As one of their most waterproof jackets, the Saga Monarch 3L Jacket with its 20k/ 20k Saga-tex fabric truly excels in wet conditions.
Saga Monarch 3L Jacket Review
Saga’s fit is as expected– long for a medium, but not fat. The Saga Monarch 3L Jacket stays in that tradition. The two-way zipper helps resolve any issues of encumbered movement while splitboarding or boot packing uphill, yet is still waterproof and doesn’t feel too much like a clunky two-way zipper.
On the chest pockets, the YKK aquaguard zippers rock, and are easy to open with ski gloves thanks to nice and stylish but big leather pulls. One is even fuzzy for your goggles, and due to the fold-over construction on the pockets rather than just a flap, keeps stuff surprisingly dry for a snap closure.
Monarch 3L Features
On the down, there isn’t a disappointment. The powder skirt zips in easily and is nice for keeping snow out given the extra length in the body. The sleeve pocket provides good access to lip balm, goggle wipes, and other downhill essentials, while the handwarmer pockets are fine when to have to wait mid-run (attention filmers and whinny athletes, you may really dig this feature!!!) I love the helmet-compatible hood, which seems standard now but is well presented by Saga.
Overall an excellent shell for touring, splitboarding and hiking at a good price point for all wet places you may find yourself shredding. And with room for goggles, GoPro, camera, snacks and more in the pockets you can have everything relatively dry and at your fingertips.
Bridge the gap, and support innovation in outerwear as seen in the Saga Monarch 3L ($330.00, products that truly excel in the backcountry.