Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:22 pm Posts: 639 Location: Durango, CO
I second DryQ Elite. It works great for me, and I wear it generally up to 40ish degrees and it breathes awesome. Warmer than that, a windbreaker may be best for straight up spring skiing, just due to the thickness.
Normally in spring I tour in a tshirt, and keep a jacket in my pack if wind / weather comes in.
Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:08 am Posts: 114 Location: Melbourne, Australia
If you can get it on sale, the patagucci super alpine jacket is awesome. It weighs about half as much as my old burton hover shell (also goretex pro-shell), but is just as tough. It's designed for ice climbing but I think it's really well suited to touring.
I use it in any conditions, spring or deep winter.
The hood is great, it'll cover your beanie and cinch up, but it's also big enough to go over a helmet.
The chest pockets are huge.
Of course it's got pit zips too.
It doesn't zip into pants, so I'd recommend wearing it with bibs in powder.
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:32 am Posts: 174 Location: Northern NM
I have the Stoic Stash which has been pretty good, especially since I got it for $75. Plenty of Stoic love as well as some Stoic hate on other SB.com threads. Make no mistake that this jacket is on the flimsy side. Earlier in the season I caught a tree branch and shredded mine nearly in half but the BC.com return policy had me a new jacket inside of a week. The upside is that it's freaking light as hell and packs tiny. Breathability is OK, it's a little light on pockets (I miss having an outer chest pocket), it has long pit zips for ventilation. I've worn the replacement probably 40 days this season with no more trouble from -5 F to +40 F but I don't recommend it for super cold days... I just now checked on BC.com and it's up to $140 so not sure it's such a great deal at that price. Also, they only have XL which is fine for me as it runs small. It seems to be discontinued, but hey, as long as they have enough inventory left to keep replacing mine as I destroy them, I'm happy.
Also, one of the reviewer comments is all-time, "Buy this jacket or the model wearing the green jacket in the photo will find you and shatter your kneecaps."
I work for a large online retailer so I have the opportunity to try clothing way beyond my price bracket. I have the Arcteryx Beta FL in the quiver. For spring riding it is incredible. Super light and very breathable. So breathable I would suggest it as a summer rain shell. Its safe to say its waterproof too. Due to its breathability it is not a good jacket for standing around in. You get cold fast. Its also a slim fitting piece so my puffy normally goes on over it when I'm cold.
The key to this jacket is the GORE active shell. Although Arcteryx has the best lines on their retail prices are insane. Mountain Equipment has the firelite jacket. Same GORE active shell a little less attractive lines (who cares) way cheaper. http://www.mountaingear.com/webstore/Cl ... 231673.htm $149
Hate to be stuck in the backcountry with either of these shells overnight, but when it comes to breathability you can beat active shell.