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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? Kirk L
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined May 9, 2010
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Apr 5, 2012
I know you all own shells. Anyone have a favorite they might recommend? Kirk L
From Fort Collins, CO
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Apr 5, 2012
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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.
Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
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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. climbskihike
From Bay Area, CA
Joined May 23, 2011
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Apr 15, 2012
Thanks. A friend just showed me the Patagonia Supercell. Very psyched on it! Kirk L
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined May 9, 2010
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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.
NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Joined Oct 6, 2011
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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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