/ Tips for a windshell?
I would like it to be light, well fitting on a person 184cm tall and 100cm chest, and with a wide range of motion.
Hooded or not is secondary to fit.
Do you have any tips on jackets and sizes? Which one should I get?
I've got no idea what my chest measurement is, but I've got a Rab Cirrus and it's great.
I find the hood fairly irrelevant, but I think pockets are pretty useful if you're planning on walking or climbing in it, since you can keep gloves, buffs, hats etc in them and make yourself a bit warmer or cooler when you want to without stopping, faffing, digging in bags etc.
I would say the hood is very useful. On long windy belays in summer time, whacking the hood up makes a massive difference to how warm I feel.
I don't know what my chest measurement is but, I'm 180cm tale and take a medium normally.
The following are good tops.
Montane Lite Speed.
I'm sure there are plenty of other good tops out there too. I had a Marmot one for a while, with mesh under the arms. That wasn't very good as it let the wind through!
My use for it would be for multipitch and mountaineering mainly , where I would have a hardshell as backup. That's why I would like low weight and to be able to lift my arms up without exposing my belly.
The marmot driclime I actually have looked at and it looks really nice, but if I would gy that one I would still like an UL windshell as I think they have different uses.
How are for example the fit of the litespeed and cirrus?
The Rab Boreas is very light, stretchy and windproof. I'm over 2m tall and the XXL is long enough for me!
> The Rab Boreas is very light, stretchy and windproof. I'm over 2m tall and the XXL is long enough for me!
Agree with this, great top for summer as its nice and cool and will block the wind when its windy. Its light enough to carry on routes, and generally loose enough to allow decent movement. Mine cost £27 from cotswold, cannot argue with that.
Its proper good at regulating your temp and getting rid of sweat. It works so good that I'm thinking of getting a full on VR for winter duties. Its feels really nice next to skin as well.
The driclime works just as well, is lighter, but the hood is unlined and a bit pants.
Hope this helps
I use my VR jacket for summer climbing in Scotland. Its great for windy days at the crag/on multipitch/scrambling and fine in the rain as it dries out very quickly (although if it was meant to bucket down i'd take a proper hard shell). It breathes well and is fine in anything but those very rare sunny and warm days in Scotland.
I'd imagine a baselayer + pertex windtop would be better suited for warmer days though being a bit more flexible and less sweaty.
Just back from an outing today using my VR Alpine, with a Montane Lightspeed over the top for the summit ridge. Been impressed with the range of conditions which the VR copes with, especially when you team it with a supplementary windproof in really blowy conditions.
I wore it on a alpine condition day on Nevis last weekend and it was perfect. Wore it over a base layer for the walk in to the CIC then fired on my R1 hoody as well once we got higher for a bit of extra warmth. Although it was clear and dry it was extremely windy on the summit plateau and I was totally comfortable. I also had my hard shell and belay jacket with me for back up but never put either of them on.
What do you guys think about a wind blocking baselayer, instead of a wind blocking shell?
I just bought myself this Gore Windstopper baselayer (actually from their bike range) because I got a good deal: http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-GoreUK-Site/en_UK/Product-Show?pid=UWLSME
Which I wear under my R1 Hoody. The back and the inside of the arms is mesh, the rest is windstopper. I wore it while snowshoeing last weekend, and it worked great.
Ofcourse, it's less versatile as a shell, as you can't remove it (easily) when the weather gets too hot.
I have a Rab VapourRise jacket for a number of years and love it for its comfort, flexibility, toughness and the wide temperature range it is comfortable for, but would say that it is more wind-resistant than windproof.
On really windy days I have had to put a pertex windshirt over it to keep the chill at bay.
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