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Eira is a brand I have seen quite a bit around Whistler, but before this review I had never properly checked out their gear. A proud Canadian brand in its fourth year producing outerwear, I was very interested to see what they had to offer.
The pieces I received for testing were the Lodge Jacket and the Structure 2 Pant; you can find my review of the Structure 2 pants here. Initially I was a little surprised by the combo, as the jacket is insulated, whereas the pants are a lined shell. Often matching jackets and pants will feature similar specs, but here Eira have changed it up a little.
All of Eiraâ€™s outerwear features 20k waterproofing/breathability thanks to their propriety membrane used across the range. The lodge jacket has a 100% nylon outer fabric which is both soft to the touch, while also shedding water and snow very well. Throughout testing I did not find that the outer material wetted out once.
Eira use a fixed fill 60g Primaloft insulation, which gives the jacket some warmth without making it too bulky. Other features include a zip-off powder skirt and wrist gators. I got a large size to test and with a zipper length of 32 inches it is certainly not a tall jacket. At 5â€™11 and 160lbs, the jacket fits me well, but my personal preference would be a bit bigger.
On the hill one thing I noticed straight away was how light both the jacket and pants were. Previously I had been wearing an Armada Reckoning jacket, again in large, but as soon as I put the Eira on I noticed how much lighter it was. The first day I used the Jacket it was a chilly -17 celcius and even then I was warm all day with the right layers beneath. I have also been wearing the jacket quite a bit round town in the evenings and often finding the it warm enough with just a shirt underneath.
One thing I really like is that the front two pockets are fleeced lined, which is nice to keep your hands warm. The jacket is fairly well catered for in this respect, with two large front pockets which are dived into a zipped section, with the fleeced lined section closed off by a flap and poppers.
I was initially a little concerned about the waterproofing on the zippers, but so far I have had no issues at all. It has a front accessed pocket with an internal headphone port for your phone or MP3 player, as well as an internal mesh pocket.
Overall I am extremely impressed by the Lodge jacket. I usually tend to go for shell jackets as I dislike heavy outerwear, but I am naturally quite cold, so I always had to layer a lot. The Eira jacket gives a great combination of light weight with good warmth. The materials so far have proved to be durable and stayed dry even in the heaviest rain of this PNW season.
If you are looking for some new outerwear this season I can highly recommend checking out what Eira has to offer.