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Dynafit PDG Jacket

Brand: Dynafit
Model: PDG PL U
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Price: $229.95
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We’re not sure whether Dynafit named this jacket after the ski or the race. It seems to be suited for either. Speaking of being suited, wearing the PDG Jacket will have you half way to being fully suited. With the stretch pockets in front for stashing your skins and a stretchy feel throughout, it’s not a stretch to say the jacket is suited for speed. Also, it has a hood, so that’s cool.

  • Polarite Dynastrech material is 84% nylon and 16% elastane offering comfortable protection.
  • Large chest pockets let you stow your skins for the descent without removing your pack.
  • Soft feel on the interior stems from 80% polyester and 20% elastane, i.e. stretchy fleece.
  • Additional zippered check pocket is good for gels and other nebulous items.
  • Option to match with the PDG PL U PNT, which is Dynafit speak for hot pants.
  • Tight fitting hood, thumb holes, and a reflector stripe round out the bullet points.
-> ounces
359g [M]
Hood Yes, tight fitting
Pockets 1 chest, 2 large skin
Waist Elastic
Cuffs Elastic with thumb holes
Specs Verified Yes
Fit Race
Materials Polarite Dynastretch (nylon, spandex)
Shield Endurance (polyester, spandex)
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing, speed touring
Notes Hood is a nice touch
Bottom Line Half a race suit for half a man
by Jonathan S (hasn't used product)
Overall: Five Stars for a versatile alternative to a full one-piece lycra suit for racing or to a soft shell for touring. Pocket assortment is basic, but bonus points for the hood and full-zip open ventilation (plus perhaps the thumb holes).

Background on product familiarity: I own the 2014-15 version but haven’t used it yet. By comparison, I’ve used the La Sportiva Syborg race top, as well as recent race suit models from Crazy Idea, Dynafit (whose Radical suit is very different from the PDG top), Soul Limit (Team Hagan version), and Texnar (hand-me-down USSMA suit).

First, the first impressions out of the box: The fit matches up well with the sizing chart, although note that continental differentiation, e.g., I’m a Medium among Europeans but a Small among my fellow Americans. The thumb holes are new for me, and I’m not sure whether I like them in general, but they do help avoid any exposed wrist skin in cold temps. Also for cold temps, the hood helps seal you up against heat loss from the neck and head. For warm temps, lots of mesh on the back and a full-zip opening in front.

The full-zip opening in front though means no accordion-style inner pockets for climbing skins, and also less material to block the wind. But the two large outer pockets are still fine for skins, with a simple yet effective elastic closure. Also on the outside is a small zippered pocket. On the inside is a typical flap-closure pocket for ISMF 5.1.16 beacon compliance (or valuables of a financial nature).

Second impressions, in use: My favorite setup would be a conceptual combination of features from Crazy Idea, Dynafit, La Sportiva, Soul Limit, and Texner. Absent that, the PDG features should work reasonably well for me, while wearing a separate jacket/top and pants/tights allows for more versatility in the field and a somewhat closer resemblance to a respectable member of society once off snow.

Third impressions, for long-term durability: Seems nicely made overall, with the usual caveat though about lycra’s long-term durability.
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