Best known for their expedition style down parkas, Canada Goose expanded into technical shells earlier this winter. Designed for more active pursuits, the collection of hardshell jackets offers bomber weather protection while still delivering on that stylish CG aesthetic.
The Timber Shell Hoody is made from Canada Goose's Tri-Durance laminated 3-layer hardshell fabric. Offering 4-way stretch for added mobility, the shell jacket is waterproof, windproof, durable, and breathable. For those extra long or steep approaches, two side zips and mesh lined hand pockets make for quick excess heat dumps. Heavier than most climbing hardshells, you at least know you are going to get top of the line protection against the elements.
A single chest pocket is just the right size for storing your phone and a snack on multi-pitch climbs. The hem drops a bit at the back, helping to keep it secure under your harness. A sleek and slim profile means no bunching.
Although technically more of a ski jacket (there is a pass pocket on the left sleeve and internal media pocket), the Timber Shell served as my ice climbing hardshell for the season. The hood fits nicely over a helmet while still enabling you to look up at your tools without "short roping" your neck.
I really appreciated the hardshell fabric on both wet climbs as well as some extra cold windy days in Colorado and Alberta. No amount of wind is a match for the Timber Shell. The high zip neck with fleece lining creates a cozy place to hide behind when the cold snow starts blowing in your face.
My one issue with the Timber Shell is sleeve design. Almost built in a funnel shape, cold air, snow, water, and ice seem to run straight down your forearm as you reach up to swing a tool. Perhaps it's just a matter of the Velcro closure sitting in the wrong position or simply the angled shaped of the cuff.
The hardshell jacket runs true to size, accommodating plenty of layers underneath my usual Medium. The Canada Goose Timber Shell comes in a variety of vibrant or more subdued colors, retails for $675, and is available now.