The Pursuit – EP131 “Come Sail Away” w/ Micayla Gatto Adam X Sauerwein
Even though Dakine has been making technical outerwear for years now, most of us don’t think of them as an outerwear brand, myself included. That’s a mistake. The gear is dialed across the entire line. Sure, they make high-end Gore-Tex shells, insulators, and everything in between, but when Dakine asked what we wanted to test, one particular kit stood out to me, Dakine’s A-1 Jacket & Pant.
The A-1 is designed to be burly, and that’s apparent at first touch. Using recycled polyester, the kit sports a workwear feel, while still being lightweight enough for full-blow activity days. DWR-coated but PFC-free means its waterproofing properties are all buttoned up, without the need for carcinogenic garbage found in many oil & stain-resistant garments. Dakine has made a concerted effort in the past years to focus on a more eco-friendly approach to making gear, and the new line shows the commitment to that.
The Plain Weave ultralight backer is 20k/20k so rest assured, while stylish, all of the function of a great resort piece is here.
Street-styled and fully functional. I’ve actually taken mine out for après multiple times already this season. A huge. size range accommodates a wide array of people in all shapes and sizes. Wider shoulder fit, and longer length arms on this piece.
Pricepoint – $240
Baggy fit, with a rugged hand to it. Clean looking with an off-tone set of back pockets that snap shut. Few notes to consider, I usually find that I’m running between medium and large pants, test size was large and was a bit bigger than normal for my 34 waist. I also found that the pant was baggy enough that they got caught up in the brakes on my ski binding once or twice. Can’t imagine this will happen with the smaller size, but it’s worth being aware of. Extremely comfortable fit overall.
The value of this kit is the biggest win here. It fits well, has much to offer in the performance category, and looks good on or off the hill. Massive size range, and three great colors as well. The proper way to run this for me is to go all monochromatic, it’s what’s in right now! All jokes aside, pair it with any combination that suits your flavor preference, and just wait for the compliments to flow. Under $550 and a full year of Dakine-backed manufacturer’s warranty, as well.
Snowboarders might feel the most at home in this particular kit, due to the baggy leg fit, but as a skier, I’m still fully at home in something like this for the resort days.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
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