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    bshubpow
    36 Posts

    Burton AK 3L (Goretex Pro Shell).
    I have a “Hover” jacket that is a couple years old now that I love. FYI designed and all Goretex Pro Shell.
    I got it on a bro form, so I didn’t have to break the bank. But all the top of the line jackets/fabrics seem to be about the same price point.

    #669274
    Incalescent
    225 Posts

    Neoshell and Gore Active Shell is the future but $$. The Arcteryx Alpha and Beta series have some with long enough tails for your needs.
    Montbell Versalite is a great budget option @ 6.7 oz
    MEC has some surprisingly good pieces in the pipeline if you can wait a season.
    Dane’s coldthistle blog has some *exhaustive* treatise on the subject.

    http://goldenincalescent.blogspot.com/

    #669275
    Splitinbend
    243 Posts

    @grubbers wrote:

    This jacket is crazy light. Right now is a good time to buy it as well since it’s on sale, I don’t think you’ll find any other Neoshell jackets for just under $175.

    http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=18474736

    Thank you! I had to get one.

    #669276
    permnation
    303 Posts

    +1 on the EMS Helix anorak. I was planning to try the Flylow neoshell offering, but the Helix is too good of a deal. Buy one for half off and get a gear bucks card for $25, then get a backup for under $100.

    #669277
    iriecoyote
    291 Posts

    Anyone tried the Patagonia M10?

    #669278
    NickDrake
    46 Posts

    I have not tried the gore active shell products, but was always far from happy with the pro-shell for breathability.

    I have been extremely happy with Helly Hansens “hellytech professional” membranes. I have used the odin mountain and guiding light shells extensively. Snowmobile access from a low elevation where we start in full on rain with slush spraying off the track I have not been wet ever. I actually rank the breathability higher then event items I have tried (a stoic shell and REI shuksan pants). I’ve had both event items fail and wet out also.

    I have not tried it out yet but HH does have the odin “fastpack” jacket which comes in at a scant ounces. No bells and whistles, pockets are vents (which I find work better then pit zips). Only downside off their other jackets is that it doesn’t have any stretch.

    All that being said most people could really evaluate whether they even NEED a hardshell jacket most of their days touring. If it’s not raining or snowing heavy with air temps in the low 30s (ie you don’t live in the pacific northwest) then you need a good DWR, not the membrane below it, you’re not wetting out the shell fabric. Consider wind shirts most days, pack a hardshell when the weather forecast is bad enough that you’re having a hard time finding riding partners.

    #669279
    802smuggler
    369 Posts

    After ripping an e vent and a gelanots shell schwacking in Vermont over three years, I became pretty fed up and decided to go burly. Picked up a gore pro shell with 70 denier facing from O.R. Not the lightest jacket, but very packable and it’s not an alpine shell, which is nice because I don’t like the way those fit. It’s crinkly but so far it’s been extremely good at blocking the wind and keeping me dry. Also, just did a day tour exploring in some dense boreal forest. I was concerned for the jacket, but it passed its maiden voyage. Hopefully it will hold up for a while. It’s pretty stupid when you can’t get more than a season out of a jacket because of weak materials (ymmv). Oh yea, I have two ductape colored shells, slightly used if anybody needs a cheap back up! :thumpsup:

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