While breaking trail uphill in the 41-ounce Covalent would be a mistake, it's ideal for the lift-skiing crowd.
A wet storm at Mt. Baker didn't penetrate the Covalent's powder skirt or detachable hood, and the jacket sealed out wind equally well. The buttons that cinch the waistband and hood are hard to manipulate with gloves on. Otherwise, the Covalent is flawless and bomber. The jacket's Schoeller WB-400 fabric-a stout blend of flexible polyester and Cordura- deflected tree branches with ease.