Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Millet Cruise PWS Softshell

Nice big chest pocket
Millet is a French outdoors company that first took off in the 1930s with the popularity of their backpacks. Since the 30s, Millet has expanded from packs to clothing, sleeping bags, climbing footwear, and ropes - to name a few things. I have been using some of their products this winter and have really been enjoying them. One of my favourite Millet pieces is the Cruise Jacket, which I've worn almost non-stop since I got it last November.

The Cruise is made with Polartec PowerShield, which is similar to Gore WindStopper but with more wind permeability. This makes it more breathable and therefore better for active sports like ski touring. On more than one occasion I have gone out for a day of skiing wearing the Cruise and have not had to add or change layer all day.

The large direct-access chest pocket is great for everything from race skins to maps, and it's large enough that it's useful for more than a tube of chapstick. The cuffs have an extra piece of fabric sewn into them so when you open the velcro closure they open wide and can easily be pulled over gloves. The hand warming pockets are higher than on most similar coats, which allows them to be used if you are wearing a harness.  One of the best features of the Cruise is the hood. The jacket zips up nice and high in front of your face so you have good protection from the elements if needed. The hood also has a stiff brim and good adjustability. But hands down, my favourite thing about the Cruise (and Millet products in general) is the fit. The Cruise is well tailored for tall and skinny guys with its ample arm length and overall athletic cut. After many years of frustration, it's nice to have a softshell that actually fits me well.

Lots of protection from the wind and bonus points for ninja style.

No problems getting these sleeves over gloves!
In my opinion, the Cruise Jacket is an ideal softshell for ski touring because of its very well thought out design tailored to ski touring. It has just what you need and nothing more, and is by far the best softshell jacket I have used.

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