Gear Review: Flylow – Malone Jacket


Gear Review: Flylow – Malone Jacket

This Season’s Most Versatile Jacket?

One of the best parts of a new ski season is the prospect of new ski and snowboard gear. The folks at Flylow were kind enough to send us one of their new Malone Jackets, so we could get a closer look and provide some first impressions.

Give Me The ‘Deets!’

You might be thinking, I have a jacket. It works, what makes this one so great? Well, let me tell you! It’s got gadgets and gizmos aplenty,
it’s got pockets and zippers galore. You want sleeves? It’s got two of ’em!
But who cares? No big deal, I want more!

The first thing that caught my attention was the unique fabric that Flylow chose for this coat. Seriously, this one is different. Flylow calls it their “3-Layer Stretchy Stormshell Intuitive™ fabric” and honestly, it’s like no jacket I’ve ever worn. It moves with you and is super comfortable, like your best ath-leisure wear that you’ve had on since March. (Thanks Covid.)

Because of its super breathable, pliable fabric, I’ll admit I thought solid waterproofing could possibly take a backseat. In the product video below, Flylow explains its “quick-drying fabric repels wind and sleet.” And with a 20k/20k waterproof breathable membrane, it looks like it’ll hold up rather well in stormy/damp conditions.

The Malone may not be the warmest of coats for the slopes, but it’s not meant to be. It is a shell for all weather – perfect for layering underneath with your favorite base or mid-layer. And it’s also ideal to wear alone when touring or on warmer days. I can not wait to shred from first chair until the last pond skim of the spring in this thing.

George Costanza from Seinfeld wears a very puffy coat, noting he would prefer a Flylow
The Flylow Malone Jacket is definitely not a Costanza puffy, and that’s a good thing!

In Their Own Words

Flylow has been making rad gear for the mountains since 2005. So, who better to tell you more about this awesome jacket than them!

Final Thoughts..

The Flylow Malone Jacket retails at $400 USD, which definitely is an investment. However, the look, the tech and all of that money you’ve saved not going out to bars since March might make this the right jacket for you. It’s not too big and clumsy, not too thin and flimsy. Like the folks from Flylow said, “it’s like your go-to ski that can do it all.” Personally, I give it four and a half snowflakes out of five.

Four and a half snow flake emjis pictured

If you want to pick up one for yourself, visit Flylow or your local ski shop. What’s your favorite new piece of gear or outerwear this season? Let us know! Shoot us an email or share with us on Facebook.

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