Has anyone compared the following softshells for water resistance, breathability, durability and fit, or could anyone offer comments on any one of these:
A) Patagonia Ready Mix (Stretch Krushell)
B) Cloudveil Prospector
C) Arcteryx Alpha Comp Hoody
I have worn the Patagonia Sretch Krushell, same jacket, same material as the Patagonia Ready Mix and have had generally excellent experience with it (Patagonia simply renamed the jacket, and the latest version of the ready mix has laser/glued seams instead of sewn seams. It is the #1 shell I use in winter. It is quite breathable, but I find in highly aerobic activities sweat will condense inside the back of the jacket and sometimes inside the chest area and under the arms - I wonder if this is the case with the Prospector and Alpha Comp Hoody. The Stretch Krushell/Ready Mix is also quite water resistant if you keep up the DWR, though after about 45-60 min steady rain will begin to wet through, particularly on the shoulders and tops of arms and will start to leak in through seams (though seam leakage is probably eliminated with the Ready Mix. The material has good stretch and durabilty for the weight - there are reinforcements on the tops of the shoulders and arms. The length is long enough to provide good coverage. The cut is on the large side, so while I'm 6 ft 180 lbs, and typically wear a size Large jacket, since I use the shell mostly for aerobic activities (hiking, cross country skiing, backpacking) and don't layer very thick layers underneath, I take a Medium in the Stretch Krushell. I can easily fit a merino baselayer and an R2 fleece and even a vest if needed underneath. I think the cut of the Ready Mix is the same. I also don't typically wear synthetic puff insulation under the shell when cold, but over it.
The Cloudveil Hooded Prospector and Arcteryx Alpha Comp Hoody seem to be very similar pieces in weight, design, material and function. The Alpha Comp Hoody is actually a hybrid, with waterproof hood and shoulders, which would be a huge plus for me in wet weather.
Has anyone compared these? Can anyone comment on their experience with any one of these?