NILS Raina jacket: sleek and sophisticated for slopes or city

NILS Raina jacket

NILS Raina jacket with real fur hood; hammered metal detailing; staying toasty warm on the slopes of Vail!

The best part of being a snowgrrl, hands down, is testing out new products received from various manufacturers.  This spring, Snowgrrl has had the opportunity to enjoy a sneak peek at many beautiful and functional items from NILS‘ 2016-17 line, whose philosophy of combining both style and performance closely meets snowgrrl’s own.  We loved the Mariska jacket from NILS’ 2015-16 line, so it is no surprise that the 16-17 iteration, Raina, is equally beautiful, functional, and comfortable.  The Raina jacket has been tested extensively on the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek as well as in Denver, Colorado, and has turned snowgrrl’s friends green with envy.

The subtle sheen of the Raina jacket’s black fabric almost makes it look like leather from a distance.

Mr. Chilly

Mr. Chilly

The overall feel of the jacket is sleek and sophisticated.  Snowgrrl felt equally glamorous wearing the jacket while walking little Mr. Chilly on the streets of Denver in frigid weather, as on the slopes of Vail Mountain (wearing the eco-friendly Erica base layer and awesome Betty pants).  NILS designed this jacket with beautiful angled slimming quilting details, shimmery pewter hardware, and a stretch satin lining. An 80/20 Goose Down with 650 fill power insulates the jacket, making it super functional and warm.  We love the Raina with real fur lining on the removable helmet-friendly hood, though it is also available with a plain fabric hood.

As usual, NILS created this jacket with attention to features that increase the wearer’s comfort and convenience on the mountain.  Numerous zippered pockets inside and outside the jacket, as well as two interior mesh pockets, allow for plenty of room to hold everything a snowgrrl needs for the day, such as your Epic pass, AllGood lip balm, SuperGoop sunscreen, and Go Puck power charger.  A drawcord hem at the bottom will keep snow and cold air from chilling your body.  Like the Mariska jacket, Raina also features a stretchy cuff lining which protects our delicate skin from piercing cold air. It seems like NILS put a lot of thought into creating this jacket. Because of the luscious black fabric, slightly longer body length, and superior warmth and styling, the Raina jacket will keep you looking sleek and sophisticated whether you wear it on the city streets or the slopes of your favorite resort.  The only detail we’d love to see in next year’s version are underarm ventilation zippers!
In compliance with FTC Endorsement Guidelines 16 C.F.R. Part 255, we make this disclosure of material connection: received Raina jacket at no charge from NILS in consideration for review publication.