I have lots of performance shell jackets. Helly Hansen, Arc’teryx, Marmot, and Stio all grace my closet, so why did I need to by a Flylow? Well, I was on a trip and didn’t have the right kind of jacket, and I needed a shell. So I tried on a couple of Hellys, a Norrona, a Patagonia, a Burton, and a Flylow. They were all nice, but I liked the Flylow best for the features and the fit. It has the requisite pockets and powder skirt and helmet compatible hood, and they are all designed just right. It has a great 20k/20k fabric for ideal waterproofness and breathability, so it checks all the boxes, like a lot of others do, too, but the Flylow Malone stood out because it was all put together in the right way. And, it fit. The hood covers the helmet like others, but it is cut back a little on the sides so when you turn your head you aren’t looking at the inside of the hood. The zips are easy to reach and operate with three-finger gloves on, and the length is just right. It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a mini-dress, and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a letterman jacket. In summary, the Flylow Malone jacket is “just right.”
Think of the Malone Jacket like your one-ski quiver—your favorite boards that do everything well. This jacket, made from recycled Tactic three-layer softshell, is light, stretchy, and breathable enough for a backcountry tour but still substantial enough for pounding laps at the resort. Stormy out? Flylow made it with a quick-drying fabric that repels wind and sleet. If you’re going in the backcountry and don’t want extra weight, simply zip out the powder skirt.
Versatile jacket for shredding resort or skin laps
Softshell fabric is light and stretchy for full range of motion
Plenty of room for layers underneath on a cold day