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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby Jeremy Bauman » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:00 am

A hoodless softshell is pretty much pointless. The point of a softshell is that you can wear it in 95+ percent of conditions. Without a hood, as soon as it starts to sprinkle you'll find yourself reaching into your pack for your clammy hardshell that breathes just as well as an asthmatic grandfather on Everest.

Get a good softshell that fits you and has a well designed hood that won't get in your way.Get this one. http://www.backcountry.com/sierra-designs-vapor-hooded-softshell-jacket-mens.
That way if you don't like you're only down $50 and you could probably sell it for that much to a friend or something. But that won't happen. You'll be sold on the hood from the first moment its even a tad colder, windier, or wetter than you expected.

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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby Dex » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:25 am

Jeremy Bauman wrote:A hoodless softshell is pretty much pointless.


Agree. I'm surprised the question even came up. Options are always good and the weight to usefulness ratio is high with a hood. I can't imagine a winter climb with a wind chill and not having a hood. Also, in case of an emergency the hood and drawstring keeps the heat in.
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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby prestone818 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:24 pm

Marmot ROM has been good to me

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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby SingleSpeed » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:28 pm

Thanks for all your opinions. My choice is clear as mud now. =). Lots of good points made all around. I will have to do a little more research. Keep ypur 2 cents still coming, I REALLY appreciate them.

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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby pvnisher » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:55 pm

Just buy a few of each. If you're like me, you'll soon accumulate a pile of jackets, boots, gloves, pants, hats, axes, and so forth.

It's not a habit, I can quit anytime I want. 8)

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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby DaveSwink » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:38 am

pvnisher wrote:Just buy a few of each. If you're like me, you'll soon accumulate a pile of jackets, boots, gloves, pants, hats, axes, and so forth.

It's not a habit, I can quit anytime I want. 8)


Ha! I have been quitting for about five years now. Almost there now I am sure.

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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby Dave B » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:45 am

dswink wrote:
pvnisher wrote:Just buy a few of each. If you're like me, you'll soon accumulate a pile of jackets, boots, gloves, pants, hats, axes, and so forth.

It's not a habit, I can quit anytime I want. 8)


Ha! I have been quitting for about five years now. Almost there now I am sure.


They make a patch for that.

It's made out of NeoShell. Or DryQ, I forget, you should probably get both.
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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby Bean 2 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:15 pm

oldschoolczar wrote:Marmot ROM softshell:
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/marmot ... essed=true

Been on every hike w/ me since I got it. Great gear!


Yeah, sorry, that's not a softshell.

Marmot ROM has been good to me


I'm sure its been good to you, but not as a softshell.
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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby Yikes » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:13 am

I've been trying to find a softshell, but every one I try on (at REI) feel real uncomfortable. Mostly due to large seams and stiffness. In general, do they break-in and feel better after a few uses?

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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby prestone818 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:53 am

Bean 2 wrote:
oldschoolczar wrote:Marmot ROM softshell:
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/marmot ... essed=true

Been on every hike w/ me since I got it. Great gear!


Yeah, sorry, that's not a softshell.

Marmot ROM has been good to me


I'm sure its been good to you, but not as a softshell.


http://marmot.com/products/rom_jacket
Marmot M2 Softshell - Water-Repellent, Highly Breathable, Wind-Resistant, Durable and Warm
This zonally constructed jacket uses air permeable Marmot M2 softshell and GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabrics to create an incredibly comfortable, breathable garment that’s also windproof and highly water-resistant. Marmot’s big mountain heritage shows in every detail of this Swiss army knife of softshells.

http://www.backcountry.com/sc/what-the-heck-is-soft-shell

sorry if it does not live up to your personal definition of a softshell, however it is a softshell. thanks

Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby Bean 2 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:55 am

prestone818 wrote:
Bean 2 wrote:
oldschoolczar wrote:Marmot ROM softshell:
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/marmot ... essed=true

Been on every hike w/ me since I got it. Great gear!


Yeah, sorry, that's not a softshell.

Marmot ROM has been good to me


I'm sure its been good to you, but not as a softshell.


http://www.backcountry.com/sc/what-the-heck-is-soft-shell

sorry if it does not live up to your personal definition of a softshell, however it is a softshell. thanks


Nope, still not a softshell. Sorry.

prestone818 wrote:Marmot’s big mountain heritage shows in every detail of this Swiss army knife of softshells.


FYI, their non-softshells are mass produced in a factory in China.
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Re: Hood or No hood? Softshell

Postby prestone818 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:01 am

Bean 2 wrote:
prestone818 wrote:
sorry if it does not live up to your personal definition of a softshell, however it is a softshell. thanks


Nope, still not a softshell. Sorry.


cool dude

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