Expert Review: Volcom Women's Mirror 2L PulloverPublished on 09/25/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my wife's honest opinion of the jacket, which she purchased with her own money in October of 2021.
At the top of a run. All photos courtesy of Irving S.
About this Review: This review is my wife's honest opinion of the jacket, which she purchased with her own money in October of 2021.
The Volcom Women’s Mirror Pullover is a simple and stylish jacket for beginner to advanced snowboarders and skiers that’s waterproof, breathable, and has a comfortable fit.
About the piece
- Model: 2022 Volcom Mirror Pullover Jacket
- Size: XL
- Fit: True to size (“Boyfriend”)
About my wife
- Height: 5’2”
- Weight: 170lbs
- Experience: 5 years of snowboarding/skiing
- When I bought this: October 2021
- Days tested: 20
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico
- Conditions I’ve used it in: Resort days, powder, and spring.
How it performs
What my wife was looking for
My wife was looking for a stylish jacket with a loose fit, good breathability, and sufficient waterproofing for less than $200.
Why I chose this gear
I chose this jacket for my wife because it checked all the boxes for what she likes. First of all, the Volcom styling looks fantastic. The fit is loose, which allows for comfort and layering if needed. The jacket is also very breathable and has zippered vents for cooling down when snowboarding hard.
I also considered the Volcom Fern Insulated GORE-TEX Pullover. It has a similar style and fit but costs a bit more, and my wife doesn’t need the insulation and premium waterproofing.
What my wife loves about it
- Fit: This pullover has Volcom’s “Boyfriend Fit.” It feels very loose and comfortable around the body, while the sleeves and shoulders are fitted.
- Range of Motion: Thanks to the comfortable fit, my wife feels like she has a full range of motion when snowboarding.
- Design: It has a super simple design. The jacket has a side zipper that goes up to the pit, making it easy to put on. It also has a lengthy chest zipper, opening the jacket even more if needed.
- Style: This jacket fits my wife’s preferred style: loose-fitting but not super baggy or too long. But it could be too loose for someone who’s looking for a form-fitting jacket.
- Quality of Materials: The material is a two-layer fabric consisting of a waterproof and breathable membrane and a polyester shell.
- Durability: This pullover is durable for its use so far. There are no signs of wear and tear. The stitching and zippers look as good as new, and the fabric has no stains. It has also maintained its original waterproofing through two seasons.
- Pockets: There are three zippered pockets, which are very useful. The main pouch is roomy and securely closes with a Velcro and zipper combo. My wife uses it for her phone, keys, and ChapStick. The handwarmer pockets are separated and zippered as well. They are lined with a warm and comfortable soft material and provide access to the hem cinch to tighten around the waist if needed.
- Waterproofing: 10k waterproofing is pretty average but has performed very well due to the fully taped seams. The powder in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico has been mostly light and fluffy these past two seasons, so there are no issues with the jacket soaking moisture at all. In spring conditions, the jacket gets a little wet on the bottom hem and sleeves if my wife takes a few falls throughout the day. It’s performed quite well, but I recommend something with GORE-TEX for more wet conditions and wetter snow.
- Breathability: This is a highly breathable jacket. When my wife starts breaking a sweat, the zippered pit vents make it even easier to cool down.
- Weight: Light to average weight. There are no groundbreaking materials. It’s just a polyester shell. The simple design and no insulation make it a lighter jacket.
- Features: There are a couple of features that my wife really loves about this jacket. The suede chin guard is soft against the skin. She can easily pull the hood over her helmet when it’s snowing and windy, which has been very protective thanks to the cinch and solid brim. Last, the Volcom Zip Tech allows for a jacket-to-pant connection (Volcom-compatible pants required). This keeps snow out when taking falls in the powder.
- Other: The chin zipper pull doubles as a whistle. It hasn’t been used but could come in handy if she ever gets lost in a tree run.
Issues my wife has encountered
- Warmth: It’s not the warmest jacket since it’s not insulated. If the temperature drops below 25° Fahrenheit, she has to add a mid-layer, making it plenty warm in those colder conditions. The loose fit is absolutely clutch in these situations.
Favorite moment with this gear
There is no one specific favorite moment. However, my wife’s favorite moments with this pullover jacket have been in the lift line. She really enjoys looking good on the slopes and is always complimenting others. There have been a few times when she is told how good and stylish her jacket looks and is asked where she got it from.
Value for the money vs. other options
This pullover jacket retails for around $200, although I got it on sale for $150. At that price point, it’s a great value jacket that performs ideally in the conditions we snowboard in. Another good option with a similar fit and style would be The North Face Tanager Women’s Shell Jacket, which is also a pullover style but slightly more fitted and retails for approximately $179.
The 2023 Volcom Mirror Pullover jacket has new colorways but remains unchanged from the 2022 version.
Overall, the Volcom Women’s Mirror Pullover is my wife’s favorite jacket. It’s stylish, comfortable, and breathable when it warms up and performs well on resort days, dry powder, and spring days.