New for this season Airblaster’s Beast 3L Jacket got a major upgrade. The Beast 3L is constructed with a EcoVortex 3L shell, which offers great waterproofness and breatahbility in just about every condition imaginable.
We reviewed the Airblaster Yeti Beast jacket in the past (full review below) so it was easy to compare this jacket to an earlier version. The first and most noticeable change to the jacket comes in the the form of an articulated – tailored fit. Think Pacific Northwest Steez and you get a good idea of what were talking about. The jacket has much less bulk than the past, instead you get a slim fitting jacket that looks great on and off the hill.
Airblaster Beast Jacket Review
With 20,000k breathability and 30,000k worth of waterproofness it’s evident this piece of outerwear was designed to be used in wet damp environments. And if it works in places like Mt. Baker, Washington, guess what it will work wherever you are too. This is a Temple Cummins designed jacket after all.
As earlier the PNW style is loud and clear in this form fitting jacket. One of the radder features is the drop down tail and front. It’s a unique design feature that could easily be adapted to streetwear where the design most likely originated from. I dig wearing this piece as it works well and looks incredible. Some of your “bros” may comment that the 3L Beast looks thin, and that it should be paired with tight pants, well they may be right but most likely they’re fat and won’t be able to rock this jacket.
Touring or Resort Riding?
I originally tested this jacket as a touring piece for splitboarding. The hiccup became the arms have a very tight cut which made moving ski poles back and forth while in the backcountry way more work than it should have been. If you’re really skinny or have small shoulders you might be able to pull off touring in the Beast 3L.
However, I found the Beast 3L made for a perfect jacket for riding around ski resorts. There’s a hidden pass pocket located at the bottom of the jacket that makes it super easy to flip up the bottom panel to reveal your ski pass.
If you start to get warm, (and one of the reasons we wanted to test this for touring) there are vents located on each arm as well as big vents on the chest. I wouldn’t recommend using the chest vents to store gear as it will easily fall out.
The Airblaster Beast 3L ($359) is a great jacket, if you can still find one as they sold out early this year and for good reasons. I have ridden this jacket in freezing temeperatures (with layers) in warm muck snow and just about everything inbetween, amd guess what the EcoVortex 3L tech delivered each and every time. With a closet full of jackets to pick, I find myself gravitating toward the bright red one with the Airblaster logo on the chest.
Airblaster Yeti Beast 2015/16 Review
By Ryan Ariano
The Yeti is a mystical, manlike beast who walks around in frigid temps insulated by nothing but his own glorious fur, eating blizzards for breakfast. All who live for the winter should aspire to be the yeti, or you can just rock an Airblaster Yeti Jacket instead.
When it comes to the outerwear world, Airblaster is a relative youngblood. Thirteen years ago they made a “symbolic accessory” that was more about the message than functionality – namely, the motto “Stay Wild!” This message is increasingly relevant as snowboarding becomes more mainstream, losing its rebel roots and WHISKEY-video rowdiness.
But despite the company’s “fun, friends and freedom” vibe, their outerwear is serious business. Especially their new Yeti Beast shell, as I discovered over tours through the Big Holes in Idaho, resort laps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and a pre-dawn Teton Pass lap through heavy wind and snow that put the chill factor near zero. And throughout it all, the Yeti proved itself a versatile piece of snow armor for the hardest days in the BC and every trip to the resort.
And the extra steeze and company values push it ahead of comparable jackets.
Airblaster Yeti Beast Jacket Review
Standing atop Glory Peak, a 30+mile-per-hour gust ripped through my pants, stung my face but hardly registered on my upper body. Wet snow peppered the jacket for a few hours, my son spilled juice on it on the chairlift, and my Nalgene opened all over it en route to the hill. Nothing got through.
The Nanotex Aquapel is not only the best waterproofing of any shell I’ve worn, it’s also fluorocarbon-free (unlike other -tex tech) so you’re not adding more chemicals to the ether. It got a little warm on the long tour but never sauna-suit miserable, especially with open pit zips; when I was on the exposed ridge reconnecting my split, it kept me warm enough that I didn’t have to add another layer.
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Airblaster Yeti Jacket Features
Ninja hands are awesome for avoiding sleeve-creep. The media pocket has a rubber port that didn’t allow snow in when I dove into the deep stuff sans powderskirt. The zippers are as waterproof as the the jacket, though the extra material YKK put in made the pockets, especially the media pocket, a little tough to zip. That’s a small price to pay for keeping your iPhone from shortcircuiting, I guess. And in a world dominated by interchangeable bright jackets (many of which look to skiers first) a shredder can wear the Yeti Beast with pride; the black version has some scrimshaw to separate it from pretty much any high-quality shell out there.
Water, wind, snow, they stand no chance against the Yeti. At times it was a little warm but for the average shredder who doesn’t consider 20 degrees balmy, it’s perfect. Riding, hiking and skinning mostly with just this shell and a base layer, I never once felt slightly cold.
One thing to note is the size. I’m 6’, 180 pounds. I wear L/XL in everything. I wore this jacket in medium and it fit perfectly, even over my micropuffy. Go a size smaller unless you layer like you’re sucking weight for a wrestling match.
Overall, this jacket is my favorite new addition to my gear closet. I’d go so far as to say the Airblaster Yeti Beast ($190.00) is a must-have for every snowboarder who takes their riding seriously. Skiers can wear it too but given the fact that it’s one of the few snowboard outerwear companies with technical gear that rivals the skimoers, every single-planker is duty-bound to rock Airblaster.