Strafe Cloud Nine Jacket review. OnTheSnow reviewed this insulated jacket as part of its 2016/2017 Jacket Buyers' Guide.

Favorite Features: We’re digging the details of this unique colorblocked jacket from Strafe, including the ample number of roomy pockets and super standout breathable puffy insulation by Polartec® Alpha®, said to be the first of its kind for lightweight, breathable, midlayer-shedding warmth.

Room for Improvement: We only wish the size were more dialed; see Fit below.


Fit: This is where it gets interesting. The arms and chest run way large, the waist and hips nipping in toward the smaller end of true to size, the dividing line being where the colorblocks meet, as if sewn together from two differently sized jackets. The company assured us that they've implemented a fit fix in next year's update.

Manufacturer Description: The Cloud Nine Jacket is designed to provide full waterproof protection and insulation for the coldest days without sacrificing breathability, in a women’s-specific fit and design. It’s one of the first jackets made from a combination of Polartec® NeoShell®, the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market, and Polartec® Alpha®, the first-ever breathable puffy insulation, originally developed for U.S. Special Operations Forces and now available through Strafe. Unlike down or classic synthetic fill, which require the use of “closed” fabrics, Polartec® Alpha® is a highly stable insulation that won’t poke through or migrate. This allows us to pair it with brushed fleece on the inside of the Cloud Nine Jacket for the creation of a puffy insulation package that’s not a vapor barrier, rather one that breathes with you for active warmth. We’ve found this combination of Polartec® NeoShell® and Polartec® Alpha® (100g in the body, 80g in the sleeves) to be more comfortable throughout a wider range of the coldest weather conditions than anything else, often eliminating the need for a midlayer.