First Ascent BC-200 Jacket - REVIEW
In the real world a jacket like First Ascent's BC-200 Hard Shell would likely be used for light use conditions such as walking the dog, short trail hikes and day hikes. Let's be honest, the average Joe doesn't get out much more than that. Since this is a backcountry skiing site we have been a little more rigorous in our adventures with the BC-200. Over the last few months we have had the chance to see how the BC-200 jacket performs on the windy mountain ridges of Kokanee Glacier, multi-day ski traverses such as the Wapta Traverse, summer hikes and just getting around during one of the wettest springs on record in interior British Columbia, Canada.
If you aren't yet familiar with the name First Ascent now's the time. An expedition and ski-wear oriented sub-brand of Eddie Bauer, First Ascent has a 'guide-built' philosophy where they work with a core team of world-class guides (such as Ed Vistors) on every stage of the product development. This results in some fairly innovative, technical and practical designs. The BC-200 is endorsed by guides Chad Peele and Melissa Arnot who must have played a hand in some of the following features...
Read teh full review in our Off-Season Gear Review Section.