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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I would like to get a good softshell, that is windproof, and breathable..I hate being cold..but I only have ski Jackets, and with sprins coming I need something a little lighter...but still have enough pockets..What do you think is the best..One that I am looking at is Mountain HW Torch..What do you think about it, or is there something better

Lee
post #2 of 13
Check out Cloudveil. I have the Zero-G which is an insulated soft shell and I love it. I'm sure their lighter softshells fit just as well or better.
post #3 of 13
Arc' Teryx Sigma SV. Not truly H20 proof, but Gore-windstopper which is pretty darn close to being H20 proof ( will withstand gentle rain for a while) . Unless you really need to wear in in steady rain, this is a fantastic jacket. Very durable fabric, pit zips and vented mesh pockets. Of course it's wind proof as well.

Another to add is Outdoor resarch Mitril. IT's H20 proof and wind proof. No pit zips though.
post #4 of 13
That would be a good one IMHO.
I would classify softshells in three catagories.....

1. Softshell, tightly woven fabric, wind resistant, water resistant, HIGHLY breathable.

2. Windbloc, same fabric with Windstopper or such. Wind proof, water repelant, very breathable. (like the MHW your looking at).

3. Waterproof Laminate. Waterproof, seams may or may not be sealed, windproof, breathable. Like any ski jacket but material is softshell and normally full stretch.

Now most softshells just like any jacket are treated with a DWR. So when new it will bead up water. As the jacket wears and gets dirty the DWR loses it repleancy. Wash it (powder detergant, no fabric softner) 2nd rinse, and DRY it and it will bring the DWR back to life. Most DWR finishes last through 10-20 wash cycles.
post #5 of 13
I have a Pagagucci White Smoke soft shell that I love so much I use it as my only jacket now. I thought for cold snowy days on the EC that it might not be water resistant enough, but the truth is I got damper in my hard shell due to sweat then I get in the soft shell.
post #6 of 13
Cloudveil makes several excellent soft shells, especially the ones using Schoeller fabrics. There are several good ones in the North Face Apex series as well.

One thing to keeping mind is how much protection you want from rainy weather. If you have an ultralight gortex shell to throw over your soft shell, then go for a very breathable soft shell. These can still be very wind resistant. In general if a soft shell has pit zips, it's probably giving up some breathability for water resistance. If you really want to get carried away searching for a soft shell read this
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I do not really want a hood..Does the torch have a pocket to store it in, on does it just stay out all the time?
http://www.backcountry.com/store/MHW...cket-Mens.html
If not what do you think about this one
http://www.backcountry.com/store/MHW...cket-Mens.html
I like pockets, and I want it light
The sigma looks like the hood flattens down

Lee
post #8 of 13
I am a 100% non-hood guy. I wear a helmet and a hood just gets in the way. Even when they fold into a pocket or fold down in one way or another it never fits right when zipped up all the way, IMO.
That MHW Alchemy looks like a good one. It is a Windbloc piece so it should serve you well in most every weather condition.
post #9 of 13
I am a 100% non-hood guy when it comes to skiing. I wear a helmet and a hood just gets in the way. Even when they fold into a pocket or fold down in one way or another it never fits right when zipped up all the way, IMO.
That MHW Alchemy looks like a good one. It is a Windbloc piece so it should serve you well in most every weather condition.
post #10 of 13
The Arc' Teryx Stingrey is a very nice jacket. it is a bit thicker than a plain shell, it is 100% waterproof and you can use it 3 seasons.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
What is the difference between technical jackets, and soft shell?


Lee
post #12 of 13
Technical jackets are clothing designed for a specific "technical" application, like ice climbing. Soft shell is a description of the material. Soft shell materials are characterized by high breathability, water resistance (not proofness), wind resistance, and some level of insulative capability. Hard shells are waterproof.
post #13 of 13
LeeX, strong recommendation for the Cloudveil RPK. I skied in the rain for four hours last week at Jay and came out bone dry. It is a beautifully cut jacket with pleanty of room where it counts. Pit zips are critical in spring conditions and the RPK has them. The fabric is a rich and supple Gortex. Nice length as well. And finally, Cloudveil's customer support is epic. I sent them a four year old jacket with a busted zipper, and they sent me a brand new jacket that cost three times more what I paid for the original. Nuff said. Check out the RPK on Ebay. Got mine for just over $200. Best jacket out there - and I own Arcteryx gear too.
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