The Peak Performance Black Light Core jacket is a hard shell jacket that is windproof, waterproof, technically fitted while also being stylish. Lightweight and versatile for a wide range of activities, including use in and around ski resorts thanks to the RECCO® reflector sewn into the hood.
First Impressions and Observations:
I had the opportunity recently to test out this jacket while skiing piste and side country at a resort in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. What makes this jacket interesting in my opinion is that it is fitted in such a way that it could be useful for a wide number of outdoor activities from alpine climbing, ice and rock climbing, ski touring, skiing groomers at the resort to walking around town on a rainy day.
The RECCO® reflector in the brim of the storm, helmet compatible hood is a nice addition in my opinion. In general these only seem to come supplied with skiing/resort specific clothing which, from my experience, tends to be heavier and bulkier.
The inclusion of this reflector in the Black Light Core jacket is nice because even though it has a technical fit, light weight and a design that will make it perfect for ski touring in the backcountry, this jacket can also be used at a resort and if you get lost between ski runs the Patrollers on the mountain should be able to find you with their RECCO® detectors.
The jacket worked perfectly in regards to keeping the weather out. On the days that I used it the temperature was as low as -15c with windchill. I skied thigh deep powder snow and found that none of that moisture penetrated into the jacket. With the velcro adjustments on the sleeves, drawstring on the bottom hem and high zip on the front I was able to keep with cold breeze out also.
Overall I was really impressed with this jacket and how it performed.
Buy it if:
You want a feature full technical hard shell, that is suitable for use around town, at the resort to way back in the wilderness on a rainy, stormy day.
Fit: Technical fit allows for a base layer and mid-layer underneath while not restricting range of motion.
Technical Features: From the storm hood, to the ventilation zips and the intelligently positioned chest pockets this jacket has all the features and more that you’d expect.
Weather Proof: Effortlessly keeps out wind, water and whatever the elements can throw at you.
Zippers: The AquaGuard zippers on this jacket do an amazing job at keeping moisture out but the tradeoff is that they are slightly stiffer to zip up and down.