Hard Shell Suits
Recent Hard Shell Suit Reviews
Patagonia Ice Nine Suit
The best winter mountaineering shell I have ever seen. Bright colors for visibility in low visibility situations or avalanches. Heavy duty Gore-Tex material prevents punctures from ice axes, crampons, rocks from hit when doing a sitting glacade. Many many zippered vents full length removing the need to take your plastic boots off in order to put on the one piece shell. Best piece of kit I have ever purchased. I have put mine through an enormous amount of abuse and falls and the suite is still intact… Full review
The North Face Halo Detachable Suit
This suit is a great one-piece. It keeps me very warm and when I do overheat a little it breathes very well. I really wish they would have made a XXL as being 6'2" 250 is maxing out the XL. I have taken this thing in deep powder and through the trees at Sierra many times and i always stay dry. The only fault of this suit is the pants are not functional when separate and the jacket is a little short, in essence this can be used as a one piece. If you're looking for a suit that keeps you dry and warm… Full review
EMS Men's Climbing Suit
This piece is from back when EMS made hard-driving performance clothing for the outdoors. It's a great mountaineering suit, waterproof, super breathable, windproof, reinforced in wear areas and has zip vents everywhere. Full review
Moonstone Particle Suit
An awesome lightweight suit. It weighs less than a lot of jackets. The medium pant medium top 1-piece suit weighs 39.4 oz's. 2 thigh and 2 external chest pockets. The internal suspenders have spandex mesh pockets in them. The suit has waterproof zippers throughout and is very comfortable to wear. The only downside is that the Gore Paclite II really grabs at underlayers and makes getting it on and off a chore sometimes in that you have to readjust layers that have ridden up. Overall it's my favorite… Full review
Moonstone Sauvage Suit
A great mountain expedition or ice climbing suit. Ultra heavy duty fabric and lots of pockets: four external chest, two thigh, two internal chest. It uses waterproof zippers on the pockets but the drop seat uses a zipper fly. The suit has internal suspenders that are very comfy and work great. Perfect hood. Large suit weighs 54.2 oz's Full review
Patagonia Ice Nine Suit
Wow! Big price but an absolutely incredible suit. I have owned several one-piece suits in the past (all of them supposedly "custom-fit") which never fit right -- this one is perfect. The fabric is an outstanding mini-ripstop w/tougher fabric in wear areas. The suit has internal elasticized suspenders, full leg zips which form the rainbow butt zip, pit zips too. The zippers are all "dry zippers" -- that is, they have a monofilament which expands in water causing a better seal. The only complaint… Full review
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