Before this season began, we were searching through our closet. We found lots of the usual suspects–Bauer, CCM, Easton, Reebok. (It goes back a ways.) We wanted to try something different this year. We wanted a jacket that was a step away from the norm.
We were less than impressed with the new offerings from Bauer and CCM. We also didn’t care for the price tags of those jackets. So, we kept digging. We came across the Storm jacket from Warrior.
The clean look and piping caught our eye. In short, the jacket looked… smart.
Warrior has found its way into all our bags, and several of our players’ bags. So we thought we’d give it a try.
Our prototype was ordered from Perani’s Hockey World. Perani’s is quickly becoming one of our favorite on-line suppliers.
So, here is what we found:
Warrior Storm team jacket
Coach’s Clipboard Summary
- Overall: 4 Pucks (out of 5)
- Manufacturer: Warrior
- Model: Storm (K900)
- What we liked: Style, construction
- What we didn’t: Runs a bit small, pockets need updating, no Napoleon pocket
- Price: $59.99
- Color Choices: 7 Total. Black, Navy, Green, Purple, Red, Maroon, Carbon
- Senior sizes: Small-XXXL
- Junior Sizes: Small-Large
- Best Uses: Team Jacket, Coaches Jacket
Warrior’s Storm jacket has white accent piping, which initially caught our eye. The competition–Bauer and CCM– have gone in the opposite direction. The result is both becoming more vanilla looking, helping Warrior stand out from the pack. We also liked Warrior’s commitment to expanded color options. The Storm is available in seven colors, while Bauer and CCM currently only offering four and three choices respectively.
Rinks in our area are full of Bauer team jackets with a rising amount of CCM. With both Bauer and CCM limiting their color choices and doing little to distinguish themselves from one another, you can imagine the problem trying to find your team members in a busy rink. Everyone is beginning to look the same. We didn’t want to blend in, we wanted to stand out! Warrior gave us that option.
Once we got the Jacket we were impressed with the quality and features. It not only looked good, it withstood the rigors of a hockey season well. (Well, at least half a season so far!) Plus, it was warmer (Warrior calls it “mid-weight”), and more comfortable than we expected.
Overall, the Warrior Storm jacket has a neat, clean appearance. The white piping on every color choice adds an element of style, which allows it to stand out. Our experience is that it withstands wind and moisture well, while maintaining a soft hand. It is vented across the front and back, just beneath the piping, which helps prevent overheating. It also allows for team customization.
The jacket runs a bit on the small side, compared to Bauer and CCM. One of our players is 5-foot, 11-inches, 150 pounds. A small from both Bauer and CCM traditionally fit him well, and allowed for a sweatshirt underneath for extra cold days. While a Warrior small did fit him, it was just a tad tight through the shoulders. We would opt for a medium from Warrior for this player’s build in the future.
The player mentioned has 34-inch arms. (He had 32-inch arms, at the pre-season fitting.) The small falls just perfect to his wrist. But did not look big when we originally fitted him. The jacket accommodates well, without looking sloppy. The double cuffs are a nice feature, but do limit pulling up the sleeves. This could be of particular interest to coaches, especially early or late in the season.
The pocket configuration is adequate, but begs for updating. Exterior hand pockets are not lined for warmth, nor do they offer any secure closing mechanism. One interior pocket is adequate for nearly any smartphone, or whiteboard markers. The other is nearly useless. Neither offers truly secure closure. The cost is another positive, $59.99 from Perani’s Hockey World. In short, this is the most stylish, feature-packed team jacket available, for a competitive price. Despite its pocket problems, it should not be overlooked.
Form, Fit, & Function
The collar is lined for comfort and stands-up on its own, without being too stiff. The cuffs are doubled. The outer provides a neat appearance–a clean, finished look. While the inner cuff seals out wind and moisture–snow spray, etc. The bottom hem has a draw string closure, but we feel it provides a more refined appearance without the drawstring being used. The zipper is tight, and has not once snagged. The Warrior-emblazoned wind flap, behind the zipper, provides further protection from wind and moisture penetration.
Whether they are stashing sandwiches for long bus trips, or keeping everything at the ready during practice, pockets are an essential component of a hockey team jacket. Pockets in Warrior’s Storm jacket seem to fit the bill, but are not perfect. Two exterior hand pockets. The right pocket has a supplied-carabiner attached to an elastic keeper, to keep keys secure. There is no exterior Napoleon pocket. In previous seasons, the little pocket in the front has housed reading glasses, pens, and a skate stone. Even after half a season, we still find ourselves reaching there first! Clearly, this is a feature we miss, but we will concede that it aids in the overall clean look of the jacket.
Inside the jacket, on the right-hand side, is a deep pocket with a small velcro strip closure. The pocket is plenty-deep for white board markers. It also handles our iPhone 6s-Plus (which we like to refer to as “iPhone: hockey coaches edition”) with ease. The closer is just a small strip in the center of the pocket. It does not run the entire width of the pocket, so smaller items could fall out.
On the left inside portion of the jacket, is a small sewn-on pocket and pen loop. The pocket has a top flap with a velcro closure. It seems this pocket was designed when small flip phones were all the rage, but has not been updated for the latest modern phones.This isn’t not a huge problem, as the right-side pocket will accommodate current smart phones. It does leave us wondering what that pocket is designed for. It does holds two whiteboard markers, but that makes the velcro hard to mate.
Warrior hits the Top Shelf
Warrior has successfully migrated into hockey from lacrosse. The company’s previous attempts to provide a hockey jacket have missed the mark–they were too lacrosse-y. When you keep shooting, you’ll eventually hit the net. With this jacket, Warrior has hit the top corner.
If Warrior had asked us…
We would explore the possibility of a napoleon pocket. We would redesign the left inside pocket. We would add a larger pocket on the interior, which would accommodate a bench card or notebook. We would also investigate a more positive closure possibility on the inside pockets–either full-width velcro strip, or a zipper, or a combination of both. We may line the exterior pockets, and consider a zipper closure.
Perhaps sizing more consistent with Bauer and CCM would be prudent. Arm cuffs with a bit more give would help to round out the package nicely.
We think some, if not all, these options could be incorporated for minimal added cost.
We would recommend keeping the expanded color offerings, soft hand, overall quality, and the piping which sets this jacket apart.
The bottom line…
This is the best option for a team jacket this season. While not perfect, Warrior does offer many options not available on other jackets. Additionally, Warrior’s willingness to buck the vanilla trend, and continue offering both style and a variety of color options, made the Storm jacket our choice this season.
Where to get it…
We purchased our test jacket from Perani’s Hockey World. Cost: $59.99
It is also available at Ice Warehouse. Cost: $69.99 with free shipping.
Other retailers either stock the jacket, or can get it through their supply chains. It is worth asking for.
Coming soon, check back often…
- We’ll take a look at the companion piece: Warrior Storm Pants
- Some online retailers you may be missing
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