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Burton AK Gore-Tex 3L Stretch Hover Jacket 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton AK Gore-Tex 3L Stretch Hover Jacket is not normally the kind of jacket I normally ride but lately with all the uphill travel I’m doing, and all the wet weather I see lately, this type of lightweight/breathable kind of jacket really appealed to me.
There will be a follow-up review on snow when the mountain opens.
Size Tried: Large
5’10” 185 lbs
Upper Chest by lats: 46”-47”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”
Torso Length (collarbone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width 19” wide
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant
Gloves: Burton AK Guide Glove
Helmet: Smith Vantage
Goggles: Smith IO Mag
Fit: The Chest and shoulders fit me really well and with a little layering underneath it will fit perfectly. With all size Larges, the sleeves are a little long for me but if I size down to medium the chest can get tight. My arms are best in a size medium, my torso in a Large and my chest in an XL or L. Wish they made Jackets in an XL Short like they do wetsuits but I digress. The stretch material is pretty subtle but it does give a bit when stretched hard.
Construction: Excellent construction and that is expected and on top of that it comes with a lifetime warranty so Burton should repair any seems if they ever come apart.
Hood: Normally I’m not into the articulating hood thing but I’ve been wearing soo many face masks lately that I’ve been ok with Articulating hoods. It’s better when the hood is down and you are hiking but not better when you are riding up a chair and want to seal off all of your face. The two corners get exposed.
Insulation/Warmth: There isn’t any to speak of but it does exceptionally block wind and rain so what we have seen is it makes the insulating layer below work better.
Waterproofing: More to come on this but with 3L Gore-Tex, it’s pretty certain that it will be done well.
Breathability: Same for waterproofing.
Packability: There Seems like soo much jacket happening with all the interior/exterior pockets, storm skirt etc that it seems like a thicker jacket but when you fold it up it’s incredibly packable and thin.
Overall: I’m very curious to see if it’s even noticeable when comparing this Burton AK Gore-Tex 3L Stretch Hover Jacket against my Gore-Tex Pro pants to see if I notice a difference so more review to come.
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