Cloudveil Ski Pants & Jacket Reviews


Cloudveil Mountain Inspired Clothing was founded by Stephen Sullivan and Brian Cousins in 1994. The two partners were living in Jackson, Wyoming when they started this outdoor clothing company that started the modern soft-shell revolution in performance ski pants and jackets. Cloudveil was the first to add features such as waterproof zippers that you now see on almost all winter performance coats and use flexible fabrics which are not imated by all other major vendors such as Marmot, North Face, etc . Softshell outerwear uses fabric that is more flexible, breathable, and comfortable than hard shell coated fabrics like Gore-Tex. Softshell pants and Jackets are as comfortable and flexible as fleece, but wind and water resistance up to par with hard shells in all but the worst conditions. I own several Cloudveil jackets and fleeces as well as the Rayzar pants. It’s one of my favorite brands and I love their stuff, even though the company has now changed ownership several times in the past few years.

Cloudveil Ski Jackets

Cloudveil has a wide range of both hardhell and softshell jackets that are so versatile that you can wear them 90% of the time for your winter needs and be comfortable. They protect you from wind and rain while being extremely flexible, breathable and form-fitting so you don't have to bring multiple jackets on your winter ski trip. Because of their breathable and stretchable nature, they also make layering easier for when you head outside in windy or freezing conditions. Cloudveil revolutionized the softshell jacket market with models that are made out of breathable and flexible stretch-woven material that have natural temperature regulation. The FirsTurn Jacket is hooded with a high-loft fleece interior and handwarmer pockets, while the Serendipity Jacket is eqipped with Cyclone Soft Shell protection, as well as pack-friendly hand pockets and a storm-sealing hem.  If you are a traditionalist and prefer skiing in a hardshell jacket, you cannot go wrong with the Koven or RPX.  The Koven is made from waterproof and breathable fabric that flexes easily when you are on the moutain as a result of freeing mechanical stretch.  The higher tech, RPX is lined with light flannel and has a Gore-Tex Soft Shell that seals out the harshest conditions. The pit zips on both jackets help cool you down on those warm winter days. Cloudveil makes the FirsTurn in a female version, in addition to the best selling Women's Down Patrol Jacket.  Down jackets are the latest trend in womens ski gear and the Down Patrol with 650-fill stuffing has a Windstopper face fabric that allows the warm jacket with Cirrus lining to remain comfortable and stretchy. The pit zips, removable hood and zip-out powder skirt allow this jacket to transition well between ski gear and leisure gear.

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Cloudveil Ski Pants

Even more comfortable than a soft-shell jackets is soft-shell pants, which also eliminate that horrible chalkboard sound when you legs brush together. Like the softshell jackets, Couldveil softshell pants are great for hiking, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and any outdoor or mountain activities. Cloudveil pants come in a lot of varieties. The Symmetry pant, which is my go-to on the moutain, is the classic soft shell stretch pant with increased breathability. The Symmetry has ankle zippers and snap cuff closure to help get in and out of your equipment faster. The pricier RPX pant is the partner to the RPX Jacket and breaths much better than the traditional three layer snow pant. It has deep handwarmer pockets, 3/4 zip side vents, a lined waitband and more.  Although, Cloudveil does not make snowpants designed specially for women, many choose to ski in the Symmetry or RPX Pant, but just need to go a size down.

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More about Cloudveil Mountain Works

For some reason, a lot of people tend to spell the Cloudveil name wrong. Some ways I've seen it are cloudvail, cloudvale, cloudville, cloudviel and some others. It's common enough that Cloudveil even mentions the misspellings on their own site. At least I haven't seen it spelled cloudveal or cloudvial yet.

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