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Men's Shell With These Features and NOT for Crazy Money

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I'm in pursuit of a new hardshell. I recently sent my Patagonia shell back because it was delaminating. They gave me my money back (all of it -their customer service rocks!) and I want to buy from them, but they don't have what I need/want.

Must haves:
3 layer Gore tex, eVent or similar. Must be able to withstand all day rain.
2 chest pockets zippered
2 hand Warner's zippered
Pit zips
Helmet hood with one hand adjustments
One inside stash pocket
One inside zipper pocket
One sleeve (pass) pocket

Most of those features are readily available on ski jackets with insulation. I don't want insulation. I want a shell. Also, I would prefer to not look like I stole a jacket from a clown or a raggedy ann doll. I don't mind a little flash with highlights, but I'm more on the conservative side. I'm fine with bright colors, but don't care for patch work.

I would prefer for it to be somewhat reasonable even if only reasonable for ski wear.

The Descente BC jacket seems to fit the bill but it's $700!

I really like the Helly Hansen Odin Mountain but it doesn't have any inside pockets. It does have everything else though. Right now it is at the top of my list, especially since I get a Special pricing at HH from being a veteran.

Arc'teryx I believe had one but again, $700 area.

Some of the sites I looked at I had a hard time getting useful (to me) information. Some showed nothing on the inside of the jacket and only provided basic information. Descente's site is like that. I guess they are expecting you to buy their stuff because it says Descente.

I looked at a couple European brands. Again it was a mix of either big money or little information.

I appreciate any tips or recommendations. The primary use is skiing but I tend to wear my shells all year. I do have a two layer basic inexpensive shell for day to day running around so this could be dedicated to skiing. I need one that will keep me on the mountain when everyone else is going inside for their second change of clothes.

Thanks,
Ken
Edited by L&AirC - 9/5/14 at 10:37am
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Missing an inside zipper and one napoleon, but if you can live with that I'd highly recommend: http://shopwestcomb.com/mens-clothing/hardshell-jackets/apoc-jacket.html

 

Neoshell is top notch stuff. I've got the Shift LT and it's the best waterproof breathable thing I've ever seen.

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Thanks for the replies.  I edited the OP that it is for a hardshell.

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