/ Patagonia/Mountain Equipment Supercell Advice
Patagonia has Paclite, more geared towards climbing.
I'm wanting a lightweight, durable (ish) emergency hardshell for climbing (Scottish-winter, multi-pitch, alpine) which would suggest the Patagonia jacket, however I've heard bad things about Paclite.
Not sure where the "active shell is for hiking" thing came from.
From ME, the Firefox/firefly are exactly what you're after? I've the firefly smock: http://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk/the_gear/clothing/waterproof/firefly_smock---764/
The equivalent from Patagonia would be the M10 jacket: http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enGB/product/mens-m10-jacket?p=84171-0-497
Both the above would be ideal for what you're after?
Active shell knocks Paclite into a cocked hat breathability wise.
Despite the jackets being light, unless you spend your life thugging up chimneys they're fine. Colin Haley used his M10 for every climb he did in Patagonia for a winetr season, which is a lot more use than mine will get over it's lifetime I imagine!
If you know you are highly likely to need a hard shell for a trip I'd say get a proshell or event type jacket (paramo not a great idea as heavy).
My wife has a Patagonia Supercell paclite jacket and whilst it is a tailored gem of beauty I wouldn't fancy thrutching around some winter gully in it.
Thanks for your advice,
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