Gear in Review: Orsden Women's Lift Jacket

1st February 2017 | Heather B. Fried

Orsden Women's Lift Jacket on-snow review

Gear in Review: Orsden Women's Lift Jacket

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Fresh on our radar this season, Orsden, from the French for snow bear, is a new direct-to-consumer brand positioning itself against the pack in terms of price point and design. Our assessment? Well done! Orsden knocked it out of the park on both fronts.  

Favorite Features

The most notable stylistic standout is the jacket's cut; love the asymmetrical zip and tall collar, which, combined with its length make the Lift Jacket a fashionable crossover candidate into lifestyle wear. Offered in four on-trend colors, the minute we were out skiing in the navy shade called Nightfall, disappointment dissipated over FOMO on the minty green, Glacier. 

On-Snow Performance 

We opted for a more minimal jacket-over-base-layer configuration and stayed plenty, but not too, warm on a breezy January day in the upper teens/lower 20s. We have every confidence in this jacket's 20k/20k waterproof/breathability rating and fully intend to put that, along with further insulation investigation, to the test the rest of this season.

New brand, Orsden, is positioning and pacing to be a standout in design and price point.

New brand, Orsden, is positioning and pacing to be a standout in design and price point.

Fit 

The cropped style did have us concerned that we might be in for some exposure when bending and buckling. Not so. The jacket offered ample coverage, and the sleeves especially caught our attention for their extra length and roomy cuffs. The four-way stretch is tangible, and overall this jacket fits true to size and can accommodate layers.      

Room for Improvement

Relatively hidden, the sleeve/pass pocket is in a bit of an awkward spot to be of much use, especially when it comes to easy access. Other than that, we are gripe-free. 

The epitome of fashion meets function in a jacket.

The epitome of fashion meets function in a jacket.

Copyright: www.orsden.com

Price & Purchase

The jacket is available at a reasonable $330 via the brand website: orsden.com
 

Manufacturer Description

The Lift Jacket pairs elegant design with technical performance. It’s crafted to keep you comfortable on the mountain without sacrificing a clean, streamlined fit.
 

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