Coreupt Steep Ride Jacket


This season was great for testing the breathability of outerwear. I can confidently say the Steep Ride breathes and vents flawlessly, as it should. The pit-zips aren’t huge, but they do their job just fine. I think I put in more bluebird, 55-plus-degree days this season that I ever have (we’re talking days when others were sporting swimsuits, banana suits, cow suits, zoot suits, space suits, and the occasional birthday suit—gaper day temps), and I never felt too warm.

Notable Features / Design

I’ve been particularly happy with a few design features on the Steep Ride.

All the zipper pull-tabs are larger than normal and are easy to work with gloves on. The Velcro on the wrist cuffs is doubled up on two separate strips for added strength, plus the cuff strap itself is oversized for a fresh look and is also easy to adjust with gloved hands.

I’ve always been a fan of jackets with wrist gaiters.The elastin inner cuffs on the Steep Ride are super soft with a little extra material over the top of the hand. Cozy.

Coreupt Steep Ride Wrist Gaiter, Blister Gear Review
Coreupt Steep Ride Wrist Gaiter.

Coreupt describes the shell’s outer fabric as “abrasion resistant.” I did happen to notice that dirt and scuffs easily rub off the black material, which is a plus to keep things clean. I’ve had dark jackets in the past that seemed to attract dirt and grime more than they should.

The Steep Ride is built with a soft fleece lining inside the collar around the zipper (as I’m sure you’ve seen on other jackets). This lining wraps around the back of the neck and into the hood for added comfort when wearing the jacket as a piece of street wear. Nice.

The purple hood drawstrings shown on the jacket in this review are being done away with in the production version. As is, they stick out awkwardly when the jacket is fully zipped and whip around in your face at speed. The production model of the Steep Ride will replace the purple strings with an ordinary cinch cord.

Apart from being 100% waterproof and breathable, the SympaTex laminate that Coreupt uses is marketed as also being 100% recyclable. Instead of being made from PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), as are most GORE-TEX and Teflon products, SympaTex’s laminate is made from of polyether-ester, which is recyclable like a standard #1 PET plastic bottle.

Coreupt says “PTFE has been increasingly criticized in recent years, as the production process uses fluorides suspected of being harmful to health and even causing cancer.”

I’m no chemist, but if SympaTex is making efforts to create a more environmentally friendly, biodegradable post-consumer product, then good on them.

The Bottom Line

I’m not prepared to put the Steep Ride Shell in the same class as other $400–500 technical shells like The North Face Enzo. A jacket with fully taped seams and zippers and a truly athletic fit might be more capable in the gnarliest of weather conditions. But for the price, the Steep Ride comes impressively close in terms of functionality. For any day of resort riding and the occasional slackcountry tour or bootpack, the shell will provide most everything you need.

2 comments on “Coreupt Steep Ride Jacket”

  1. Hi Will,

    It is interesting to see that Coreupt gained some popularity over the Atlantic. I have demoed the slasher on a couple of days this season and then when returning from a trip end of April I have received an email from a retailer that all Coreupt skis are on sale for EUR 99,00 (approx. USD 130 to 150, depending on the exchange rate). I have ordered a pair of Slasher’s in the 187 length and have just measured and weighed them “naked” this weekend before I mount them (the regular retail price is EUR 449 by the way, which should be about USD 600).

    Almost all coreupt skis where sold out within 24 hours with that shop and I have asked myself why they did this. Not that I am not happy about adding a ski I really liked during demoing to my quiver for 99 euros, yet it felt strange. Then I have found a possible answer on powder magazine.

    Coreupt has filed for insolvency, or chapter 11 as you call it in the US. Some of their athletes have left. Richard Permin skis for Atomic now and Candide has signed with Faction from what I know.

    Yet, they will continue their line up for 2013 and try to pay athletes and look for new investors according to the information available online.

    I am happy to throw in my two cents on the slasher once Garrett’s review is posted. Let’s really hope Coreupt will continue and bring out their 2013 lineup. The Slasher comes back unchanged, yet with much improved graphics from what I have seen from ISPO and SIA.

    All the best and thank’s for all your great reviews of soft and hard goods.

    • Hi Hannes,

      We knew of Coreupt’s financial restructuring as well and look forward to getting on some skis from the rest of their 2013 line. Glad to see your comments over on the Slasher review – thanks for reading!

      Will B

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