Eider Virgo Jacket
Ned Cummings, January 31, 2011
Over the last 50 years Eider have developed core outdoors products, catering for elite athletes and ambitious amateurs. Their time-evolved knowledge, experience and expertise come together well in their winter Virgo jacket. Fitted with all of the essentials found in the modern day quality ski jacket, the Virgo compacts a removable performance hood with peripheral vision windows, front zip with double storm flaps, underarm venting zips and numerous other details into a neat cut. However the Virgo distinguishes itself outside its key features, providing solutions for a variety of winter conditions.
A common problem with many jackets is that they have a tendency to ride up while riding and create one certainty: an uncomfortable, wet and cold day on the slopes. The Virgo combats this problem with the Defender Stretch membrane that forms a superior fit system through pre-shaped elbows, powder belt and lycra inner cuffs allowing you to ski freely in the knowledge that the jacket will only move to your command and keep out irritating moisture and cold.
To test the heat management of the jacket I headed out on a variety of excursions to Switzerland in temperatures low as -20 degrees celsius. The jacket performed very well in cooler conditions, responding when I opened the underarm vents to cool off at lower altitudes. Of course the consistent fit ensures correct moisture and heat transportation throughout the inner lining. The Defender Stretch layer means that the Virgo jacket is naturally better in cooler temperatures but, depending on your preferences, don’t be afraid to take this jacket to high European altitudes well into March.
While the price of the Virgo sits at the top of most people’s price brackets, Eider have certainly thought out some meritable solutions to a variety of conditions in this winter/spring shell. Combined with some slick style the product merges a great fit and some innovative exterior features to define the brand’s contribution to the market.