Cloudveil Serendipity Jacket
Fabric: Scholer Dryskin
Price Paid: $180 (sale)
I wear this thing everyday. On the hottest summer days, I take it to the beach with me instead of a sweatshirt. On the coldest winter days, I wear it snowboarding or climbing. I even look pretty cool with it on at the bars.
The closest thing to a downside is that really heavy rain or wet snow will eventually come through. When I expect these conditions (or don't know what to expect), I take along my cheap Helly Hansen rain coat and throw it on over the Serendipity. The cheap rain protection doesn't breath, but the Serendipity's water resistance does ok with what I sweat into the space between the layers.
All in all, this is the best option for versatility. It's also nice to support a small company instead of a giant that puts bells and whistles on gore-tex to appeal to the same group that buys $45,000 SUVs to drive around the 'burbs.
Fabric: Scholer Dryskin
Price Paid: $240
This jacket is the most versitile piece of equipment I have ever purchased. Light, strechy and almost wind and waterproof, the ultimate climbing and riding jacket. I have used it in the Olympics and snow boarding @ Crystal Mountain and have not had any problems. Layer well underneath, like Powerstrech or Dryflow, and just go. Large Napoleon pockets pull double duty as core vents and work better than pit zips. I have yet to see a jacket like this from TNF, Marmot, or even Mountain Hardware. Cloudveil has definately made a nich for itself. Definately worth the money. Hey, it's even made in the USA!
Fabric: Schoeller Dryskin
Price Paid: 200
After reading all the nice reviews about this jacket, I decided to get myself one. However, I was very disappointed at the craftsmanship. The label says it's made in Canada, but the stitchings are so poor that I thought the jacket was some TNF jacket made in Bangladash. I'm not trying to insult the Canadian craftsmanship. I own an Arc'Teryx Theta AR that's made in Canada, and I think that it's the most well made jacket I've seen.
The fabric is nice and stretchy though, except I'd probably instead try to get the Arc'Teryx Gamma SL made of the same material.
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Since 1997 when Cloudveil began the softshell revolution, the Men's Serendipity Jacket has led the pack. This highly breathable and highly water-resistant jacket features Schoeller Nanosphere softshell fabric an athletic fit. Zip into the Serendipity Jacket and head out for a spring tour or a day in bounds. Stretchy Schoeller softshell material moves with you while you ski, bike, hike, or climb in cool and cold weather. The soft Polartec 100 fleece lining feels great against the skin and won't cause bunching when you wear extra layers under the Serendipity on frosty days.
- Backcountry Outlet
Refined with a polyester/wool lining and a more breathable fabric, Cloudveil's original stretch-woven Serendipity shell adds natural temperature regulation and anti-odor properties to its liberating reputation. Cyclone Soft Shell Plus sheds weather, breathes deeply and stretches liberally, while signature details such as dual Napoleon pockets, pack-friendly hand pockets and a storm-sealing hem show uphill and downhill utility for every brand of backcountry riding.
Cloudveil Men's Serendipity Jacket provides superior comfort and mobility with its polyester-wool lining and breathable stretch-woven shell. Cyclone Soft Shell Plus sheds weather, breathes deeply, regulates temperature naturally, and stretches liberally. Dual Napoleon pockets, pack-friendly hand pockets and a storm-sealing hem show uphill and downhill utility for every brand of backcountry riding. Features Include: lined storm sealing collar, adjustable cuffs, adjustable storm sealing hem, dual chest pockets, hand pockets, interior mesh pocket with snap, interior zippered pocket, laser cut and bonded YKK Reverso Zippers. Materials: Cyclone Soft Shell Plus with Transporter Brushed Tricot collar. Weight: 19.5 oz.. Available Colors: Black, Bossa Nova, Reservoir, Cedar Green
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
CLOSEOUTS . It has nothing to do with luck that the Cloudveil Serendipity soft shell jacket keeps you so comfortable and well-protected when you’re out in the world. Breathable, wind- and water-resistant Cyclone soft shell Moisture-wicking fleece backing for extra comfort Stand-up collar with soft microfleece lining Reverse YKK(R) zipper with zipper garage Right zipper pull Two zip chest pockets Zip hand pockets Elastic drawcord hem Length: 28 (based on Large) Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz. Fabric: 62% nylon, 24% polyester, 8% spandex, 6% wool Care: Machine wash, hang dry Made in Thailand
- Sierra Trading Post