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Firstly - thank you all for your help last year. Thanks to you, I have climbed Kilimanjaro and came back - without problems and in perfect comfort! (special thanks go to Bill!)
Now my plans are taking me skiing this winter, and to an mountaineering course in Chamonix next summer.
I currently have:
->Base Layer: Ice breaker 200, Capilene 1 et al.
->Patagonia R1 Pullover
->Arc'Teryx Atom LT (beautiful piece of gear)
What I am missing, obviously, is the hard shell jacket and trousers, which could serve me well both while skiing and mountaineering.
From the numerous reviews I have read it seems like Arc'teryx Alpha SV is the leader here. Unfortunately, their S size is a bit too big and they don't do XS for men... Also, I am not sure if paying 1000 GBP for a set makes sense, especially given that I am an intermediater skiier and a beginner in alpinism - thus it is likely I will destroy it relatively quickly. I can technically afford it, but I cannot justify the expense to myself.
Thus... what would you recommend? What are the other hard-shells worth looking at?
While surfing the net I have discovered RAB Latok - any thoughts? (also as regards the difference RAB Latok Alpine vs RAB Latok)
Also - what would be the best option: salopettes/bibs or trousers, given that I want to use them both for skiing and mountaineering?
Thank you all for your kind help!