/ Gore-tex Active Shell
I haven't used mine in torrential rain yet.
I have used it:
Cycling - with few other layers up Sheffield's hills. I stayed a lovely temperature and dry.
In a downpour - I stayed dry.
It seems very windproof, mine (a prototype) is super light and packs down tiny.
I rate mine.
Get yourself down to the ME sale tomorrow. I managed to pick up an immaculate firefox with tags for £60 last week. Depends how near to hyde you are.
and have a look how the Endo jacket is repealing the water
Berghaus Velum is a good candidate for harder activities because it has reinforced areas over the shoulders for your rucksack etc.
Guaranteed next years abomination of Gore-Tex will be Active Shell with a Proshell or paclite backer, remembering that Proshell was sold pretty much on the fact it has a fancy new backing fabric that ups the breathability, reduces lightness and friction between shell and mid-layer...
Yet the current Active Shell garments on the market uses the old silver scrim/net backer common to performance shell and XCR, which is surprisingly thick and heavy. I was impressed at the overall thickness of the Arc'teryx Active Shell jackets (so far the only ones available here), they are IMO far more durable than the Paclite jackets out there.
Wait a year and get the next generation of Active Proshell, Active Paclite, Neoshell or Event or something, you will never be able to keep up.
Surely that's the same with everything?
I got myself a Marmot Zion Jacket a couple of weeks ago (Neoshell) and it's unbelievably good! I believe Active Shell is very similar and this type of clothing is definitely the way forward, once they've sorted out the initial problems.
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