The Burton AK 2L Cyclic Jacket is a very solid technical shell that I’ve used almost every year. It’s not cheap but if you are into layering this is a great weather barrier to go over any of your under layers. This is one of our favorite light and thin shells. Like all AK jackets it has a lifetime warranty.
The Burton AK 2L Cyclic Jacket Series has been around for a while and they have done a good job on making a very good minimalist technical shell. There are many varieties of AK 2L jackets. There is the Turbine, The Stagger, The Cyclic and the Anorak. As far as Gortex jackets go this is reasonably priced along with a life time warranty. It is light, well made for a snowboarder and will last a long time. This is a shell with a light mesh lining and is made to be the outer layer. One thing we like about the Cyclic jacket is the hood is contoured instead of articulating. The Cyclic Jackets hood completely covers every part of your face except for the goggles where some jackets withe the 2 piece hood can leave little places on your cheek exposed. There aren’t many snowboarding companies that put out the effort to make technical outerwear that can compete with the high end ski companies and we commend Burton for doing so.
2013 vs. 2012 AK Cyclic Jacket Review
So there are a few differences between the 2012 and 2013. The mesh is removed in the pit zips which is awesome because the mesh restricts the venting and it also catches on the zipper. The 2013 is also just a tad bit more snug than the 2012. There is also a taffeta lining instead of a mesh lining and it’s less catchy on your helmet or other things.
2012 AK Cyclic Jacket Review