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By Kirk L
Apr 3, 2012

Looking for a summer alpine jacket. Something to bring along on spearhead/diamond ect. Want to find a nice balance of waterproof/breathable material, lightweight, and maybe even some stretch. Anyone have any thoughts?


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By Kirk L
Apr 5, 2012

I know you all own shells. Anyone have a favorite they might recommend?


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By Ryan Williams
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From London (sort of)
Apr 5, 2012
El Chorro

Assuming you want a full waterproof shell and you want to climb in it I'd go for one of the newer, more breathable membranes. eVent, MH Dry Q Elite, etc. Rab has some new shells that are pretty awesome looking and there is no question that they make excellent products.

Edited to add: Maybe you can go even lighter than a full membrane and get something like a Pertex Shield jacket. I personally would go for a good windproof and a super light emergency rain shell in my pack if I were planning on spending summer in RMNP.


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By climbskihike
From Bay Area, CA
Apr 8, 2012

Light (6 ounces), waterproof, very packable, but not stretchy: OR Helium 2. Just got one and it's awesome. Isn't going to breathe like Event or DryQ or Neoshell, but for a summer rain jacket that you aren't going to wear most of the time it is hard to beat. And costs a lot less too.


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By Kirk L
Apr 15, 2012

Thanks. A friend just showed me the Patagonia Supercell. Very psyched on it!


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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Apr 15, 2012

Ryan Williams wrote:
Assuming you want a full waterproof shell and you want to climb in it I'd go for one of the newer, more breathable membranes. eVent, MH Dry Q Elite, etc. Rab has some new shells that are pretty awesome looking and there is no question that they make excellent products. Edited to add: Maybe you can go even lighter than a full membrane and get something like a Pertex Shield jacket. I personally would go for a good windproof and a super light emergency rain shell in my pack if I were planning on spending summer in RMNP.


Dry Q is eVent. GE is now allowing people to use eVent but rebrand it.


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By Fat Texan
Apr 20, 2012

If you get a Rab shell, see if you can try it on first. They fit me very tight in the shoulders. If I go up in size there is to much fabric around the waist.

Whereas the Patagonia, unless they are slim fit are loose all over.


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