WildSnow Weekend — OR Clairvoyant & Trailbreaker Predict the Future


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | December 14, 2014      
WildSnow Girl, Katie Spieler, decked out in Outdoor Research Clairvoyant jacket and Trailbreaker pant.

WildSnow Girl, Katie Spieler, decked out in Outdoor Research Clairvoyant jacket and Trailbreaker pant.

For a day of backcountry ski touring you almost need a crystal ball to figure out what’s best to wear: ventilation and moisture management if the sun comes out during the uphill, lightweight compression if you pack it, weather protection if a storm rolls in, dry coverage if you snorkel thru a powder stash, windproof if arctic winds attack.

Outdoor Research attempts to foretell future weather with the women’s Clairvoyant jacket. Constructed of breathable waterproof GORETEX, it’s loaded with features that will keep WildSnow Girls comfortable during nearly any upcoming event.
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The feature I like best about the Clairvoyant is the brushed polyester face fabric which makes it feel tee-shirt soft. The fabric eliminates crunchy noises common to most shells, yet it repels water and snow almost as well as those customized trash bags with arm holes you see at Mount Baker or Crystal on a rainy day.

Like most modern technical pieces, the Clairvoyant is pricey at $325 MSRP. After forking over your precious dollars, it’s an added plus when your gear looks stylish on slope and off. The Clairvoyant is designed with a slightly tailored torso, flattering enough to catch a few admiring glances when you walk into the bistro, and still roomy enough to cover a down sweater or medium weight mid layer.

Clairvoyant does not feature pit zips which I don’t like anyway. However it was a bit too warm to wear skinning up on a sunny 45 degree day. The large side pockets, nicely positioned above belt line, offer some ventilation but I wound up taking it off and just wearing my thin wool baselayer. Colorado sun bakes when it shines!

Specs — Outdoor Research Clairvoyant women’s jacket

  • Helmet compatible, adjustable hood
  • Long arms with hook loop cuff closures
  • Large zippered hand pockets and Napoleon chest pocket
  • Fully taped seams, waterproof breathable GORETEX
  • One way front zipper
  • Water seal zippers
  • Hip length hem with drawcord
  • Lightweight, about 13 oz.
  • Find it here.
  • I paired the Clairvoyant with Outdoor Research Trailbreaker pant. Lou reviewed his pair here. I’m happy they are making these excellent pants for women now too.

    Side pockets on the Clairvoyant jacket are big like we like them.  Zipped open they offer ventilation.  Zipped closed they're big enough for lots of stuff.

    Side pockets on the Clairvoyant jacket are big like we like them. Zipped open they offer ventilation. Zipped closed they’re big enough for lots of stuff.

    On warm days, the Clairvoyant jacket is a bit hot for skiining uphill.  But when the breeze picks up at the top, it's perfect for cutting out the chill.

    On warm days, the Clairvoyant jacket is a bit hot for skinning uphill. But when the breeze picks up at the top, it’s perfect for cutting out the chill.

    Does the Clairvoyant enable parapsychologic connection to snow king, Ullr?  The answer is found in twinkling snow crystals.

    Does the Clairvoyant enable parapsychologic connection to snow king, Ullr? The answer is found in twinkling snow crystals.

    WildSnow Girl, Katie Spieler, is the team captain of the University of Hawaii sand volleyball team. Last season, she earned AVCA All-American honors after finishing as one of the top 8 pairs in the nation. When that Pacific sun gets too hot, she likes to drop into the Colorado Rockies for cold weather bliss.

    Recap of last week’s blogposts, WildSnow.com 12/8/14 — 12/12/14:

    Yoga Pant Hacks for Backcountry Skiers

    Christmas Ski Tool Stash Renewal — Gift Ideas

    Race Bindings For Backcountry Touring Skis

    Last Man Standing — Vacuum Bottle Comparo — UPDATED

    Avalanche Airbag Backpack – Use One or Not?

    Tamarack Peak, Washington Cascades Trip Report

    Shop for Outdoor Research Clairvoyant women’s jacket here.

    Shop for Outdoor Research Trailbreaker ski touring pant here.



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    7 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — OR Clairvoyant & Trailbreaker Predict the Future”

    1. Lou Dawson 2 December 14th, 2014 6:24 pm

      We could probably keep riffing on that jacket name forever, but it really is quite nice. The snow around here kinda’ dissipated after that photo shoot, luckily we got some more today and last night so this part of Colorado is looking slightly better though still thin. Lou

    2. George December 14th, 2014 6:46 pm

      http://www.marbleski.org/
      Appreciate the webcam. Looks like more snow in Marble than Aspen today!
      The big numbers on the depth gauge work great.

    3. Peter December 14th, 2014 8:19 pm

      Very Nice

    4. Joe John December 15th, 2014 7:46 am

      Anything looks good on a Wildsnow girl, but I do like the color.

    5. Mark Worley December 16th, 2014 11:09 pm

      I also am no fan of pit zips.

    6. Cameron December 26th, 2014 12:35 am

      It’s actually pretty helpful in a clothing review to provide sizing information for the model and the clothing the model is wearing.

    7. Lou Dawson 2 February 21st, 2015 7:49 am

      Sorry clairvoyant, if you are real you shouldn’t need spam to do what your astral plane assistants can do on a metaphysical level. So I deleted your links. Lou

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