This superbly designed and presented jacket is a true top performer, but vastly expensive.
If the Swiss manufacturers are to be believed, the Sturmprinz started off as a noncommercial, cost-no-object project for their in-house team and textile development lab.
Cue a glove-like multi-panel fit, using different proprietary fabrics to create a figure-hugging semi-stretch jacket with specific protection and breathability characteristics for each area.
The result is a close fitting but not constrictive jacket with a soft feel and excellent tail, neck and wrist coverage. While proofing levels vary throughout the jacket, we never felt miserably wet or cold however bad or long the storm we rode through was.
Breathability is excellent, and while there’s some dampness on your skin if you’re really working hard, it’s never enough to make you chilly on descents.