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Has anyone used an ultralight rain shell like this while skiing with success? I'm pondering whether it could work to use my new backpacking jacket to ski with this season, or if should spend the money and get a dedicated jacket. 

post #2 of 13

Do you mind being cold? It seems you get no warmth from the jacket you identified. I like a warm jacket personally for skiing and change my mid layers based on the day's weather.

post #3 of 13
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Oh, I would be layering with it.

post #4 of 13

Ski jacket shells need a fair amount of durability which ultralight rain jackets like that or my Outdoor Research Revel jacket just don't have.  I could use my OR jacket for skiing but it likely wouldn't last the season and I could also use my Patagonia Powder Bowl jacket for backpacking but the weight and bulk would drive me nuts.  Get a shell designed for skiing and save the ultralight for warm weather use.

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My main worries would be durability, breathability and the lack of a powder skirt.

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My main worries would be durability, breathability and the lack of a powder skirt.


I think you just answered your own question, although you did forget not enough pockets.

 

post #7 of 13

It wouldn't be a bad idea for early season/spring skiing where there is typically no powder and its not very cold out. 

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I think you just answered your own question, although you did forget not enough pockets.

 



Haha yeah. I pretty much knew it wouldn't work too well. I don't really have the money for a dedicated jacket right now, so you could say I'm trying to figure out how miserable and cold I'm going to be. rolleyes.gif

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Haha yeah. I pretty much knew it wouldn't work too well. I don't really have the money for a dedicated jacket right now, so you could say I'm trying to figure out how miserable and cold I'm going to be. rolleyes.gif



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post #10 of 13

the outdoor research mentor and furio shells are both more ruggedly designed- and with 3 ply goretex too.

 

i was inquiring into a lightweight, waterproof yet also durable shell for skiing, and got this reply from outdoor research:

"Within the shells, two durable lightweight jackets I'd recommend are the Mentor and the Furio.

The Mentor is made with slightly more durable Goretex on the chest, but the they will have similar

Pro-shell Goretex on the shoulders. Since they have no insulation, their warmth will depend on how

much you layer underneath.

 

The Furio will be more of a Standard fit, and the Furio will be more of a trim fit."

Ellie Wheat | Customer Service Representative

 


Edited by canali - 12/27/11 at 7:26pm
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by vbghyu5 View Post

Has anyone used an ultralight rain shell like this while skiing with success? I'm pondering whether it could work to use my new backpacking jacket to ski with this season, or if should spend the money and get a dedicated jacket. 


The Arc'teryx one I use is a few ounces lighter than that one, and it works great.  I've got the Alpha LT.  It's about 13 ounces, and uses gore-tex pro shell.


 

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Originally Posted by vbghyu5 View Post

My main worries would be durability, breathability and the lack of a powder skirt.



I've had mine for probably 3-4 years now, and it's held up wonderfully.  Aside from the grease stains on the shoulders from riding lifts in the rain, it looks new, despite having some pretty impressive crashes in it.  Breathability seems fine, but I make a point not to overdress.  I've never felt like I needed a powder skirt with it.  I just tighten up the bottom drawstring a bit and it snugs up fine with my bibs.  I've skied bottomless and crashed that way without any problems with snow coming in.

post #12 of 13

I've been wearing my new  Patagonia Powder Bowl all summer as a rain jacket and love it. Can't wait to try it in the snow. Really nice, completely waterproof and rugged-feeling garment.

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I've got an old Marmot pullover rain shell that's been skied about a million miles... Works great on top for most everything and is finally being replaces with a Patagonia Torrentshell pull over. The older version had a great front cargo pocket, as does the old Marmot. The new Torrentshell doesn't. Wish it did, but it lowered the pricepoint. It packs very small and tight. I've walked the pooch in it a number of rainy nights lately, but haven't had it out skiing yet. I'm not expecting any problems staying dry at all. If it's raining, and speaking only for myself, a powder skirt isn't at all near the top of the priority chart. Keep it simple is #1.

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