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I am in the market for a new shell as my beloved old Marmot has finally started taking on water:( I have finally settled on the Marmot (women's) Fjell (a 3L pro shell) or the Spire ( a 3L performance shell). I took a look at Arcteryx ( beta AR and Theta SV). These jakets are really impressive, but the features seemed to be too "minimalist" for me right now. I like the zip out powder skirts in the Marmots. And I need ample pockets (see next paragraph)! So far I have not found another jacket with the powder skirt feature (also checked OR, North Face, honestly don't remember if I checked Mountain Hardware).
The bottom line is, I am now a mom of 3 kiddos ages 2 to 7, and so my main uses for this jacket are going to a be "pack horse" and then hopefully some skiing, backcountry skiing, hiking, and (hopefully, sometime soon) backpacking or climbing some 14ers (with kiddos in tow). I need a decent "3 season" jacket that I use in cold weather and snow but I can throw in a backpack if necessary. I know that it's impossible to find aj ack-of-all trades hardshell. I'm just looking for something reasonable.
Is there any other shell I should consider?
What's the difference with performance vs proshell? Weight? Durability? My understanding is that breathability is about the same?? (I'm not even considering eVent right now because I think it's probably splitting hairs in my current state of affairs)
Any advice would be appreciated because we don't live in place where I can really pick the brain of a professional outfitter that knows his stuff. At this point all I have been able to rely on are the extremely helpful people at Marmot. I'm looking for a less biased view..