The fabric of the Diamir jacket is 80D pro shell which I have found to be very hard wearing. With super light fabrics I can easily destroy clothing in less than a season but after a hard season of skiing there is very little wear. I often find zips can be a weak point as Iím not very gentle with them up in the mountains but have had no issues with the reasonably burly zips of the Diamir. For the average user this should equate to a very long life span. For something so hard wearing †the weight has been kept reasonably low. By keeping the design simple and well fitted without excess fabric the weight has been kept to 1335g for the jacket and trousers combined.
The Diamir jacket has a clean aesthetic look with everything you need but nothing extra. It breathes well but when you are working hard the large pit zips allow easy extra venting and allows the jacket to remain closed, great for boot packing or skinning if it is snowing. There is an integrated removable snow skirt to keep the power out on those deep days and a small pocket on the arm for your electronic ski pass which I have found really useful. The hood has a great fit over any helmet I have tried and also cinches down well when it’s required if you are not wearing one. The fit works well for me, it’s not baggy so minimal bulk means it works well with a harness but also it has an active fit and articulated arms to allow for a great freedom of movement. The two large pockets are a perfect size for slipping your skins into and are still accessible when wearing a harness.
Ben Briggs is a blogger who moved to Chamonix in 2006 to follow his passion for skiing. Initially a free-rider, he quickly grew an interest in steep skiing and alpinism, and to date has skied over 50 extreme ski descents around the alps including many rarely skied test pieces. His aspiration is to take his free-ride style of skiing to the greater ranges on expedition, pushing the boundaries of where it is possible to ski. Click here to see his blog.
Mountain Equipment Diamir Jacket Features:
- 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro
- Super Alpine ski hood with integrated collar
- 2 way YKK front zip
- 2 large pockets and a ski pass pocket on lower arm
- 2 way pit zips
- Zip out internal snow skirt
- Adjustable laminated cuffs and dual tether hem
Colour: Kiwi or Marine