The King Cobra is quickly becoming my favorite coat for everything, from walking to class or enjoying the deepest day of the year, because of its unique look and impressive quality. Well done, Saga, well done.
Over the course of this young season I have skied a 50cm blower pow day, numerous 15 cm days and an unfortunate selection of -15 dry days. With the King Cobra, I was careful to dress accordingly underneath, because it is more of a shell than a puffy jacket. That said, it was still well insulated and kept my temperature stable. When dealing with deep snow and even pounding rain, it became clear that Saga stepped up their game this year with their Anomie design. With 20K waterproofing and 3L taped seams, getting wet is not a problem.
The look of the King Cobra speaks for itself. When paired with a set of Saga's new Anomie pants, you get that classic Saga matching look and stunning waterproof performance. One important note is that the jacket's color is more orange than red, which may be difficult to see on the Saga website. Regardless, the jacket pops like crazy and is quite photo-friendly, so fear not if you're nervous about color.
The cost of the King Cobra is reasonable, and competitive with similar fitting jackets on the market; however, the waterproofing is more congruent with expensive, boutique brands such as Arcteryx or Mountain Hardwear. In short, the value of this particular coat is very good.
The fit of the King Cobra can be everything from ultimate sag to relatively normal. I personally fall somewhere in between these two styles, as a taller person who still likes an element of bagginess. At 6'1", a size L fit into the "mid-thigh" range, and didn't have excessive bagginess in the arms.
Thus far, over the course of this year the jacket has not ripped on wayward trees or lost its waterproofing, and it has yet to take on that infamous "wet jacket" scent.