Can anyone make a recommendation for a good soft shell jacket? It doesn’t have to be insulated or camo.
I am looking to refine my layering system and would like something water resistant (not necessarily water proof), resistant to abrasion/tearing, and will break the wind. I can stay pretty warm layered with a merino top, fleece and a down vest but the wind and potential wet (down) is problematic. I got this from Cabelas for a good price and it is nice and pretty close….but pretty heavy at ~26oz (XL size).
You just described the Integral Designs jacket. Should still be available from Barney's in Anchorage. These jackets are very lightweight, made from primaloft and stay warm
when wet. BTDT. Get the style with the hood and carry it in a stuff bag. We take the jacket and the pants on sheep hunts in the Brooks and can siwash
on a mountain top with them in August. These are the survival gear I carry in my truck here during the real cold snaps we get. expensive but worth every penny.
Check out Barney's. Good luck.
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