With nearly a century of experience in clothing manufacture, Eddie Bauer brings a lot of knowledge to outerwear design and has lately been producing high quality technical outerwear. The Eddie Bauer Neoteric Shell Jacket is a lightweight and highly functional shell featuring 3 layer polartec neoshell along with a DWR finish – meaning that this jacket is highly breathable and waterproof. I like to have one all-around jacket in my setup, and this one fits that niche excellently.
Taking it out for the opening weekend of the ski season at Kirkwood tested the shell through warm temps, blizzards, cold winds, and greuling hot-laps. I stayed comfortable in the 40 degree sun and kept warm by layering with a thin fleece when the temps dropped to 20 with heavy snow and wind thanks to this solid Eddie Bauer jacket.
Learn more in my review below :
Eddie Bauer Neoteric Shell Jacket Review
I tried the medium size (I’m about 5’11” and 160lbs) which fit great and was slightly larger than other mediums in all the right places. The cuffs flare out slightly to make fitting over a glove easy, while the sleeve lengthened and accomodates for bending and stretching without pulling out of place. I took a few crashes in powder wearing this jacket and never any snow creep into the sleeves even with the cuffs lightly over gloves.
The removable powder skirt fits tight, and is very secure with many clips to stay in place, and the hood fits over a helmet no problem and includes many adjustment points. Where this shell really shines though is the stretchiness of the fabric, which combined with its low weight makes maneuvering a breeze.
Including the normal waist pockets, an arm pocket, and dual chest zips there is no shortage of places to keep your things. Plus the pockets are DEEP, I could have easily fit skins in either chest zip, a large sandwich in a waist pocket, and an arsenal of electronics elsewhere. All with lightweight seam-sealed zippers. A bonus goggle wipe is included tethered to the inside of the coat for easy goggle wiping.
One concern I had was the main plastic zip’s waterproofness which isn’t seam-sealed, but I took a lot of snow to the face without any moisture sneaking through. I could see this a a potential weakness on those really wet days though.
Eddie Bauer breathability is key
This is a concept that has been gaining momentum in outerwear as new tech fabrics come out and more people venture into the backcountry to earn their turns down. Getting to the top of your run toasty and sweat free is key to maximizing your time touring and staying comfortable throughout the day’s temperature and precipitation swings. But long days inbounds can be trying too, whether you’re waiting for first chair or burning hot laps through deep powder.
The super long pit zips will definitely keep you swamp-free all day if the inherent breathability of the neoshell isn’t enough.
Overall this is a great functional jacket for a moderate price. It seems durable while coming in as one of the lighter fully funtional shells out there. If you’re looking for a getup that will handle adventure days in and out of the ski area, the Eddie Bauer Neoteric Shell will fit the bill.