Ortovox Women's 3L Guardian Shell Jacket

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Merino, merino, merino. With a thin liner of silky-smooth merino wool gracing the inside of this waterproof 3-layer jacket, the Guardian is actually incredibly comfortable against the skin—an accolade that few shells can boast. When spring comes around and you’re skiing in a t-shirt, a shell, and nothing else, that merino liner is a dream come true. Even in mid-winter, the merino-lined Guardian makes for a quality companion. Our tester noted that the merino helped to wick away sweat and keep her dry. She also noted that the merino-lined pockets kept her phone alive and well in blustery conditions. Lastly, she appreciated the ergonomic design of the pockets, the spacious, helmet-compatible hood, and the warmth provided by the high neck cuff.


While lightweight for a freeride shell, the Guardian isn’t very packable for backcountry travelers. Our tester also noted that the high neck cuff made eating and drinking difficult. Lastly, this bold graphic style may be too much for some skiers who like to keep a low profile.

Favorite Feature:

Did somebody say merino?

Tester Comment:

“While the Guardian definitely was designed to wear in the resort setting, it was breathable enough and had enough vents that it would work for the skier or rider who gets out touring a few times a year but doesn't want to buy a whole new set up. Kind of like the one-jacket quiver.” 

Bottom Line:

A one-jacket quiver for freeriders, this merino-lined shell is as comfortable as it is capable.

Tech Specs
  • 1 Inner pocket
  • 100% Merino on skin
  • 2-Way adjustable storm hood
  • 2 Front pockets
  • 2-Way front zipper
  • 2-Way zippered underarm ventilation
  • Removable snow guard with elastic insert
  • Ski pass pocket
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Seam width adjustment

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