/ Gore-tex Active Shell vs Pertex Shield Plus
Anyone know the breathability and durability differences?
the active shell should feel more breathable due to having a lining on the inside which helps stop you noticing condensation build up,
a 3 layer in theory should be more durable than a 2 layer, but then active shell weighs more than most shield plus jkts with equivalent features
if you have the budget to spend on active shell then go for it, but IMO as a lightweight waterproof than will spend more time in a pack than wearing it then a shield plus jkt is plenty breathable enough and durable enough
Durability...seems to be doing well although it is thin and does cut quite easily (snagged mine on a trekking pole tip). No signs of wear under pack shoulders though. I wouldn't buy one for professional use as I think it would wear out, the Pro Shell would be better for that.
gore is cagey about ASs breathability (measured in grams thru a 1m2 pice per day). ive heard its about 14,000g/m2/24hr. proshell is 12,000.
shield + is rated at 20,000 g/m2/24hr.
shield + comes in various forms with different textures. i wore a shield + jacket all winter (when appropriate for conditions) and liked it a lot, finding it very breathable. as gearboy said above - a layer of non-clammy micromesh makes a fabric feel and work better, and my shield + jacket has a 'peach fuzz' inner that works the same.
AS lasts longer as its simply heftier.
I could do with it being pretty durable as it would be used for Scottish Winter and multi-pitch mainly.
I was thinking something like the ME Firefox or the Rab Kinetic.
but as said comparing this stuff is hard
didn't want to talk about MVTR tests and that opens a-1 and b-1 can of worms !-) Lab test vs real use varies a lot
> I was thinking something like the ME Firefox or the Rab Kinetic.
Hood is fully helmet compatible.
To be honest I would look at a lightweight Pro Shell jacket which will only be maybe 100g heavier than the AS alternatives. Look at Arc'teryx Alpha LT or Haglofs Spitz for starters.
Thanks for all your advice,
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