/ Alpine climbing hard shell - opinions please
I was going to bring my normal hardshell (Rab Stretch Neo) but I'm now considering just bringing my Montane Litespeed H20 as it is much lighter and packs to less than half the size.
Anyway, the question is...is a ultralight minimalist shell enough for summer alpine climbing or would it be better live with the extra weight in favour of a more robust hardshell?
You didn't say what you'd be doing. Going to the top of Mt Blanc take the hardshell, valley cragging take the other one....if not sure take both and decide there.
Ultralight is the way to go. In the Alps you climb in good weather and hardshells are very much back up gear. If you are having to climb in your hardshell in the Alps then it's probably not its longevity you will be worried about!
I have a decent softshell I intend to wear the majority of the time and I'd only pull out the hard shell if absolutely necessary.
I'd mainly be doing mountaineering style routes with some rock and/or ice/snow climbing sections. Most likely around PD-AD.
Also probably some valley cragging, but I'd definitely take the lightweight shell for that.
So far advice seems to be generally speaking since you'd only be doing these routes in good weather, going light/fast may be favoured over planning for the absolute worst?
My only concern is the Montane Litespeed H20 is as lightweight as shells come. I don't imagine it could stand up to too much abuse but then again I'd be hoping not to need to test it.
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