Timing is everything. The Dare2B jacket came up for review on 4alloutdoors.org a week or so before a ski trip I was taking with my oldest son and his friends to Snowshoe, WV USA. I requested it hoping it would arrive for me to use on that trip. It did not and I figured I wasn’t chosen to test it so I kind of forgot about it. I got back from a business trip on Friday and I had a package waiting for me. I opened it up and it was the Dare2B Outrival Jacket I requested to test. It was perfect timing. I am leaving this weekend to go ski at Breckenridge, CO USA for a week with my family while my kids are on spring break. The weather looks perfect to test this jacket. The high temperatures all week are around 32F (0C) and lows around 15F (-9C). There is also snow in the forecast for 3 of the days so I should be able to put this jacket to the test.
I have to admit I have not heard of Dare2B. I have done some research on them and they make clothing for all seasons and sports. Their website calls the Outrival Jacket the “bee’s knees” of Dare2b snow jackets. Looking at it you know why. The lemon and black jacket definitely resembles a bee. My family will be able to find me on the slopes which I like. The Outrival uses AEP Kinematics technology that has four-way stretch fabric for unrestricted movement. AEP Kinematics analyses the body’s points of motion during athletic performance to each specific sport. It combines an ergonomic fit with design features such as 360-degree stretch and strategic articulation allowing for a full range of movement, ensuring the jacket molds around the body’s points of motion.
The AREDstretch fabric has a waterproof rating of up to 20,000mm and is breathable allowing perspiration to escape. It also has a windproof membrane fabric to protect against windchill. It is treated to have a highly durable water repellency. The outrival is 96% polyester and 4% elastane.
The Dare2B left no stone unturned when they designed the Outrival Jacket. Starting at the top the Outrival has a detachable, performance fit technical hood with adjusters. It seems large enough to fit over my ski helmet. The left arm has two zipper pockets that are about as wide as my hand and as deep as half my hand. The chest has two pockets. The one on the right has a waterproof zipper that is as wide as my hand and about 8 inches (20cm) deep. The pocket on the left side of the chest has a zip pocket under a flap with magnetic fastening. The two lower pockets have water repellant zippers that my hands easily fit in. The zipper to close the Outrival has an inner zip and chin guard for extra cold weather protection. The sleeve cuffs are adjustable and there is inner stretch bound cuffs with thumb holes. There are underarm ventilation zips to help cool you down when the temperature rises.
Inside the Outrival Jacket there is a snap pocket for goggle storage that also has a wipe inside to clean off your goggles. There is a pocket with a window that my phone fits in nicely that allows you to see your screen. There is a mesh pocket on the inside left bottom that is the perfect size for a flask. The detachable snowskirt has a stretch panel and gel gripper tape. There is strategically placed stretch/ technical mesh/ part warm touch scrim linings and high loft polyester insulation. There is an adjustable shock cord hem system for the ultimate fit.
I am really excited about our ski trip and now even more excited I get to test the Dare2B Outrival Jacket. We are also planning on doing a snowmobile trip while we are out there. I doubt I will have an opportunity to have two more reviews on Outrival since it is so late in the season so my next review will be my second and final review. More when I get home from my trip.