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Tech Talk | The Quiksilver Highline Pro Jacket

Tough, breathable and waterproof. The Quiksilver Highline Pro Jacket is a backcountry riding thoroughbred

As much as your snowboard kit is an expression of your style and personal tastes, it’s also a tool for the job. This is especially true in the backcountry, where any compromise in its performance isn’t just an inconvenience, it can curtail the day’s objectives altogether. Having the right outerwear in the backcountry is about as important as it gets.

“The Quiksilver Highline Pro Jacket is designed with one focus, to improve the backcountry touring experience”

The Quiksilver Highline Pro Jacket is designed with one focus in mind, to elevate your backcountry riding experience. If you tuned in to watch the first part of the Natural Selection tour over the last week, you might have spotted Travis Rice himself wearing it which, in itself, is a pretty convincing testimony of its quality.

So, what is it about the Quiksilver Highline Pro Jacket that makes it Travis-approved and so good for tackling the most demanding weather conditions then? Let us break it down for you.

The Fabric
Made up from Gore-Tex’s all-new, tough and super breathable Most Breathable fabric, the Highline Pro Jacket doesn’t compromise in the breathability department – and that’s something you’re going to be thankful for when you’re miles deep in the backcountry working up a sweat to reach your line.

If you’re not clued up on it, Gore-Tex’s Most Breathable fabric is made up of the standard waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. The trick here though is that it’s covered by a lighter weight and – most importantly – more breathable face fabric. Also, this stuff is tough. Sporting a 30D face fabric, the Highline Pro jacket will be more than capable of shrugging off the inevitable knocks and scuffs that come from time spent in the backcountry.

This fabric has been sealed together with fully taped seams and the Highline Pro is sporting what Quiksilver are calling their Modern Fit, which “combines the best of both relaxed and slim to create a stylish fit with lots of mobility.” This is essentially a fit that’s not too baggy, yet not too slim. Just the right combinations of articulation and tight cut for active movements in the backcountry.

The Features
As you’d expect from a jacket like this, the feature-set is extremely minimal but what features is does have are all extremely well thought out and catered towards backcountry riding.

“As you’d expect from a jacket like this, the feature-set is extremely minimal but the features on it are all extremely well thought out”

First up, you’ve got the pockets which are, of course, strategically placed so that they don’t get in the way of your backcountry pack. They give you some much-needed space for stashing skins, maps, and phones. Heck, they’re also the ideal storage solution for skin track snacks.

Other features you’d expect from a backcountry-specific jacket are all present and correct – a stretchy powder skirt, a lift pass pocket, a 3-way adjustable helmet-compatible hood and fully waterproof zippers.

Who The Quiksilver Highline Pro Jacket Is Aimed At?
Coming in at a price of £530 for the jacket and £490 for the bib pants, we realise that the Highline Pro Jacket and pant combo isn’t going to be for everyone. That’s alright though, this outerwear collection is catered towards full-on backcountry enthusiasts.

If you’re someone who does require the all-weather protection and unrivalled breathability that this jacket has to offer, then the Highline Pro Jacket is certainly the one to check out. This is a jacket that you’ll be able to rely on deep in the backcountry.

Price: £530


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