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Colorado winters are fairly dry. Cold, but the snow we get isn't nearly as wet as what the mountains in California, Washington, or the NE receive. Consequently for the past several years I have only been using a softshell jacket for protection from the winter weather. I just have not noticed the need for a hardshell.
My softshell of choice since it came out on the market two seasons ago has been the Ultimate Hoody. Constructed from Gore-tex Windstopper fabric this windproof and water-resistent piece has done an excellent job of giving me total freedom of movement, while functioning great at keeping the moisture out and the heat in. The athletic fit may not be for everyone but I can climb difficult routes which demand athletic performance and the jacket when totally zipped up doesn't hold me back. It is also trim enough that I can war the Stratus Flash Jacket over it and not feel bulky.
Without a doubt this is my favorite softshell and will go with me everywhere. In the summer the Windstopper fabric serves as protection against the wind above 11,500 feet and still offers enough moisture protection where I can wear it and be comfortable through one of our Colorado thundershowers.
The only drawback might be the lack of outside handpockets. However as an active pursuit jacket the Ultimate Hoody cannot be beat.
Jack Roberts Team Mammut
Fabric: Gore-Tex Windstopper
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