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versatle hiking/ski shell suggestion for pacific north west (or 'wet coast')

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

i'm seeking to buy a quality shell that i can use for both walking/lite hiking as well

as for inbounds skiing....it would strike a great balance between being breathable and

'waterproof'...lightweight, resilient material helps too....there are so many brands out there.

 

I do like jackets with 2 way or double zippers.

 

suggestions, please....


Edited by canali - 9/3/13 at 10:37am
post #2 of 13

What's the budget? Arc'teryx, Patagonia, etc. are obvious choices if you don't mind spending the money for them. As overrated as it is, I still feel Gore-tex is a good choice for PNW weather

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Shell?  I am a BIG fan of Patonia's Knifeblade series as a shell.  Comes in a pullover which I use a lot and a new jacket.   Haven't used the jacket.  Water prrof/breathable material and a pretty tough soft shell fabric.  Unusual combo.  I've been skiing in them  (pants and jacket) at Crystal, Alpental adn Northern Idaho in some pretty dismal conditions and  very happy.  Climbing in them in colder conditions in Canada they have been exceptional.

 

more:

 

http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2013/05/shoot-score-patagonia.html


Edited by Dane - 9/7/13 at 3:22pm
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My last purchase was an OR mithrilite jacket, unbeatable for the price, less than $80 at stp, not a big fan of the side venting, wish they would go all the way to the elbow... other than that excelent softshell and top notch OR quality construction!
post #5 of 13

Forgot about these.   More shells to look at and how they worked in some heavy rain and snow.

 

http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2011/10/shells-obvious-questions.html

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Akira View Post
 

What's the budget? Arc'teryx, Patagonia, etc. are obvious choices if you don't mind spending the money for them. As overrated as it is, I still feel Gore-tex is a good choice for PNW weather

 

sure i'd like to stay under $400 ish....but i realize you do get what you pay for in terms

of a great mix of breathability, waterproofness, fabric resilience and lightweight.

 

 just read this interesting article on the different materials out there.

once opened, scroll down 1/2 way to where the author discusses e-vent, goretex etc

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Hardshell-Jacket-Reviews/Buying-Advice

seems Goretex has not only their 'pro' line but a new 'active shell' line released this yr.

 

i'd use the jacket (shell preferably) for everything from skiing to lite hiking and just

walking around town on my regular 1-3 hr jaunts.

 

i realize that there is no 100%perfect fabrics that are both

 'ultra breathable and also ultra waterproof' l

..seem that you always sacrifice one for the other.

 

thanks for the coldthistle blog link, too.


Edited by canali - 9/7/13 at 11:12pm
post #7 of 13

"i realize that there is no 100%perfect 'ultra breathable and also ultra waterproof' material"

 

Actually there are a bunch of really good "water proofs" available these days.  Most will solve the questions and use  you are asking with relative ease.  Waterproof for sure.  How breathable and how stretchy is another story.  Neoshell, Event and Gortex among others and then the genertic versions of each from different companies.

 

Even in serious NW rain you can stay dry from the out side in most if not all of them from my experience.   Here is a good comparison of two lwt shells and a third linked in  as well, Gortex, Neoshell and Event..

 

http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2013/01/alpha-fl-and-shift-lt-shells.html

 

Not trying to plug the blog here.  Just trying to share some or our experiences with different shells and materials in the real world.

 

Having usedd most of the currently available fabrics from all the companies and a few that aren't easily ontained my take is find a jacket that fits you the best and has the detailing you wnat.  The fabric can be a secondary choice with in reason.

 

In the last linked comparison all 3 are nice jackets but the least expensive, the Westcomb Focus, has a lot going for it including the price.


Edited by Dane - 9/8/13 at 12:17am
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post #9 of 13
you don't wanna hike in a pro shell for sure... if you go gore, then active shell is a great option or axiom jacket is the best bang for your buck! you can have last season for cheap, got mine for less than $150!

another option is dry.q elite, lots of light weight versions of it! just don't go 70d denier kinda jacket! Mountain Hardwear Sitzmark is a good example very light and strechy dry.q elite!
post #10 of 13

Since the OP is from Vancouver, it would be very worthwhile to check out the Taiga Works store on West Broadway, near Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Instead of having their clothing made in Asia, Taiga has their own factory in Vancouver where their garments (lots of models using GoreTex fabric) are made by Asian-Canadians and sell for very competetive prices.

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

Since the OP is from Vancouver, it would be very worthwhile to check out the Taiga Works store on West Broadway, near Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Instead of having their clothing made in Asia, Taiga has their own factory in Vancouver where their garments (lots of models using GoreTex fabric) are made by Asian-Canadians and sell for very competetive prices.

 

X2 what DanoT said. Last January I retired my old Patagonia Blast parka and did all the stores on Broadway. Ended up with a Taiga Alpinist parka for $329. Many features I like including a hood that

actually fit my helmet and would give me complete coverage of my chin and nose for the brutal winds at Castle. I also liked the very robust YKK zipper that goes up with one hand unlike those waterproof zippers that require much tugging and two hands. Plus it is Goretex Proshell.

If you want a bigger brand name go to the Arcteryx Factory Outlet on Dollarton HIghway in North Van. They sell seconds with very minor flaws for 1/2 the regular price and are a good deal if they have what you want and in your size.

BTW always take your helmet when parka shopping.

post #12 of 13

MEC also down by Taiga also has a good selection,  prices are "reasonable" Unless your planning on full on mountaineering I find my cheaper lighter 2 ply gortex shell is a better choice for hiking than my 3 ply pro shell. Plus the pricier ski gear lasts a lot longer if your not snagging it on bushes on the trail.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

thanks for the tips and suggestions, everyone

 

this was an interesting review on hardshells by outdoor gear lab,

done this summer

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Hardshell-Jacket-Reviews


Edited by canali - 9/8/13 at 9:15am
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