Problem: Bashing into trees is bad for expensive ski clothing
For that reason (and I also missed all the good pre-season sales) I've most of my skiing in a Patagonia Torrentshell jacket which, to my surprise, has worked extremely well. Lot's of tree skiing, no scratches found
But why Patagonia - why do you refuse to put a chest pocket on the Torrentshell??
So I'm wondering - do any of you use a rain jacket as a ski shell? The Torrentshell has worked great as a backcountry shell (not to mention I've worn it every single day for about 2 years). Even on a cold resort day it's usable with a few puffy coats underneath
For reasons other than skiing I need to replace it though, and was wonder if I could do a bit better for the same amount of money. Looking around, it seems like the Outdoor Research Foray and the Marmont Minimalist are both contenders. Both can be had for killer deals right now and seem strong enough (2.5 layer gore-tex) to take into the trees without fear
Am I missing something? Why shell out $400+ for a ski shell when I can snag a burly rain jacket for $100?