Very interesting. After reading all 4 parts of your review/analysis, I was thinking the same thing. How is the Neoshell used, on what weight jacket, for what use, etc, etc? Just like there are many "ski jackets" of varying weights, durability, styling, fit, etc....even in the same material (Gore-Tex, for example).
I'm nearly identical to your size (I've lost 30lbs now) and find that certain companies' cuts fit far better on me now, and many others don't. I found Westcomb jackets to fit rather short in the torso (and far too roomy if I size up) for me, so I'm selling my Mirage jacket. Mountain Hardware stuff now doesn't fit me as well, it's too generous in the torso in an XL, but too short in the arms and torso if I size down to a L. So now I've gotten Arc'teryx jackets (Atom LT, Rush) even though I'm not a fan of Gore-Tex overall. EVent (and DryQ Elite, by extension) are far better. But the one type I have not tried is a Neoshell. And it sounds like there's quite a variety/difference between how it's used amongst different manufacturers/companies.
I wish there were even just one Neoshell jacket somewhere near me so I could just see it and feel it in person. I'm not doubting it's properties, but I simply cannot buy an expensive jacket online and hope it fits properly. Shipping to/from Canada is practically extortion by most online retailers, so no way I'm taking a chance and then shipping it back if it doesn't fit. Even when I got my Arc'teryx shell, I tried probably 10 different models in various sizes, trying to find JUST the right one (and I did it all in person).
The Apoc looks very promising, but I'm very hesitant due to the short fit of my current Westcomb shell that I'm not looking to sell. Where are the companies that make tall-ish, trim-ish fitting tech jackets? Seriously, do they think everyone is "hefty" nowadays where shorter and boxy is necessary? SIGH.
I guess I'd be looking for a durable, more heavyweight ski-oriented Neoshell jacket. Similar to an Arc'teryx AR-styled model. SV or SL equivalent would be too extreme on the opposite ends of the spectrum I'd imagine for most "typical" ski shells. Non-insulated (or lightly insulated as in a thin liner material, but not necessarily Coreloft/Primaloft, etc infill). There aren't many out there, but I'd certainly appreciate any advice or info you may have. Great to have your expertise here, much appreciated.
Edited by Gunnerbob - 10/17/12 at 1:45pm