Hardshell Jackets

Color: black raven

No Longer Available

Article number:  70201

798 g


Made in Europe

This product was made in Europe. As such we support regional expertise, eliminating long transport routes.


This product was manufactured under fair working conditions in conformity with Fair Wear Foundation.
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The first hardshell with pure merino wool on the skin

Robust, wind and waterproof freeriding jacket with soft merino lining

Massive, steep couloirs – surrounded by high, peaked rock faces: Inspired by alpine terrain, our MERINO GUARDIAN SHELL for men is now also available in a new rocky print! Thanks to the unique interplay of the HIGH-PERFORMANCE Toray DERMIZAX®EV MEMBRANE with a LINING OF MERINO WOOL, this 3L jacket remains the benchmark in hardshell comfort! 

The inside of the jacket, which is made completely of merino wool, provides unique wear comfort, whilst the hardshell exterior, with its highly functional Toray Dermizax®EV membrane, and with a water column of at least 20,000mm, protects you from the wet and cold, and is also absolutely windproof. The 100% merino wool backing ensures excellent temperature management: The wool in the MERINO GUARDIAN SHELL allows moisture to pass through rapidly, which prevents the build-up of an inner layer of moisture and makes the 3L hardshell feel dry on the inside. This allows the MERINO GUARDIAN SHELL to absorb and then slowly release large quantities of moisture. This buffer action supports the DERZIMAX®EV MEMBRANE and enables ideal management of temperature and moisture.

Features like the 2-way adjustable storm hood (helmet compatible) with horizontal and vertical adjustment options and the adjustable seam provide the perfect fit and offer additional protection in stormy conditions. The two large front pockets, the inside pocket and the ski pass pocket provide more than enough room for the large and small items you need for ski touring and freeriding. And in case it gets a bit more challenging: The ergonomic underarm ventilation zippers can be easily opened for additional ventilation. At the same time, new processing technology in the MERINO GUARDIAN SHELL enables much flatter and consequently longer-lasting seams, so that the freeriding jacket is more durable for endless days riding powder. 


Merino wool
Since 1995, merino wool has been an integral component of ORTOVOX’s mountainwear. Our merino wool comes from happy sheep reared on monitored, ethical sheep farms. The wool is naturally 100% ecological and therefore super sustainable. Thanks to the small-diameter fibers in its fine woolen threads, merino wool feels extremely soft and comfortable on the skin.  In addition to comfort, merino wool also provides an ideal personal body climate by regulating both moisture and temperature. It is also easy to care for and, thanks to its antibacterial effect, odor neutralizing. 

Dermizax EV
The Dermizax® EV functions in the same way as the Dermizax® NX membrane. It is completely waterproof (min. 20,000mm) and 100% windproof. It is breathable up to 20,000 g/m²/24h and therefore perfectly suited for freeriding.

Area of usage

Alpine climbing 1/5
High Alpine 1/5
Alpine 1/5
Ski Tour 3/5
Freeride 5/5

  • windproof
  • waterproof
  • 1 inner pocket
  • 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

  • DWR Finish Improved beading effect for water and dirt.
  • 4-Way Stretchmaterial
  • Nonporous PU membrane - long lasting and easy to care for
  • Extra breathable: min. 20.000 g / m² / 24 h
  • Windproof and waterproof: at least 20,000 water columns – 100% windproof
  • Merino inside
  • Made in Europe

To the material dictionary

OUTER: 100 % polyamide MEMBRANE: 100% polyurethane (Toray Dermizax® EV) INSIDE: 100 % virgin wool (MERINO)



(4.0)  3  Reviews
May 28, 2020
When the lift ops ask you, "who make that jacket?" you know you stand out from the crowd. This ski jacket is fantastic. There's nothing i don't like about it. the fit is not boxy, but allows for any layer combination underneath. This has been my go-to resort jacket for a couple of season and it looks as good today as the first.
Craig R.Coelho
Sep 17, 2020
A perfect jacket for long days in the mountains in all conditions. Everything from January skiing in northern Sweden with -30 degrees Celsius to wonderful spring skiing in Cervinia. I bought this jacket six years ago in Chamonix which I then thought was a bit expensive jacket. After the first day down from Aguille du midi, I have never thought about the price again. Worth every penny. If I could only take one jacket with me on my upcoming skiing adventures, it would be my Guardian Shell.
Sten Eriksson
Sep 23, 2022
Ski tour
When I went looking for a new hardshell jacket, my only thought was "get one with Goretex". Unfortunately, I didn't heed my own advice and bought the Ortovox Guardian instead. A very good-looking and comfortable jacket, supremely engineered. Unfortunately the Dermizax shell absorbs dirt like crazy and is impossible to keep clean. I would love a jacket with the same styling, wool interior and fit except made from a dirt resistant material. As it is this jacket is a bit of a one trick pony - great in the slopes, but don't expect to use it every day and especially not as a biking or running jacket. I sure can't afford to spend this kind of money for single use items, but if you can - the comfort and looks might be worth it.
Emil Larsson


Our wool has its origins at the heart of a natural paradise: Tasmania. Where the air is at its purest, the food lush, and the climate moderate – that’s where fair merino wool that fulfils the highest quality standards can be found.



Our commitment to fair wool: Our own wool standard ensures that our merino wool is sourced in an animal- and environmentally-friendly manner. Our friendly relationship with our farmers enables us to have full transparency throughout the value-added chain.

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