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Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket

Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket & Pants

Reviewer: 5’eight”, ~155 lbs

Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket

Measurement Examined: Medium

Blister’s Measured Weight: 848 g

Material: 3L Sympatex (recycled)

Jacket Options:

  • Detachable Powder Skirt
  • Inside Lycra Cuffs
  • Helmet-compatible Hood
  • Cohaesive embedded hood and hem changes

Jacket Pockets:

  • 2 zippered chest pockets
  • 2 zippered hand hotter pockets
  • 1 zippered bicep pocket
  • 2 zippered inside chest pockets

MSRP: ~$445

Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Pants

Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Pants

Measurement Examined: Medium

Blister’s Measured Weight: 555 g

Material: 3L Sympatex (recycled)

Pants Options:

  • Adjustable waistband
  • Belt loops
  • Strengthened cuffs
  • Inside gaiter
  • Inside vents
  • Exterior vents

Pants Pockets:

  • 2 zippered thigh pockets
  • 2 zippered again pockets

MSRP: ~$345

Check Places: Telluride Ski Resort & Arapahoe Basin, CO; Taos Ski Valley, NM

Days Examined: ~40

Intro

There are extra ski / snowboard outerwear choices than ever earlier than, and lots of of them are wonderful. However with so many good decisions, it’s not typically that I come throughout one thing that really stands out from the competitors in a number of methods.

That was till I began testing the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants.

Open Wear is a brand new firm that locations an emphasis on environmental sustainability and offering high-quality attire at a extra affordable worth since they promote direct to shoppers.

The Open One 3L package is their top-of-the-line ski and snowboard package, and it’s develop into my favourite package ever for snowboarding on the resort. Right here’s why:

Match

The Open One’s match is certainly one of its defining options. Match could be very a lot a private choice factor, however personally, I completely love the Open One’s minimize.

The jacket matches fairly lengthy in comparison with most different jackets I’ve used, with a ~84 cm entrance zipper size for the dimensions Medium. I very a lot choose an extended match for jackets that I’ll be utilizing within the resort (and that I gained’t be utilizing for lots of touring), and the dimensions Medium Open One 3L jacket’s size is nearly good for me, hitting a bit under my hip and offering loads of protection (I’m 5’eight”, 155 lbs).

Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Luke Koppa within the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket & Pants, Telluride Ski Resort, CO. (photograph by Patrick Sinnott)

The jacket has loads of room to layer a puffy just like the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody beneath, however it’s additionally slim sufficient so it doesn’t look obnoxiously saggy.

General, the Open One 3L Shell jacket matches fairly just like the Strafe Pyramid Jacket, however the Open One is a bit trimmer and barely longer. In comparison with the Outside Analysis Hemispheres Jacket (assessment coming quickly), the Open One 3L Shell jacket is considerably longer and perhaps a contact slimmer.

The Open One 3L Shell pants have a equally average match, with loads of room for motion with out wanting sloppy. When it comes to size, the Medium pants really feel fairly common on my 5’eight” body.

I feel one other a part of why I just like the look of the Open One package a lot is how the match combines with the drape of the material, which takes us to the subsequent part…

Supplies

Each the Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants use a three-layer, 100% recycled material with a Sympatex membrane. Since all three layers of the material are manufactured from polyester, Open Wear claims that this makes it simpler to recycle, which I feel is absolutely cool in the event that they’re capable of arrange a consumer-facing recycling choice down the road.

The material is extra supple and cozy than conventional exhausting shells like Gore-Tex Professional, however isn’t fairly as tender and pliable because the Polartec NeoShell material on the Strafe Pyramid.

Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Luke Koppa within the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket & Pants, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

General, the Open One’s material feels very hefty, however nonetheless fairly snug. The liner is delicate on pores and skin, and I typically discover myself sporting the Open One package lengthy into après (partially trigger it’s snug, and partially trigger it makes me look actually freaking good and I’m useless).

The heft of the material additionally compliments the match of the jacket and pants because it offers simply sufficient rigidity to take care of some form, however the material is supple sufficient and the match beneficiant sufficient that it by no means feels restrictive.

Past the way it feels and appears, the Sympatex membrane offers a said hydrostatic-head waterproof score of 45,000 mm. If that “hydrostatic head” sounds overseas to you, simply know that the business commonplace for a cloth that’s labeled as “waterproof” is round 10,000 mm, and commonplace Gore-Tex is rated at 28,000 mm. I’ll go right into a bit extra element within the “Weather Resistance” part, however the lengthy story brief is that I’ve by no means had any water get by means of the Open One’s material.

Jacket Options

There are lots of options on the Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants. That is no minimalist touring package.

The jacket has seven complete pockets — 5 on the surface (all with water resistant zippers) and two zippered pockets on the within.

The 2 exterior chest pockets are big, and nice for a map, a beanie, or different bigger gadgets. The 2 horizontal handwarmer pockets are additionally fairly giant, and I can match skins reduce for ~105mm, 185 cm skis in each the handwarmer and exterior chest pockets.

The final exterior pocket is on the bicep, and it’s nice for small, quick-access gadgets like a cross or chapstick.

Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Luke Koppa within the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket & Pants, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

Inside, there are two chest pockets, which is the place I wish to hold my telephone because it stays a bit hotter on the within of the jacket, and the inside pockets are a bit smaller so my telephone doesn’t bounce round as a lot.

Along with all these pockets, the Open One jacket has cozy inside jersey wrist cuffs, 53 cm pit zips, a detachable powder skirt, a helmet-compatible hood, and clear and easy-to-use Cohaesive twine lock hem and hood changes.

For a resort jacket, the Open One 3L Shell jacket has all of the options I want.

Pants Options

Just like the Open One jacket, the pants even have a variety of options.

When it comes to pockets, the pants have two very giant thigh pockets and two again pockets.

The pants’ thigh pockets are large enough for a similar ~105mm, 185 cm skins that match within the jacket’s exterior pockets, and there’s a lanyard that you would be able to connect to your beacon for those who select to maintain your beacon within the pants pocket.

I actually just like the pocket placement on the pants — they’re straightforward to get to, however the stuff inside nonetheless stays out of the best way whereas climbing and driving.

The Open One pants have each inside (~30.5 cm) and exterior (~46 cm) zippered vents. With each open, I can get a ton of air flowing by means of, although not fairly as a lot as with a full aspect vent like that on another pants.

Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Luke Koppa within the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket & Pants.

There are separate, inside gaiters on the backside of the pant which have match properly over all kinds of each smaller touring boots and bulkier alpine boots. I’ve by no means had a problem with snow getting inside my boots whereas sporting the Open One pants.

The pants even have a velcro waist adjustment which assist with smaller changes, after which additionally embrace normal belt loops which I actually respect.

My solely actual grievance with the Open One 3L Shell package’s options is the pant cuff reinforcements. Whereas they’ve a strengthened material across the inside of the cuff, I’ve nonetheless observed numerous small scrapes from ski edges after a full season of use. Not one of the cuts are main and the material is way from delaminating, however I’d wish to see them use a extra abrasion-resistant exterior material on the cuffs.

Weight

Let’s minimize proper to it — the Open One 3L Shell package is heavy. At 848 g for the Medium jacket and 555 g for the Medium pants, the Open One package is way heavier than just about any devoted touring kits, and the Open One jacket is likely one of the heaviest shell jackets we’ve examined (the Open One pants aren’t fairly as comparably heavy).

For reference, under are a couple of of our measured weights for a number of notable items:

364 g Black Diamond Helio Lively Shell, measurement Medium
518 g Flylow Cooper Jacket, measurement Medium
544 g Outside Analysis Hemispheres Jacket, measurement Medium
590 g Flylow Higgins Coat 2.1, measurement Giant
593 g Patagonia PowSlayer Jacket, measurement Giant
605 g Patagonia Descensionist Jacket, measurement Medium
610 g Strafe Cham Jacket, measurement Giant
841 g Strafe Pyramid Jacket, measurement Giant
848 g Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket, measurement Medium

485 g Strafe Cham Pants, measurement Giant
555 g Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Pants, measurement Medium
603 g Patagonia PowSlayer Bibs, measurement Giant
618 g Rab Sharp Edge Pants, measurement Medium
620 g Arc’teryx Sabre Pants, measurement Giant
896 g Flylow Baker Bibs, measurement Medium

So in case you are in search of a package that you simply’ll primarily use for touring, the Open One’s weight is among the elements that I feel it is best to undoubtedly take into accounts (and there are others that I’ll get into later).

But when I’m solely going to be utilizing a package inbounds the place I’m not apprehensive about weight, I truly want a heavier, burlier package as heavier materials have a tendency to carry up higher, be a bit hotter, and I wish to have plenty of options and pockets within the resort. So simply get clear by yourself priorities when contemplating the load of the Open One package.

Climate Resistance

As I alluded to earlier, the Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants are extraordinarily climate resistant.

I’ve by no means had any noticeable quantity of water or wind get by way of the material from the surface, even in very moist snow and a few rain. The material appears to have lived as much as its score, and the absolutely taped seams have accomplished their job.

Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Luke Koppa within the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket & Pants, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

The DWR on the Open One package appears to carry out fairly nicely — I’d name its efficiency and sturdiness about common in comparison with all the opposite DWR’s I’ve used.

All in all, I’ve zero complaints concerning the Open One package’s climate resistance.

Breathability

In comparison with all different waterproof jackets and pants I’ve used, the Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants appear to fall according to basic Gore-Tex and most proprietary materials (e.g., Patagonia’s H2No, Flylow Intuitive, and so on.) relating to breathability.

The Open One’s material is notably much less breathable than Polartec NeoShell, Gore-Tex Lively, and perhaps a contact much less breathable than Gore-Tex Professional.

Luke Koppa reviews the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket and Pants for Blister

Luke Koppa within the Open Wear Open One 3L Shell Jacket & Pants, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

Because of this and the Open One jacket’s hefty weight, I didn’t do loads of touring within the jacket. For that, I’d take one thing a lot lighter, much less water resistant, and fewer feature-rich, just like the Norrona Lyngen Hybrid package or Patagonia Descensionist.

However for the resort, I don’t actually have an issue with the Open One package’s breathability. If I’m simply driving chairlifts — and notably if I’m driving chairlifts within the chilly — then I’ve no want for top-class breathability. For those who do a whole lot of climbing on the resort, I’d advocate the Strafe Pyramid because it presents higher breathability with an analogous function set and match.

Heat

The Open One 3L Shell package is simply that — a shell. It’s not very heat, and aside from protecting out the wind and a little bit of the physique warmth you produce, it doesn’t present a lot when it comes to insulation.

For actually chilly days, I’d toss the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody underneath the Open One jacket, after which would substitute a lighter layer just like the Norrona Alpha Uncooked Zip Hoodie for milder days.

Sturdiness

Aside from the scratched-up pant cuffs I discussed earlier, I haven’t had any sturdiness points with the Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants.

General, the jacket and pants are in incredible form, and the construct high quality appears in keeping with all the main outerwear manufacturers. I think about this package ought to final lengthy into the longer term, but when something does come up, I’ll replace this evaluation.

It’s additionally value noting that Open Wear provides free repairs to clients in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and EU nations.

Who’s It For?

I feel the Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants are a superb choice for any skier or snowboarder who values (a) an extended, extra beneficiant match, (b) top-class waterproofing, (c) utilizing recycled and recyclable merchandise, and/or (d) numerous options.

I don’t assume the Open One package makes a ton of sense for those who are primarily on the lookout for one thing they will do lengthy excursions in. Each the jackets and pants have generously-sized vents, however there are quite a few different choices which are lighter and / or extra breathable (e.g., Patagonia Descensionist, Strafe Cham, and Norrona Lyngen Hybrid).

However for those who just like the match, and also you need a dependable outerwear package that may hold out moist climate and may maintain all of your necessities for the resort, I feel you must undoubtedly contemplate the Open One 3L Shell package.

Backside Line

I’ve spent most of my teenage and grownup life obsessing over outerwear. I might spend hours perusing the web for the newest developments, I labored in an outside retail store for a number of years, I went out and obtained a level in attire product improvement, and now I’ve had the prospect to check a ton of various outerwear items by way of Blister.

And in any case of that, the Open One 3L Shell jacket and pants are my absolute prime decide for just about any days once I’m snowboarding on the resort. That’s why we gave them a “Best Of” award in our 18/19 Winter Purchaser’s Information, and that’s why I’ll proceed to be sporting them this season.

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