Like a warm hug in jacket form, the TOG24 Anvil is cosy, padded and comfy to wear, although it’s a little too bulky to suit more advanced skiers. Ideal for beginners in cold conditions.
Arms could be more articulated
Water repellent, not waterproof
Fewer size options
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TOG24 Anvil: first impressions
As is immediately apparent, the TOG24 Anvil is a large, bulky jacket – definitely not a slim shell you could stash in your backpack or work up a big sweat in.
But when it comes to comfort it’s excellent, and there are plenty of ski-specific features, including a good adjustable snow skirt and hood, and great comfy thumb loops.
We like the bomber jacket-style looks, which would double up well as a casual coat, and the “dark pink” colorway is more of smart neutral red in reality (we prefer this to the white version, which won’t make you very visible on the slopes and could look grubby easily).
But how did it fare when we tested it out in the real world for our best women’s ski jackets buying guide? Read on…
• RRP: $160 (US) / £120 (UK)
• Waterproofing: DWR water repellent coating
• Insulation: Recycled synthetic insulation
• Sizes: S / M / L / XL / XL
• Colors: Dark Pink / White
• Compatibility: Ideal for entry-level skiing in winter conditions
TOG24 Anvil: on the slopes
Once you’ve popped TOG24’s Anvil jacket on, you may not want to take it off again until spring – it’s that comfortable. The fit and comfort of this jacket really stood out on test, and this boxy padded design is as pleasingly puffy as a down jacket to wear.
Lots of recycled synthetic insulation traps in warmth and is ideal for withstanding cold and windy weather, but makes the Anvil too warm for spring skiing.
Our only real criticism of this jacket is that the arms don’t give quite as much room to move freely as some more sporty (and expensive) jackets we tested out, so the jacket does move around if you raise your arms over your head.
The bulk of the jacket also makes it harder to wear with a rucksack. But we don’t think those downsides would put us off the Anvil; this is a good, affordable all-rounder that would suit beginner to intermediate skiers.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.