Using the same exacting testing and the latest technical developments that characterise all their products, Salomon has produced the 2020 Icestar 3L Jacket, which comes in a range of three colours: Night Sky, Green Gables (What!), and Citronelle. So blue, green, or yellow to the less imaginative amongst you.
I chose the nifty Night Sky (darkish blue to the less colour-savvy) and it felt like a second skin from the first try-on. Salomon calls it MotionFit™360° patterning. Now, I set great store by style (even though some say I may be lacking it) and wearing the Icestar made me feel as though I had some. With a lightweight puffer and the usual layers underneath I was never cold even when the wind, channelled by the high the gullies of the Dolomites, my testing ground, did its best to re-enact the legend of the Brass Monkeys.
The label told me it features AdvancedSkin Dry fabric premium 20k/20K with 20,000 mm waterproofness (is there such a word?) and breathability of 20,000 g/m²/24h. Whatever. I do know I was toasty, dry, and felt cool (aesthetically) following a rigorous few days in all weathers.
It also came with more fixtures and fittings than a Masterchef, The Professionals, kitchen: hood with 3D adjustment, helmet-compatible hood, goggle wipe, harness and backpack compatible, powder skirt, soft chin guard, air vent system, bottom hem fastening, dropped back hem, water repellent zipper, 2 hand-zipped pockets, 2 zipped chest pockets, goggle mesh pocket, inner media pocket, articulated sleeves, cuff adjustment, left arm lift pass pocket, and Lycra® cuffs with thumb loop. You get the picture.
The bottom line is, the Salomon Icestar 3L ski jacket looks good, feels good, and performs in all weathers. You can’t ask for more than that.