Backcountry Gear Review – Cloudveil Rayzar Jacket

This post by blogger  
Cloudveil Rayzar Jacket
Cloudveil Rayzar Softshell

Rayzar is the ideal backountry skiing soft-shell: light weight, with no more doodads than is absolutely necessary (except for the ipod pocket, but that’s pretty much necessary). It has a rough textured and stretchy Cordura soft-shell fabric on the upper part (durable, and could help slow you down a bit when you fall down that 65 degree corn slope). It has a lightweight powder skirt, which I needed this weekend (see photos below, in Dad’s blog post from yesterday). The powder skirt can be tightened from inside the pockets so you don’t freeze your fingers off. It has only three pockets, which I like because it makes it lighter and has fewer zipper pulls dangling everywhere. Besides, if anything is heavy enough and big enough that it won’t fit in those pockets I probably don’t want it in my jacket — that is what backpacks are for. I like hoods, and the Rayzar has no hood, but that’s just about the only thing I don’t like about this jacket. Thumbs up from junior.


Comments are closed.

Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information opinion website and e magazine. Lou's passion for the past 45 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about backcountry skiing and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free back country news and information here, and tons of Randonnee rando telemark info.

All material on this website online magazine is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked.. Permission required for reproduction, electronic or otherwise. This includes publication and display on other websites by whatever means. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

Backcountry skiing is a dangerous sport. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions or templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow its owners and contributors of any liability for use of said items for backcountry skiing or any other use.

Switch To Mobile Version