Homeschool Snowboarding one of the newest brands on the market has found a way to used technical fabrics, stylish prints, and functional features to make outerwear inspired for the Northwest but useable anywhere else. We sent our resident backcountry guru Gary out into the field to test this jacket after we took it to the day spa to pamper it.
Garment: Homeschool Minesweeper Shell
Area: Cameron Pass, Buffalo Pass, Berthoud Pass
Conditions: Powder, sun, wind, and cold.
Fit: Loose but not baggy.
Pockets: Chest and hand pockets with zippered closures. There is also a inside the jacket open pocket.
Venting System: Pit zips
Zippers: A little on the stiff side but effective.
Special/Hidden Features: Larger hood for your helmet. Which was a feature I did not try out while using the jacket.
Rider in Mind: Someone looking for a solid shell.
Personal Thoughts: I like this jacket. It is built to last. There are a couple of quirks I find worth mentioning. The pocket flaps are a bit awkward to operate to get into a pocket. The angle at which they run along the pocket and the Velcro closure at the bottom makes them a little difficult to get into. On the flip side, from time to time I forgot to zip up a pocket carrying various items I did not want to lose. The way the flap covers the pocket kept my items from falling out. The jacket zip is just a one way zip. It would be nice for a double zipper in my world. Makes it easier to access your beacon being able to unzip from the bottom up. For most riders this is probably a non issue.