/ Help choosing a new hardshell jacket
So I'm now in search of a new hardshell, its the second jacket that has let me down that has been the north face so looking to take my custom to another brand, I'm pretty skinny and tall, so often find jackets quite roomy.
Pretty much an all rounder, getting into winter climbing this year too,
Only thing I don't like about it is the way the toggles can whip around in the wind unless tied up, this isn't a problem wearing a helmet as there is less slack out.
Mountain equipment or Rab neither have let me down. Currently have a Rab latok which I have always found to be very good and prefer eVent to goretex but that's personal preference
I just started using a Rab Stretch Neo jacket. I've only been out in it 3 times but I have to say the breathability of it is very impressive (much better than my previous Goretex shells). Might be one to consider.
What size are you?
Have an xl ME Tupilak II going?
I think that TNF have lost their way over the last ten years or so and I no longer even look at what they have to offer. I buy stuff purely designed for climbing. Look at Mountain Equiment, RAB, Mountain Hardware and brands like that. My winter hardshell is a Marmot Spire and is the best jacket I have ever owned <and I've spent a lot of cash on goretex over the years!>
My Mountain Hardware seams hard wearing, had it since 2011 and looks in good nick still.
Not sure what the model was but it was over £300 and full on mountaineering style.
> I think that TNF have lost their way over the last ten years or so and I no longer even look at what they have to offer. I buy stuff purely designed for climbing. Look at Mountain Equiment, RAB, Mountain Hardware and brands like that. My winter hardshell is a Marmot Spire and is the best jacket I have ever owned <and I've spent a lot of cash on goretex over the years!>
Couln't agree more. I have a Marmot Spire too. Still going strong after four or five years all-year round action.
I'd second the Rab Neo Stretch.
I'm also tall (6'4") and skinny but fit is good - nice long sleeves!
After years spending money on laminates, I've recently (and somewhat reluctantly) converted to Paramo - most of their designs are a bit crap and fiddly, but the material works really well, comes with a lifetime guarantee and if it gets damaged, you can send it back to them and they can replace entire panels of material for not a lot of cash.
If you're tall and slim, it might be worth looking at Furtech for a winter shell - they tend to have a trimmer cut and I believe they have some of their Claw jackets back in stock.
The comments on Rab being a long fit are interesting as I always had them down as strictly for wee guys!
Mountain Equipment used to be great for me, but I think they've shortened their fit now.
My ME tupilak II seems to be standing up to everything I have thrown at it so far.
Had it 18 months and used it for summer and winter stuff,carrying a pack,wearing a harness and it is nice and robust in high wear areas whilst still being light.I only paid £60 in the sale for it but I would be happy to buy one at full retail after living with it.
If Arc'teryx is within your budget then I would recommend if you're looking for serious durability. My Pro Shell Fission SV has taken a beating and still looks like new. Haven't tried their new N80px fabric or whatever its called yet though. Expensive stuff but when you're having an epic and you know it's bombproof that £50 extra you spent is suddenly not so important!
If you buy the Sherpa version, can you post back with a real world review?
I like the look (ethic? - both..?) of the kit, but have some questions first.
An alternative point of view, although one I present regularly. Get a cheap lightish one, put it in your sac for when things turn crap and actually do all your climbing in a much lighter, much more breathable wind proof.
I have a Patagonia Rainshadow that cost £80 and lives in my sac 95% of the time, so after 6 years is as new.
I have similar build to you, just picked up a Marmot Alpinist 1/2 price at Cotswolds. Seems brilliant so far. It replaced a Mountain Hardwear that had taken about 8 years of abuse - the reason I didn't go for MH again, simply that the Marmot was a marginally longer cut, and was much cheaper on sale, whilst still seeming pretty much bombproof.
Only drawback is fairly heavy and on the warm side, if you want goretex i've liked marmot in the past and currently have a arcteryx Alpha SV which i like a lot. It'sbe been used fairly heavily and seems to to be wearing well.
outside have the new version for £400 which may even make it price comparable to someof the competitionf
I did a instructor day with Kimber 5 out of 6 us were in paramo....
I'm 6'4 and the latest Rab gear seems to have really long sleeves. The Baseline Hoody and the Stretch Neo in XL both fit me really well. The Stretch Neo definitely has longer sleeves than my older Latok Alpine
I liked my paramo jacket, but the only people they can possibly fit are short and rotund. I'll look up furtech.
Obviously they charge for this, I think it was about 30 quid for the trousers and about 50 ish for the smock. In my view worth it to get something that fits properly. I am 6ft 5 and skinny so hard to find stuff that fits well.
The top is a better fit than the trousers which I have always found a bit baggy. Because of this and after trying a few diff pairs on I purchased a pair of Theta sv salopettes (medium/long leg length) which are just long enough and a good trim fit in in the leg. Purchased in the sale from 'Outside'.
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