Skyward II is a practical technical shell for touring and non-touring days alike.
Someone at OR should be humming that classic song: “When I Paint My Masterpiece“.
Having been reading about Bob Dylan and The Band of late, I’ve had that tune running through my head (and thinking about visiting Rome). It popped up yet again when I sat down to review the OR Skyward II Jacket. An earworm? Perhaps. But those guys are so good.
Backstory: Last winter I indulged in a side project involving “cross over” ski clothing that could work well for days on ski lifts or on foot. Say, if you’re packing for the European dream trip, extending from Greece to Norway with unknown weather. (No, I’m not becoming a resort skier. Though I do indulge on occasion.)
Sure, you can use your feather-weight ski touring couture for resort skiing. But problems arise. In my case, I use lightweight touring gear that sacrifices durability, waterproofness, and technical features in favor of weight. Chair splinters, coat hooks and heavy rain can be hard on the meager things.