Eider is one of those brands where you can be pretty sure, whatever piece of kit you pick up, it will offer great quality and performance, and the Danaide is no different.
At first glance, this jacket doesn't scream classic mountain styling - the style is quirky but flattering with padded panels and a close fit to the body, but we have to agree that the cut of the Danaide does have a certain elegance to it and should pair well with a number of different ski pants. However, we did find it a little snug, so consider sizing up if you like to layer.
The outer fabric is interesting with a choice of colourways in either Kaki or Red and has a soft, slightly shiny feel to it. It's one of those fabrics that doesn't look waterproof (no crunchy Gore-tex feel), but actually offers a high level of protection from the elements.
Tackle whatever the mountain throws at you with 20k waterproofing from a stretch membrane within the fabric as well as 20k breathability to avoid overheating when your charging down the piste. But where this jacket really excels is warmth. Stuffed with Primaloft insulation, this jacket is designed to keep you toasty in the most frigid conditions, whether it's on a windy chairlift or wandering around an icy resort.
Eider have also focused heavily on freedom of movement with the Danaide. The fabric has 4-way stretch so you won't feel constricted, as well as an active-fit cut which is close to the body and tighter around the bottom half for a more streamlined silhouette. Plus to top it off, the Danaide also sports motion inserts in strategic places for extra stretch.
The hood is fixed, which may be a slight inconvenience to some skiers, but it has adjustment and can be fitted easily to the head. This paired with an extra high collar allows you to totally wrap up and keep warm when the snow starts to fall.
The sleeves are a comfortable length, with elastic inner cuffs attached to keep the cold at bay. These inner cuffs don't have thumb holes to hook into, but many wearers may prefer this to classic wrist gaiters, as there's less chance of getting tangled up under your gloves.
The Danaide also has a detachable snow skirt with a non-slip band, great quality YKK Metalux zips on the main opening and two front zipped pockets, plus a pass pocket, inside pocket and two extra zipped hand warmer pockets.
Overall, a great piste jacket for those who want to look chic when you strap on the skis, but value high performance bits of kit.