I am heading to locations where it gets below freezing (-5 to 30 F) on several occasions. I have several base and mid layer clothing already, but I am missing a good hard shell jacket. I have an Arcteryx softshell hybrid jacket, but, if I were to go out snowboarding in that and fall, it is very likely that it could rip and tear. Which would royally suck.I have been trying to find a 3L Jacket, mainly because of the benefits of weight and other things but honestly, I don't know if it is really necessary. I have about three weeks to find and order/buy a jacket.
I am looking for a Large, Goretex 3L Shell (or comparative product) however a 2L jacket would suffice if it would work fine, that has a powder skirt, a headphone pass through (or internal pocket for cell phone and headphones, not really required butwould be nice), has a permanently attached hood, RECCO reflector, rugged, possibly a technical jacket , would prefer a price range of 200 to 425,
I have looked at the following jackets so far:
Arcteryx Alpha SV (found one for ~490-530)
Arcteryx Cassiar Jacket (Overbudget)
Mountain Hardware Snowpacolypse
Mountain Hardware Minalist
TNF NFZ Non-insulated Jacket
TNF Fuse Brigandine Jacket (Never heard of Hyvent before though, and not in the price range new at least)
Where I have been looking at:
Unfortunately, most of the jackets are out of my price range. It also really doesn't help that I live in Dallas and it is summer at the moment, so finding a jacket is not the easiest task here. Used to live in North Carolina, and it was a little bit better there.
Does anyone have recommendations or comments on the above jacket? I appreciate any help!