The Loveskiing team got their hands on the new Schoffel Amadeus Jacket and put it
through it’s paces. Read on to find out how we got on…
Now into their 7th year as an official jacket provider to the Austrian ski team Schoffel are renowned for their high quality, mid to premium ski wear. This years range focus on two distinct product categories; the “Active” range, which caters for those who want the latest technologies and to push the boundaries of performance ski wear, and the “Style” collection which adds a bit of glamour and fashion to those piste fashionistas out there. Between the two product ranges there is something out there for everyone.
Schoffel have created two new technologies that are in use on the Schoffel Amadeus jacket; Ventloft and Venturi. Ventloft consists of three-dimensional hollow fibres which combine excellent warming power with low weight and the products dries 20% faster than comparable materials. Venturi is a special waterproof membrane designed to keep you dry (similar to gore-tex). Venturi is a 2-layer material that effectively keeps out moisture while maintaining a high level of breathability.
Altai Fleece is another material used by Schoffel, and which has a high thermal rating in relation to its weight, making it perfect for layering both on and off the slopes.
- Made of wind- and waterproof Venturi fabric
- High collar with chin guard, lined with brushed cotton
- Detachable and flexible rubberised snow guard on the inside, can be zipped off
- External zip-off hood, quilted, with two stretch cords with stoppers to adjust the width to suit
- Stretch cords with stoppers to adjust the collar and hem to suit
- Water-repellent front zip with underlay
- Adjustable sleeves with zip and panel insert, wrist cuffs with thumb holes for a perfect fit while in motion
- Mesh-lined underarm ventilation with zip fastening
- Safety zip pocket on the inside top left, next to the edging
- Inside right pocket for ski goggles
- Mesh mobile phone pocket on the inside right, behind the pocket for ski goggles
- Mesh storage pocket with popper fastening on the inside left
- Two breast pockets with water-repellent zip fastening
- Ski pass pocket on the left lower sleeve, with zip fastener concealed in the seam
- Two side pockets with brushed cotton lining and concealed zip fastening
- Zip extensions make the zips easier to handle
- Embroidered Schöffel logos
Enough of the technical talk, what does this mean in real terms?
The fit of the jacket is the first thing that strikes you. The Venturi fabric ensures a close stylish fit that is flexible and lets you move around with freedom. Compared with other jackets we have worn this season the freedom of movement really jumps out at you!
It is waterproof and wind proof. A heavy down poor hit whilst we we heading to Les Arc to put the Amadeus through its paces and the water just beaded up on the surface. Despite this heavy and persistent rain, no moisture soaked through and the water kept on running straight off. Wind doesn’t get through and even on the coldest of days the jacket kept us warm and dry. For the unpredictable European winters high levels of waterproofing and wind protection are a must and the Loveskiing team would highly recommend the Amadeus jacket on both fronts.
Great but how practical is the Schoffel Amadeus jacket?
A vital part of any ski jacket is the practicality. You need to be able to store a lift map, phone, lift pass, sun block…. the list goes on! Good news; the Amadeus has extensive pockets including a hidden pocket inside the zip for valuables, lift pass pocket on the arm, goggle pocket and discrete zips on all pockets to ensure that the jacket looks stylish at all times. A pet hate of ours is a hood that you can’t remove and thankfully Schoffel have included a detachable hood. On a negative side the hood is relatively small and wouldn’t fit over our helmet for those real white out days!
So who is it for and would you recommend it?
We really like the Schoffel Amadeus jacket – it does everything that you would want in a mid level ski jacket and accomplishes it with ease. It is sophisticated, modern and most importantly will keep you warm and dry. If you are the type of skier that wants a bright bold jacket that will make you stand out from the crowd, this isn’t for you. If, however you want uncompromising performance, good value for money (for a mid range jacket) and to look stylish then this jacket could be the one for you.