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We put Salomon's Supernova jacket to the test, to see if this 'one-jacket-for-all' approach works.

salomon supernova jacket women
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Tries to bridge the gap between piste and freeride gear, but...
...we're just not sure quite how successfully it does so

Salomon claim that the Supernova is great for both 'carving fast on piste or floating through a powder field' and it does indeed have the features to allow you to enjoy both in comfort, but is it really one jacket for every job on the mountain?

The jacket's lightweight 'Advanced Skin' insulation apparently reflects the warmth of your body and retains heat, even when wet, so the Supernova is a good option if you feel the cold or on colder days.

However, this does make it more bulky and heavier than a shell, which may put freeriders off; also, we found that it was a bit on the tight side so you may need to look at going up a size in order to leave room for layering underneath.

Features such as a removable hood (with not the best lateral vision) help reduce the weight if you prefer a fast and light approach to your skiing, and you get pit zips to help you keep your cool, along with a powder skirt for those steep and deep days.

There are five pockets, all zipped - two hand warmer pockets, one chest, one lift pass on the left sleeve and an internal pocket, none of which are especially big. You'll also find the usual stuff like Velcro cuff adjusters and adjustable hem.

All said the Supernova does a pretty fair job of being a ski jacket that will suit most recreational skiers. Sure, if you're a powder monkey or a confirmed piste cruiser it may not be specialist enough for you, but if you're looking for a decent all-round ski jacket at a decent price you should consider checking it out.

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