With this post, we introduce our new series: Gear Reviews! We know how important good gear is when doing outdoor activities, and how difficult it is to choose from the tons of stuff you find at shops. We only present stuff that was tried and tested, with a little story on the side. Today we’ll feature the Trespass Jeanie Ski Jacket, reviewed on the ski slopes of Tochal, Iran!
If you’re a mountain lover, you’ll know that warm clothing is very, very important. And this is more so when you are skiing. The cold temperatures of the slopes, combined with the breeze going downhill, and the windchill on cable cars, can turn your day out skiing into a nightmare, if you’re not warm enough.
The perfect ski jacket should not only warm, but also not too bulky – or else, you’ll resemble a Michelin Man. The combination is not easy to achieve. In our experience, ski jackets are either too chunky, or not quite warm enough.
On top of that, the perfect ski jacket should be breathable and of course waterproof. There’s nothing worse than getting wet, or having sweat trapped under your clothes when you’re zipping down the slopes!
Trespass Jeanie: The Jacket
I liked the Jeanie ski jacket by Trespass as soon as I saw it on the women’s section of the company’s website. They have dozens of jackets to choose from, of all shapes and colours. I scrolled and scrolled for a while, until I the Jeanie model caught my eye. I personally like my ski clothing to be bold, but not ridiculous. I liked the diagonal white lines, and being black, it can be easily worn outside the slopes as well.
But what I liked best about the Jeanie was the technology. It is one of the most technically advanced in the Trespass ski range. The fabric is enriched with Radium membrane technology, reducing condensation on the inside allowing the body vapour to pass freely across the fabric. As a result, the jacket is windproof, waterproof but also perfectly breathable. The jacket also has double lining and special insulation, to maximise body heat retention.
When I received it, I was sure I had made the right choice! I hate carrying a backpack when I’m skiing and Jeanie has loads of pockets – for ski pass, goggles, sunglasses, plus large side pockets to carry your cash and documents. I loved the padded mobile phone pocket, maximising battery life by keeping the phone warm.
The jacket is surprisingly light, unlikely many others that weigh a tonne, and has taped seams and an inside belt to ensure total protection against the wind.
How did the Jeanie ski jacket fare in the extreme (well, maybe not quite) conditions of the Iranian ski slopes? Read on, my friends!
As an avid skier (cross country and back country mostly) I’m usually looking forward to winter. From December onwards, I have my skis on pretty much every weekend. This year, though, has been uncommonly warm in Italy. Throughout December, snow was absent from most of the Alps, with only the highest resorts open for business – and over crowded as a result.
Just after Christmas we travelled to Iran and as soon as we discovered that the capital city Tehran is surrounded by mountains nearly 4000 meters high, we jumped at the chance to spend a day on the slopes.
We chose the Tochal ski resort, the closest to the city, easy to reach by metro and cable car. Tochal is one of the highest ski resorts in the world, with the top of the slope at 3850 meters over sea level.
The day we visited, it was a beautiful sunny day, and a freezing -12°C. A sharp, chilly wind blew constantly from the top of Mount Tochal and the Alborz mountain range to the north, but the jacket kept me warm and toasty, and its sleek fit ensured I was able to ski at ease, without the faintest trace of sweat.
The same cannot be said for the lower part of my body – I was wearing hired pants and ski boots, and I was freezing. I wasn’t wearing a hat but hijab, the Islamic headscarf that is compulsory for women in Iran. Hijab alone was barely enough to protect my ears and head, but as soon as I pulled my hood up, I was totally fine.
All things considered, Jeanie makes a perfect ski jacket. The conditions at Tochal were perhaps not extreme, but it was definitely cold. Jeanie protected me from the wind and the cold, without impeding my movements and allowing my skin to breathe. I’ll be using it more and more over the ski season, and also around Milan, if it gets cold enough!
We were sent a Jeanie free of charge by Trespass in exchange for consideration for a review. We loved the jacket and everything we said reflects our own opinion. We would never recommend products we don’t trust!