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I'm looking for a wind & rain jacket that will pack up small and yet provide good protection for an extended rainy day on the trail. I'm not backpacking, altho I might have a fanny pack or a light daypack, depending on where I'm hiking.
Most of my hikes are in mountainous conditions where wind is a bigger issue than rain, so the primary purpose of the garment I see is wind protection.
I've had poor luck with Goretex PacLight garments, finding them not especially durable after 100 days+ of use. ProShell jackets mostly seem to be too heavy-duty, altho my Arcteryx one has held up for 5+ years of use, it generally doesn't make the trip due to bulkiness & weight. So I'm interested in Active Shell garments, mostly for 3-season use, especially summer (so venting/moisture management is an issue). I'd use my ProShell in the winter.
Most of the modern jackets I see are made very short, both to keep the weight down and with the assumption that you'll be wearing rain pants too. Frankly, I find short jackets annoying. I'd much rather have a jacket that provides hip coverage, like the 60/40 parkas of old. I still have a Patagonia Storm parka from 30 years ago (does not breathe at all, but is a great length.
Feature-wise, I want a hood & hand pockets, plus an inner mesh pocket would be nice. I like a pullover style, but would consider a full zip too.
I've seen some positive reviews of Gore Active Shell, specifically for the Mammut Felsturm & the Arcteryx FL series. Neither of these are as long as I'd like, but probably the Felsturm is close to ideal for me (no hand pockets tho, and no variable wrist closures). I'm concerned about how expensive these garments are, but if they'll hold up and really work, I could be persuaded to make the investment.
What has been your experience with Active Shell? Do you know of any brands that deliver against my requirements? Thanks!!