The current trend in snowboarding outerwear is lightweight, breathable, and waterproof shells. These super technical pants and jackets are meant to keep you dry. Many companies use waterproof breathable membranes such as GORE-TEX, which doesn’t allow water to pass through, but let water vapor (sweat) to evaporate out. With the Quiksilver Forever 2L Gore-Tex Jacket, you get what you pay for. At $225 it’s a cheap option for a technical shell, but I was underwhelmed for a variety of reasons.
Quiksilver Forever 2l Goretex Jacket Review
The jacket has a very tall fit. I’m 5’8” and the medium sat halfway down my thigh. This would be super restricting when hiking and I wouldn’t recommend this coat if you spend a lot of time earning your turns. If you are looking for a tall fitting coat to wear in the park, that might be another story. I feel Quicksilver dropped the ball on the fit of this jacket because of the super tall body. It just didn’t feel great wearing it, and it looked a little awkward.
The Quiksilver Forever is a 2 layer Jacket ($329), which means there is an outer technical layer backed with a membrane. The inside of the jacket has a synthetic liner that is designed to wick moisture away. Generally speaking, 2L jackets are less superior to 3L because they have more fabric making them heavier and arguably less breathable. At the same time, 2L jackets are much more affordable and can achieve the same results as 3L. The Forever fell short at achieving these results. The outer layer of fabric felt very cheap and heavy when comparing it to other 2L jackets. Because of the heavyweight and cheap outer fabric, it would be better suited as a resort jacket that you can layer with depending on weather rather than a touring shell.
Overall I was pretty unimpressed with this jacket from Quiksilver. I spend a lot of time in the backcountry and it doesn’t suit my needs in terms of functionality. On top of that, the poor fit of the jacket made it uncomfortable to wear when hiking. It also made me uncomfortable because I didn’t like the look of the jacket. If you are looking for a technical jacket, spend a little extra money and get a 3L shell. If you are looking for a tall fitting jacket, buy a hoody.