Hakkaisan was a welcome addition to my ski suit. This shell is ready for anything! Built with 10k Geotech fabric, it boasts a phenomenal balance between waterproofing and breathability for whatever the weather wants to throw at you — snow, rain or sun. On top of that, the Hakkaisan has all the convenience of bells and whistles like stretchy wrist gaiters, fully taped seams, a goggle cleaner and more.
Perhaps my favorite part of the jacket, the high collar targets one of the largest sources of heat loss for most jackets, the neck and face. The high collar rises above the seam where the hood meets the jacket to protect your neck after those totally rad face shots you’re dreaming about right now, because everyone knows there is nothing worse than snow down your neck. The front of the high collar has a perforated breathing spot in the fabric, soft to the touch, that saves you that awkward build up of spit at the end of the day and allows you to breath through those face shots.
The jacket fits fantastically, allowing for unrestricted movements while skiing and is extremely breathable for those days that go a little too perfectly. It suits every occasion and does it all well, truly the one jacket you will need this year!
For more information on the Hakkaisan shell jacket by Protest, click here!