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Dakine Clutch Jacket: Genius Pick

Dakine Clutch JacketWhile Dakine might be slightly new to outerwear, there's nothing new about Dakine. Having been in the outdoor sports world for longer than most realize, Dakine decided that 2012 would be the year they would throw their hat into the ring of winter outerwear. While it would have been easy, maybe even expected for Dakine to simply release some 'technical' hoodies, they chose to charge head first into a very competitive category of products. And after only two years, you would think that they had been making outerwear from the beginning.

The Dakine outerwear line-up consists of a wide price range of jackets and pants. With a near perfect mix of price-points and styles; Just enough to give you options but not so many choices that you'll never be able to make up your mind.

At the top of the line-up sits the Clutch jacket. The Clutch is the perfect blend of style and performance. Simple solid colors provide a style that is bound to last longer than any style trend and quality materials and construction that will weather the roughest winter storms.

Lets take a look at some of the Genius and not-so Genius features of the Dakine Clutch jacket.

Genius

Goldilocks Fit - The Clutch jacket and pant has Dakine's contour fit. The contour fit has a slightly narrow body, less baggy and less volume in the legs and knees. It has a more tailored style to them both. In other terms, it's more of a technical fit, but not ice climbing technical. For me it's an absolute amazing fit. I've been able to wear what my true size is without sizing up or down. They're just roomy enough to provide great movement without looking like you're wearing your older brothers clothes.

Pockets - This is often an overlooked area when looking at new outerwear but quickly becomes apparent when you need them. It seems like some jackets are pocket crazy and others leave you wanting more. The Clutch is perfect. Two conventional pockets near your waist, a napoleon pocket on the chest, a fun random small stuff pocket on the arm. Instead you'll find a pockets for your goggles and electronic devices.

Phone Leash - Every time I pull my phone out of my pocket while on the chair lift I always get a little nervous. While I've never dropped it, there's always the possibility, and these fancy smart phones aren't cheap to replace. The phone leash that is attached to the inside of the chest Napoleon pocket solves this worry. Simply attaché your phone to the leash and let it drop without a worry. I'm sure some phones and phone cases won't fit but most iPhone shaped phones with slim cases should be ok.

Not so Genius

Hood - There aren't many things about the Dakine Clutch Jacket that aren't awesome. So if I had to find something I guess it would be that the hood doesn't fit over my helmet. This could be due to the fact that I have a huge head but I'm not sure. I have encountered a couple of situations where having my hood up over my helmet would have been welcomed, but for the most part, I've had chapped lips that presented themselves as a bigger problem than the Clutch's hood not fitting my helmet.

Here's a full list of everything this jacket has to offer:

Shell: 3L Toray® Micro-Oxford
Face: DWR finish
Backing: 20K / 20K Laminate Entrant Dermizax® EV
Lining: None

Exterior: Attached Drop Hood with Inner Collar, Bonded Hood Brim, Silicone Gripper Print on Shoulders, Drawcord System at Front and Back of Hood, YKK® Regular and Water Resistant Zippers, Two-way Opening Center Front Zipper, Drawcord System in Front Hand Pockets, Shaped Bonded Cuffs, Adjustable Cuffs, Double Wrist Gaiters, Hook Inside Cuffs for Gloves, Napoleon Pocket for Phone / Media Device, Phone Tether Inside Napoleon Pocket, Zipper Pass Pocket, Two-way Closing Zippers at Side Vents

Interior: Fully Taped Seams, Full Inner Storm Flap, Storage Pocket, Mesh Goggle Pocket, Safety Whistle Pocket, Inner Pass Pocket, Attached Powder Skirt with Lycra

The Clutch Jacket is a solid option for someone looking for a technical, good looking and good fitting ski or snowboard jacket. Its list price is $430.00 and in my opinion is worthy of the dent it will leave in your wallet. But do your shopping now and you can probably pick one up with some end of season savings.

For more information, check out Dakine's website

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