I am in the market for a few things and could use some advise...
1. Synthetic thermal layer (was thinking about MEC and Monbell)
2. Ultralight Shell (was thinking about montane featherlight)
3. Pants (how about the REI switchback?)
4. Affordable softshell
I will be using them for hiking, adventure racing, and misc outdoor activity, so compactable and breathable are key. I welcome any advise you might have, I don't want to drop a lot of cash on something that wont perform well.