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Review: Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Jacket

I was really excited to try the S-LAB Hybrid Jacket (just like the Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Pant which you can find review of here). The jacket is made out of the same materials as the pants. These fabrics make the jacket ultra lightweight. Salomon’s website says the jacket weighs in at 90g or 3.1 oz. As usual Salomon’s high quality and engineering can be seen in this jacket.

The S-LAB Hybrid Jacket gets its lightweight wind and rain resistances from the Pertex fabric Salomon selected. The pleats in the back of the jacket allow pace for arm and shoulder movement while wearing a small backpack or hydration vest under the Hybrid Jacket.

The cuffs of the jacket have a stretch fabric designed to allow the sleeves to stay where you want them. Whether that is at your wrists or midway up your forearm the elastic cuff band works really well. The S-LAB Hybrid Jacket also has a 3/4 zip in the front. The same elastic fabric on sleeve cuffs is also around the bottom of the jacket. This stretchiness allows you to keep the bottom of the jacket where you want it and creates a belt that allows you to stuff the jacket into. So if your getting a hot and want to take it off you can unzip it take your arms out of the sleeves and tuck the top part into the elastic belt.

I purchased a medium S-LAB Hybrid Jacket. The jacket fit great when on and zipped up but I felt like I was going to rip something in the jacket when I tried to unzip the jacket and get my arms out with it still on my waist. I might be a little broader in the shoulders than your average European that the Active Fit cut this jacket was designed for.

Skin Fit Hood

I really wanted to like the Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Jacket. Skin Fit Hood which has a lightweight stretchy band in the hood to keep the hood on your head in high winds works really well. The lasercut holes around the jacket give added ventilation where you need it. My major problem was feeling like I was going to rip the ultralight jacket while removing it from my shoulders when it was still around my waist and tucking it in the waist band. I felt like a large would be too big since when zipped up the medium fit really well. Because I couldn’t justify the $250 price tag when I couldn’t use one of the nice features of the jacket I ended up returning it.

Overall, have mostly positive things to say about the Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Jacket. It simply didn’t work for me. If you are interested in a lightweight wind and water resistant jacket with some excellent features give the S-LAB Hybrid Jacket a try. You can buy the jacket directly from Salomon here.

LIKES:

  • Lightweight
  • Wind and water resistant
  • No mobility restrictions
  • Breathable
  • Can wear over small backpack or hydration vest

DISLIKES:

  • Price
  • Hard to remove and stow around waist

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 5/5
PRICE: 2/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 15/20

Apparel Reviews

Review: Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Pant

I was really excited to try the Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Pant. As soon as you pick up the pants you will notice how extremely light they are. Salomon’s website says the pant weigh 80g or 2.8 oz. I was expecting Salomon’s high quality but I was blown away by the detail. When you take a look at the pants you can see all the engineering and experience that went into them.

The S-LAB Hybrid Pant is constructed of 3 different fabrics. Pertex a lightweight wind and rain resistant fabric, a stretchy fabric for better range of motion, and a mesh like fabric for breathability. I really like that Salomon added lower leg zippers that come up to nearly your knee. This allows you to get the pants on and off much easier than just a 1/4 zip. Salomon has also added lasercut holes on the back to vent out extra heat.

Even though I really like the S-LAB Hybrid Pant they do have some down falls. The $220 price tag is way to high for a pair of pants that isn’t fully waterproof and might not meet mandatory gear check requirements for some mountain ultra races. You do get what you pay for with these pants. They are the Ferrari of running pants. I look forward to features of these pants moving into lower price range products over the years.

The pants don’t have a stow pocket that allows you to stuff the pants into a compact pouch. Not having a stow pocket isn’t a big deal for a race when you wouldn’t want to take the time to pack the pants into the pocket. For just normal use if you want to put them in your backpack you have to either crumple them in a ball or fold them.

Overall, I did really like these pants but end up returning them because of the fit. Salomon calls the cut active fit. The medium in the S-LAB Hybrid Pant fits my 5′ 11” 165 lbs frame a little looser than a running tight but not quite as loose a normal pair of pants. I was looking for a pair of lightweight windproof pants that I could wear over shorts or tights when it’s cold and windy. The pants by themselves would fit great. I had some bunching with shorts under the pants when running that I didn’t like for the $220 price tag. A large might work better for my build but no local stores carry the S-LAB Hybrid Pant and I didn’t want to order another pair and have to return them again. If you want to try the pants for yourself you can purchase directly from Salomon here.

LIKES:

  • Lightweight
  • Wind and water resistant
  • Breathable
  • Long ankle zippers
  • No mobility restrictions

DISLIKES:

  • Price
  • Tight fit
  • No stow pocket

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 5/5
PRICE: 1/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 14/20