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Obermeyer Falcon Shell Review

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With a long history of making outerwear for snow skier’s, Oberymeyer introduces the all new Falcon Shell winter ski jacket.  The Falcon Shell is a ski jacket that has features coming out of its ears(or pockets).  Although lots of features sound great, I first find it to be important that the main functionality of a product is carried out.  For a ski jacket, some of the basics that I look for include; fit, warmth, general stitching, zippers, arm length, movement in the jacket, breathability, pockets, and a few other features and functionalities.

To start, the Falcon shell is a lightly insulated shell, so that means it’s good to have a good baselayer underneath, but there is a light insulated fabric between the actual shell and the body.  I’ve typically worn a t-shirt and a base layer and was fine.  Also included on the inside of the jacket are 2 mesh pockets that can hold a sandwich, goggles, water bottle, and a lot of other medium sized items you want to stash on the inside of your jacket. There is also a zippered pocket on the inside that is good to stash a wallet, camera, or cell phone.  The Falcon comes with a removable snow skirt of heavy powder days and the bottom of the jacket also cinches so you can keep in warmth and snow out.  The inside of the collar is fleece lined for a little added warmth and that wraps all the way around to the chin, so you don’t get your chin rubbed raw on super cold days.  Speaking of chin’s, when this jacket is zipped all the way up, you can actually still breath.  It seems that this is a feature that often gets overlooked from ski jacket designers.

The Obermeyer Falcon Shell has a hood that is adjustable through bungee cord system.  It can also be zipped off for those who don’t like to wear a hood.  I skied in this jacket a lot, but found no need to take off the hood.  This is probably just a personal preference.  For the outside features of the Falcon Jacket, there are two large pockets located near the hip, one chest pocket, and one zippered pocket on the left sleeve.  I personally, I think all the pockets in this jacket are a little overboard.  If I filled all the pockets in this jacket, I think I could fit half my office in it.  For ventilation, Obermeyer took an alternative approach to the standard pit zips and placed the zippers on the side of the body near the back.  Like pit zips, they aren’t the easiest to unzip, I usually have someone help me unzip them.

The Falcon Shell by Obermeyer retails for $425 which is a little spendy, but as far as the jackets performance, it’s worth it.  For more information, please visit Obermeyer.com


  • 2-way ventilation zipper(s)
  • Adjustable interior hem drawcord
  • Articulated elbows
  • Critical seams sealed
  • CZV – Control Zone Ventilation
  • External stormflap with velcro/snap closure
  • Fleece chest warmers
  • Fleece chin protector
  • Fleece inside collar
  • Fleece-lined cuffs
  • Full-motion sleeve construction
  • Fused zipper(s)
  • Gusseted sleeve cuffs with adjustable tabs
  • Heavy duty zippers
  • Inside Chamois Fleece cell phone pocket
  • Inside mesh/Lycra
  • Inside zip pocket(s)
  • Interior Lycra
  • Interior stretch mesh panel for comfort
  • Internal zipper windguard
  • Key holder
  • Lycra
  • RECCO System
  • Reflective trim
  • Removable technical hood
  • Scratch-free, absorbent goggle cloth
  • Ski pass D-ring
  • Tricot-lined hand pocket(s)
  • Waterproof zipper(s)
  • Zip-off, adjustable powder skirt with stretch panel
  • Zipper chest pocket(s)
  • Zipper sleeve pocket(s)
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About Kevin Fonger

If there's an activity or sport, I'll generally try it at least once. My main activities include running, hiking, skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love writing product reviews as I like helping people find the right gear so they will enjoy their activity that much more.


  1. how rugged is the external fabric, ski in trees alot!

  2. I ski trees a lot as well and the jacket held up well. I would suggest a beefier 3 layer jacket if you are skiing trees though. A 3 layer shell will hold up a little better if you are running into branches a lot.

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