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It's two for one time at mid-layer HQ. Would the reversible Salomon Drifter Mid Jacket prove to be a gimmick or a real deal mountain player? We put this unique and versatile jacket to the test to find out.
salomon drifter mid jacket
Overall Score
Warm, smart and highly practical, the versatile Drifter has a usable life beyond the slopes.
The double sided zip adds unnecessary fussiness around the neck when fully closed and a drawstring around the base may be needed to help reduce draft.

The Drifter Mid Jacket continues Salomon's reputation for innovation. A simple two-pocket insulation piece the Drifter Mid has a clever trick up its slim sleeves. When the zipped pocketed colourful option is outermost, the jacket becomes more wind resistant, but when reversed to its plain fabric it is more wind permeable. A very clever switch indeed.

The idea is that you switch between modes depending on anticipated solar, precipitation, wind, temperature and exertion levels. It's an impressively versatile jacket and has become a firm favourite at Snow Magazine HQ despite the rather M&S look of the more wind permeable face option.

No matter which way you wear it, the slim fitting Drifter is a weather resistant mid layer that can be worn as a spring skiing outer on warmer days or underneath your regular ski jacket when things are colder. Light and unobtrusive this is a fabulously comfortable and warm jacket. It is cut slim however so if you have invested in a larger girth, be sure to size up.

At £135, the price point of the Drifter is comparable with some of the other lightweight synthetic mid layers on the market right now but with the advantage of being a more versatile piece.

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