Last winter Eider revealed a futuristic bending zipper that allows their Shaper Jacket to actually wrap around the chin and lower face, eliminating the nasty rubbing-you-raw sensation skiers are all to familiar with. This year, Eider brought the same technology to their women's Shaper Jacket. Built for resort charging, the 20K/20K jacket is easy to layer underneath and provides a cocoon-like shelter from the elements.
Siri Wieringa, a Utah-based ski coach, was most impressed with the Shaper Jacket's versatility after she skied inbounds on a frigid morning and was able to dump enough heat through the dual pit vents to hike the boundary ridge in the afternoon.
Reinforced shoulders and sleeves stand up to brushes against trees, however the POSSE found the thick, durable material to be a bit stiff and occasionally limited movement. The similarly-constructed men's jacket, back again for a second season, also received high marks from the POSSE.