Dr. Gear receives a lot of gear from the guys of wePowder for testing. This time it was a hard shell of Black Diamond. And Dr. Gear loves to test jackets. Apart from the fact that they are the most eye-catching part of their gear for many skiers (in other words, we want to look good), it must also be very functional. And that is exactly what the Mission Pro Shell from Black Diamond is!
Let's get to it straight away: This is a fine jacket! Anyway, it ís the flagship of Black Diamond. You can find Gore-Tex Pro 3L fabric in the Mission Pro Shell and that's about the best there is on the market. The jacket has therefore excellent wind and waterproof qualities. The jacket also has great breathability! But quite honestly, it should have those characteristics for about 700 euros. The jacket weighs about 780 grams which is quite similar to technical hard shells from other brands. Keep in mind that you should always wear a mid-layer to keep you warm.
The fit is fine, though this would be even better when it's a little bit tighter. There's a hood that you can easily wear over your helmet and that be easily adjusted with a single cord. Furthermore you will find all the necessary pockets on the jacket, a powder skirt and other such things you need when riding powder. When it is warmer (eg when hiking or later in the season), then there are enough ventilation zips on the Mission Pro Shell.
This is a great jacket. It protects you in all weather conditions and it looks great. This is a jacket for riders who go all the way (such as Dr. Gear) or simply think they should have the best gear! But ... Dr. Gear does think that you should have some skills when you wear this jacket. Let's put it this way, the jacket looks better on steep lines than on the bunny hill.