If you're considering shelling out just shy of £500 for a ski jacket then you need it to be able to deliver at the very highest level. Yes you're going to want it to look good but more importantly, you're going to need to be convinced that it can actually deliver on the mountain. Looking stylish is one thing but if you're shivering to death every time you get on a chairlift then you've wasted a whole load of your hard earned pennies.
The Eider St Moritz is an undeniably fashionable jacket. With its chic short cut, asymmetric zip, detachable hood and collar, there's no doubting that the St Moritz jacket is targeted towards those with the financial means to even consider a ski holiday in the eye-wateringly expensive resort that shares its name.
Having said that, on closer inspection it's becomes quickly apparent that there's more to the St Moritz than superficial styling alone. The quality of integrated materials and basic construction of the St Moritz are certainly high end and with a 20,000 rating in both waterproof protection and breathability, you know you can rely on it to stand up to the rigours of a burly winter's day on the mountain. The St Moritz also comes with a host of clever ski-specific features that further demonstrate that it has actually been designed to be used on the hill and not simply for strolling around resort. We particularly liked the ski pass wrist pocket holder, removable powder skirt and the goggles/sunglass cleaner wipe that's attached by stretch to the inside pocket.
In terms of cut and fit, this is a close fitting jacket and we found the UK 10 to be far too small in comparison to all other jackets on test in a similar size. The arms in particular are very short so make sure to size up.
All in all, the St Moritz is a quality jacket that will perform at the right level for its intended audience. Stay within the resort, bash some pistes, enjoy some long lunches in the sunshine and you'll look and feel pretty good.