Warm breathable vest

Discussion in 'Softgoods: Clothing, Helmets, Goggles, and More' started by EBG18T, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    What's up with the "under the helmet" hood on the Rab?
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  2. Analisa

    Analisa Out on the slopes Skier

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    Visibility. Over the head provides better protection, but climbing, it can really interfere with peripheral vision. Bike brands do the same thing to make it easier to keep tabs on your surroundings.
     
  3. JohnnyG

    JohnnyG Putting on skis Skier

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    moreoutdoorYuri Booting up Skier

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    'Polar Fleece' (any variant of Polyester fleece) vents well, needs a wind barrier.
    I like multipurposing my cycling gear. A mid-weight ('light' for many...) fleece vest - usually one of my Pearl Izumis.
    With a cycling vest which has a full mesh back panel, also usually a pearl izumi.
    Depending on base layer and shirt, I may add DeFeet wool arm warmers, if cold enough.
    All Under a Marmot shell with pit zips (one size up).
    Cycling vests are intended to provide max back ventilation, while protecting the frontal/chest area from wind chill. Perfect as a cover for fleece.
    Covers me down to about 20 deg. - below that I take off the cycling vest & arm warmers and replace with soft shell, over fleece under the marmot shell.
     
  5. Slim

    Slim Getting off the lift Skier

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    And several other proprietary materials that are similar.
    Patagonia has the Nano-Air line of products, that are diesigned in a similar fashion. The Nano-Air Light Hybrid is the same concept as the OR piece mentioned above:
    Active insulation front, thin, openweave grid fleece back.

    I would NOT suggest the Atom LT for your request. They are great prices, but not designed to move air or moisture. Arc’teryx has active insulation prices out now thoug.

    (PS, with he Patanote the Nano-Air is not the same as “regular” Nano product line.
     


  6. JohnnyG

    JohnnyG Putting on skis Skier

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    So what did the OP end up choosing?
     
  7. moreoutdoorYuri

    moreoutdoorYuri Booting up Skier

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    read it - one thing which stands out -given I like stuff I can use across multiple activities - (Alpine ski, xc off-track, snowshoe and just plain cold weather hiking) - I'm surprised when I see outer layers/jackets without pitzips or 'some' active venting. I don;t buy anything anymore without pitzips - first place where I can really regulate heat, before the clammy feeling sets in.
    I use the softshells I have, but everything else without pitzips is sitting in the closet...
    I have an North Face 3 in 1 which has 'cross-flo' zips (upper chest down to side, under the pit), it sits in the closet, even as a shell, it's just not as good as real pitzips.
    ... just me?
    would luv to find a nice shell with both pitzips and adjustable back vent... am I askin too much? LOL!
    anyone know of any such thing?
     
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    EBG18T Luv da snow! Skier

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    Nothing yet. I went to a few stores, tried a few items from Arcterrx, TNF and Patagonia. Just couldn’t find the right fit, XL was too big (or too long), L was snugger than I wanted. I’m going to keep trying things on as I find them. I’m back in my Spyder vest for now, till I find the right replacement.
     
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    EBG18T Luv da snow! Skier

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    Final update: After looking at & trying on lots of options I ended up with the Patagonia Nano Air Hybrid Jacket & Vest. I didn’t intend on buying both, but I just couldn’t pick one or the other.

    For some reason a Patagonia Untracked shell found a way into my bag and I spent more than the $169 I planned on. Lol.

    https://www.patagonia.com/product/m...=true#tile-8=&q=Nano&lang=en_US&start=1&sz=24

    https://www.patagonia.com/product/m...true#tile-12=&q=Nano&lang=en_US&start=1&sz=36

    https://www.patagonia.com/product/m...&isSearch=true#q=Untracked&lang=en_US&start=1
     
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    EBG18T Luv da snow! Skier

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    Well the Patagonia Nano Air Hybrid Vest got returned after I used the nano air hybrid jacket. The jacket is so light, I can’t imagine using the vest.

    The nano air hybrid does exactly what it says, it provides light insulation and great breathability. The front, shoulders and top of the arms have 40g insulation. The remainder of the jacket is a waffle material (almost see thru).

    I like the idea of the 40g insulation, but the waffle fabric on the back is just too light for all but the highest exertion or warm days. I think many will be better served by the regular nano air (60g insulation) or possibly the Crosstrek (have one on the way).

    I’m just not 100% sold on this product, especially for the price. I’ll try to post pictures of the fabric when I get better WiFi.
     

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