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This is a very lightweight and well put together Gore Tex Shell. For ice climbing, alpine climbing, etc I'm certain its a good jacket. Its missing several things I would look for on a ski jacket however, and its missing several components I would search for in a jacket at this cost.
-Solid Construction and if it is like other BD outwear it will be pretty bomproof.
- Lightweight (at a cost of features)
- Good helmet ready hood.
- For a Jacket at this price point I would look for things like wrist gaiters (missing), powder skirt (missing), and better arrangement of pockets (only two chest pockets).
- very crinkly for a shell (makes noise moving around in it).
Its apparent that the lack of features was probably driven by the desire for a simple & lightweight waterproof and breathable shell. However, with that said, there are several alternatives in the same weight category with Goretex Pro in the same price range. I'd go with Arc'teryx at this price point any day given the longer history and track record. Their jackets are less noisy, and every bit as good and in some cases even cheaper. At this price point thier jackets have even more features people actually use. Norrona would be another alternative for a good shell that is more robust with features that folks actually use.
I wore this jacket on a rainy ski day this past saturday. I had worn it climbing a couple of times, but more as a weather resitant windbreaker than a true "shell" prior to that. Amazingly, water beaded and just "fell" off of not only the 3 layer fabrics so smartly placed over the front top of my core and shoulders and the top of my arms, but even on the stretch sofshell fabric on the torso as well. I skied for 3 hours in a rain snow mix (I live in tahoe and its early) and was Gore Tex style dry.
I must say, owning several pieces of BD clothing that I've been very impressed by the quality and make of their cloting. Its as good as anything I've seen.
Their clothes have an athletic cut, so don't expect baggy style. And as a climbing company, their stuff is borderline minimalist so expect light and no frills construction. I'm 6'1" and 170 and the large fits perfectly.
I'm writing this shoe for my wife. I've owned the male version of the shoe for two years. I've just replaced the original with a new shoe after two long seasons of abuse. Prior shoes have never lasted me more than 1 season. That said, my wife loves the shoe. It is a little narrow, but that is to be expected for a shoe that is made for approaching climbs and with sticky rubber. They do not roll on the foot when pressed into edges. They stick well and offer great support. It is worth noting however that their sizing scheme differs from many companies. Their EU sizing is one 1/2 size less relative to US sizing than many manufacturers. My wife for example normally wears an EU 36 and size US 6. In this shoe US size 6 is EU 36.5. The shoes run a little large as a result.