Gear Review: Millet Davai GTX Hardshell Jacket - Backpacker

Gear Review: Millet Davai GTX Hardshell Jacket

A jacket burlier enough for a BASE jumper.

[best fit]

Here’s a trial we don’t see everyday: Our Chamonix-based tester used the Davai underneath his wingsuit when BASE jumping from the Eiger. The rocky scramble from the train station to the summit began with 0°F weather and a frigid windchill, then warmed up considerably. But he didn’t get sweaty thanks to the excellent breathability of Gore-Tex Active Shell and generous pit zips (though they’re too sticky for single-handed adjustment). He praised the jacket’s middle-way weight: “It’s thin enough to be worn under a wingsuit, but also capable of providing essential warmth, which I needed when I was forced to sit on the Eiger’s famous mushroom while I waited to let some clouds burn off.”

Around Chamonix, in temperatures that rarely crested freezing, he used it for two weeks of epic ski tours, speed riding at ski resorts, and climbing peaks. After staying dry and comfortable in a driving blizzard, he praised the fit. The long tail and hem cinch down snugly via two toggles at the hips to protect against blowing snow and rain. And the cut accommodates cold-weather layering: “I used it with my puffy vest underneath with no restriction to my maneuverability,” he says. The hood slips easily over a helmet and rolls up when not needed. Note: The Euro-trim cut will necessitate most people go up a size—like our tester did—to get the bespoke fit. $479; 1 lb.; m’s S-XL;