Spyder Eiger GTX Shell Jacket – Resort Looks, Backcountry Function
Spyder is known for making high-end ski jackets and the Eiger GTX is a great example. Updated with Gore-Tex Pro Shell and loads of other features. This is not only a high-end ski jacket, but it is also a backcountry workhorse.
Spyder updated the Eiger to Gore-Tex Pro Shell for this season. I think that is great as Pro Shell is durable, waterproof and easy to care for. Spyder offers a lifetime warranty on this jacket and Gore-Tex stands by there membrane with the same coverage. You know you can use the heck out of this shell and not worry about it letting you down! The Pro Shell offers the best waterproofing and breathability for a lifetime of use.
Resort Looks, Backcountry Function
The Eiger is a good looking jacket. Spyder knows how to make aesthetically pleasing gear. But how well would it work in the backcountry? I aimed to put it to the test. See, I am not a resort skier or snowboarder. I spend 100+ days a year touring around the backcountry, splitboarding and winter camping. I am not easy on gear and have high standards. Spyder was not really on my radar for a splitboard jacket, but I am glad I got to test the Eiger GTX out, as it really surprised me. The pockets are high enough up that they do not get in the way of backpack hip belts. They are also big enough to fit skins or other sizeable items in. Zippers are all watertight AquaGuard and smooth to operate. Pit zips are sizeable and easy to access. All good so far.
Napoleon pocket is big enough for a large smartphone and has a detachable lens clothe. The chin area has laser-cut mesh to allow for breathability when cinched up. Inside the Eiger are two stretch mesh pockets for goggles or other gear. I was able to fit my splitboard skins in each pocket, which was a nice surprise. There is one zippered pocket as well, good for valuables. Finally, there is one wrist pocket on the left arm. I find that is good for keeping my truck key and chapstick. It would also house a resort pass with ease.
Now onto the resort side of things. The Eiger features a removable powder skirt. I think that is key for the dual usage. I don’t use a powder skirt as I usually were bibs. But for resort riding, the skirt can come in handy. Helmet-compatible hood is fully adjustable both in the rear and on the sides. Length is adequate in arms and torso, yet not too baggy. Spyder did a great job of making this jacket functional and attractive.
Review of Spyder Eiger GTX Jacket
I was quite surprised at how much I liked the Eiger. It performed well in the backcountry, was lightweight and fit great. The pockets were helpful and the build was superb. It is not often that we see such a capable jacket for both backcountry and resort use. Other resort jackets are heavier, such as the Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket. Other backcountry jackets are lighter, but miss some of the features this has. See the TREW Wander for such a jacket. This is a high-end jacket and the price reflects it. MSRP is $600