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Im curious - does the Gamma MX holdup to constant snow fall - warmer temps of 26-32 degrees - without wetting out? One person I spoke with that has one said that it does wet out a bit when exposed to constant snow although you dont notice it and you stay warm?
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I have the Gamma SV, which I believe is uses a slightly heavier version of Poweshield fabric. It does remarkably well in constant snow. I was skiing last year at Loveland in it (the jacket was pretty new) and was amazed at how well it shed snow and how dry I stayed. It never wet out at all. That being said, I still trust my Goretex XCR (also Arcteryx) jacket more if the conditions are going to be awful, in part because it has a hood, but in part because I have lots of years of experience with goretex and limited experience with soft shells.

I also don't know how much of the snow repellency is due to the fabric itself and how much is due to the DWR coating. Will it do as well when it is older? I suspect from looking at the weave of the fabric that much is due to the fabric itself, but perhaps someone with more experience can answer that.
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Im curious - does the Gamma MX holdup to constant snow fall - warmer temps of 26-32 degrees - without wetting out? One person I spoke with that has one said that it does wet out a bit when exposed to constant snow although you don't notice it and you stay warm?
No experience with snow and soft shell, however my experience with rain and PowerShield jackets tells me that they would not stand up to any long-term exposure to serious precipitation. DWR coating may help you initially, but it wears off and eventually the jackets becomes a sponge for water or melted snow an soaks right through. Nothing yet can substitute for a good Gore-Tex shell in the inclement weather. Soft shells are great for the blue sky days.
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