Price US $299

Burton AK VT 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton AK VT Jacket is a nice well built jacket that has a solid amount of warmth but at the same time doesn’t look like a traditional puffy. It’s got a nice cut to it and it’s a big step up in terms of warmth compared to the Burton AK Helium Insulator.  I’m not a traditional Puffy kind of guy but lately I’ve been liking jackets that have a form fitting puffy type fit.

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Body-:44” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 19.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 33” Waist, 42” Hips, 30” Inseam,  24.5” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size L Jackets that fit well around my chest, size M pants that fit well around my thighs so I can get in and out of my pockets, open roads, Surfy Powder Turns, Riding with Friends, new gear and especially my super-hot super smart super funny wife.
Turn Off’s: Size L Jackets that don’t fit well around my chest, super tight Size M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.

There isn’t really much waterproofing going on but it has a lot of warmth and versatility. If you see a lot of cold dry days then this is a solid quiver jacket.  I run very warm so I doubt if I’d every put this on under a shell unless it’s like -40 degrees farenheit but I’ve worn it on a few cold dry nights and love how it keeps you warm and seems to regulate your heat a bit. It’s also nice that you can remove the hood if you want to layer up.  So if you run cold this is a great layer that you can use and for the average rider it’s an about town jacket with the option to layer up on those colder days.  All in all it’s a nice puffy and I actually prefer this cut and look over the AK BK Down jacket despite this isn’t as techy.

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Insulation Type


Insulation Fill


Liner Type

Solid Fabric

Taped Seams


Waterproof Zippers


Hood Type

Detachable Articulating

Powder Skirt


Jacket to Pant Interface



2 Meshed Pit Zips

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Below 5K

Breathability Rating

Below 5K

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Semi Tight