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Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by zenlunatic, Oct 6, 2010.
These look great...I might order one. Where did you find it for $80?
my bad. it was a cosmetic blemish sale. Backcountry.com has Small in the green for $83 and Sierratradingpost.com has M/L 2nd's for $89.
also, i wear a 42R blazer and the XL was -way- too big.
Try the Eddie Bauer/ First Ascent gear, I have the First Ascent Frontpoint jacket and it is hard shell/ soft shell hybrid and is awesome. It is waterproof in the sleeve, shoulders and hood and then a nice and breathable soft shell. They do run a little small so going a size up might not be a bad idea, and you can return them to any Eddie Bauer if it does not work, so I have heard.
I'd also happily recommend Arc'teryx. I was looking for a soft shell for last winter and bought a The North Face Apex Bionic but it wasn't warm enough for winter. I went into a local sports apparel store and found the Arc'teryx Easyrider on sale for abour $200 Cdn (regularly $330 Cdn) and a Spyder ski jacket. It's the best softshell I've tried yet and the main winter coat/jacket I wore last winter. I live in Toronto, Canada and we get pretty cold winters here! The only time I wear a hard shell is when it snows or is very windy and I want to cover my head/ears. Then I'll wear my Columbia 3 in 1 (not Titanium style). Otherwise it keeps me quite comfortable with just a tanktop/sleeveless T as a base layer, and a T-shirt or long sleeve jersey mid-layer. I'll put it this way, I haven't worn the Spyder winter coat yet.
A wool option I'd like to try is the Cabela's Over-Under WindShear Zip-Front Sweater that was just on sale for $69US. It was mentioned in a recent thread I read and I heard nothing but good things about it.
I would love another Arcteryx easy rider, destroyed the one I had. Looks like they stopped making them though. Found a few sizes/colors on ebay but nothing in my size. If you can find one they are great, the thickest most insulated and most durable softshell I've tried out.
Yep I agree. I haven't found a warmer softshell yet. I was just checking the Arc'teryx site a few days ago and couldn't find the Easyrider either. That sucks if it was discontinued because it's definitely a great softshell.
Another brand I was looking into a couple years ago but never bothered ordering from was Beyond Clothing like balrog mentioned higher up in this thread. I got them to send me their mini catalog/brochure with small swatches of the fabric they use in their various softshells but they don't seem as thick or possibly as warm as the Easyrider.
I think you might be missing the point of a softshell The less heat it holds in the more versatile it is. My TAD Stealth is fleece lined, and I would prefer that is wasn't. It's a great in the winter over a fleece hoodie or in cool weather, but I cannot wear it for half of the year, because it's too warm.
This just came across my Twitter Feed: Soft Shell Jacket Video
I just picked up one of the Carhartt soft shells on EBay and love it. Decent weight - not too light, and very warm. Mine is not the Detroit model - I think the only difference is the colllar (Detroit has a traditional fold down collar).