Product Review: Wed’ze MidCarve Ski Jacket
With the ski season beginning I’m sure like many people you are currently searching for some quality new apparel to add to your gear list. High on most people’s list is usually a technical outer layer to provide long lasting protection from the elements whilst cruising the slopes. New this year Wed’ze have stormed into the market with the MidCarve jacket, designed to provide warmth, weather protection, functionality and robustness the MidCarve boasts many features of benefit to anyone from a leisure skier to a performance skier. I have recently had the pleasure of testing out this piece of technical apparel for the past few weeks, and in this review, will show you exactly why I believe it is one of the best jackets on the market this season.
What Does The MidCarve Offer?
From initially looking at the jacket, you immediately notice the technical aura that it emits through its performance, styling and variety of available colours; a performance black for the more low key skier and a very bright but funky orange for the skier who wishes to stand out. Having delved into the features list you next begin to unravel the sheer amount of technicalities built into the jacket that serve to keep you comfortable when out on the mountain. Starting with a huge 10,000mm Novadry waterproof and highly breathable membrane it is immediately clear that no matter what the weather you will be fully protected from the elements and therefore dry all day long even in the harshest of storms. The next feature that stands out is the 120g/sqm of synthetic wadding that insulates the jacket and thus will serve to keep you warm in any severely cold weather that you encounter whilst cruising the slopes. Aside from the high weatherproofing and warmth properties that the MidCarve offers it also has a range of functionalities that will also serve their purpose to benefit you during a day’s skiing. A snow skirt lines the base of the jacket to prevent snow entering the inside when in deep powder and also to prevent snow giving you a cold back should you take a small fall when travelling at speed. On the topic of falls the MidCarve incorporates a very robust high quality polyester shell which is strong enough to cope with limitless abrasions and knocks to give you piece of mind that your brand new jacket will last a very long time. Zipped vents under the arms serve to enable you to vent away any excess heat that you may build up during an intense ski run allowing your body to effectively regulate its temperature to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day. Also built into the MidCarve are 6 pockets including a netted goggle pocket and an extremely useful ski pass pocket enabling you to store your key to the mountains. Storm cuffs line each sleeve to stop wind and snow entering the jacket whilst the Velcro sleeve cuffs serve to provide a firm fit against the wrists keeping the sleeves in place whilst skiing. The Wed’ze MidCarve offers a tremendous amount of features making it the perfect piece of outerwear whilst hitting the slopes, but how did it perform during testing?
How Does It Perform?
Having owned and tested a lot of jackets what first struck me about the MidCarve is the price/value ratio it has. It is very, very rare to find a jacket with a portfolio of features and technicalities as long as the MidCarves at such an incredible price. After first holding the jacket it feels technical and like a jacket far above its price, in fact I’d go as far as saying that if you asked me to guess the price of this jacket with nothing but it’s features list and the jacket itself I would most likely consider it to be at least £150-£200 which is a considerable amount more than its full retail price, price/value ratio then is extraordinarily high which is a nice thing to know as you can be sure that you get a vast amount of function for each penny that you pay. On first trying on the MidCarve I had to go one size above my usual size, but that could just be because I prefer a bigger fit for my ski jackets, the jacket feels comfortable and lightweight, stretching with ease when you move and providing a number of adjustments to enable you to customise your fit. It has a nice amount of pockets which are all of a decent size to fit anything from snacks to gloves, goggles or tech. When used in rain and snow I had no problems with leaking and water droplets seemed just to fall from the shell of the jacket with ease, this is a huge benefit as with a few shakes of the jacket it becomes completely dry preventing you from soaking the floor when entering your car, hotel or après ski bar. The ventilation under the arms provides an optimum amount of ventilation which works wonders if the sun is shining whilst you are negotiating some intense ski runs as it stops you from overheating and sweating a lot causing discomfort. The snow cuffs on the sleeves hug your wrists keeping you comfortable and again prevent snow and wind from entering the jacket, I also found these very useful for stopping the sleeves riding up your arms when skiing a little more aggressively. Overall I am very happy with the performance of the MidCarve and even more impressed with how much technicality it packs for such an amazing price, the only complaint I’d have is that there isn’t more colours available, but I guess there’s always next season for that to become available. If you are looking for a high quality performance ski jacket this season give the Wed’ze MidCarve a try, I can assure you that you certainly won’t regret it, especially 5 years down the line when it’s still performing like it is brand new.
So there it is, a full in depth review of the Wed’ze MidCarve Ski Jacketfrom a mountain sports enthusiast. For more information and expert advice why not head over to www.decathlon.co.uk to discover our full winter skiing product ranges and to find many other products that will help you pursue your passions.
(Notes on the author – Joe Broadhead is an avid climber, hiker, skier and snowboarder from our Sheffield Decathlon branch. He currently serves as our UK mountain sports expert product trainer and ensures that each of our mountain sports teams are fully trained to advise our customers professionally with sound expert knowledge. Are you interested in a job that lets you pursue your passion? Why not scoot over to our careers site and discover the many positions available – http://www.decathlon-jobs.co.uk/ )