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Eddie Bauer BC Fineline Jacket review: it’s up for any kind of winter challenge

A lightweight but versatile shell, the Eddie Bauer BC Fineline Jacket is suitable for all sorts of cold play, and made from recycled material

Eddie Bauer BC Fineline Jacket
(Image: © Eddie Bauer)

Our Verdict

A versatile and high-performing shell jacket made from recycled materials that performs well on the slopes, peaks, trails and crags.

For

  • Made with 100% recycled fabric
  • Sleeves have thumb loops
  • Massive chest pockets
  • Clean-release draw cords at hood and hem

Against

  • limited colors

Eddie Bauer BC Fineline Jacket: first impressions

The Eddie Bauer BC Fineline Jacket is one of the brand’s most tried and true styles. Recently, it’s been upgraded with a 100% recycled polyester three-layer fabric, and four-way stretch. 

Made for frontside and backcountry skiing, ice climbing when it’s wet, snowshoeing, winter peak bagging and more, this waterproof jacket has a removable snow skirt, a helmet compatible hood and a RECCO detector to help locate you in an emergency. 

Full-length pit zips vent the jacket, chest pockets extend all the way to the jacket armpits, and a pass pocket on the shoulder simplifies scanning at the ski lift. 

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Specifications

• RRP: $549 (US)
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL (men’s)
• Weight: 680g / 24oz
• Waterproofing Technology: Three-Layer eVent Expedition and Alpine fabrics
• Colors: Women’s Limestone Men’s Sprig

Eddie Bauer BC Fineline Jacket: on the trails

On test I loved how this jacket felt. The fabric is softer and less crinkly than most other fully waterproof shells I’ve worn, but still fully waterproof and fully seam taped.

The fabric was breathable enough that I could wear it for a mellow-paced, gentle grade hike when it was cold without getting sweaty, and if I started to overheat, I unzipped the pit zips to vent. 

I was able to use the internal stuff pocket for goggles as intended and it has an attached goggle wipe. In addition, the massive hand pockets were big enough to hold my climbing skins and traction devices when skiing and hiking. 

The jacket was a pleasure to wear – especially as it moved freely thanks to the four-way stretch. Thank you to Eddie Bauer for opting for a recycled fabric and proving that there’s no compromise in treading lightly on the planet (see also: the best eco-friendly outdoor brands).

Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.