Pros: Hood, external pockets, new color options, mates with matching pants with snap buttons for some added security, lots of pockets
Cons: I personally wish all race suits had windproof panels on the front like the Dynafit Radical race suit or the PDG pant. The back isn't ventilated. I feel like the hem of this top creeps up under the waist belt more than I would expect, despite a silicon coated elastic at the hem.
I feel that a race suit will keep you warmer and give you more protection if you eat it on the down, but if you're only one foot in to the race scene, a two piece suit is a good compromise.
In general I've liked using this top and its bottom counterpart on training days in the morning at the resort paired with an upper layer (Dynafit Mezzalama jacket is nice) and the Mezzalama short for the descent. The PowerKler fabric weight offers enough protection from the wind on the up, but on a cold morning the cold on the descent cuts through, hence the pairing. The top zipper has a nice long rubber tab on it, but it's black which makes for a difficult contrast with the suit itself. I wish the tabs were the color of the contrast color (i.e. blue or orange) but that is easily fixed with electrical tape. The bottom zipper pull has no tab on it so you'll have to fashion your own if that is your thing.
The zipper pocket is spacious and can fit race skins pretty easily. The water bottle pocket is nice but sometimes is awkward to manipulate something into if the top is unzipped at all.
There are no inner zippered pockets on the model year I purchased, so if you're looking for an ISMF race legal suit, this won't qualify. Maybe that is no longer true in the newer colors/models?
I'd say it shines as a piece for the adventurous tourer who wants to do some racing but wants to really learn how to apply race logistics to doing bigger days. The two piece nature gives you the efficiency of a suit, but the options to break down into functional parts. I.e. Use the top on your tour but pair it with a more substantial pant or use just the bottoms as your base layer on the lifts so you get full gaiter coverage.
Hi Greg, thanks for the feedback. FYI the 2016/17 version does have a zippered internal pocket. It's pretty small though, so can only comfortably fit small beacons (e.g. Pieps Micro). But it would be race legal if you have a beacon in there.
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