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Soft shells and sliding

post #1 of 6
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Soft shells seem to be growing in popularity. I've been considering trying a soft shell jacket but I am concerned about whether the shiny soft shell will slide better on icy slopes. I ski lots of steep, narrow terrain and I don't want to buy something that will cause me to slide faster if I fall. Anyone have any experience with soft shells and sliding?
post #2 of 6
I don't think it would be any worse then a Gore Tex shell.

I wore my soft shell a few times but I haven't slid on ice yet with it.
post #3 of 6
I don't have any first hand experience, but my son says it's just the opposite. That is, he thinks the hard shells slide more and that the soft shells grap onto the surface more.

He got a new North Face soft shell for Christmas and seems to really like it. I think it's the Apex 2.
post #4 of 6
You mean you don't have a Whippet?

I haven't had any problems in my softshells, but with anything, i bet some behave differently than others.
post #5 of 6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RJP
Considering how rude and infuriating powder day crowds are at Bridger Bowl its best I don't carry anything that can easily be used as a weapon.
post #6 of 6
I just bought a Marmot soft shell. I love it. A great all-pupose piece.

The exterior is a textured weave, so I expect it would generate more friction than my Marmot hard-shell. I haven't had any significant falls in the soft-shell, but it's not a concern.

Soft shell sales have skyrocketed in the last year (see Sporting Goods Business website). In my view, they're more functional garments, and more comfortable. Unlike hard-shells, soft-shells stretch with you.
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