Sierra Designs Solar Fusion Jacket

Words Chris Danielson | October 11, 2010
The Sierra Designs Solar Fusion Jacket is an 800 fill down coat with a waterproof shell creating a perfect jacket for snowy pursuits
Words Chris Danielson October 11, 2010

Combining the strategic insulation placement of Core Comfort Technology with the advanced assembly technique of Fusonic Technology and waterproof / breathable Tropozone 3L nylon, Sierra Designs launches the new, technologically advanced Solar Fusion Jacket for Fall 2010.

Core Comfort Technology: By mapping the body’s warmest and coolest parts, Core Comfort Technology places insulation where it’s needed most, creating a garment that retains heat during times of low exertion and cools the body through non-insulated areas during high exertion activities (think skiing and riding the chairlift). The Solar Fusion uses 800-fill down in the chest, back, shoulders and arms to provide warmth while non-insulated “active exhaust” panels along the sides, under the arms, and in the hood allow excess heat to escape.

Fusonic Technology: Instead of stitching, Fusonic Technology utilizes heat, pressure, and a small amount of adhesive to bond insulation baffles to the jacket and shell panels to each other, creating a stronger, more waterproof garment.

Tropozone 3L: The Solar Fusion uses Sierra Designs’ Tropozone 3L three-layer waterproof/breathable nylon to create a jacket that is both supremely waterproof and highly breathable for maximum comfort in even the worst winter conditions. Tropozone 3L’s built-in four-way mechanical stretch provides excellent mobility and comfort.

Weighing in at 33.5-ounces in men’s large, the Solar Fusion Jacket is light enough for backcountry use but warm enough for laps on the chairlift. Additional features include pit zips, a fully adjustable, helmet compatible hood and five exterior and one interior pocket. The Solar Fusion Jacket will be available in men’s and women’s models and retail for $325.

The Solar Fusion Jacket will be released along side the Prima Fusion Jacket ($289), which uses Primaloft Eco insulation instead of down. Both jackets are members of the Pinnacle Series and represent the latest in high tech apparel from Sierra Designs.

As already noted, the price of the Sierra Designs Solar Fusion Jacket is $325, which makes it an incredible buy for what you’re getting.  It’s available in a multitude of colors (I’ve got the black), and it can be ordered directly from the Sierra Designs Website.