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So I am doing some research regarding new hardshells. I use my current jacket (old old tnf mountain light 2 layer gtx, buttons on the storm flap) extensively in windy conditions, as an outer shell when hiking in snow, when fishing, and of course in rain/sleet/snow.
I'm willing to spend a good amount to get a good shell. Initially my search started with arcteryx but now that they have shipped their production overseas and want 600 bucks for an alpha sv I refuse to look at them.
I am looking for a durable hardshell that breathes well, has pit zips, and can stadn up to some abuse from pack straps, abrasions and dirt. I'd prefer it to be a bit longer than those waist jackets you see. If I could get something made in usa/canada that would be good (like old arcteryx).
I have started looking at 3L event fabrics mainly because of their excellent breathable characteristics. I have done some research and wanted to discuss it with yall and maybe you had some ideas. I wouldn't be opposed to gore tex pro but it really doesnt breathe as well though i bet it is tougher but can't find a manufacturer that makes us/can gore tex pro jackets anyways.
Westcomb (canadian) makes a jacket called the mirage, supposedly the company was started by ex arcteryx folks. Supposed to be good quality, my concerns are mainly twofold here, is it long enough or is it really short like a ski/snowboard jacket - their primary clientele it seems. Supposedly the rear drops a bit more than the front which helps. Also its got this funky front zipper that sketches me out since the zipper is 'waterproof' like all of these fancy jackets - im scared it will wear off or something.
New company i've never heard of Loki. www.lokiusa.com Its based out of colorado, i dont actually know where their stuff is made, i suspect china based on their 'once a year shipments' but i have sent an email asking them. The jacket looks good, has some neat features, a neck gaiter thing and these mits that fold out. My concerns lie again with the length and the wrists...it appears they dont have velcro cuffs, i wonder if water gets in easily
Rab Lotak jacket. Seems very very popular, overall good reviews but it is made in china and i have read online quite a few threads about abrasion resistance lacking and the zippers leaking - mainly on uk forums where the jacket is sold more.
Wild things alpinist jacket. A little plain but appears to have all the features, i dont know how the fit is, the plain jane pics dont seem like it fits athletically...and I read a thread on here about water leaking up the cuff because it was poorly designed/not waterproofed there.
Integral designs has a jacket but its more of a lightweight piece seemingl not suited to rigors of backpacking.
Like I said earlie I wouldn't mind getting a gore tex pro jacket, in fact doing this research on event jackets has brought up some questions about this miracle fabric (the e-vent), but are there any quality companies not manufacturing overseas now?? If I'm gonna spend 350+ on a jacket i dont want to just dump it on some chinese made stuff, besides old arcteryx, ID, wild things, westcomb i cant find a jacket of any sort made here anymore..