A great lower cost Spyder ski jacket
Reviewed by SkiSteve from Colorado on Thursday, October 6, 2016
With the Squaw you can save $100+ off of Sypder's famed Leader jacket. I tried both on at a retail store and there are only a few technical differences, notably in the fully seam sealed (Leader) vs critical only seams (Squaw). So unless it's wrath of god weather, I'll be wearing my Squaw. The Squaw's exterior material is a lot softer and smoother. The Leader has a more coarse exterior material, like Carhartt/Dickies work clothing, yet both have the Bemis anti-abrasion film. The Squaw has a significantly more athletic fit. I am 6'2" 225lbs and the Leader XL jacket is roomy/bulky on me (The L size is way too tight), yet the XL Squaw is a bit tighter around the waist (perfect for me since I wear only lightweight base layers.). Lastly, even though both are volcano color, their tones are vastly different. The Leader "volcano" is a red dull color, while the Squaw "volcano" is a shiny neon red/orange color that looks like bright hot lava - way more visible on the mountain. Note that the Squaw does have an interior stretch goggle pocket, even though STP's overview doesn't mention it. Oh - my wife prefers the Squaw's orange-ish color and tighter fit - so there you have it.