for my first post on this great forum, a question concerning hardshell jackets. I wish to buy a multi-usage shell that could serve for alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and resort skiing. I want the jacket to be rather light as it will spend a lot of time in my pack. And I want it in eVent because it seems to be the most breathable fabric --plus it conveniently reduces the number of candidate shells :-p
I've settled on buying one of these two Montane jackets, as they are available at interesting prices in neighboring England (I live in France):
The SuperFly XT is the toughest and heaviest (20oz) of the two. It looks like a safe bet. The Evolution is somewhat lighter (15oz) and cheaper; so I'd happily go for this one if it was sufficiently strong for my needs.
Do some of you folks ski in a jacket like the Evolution, around 15 oz? I've never possessed a jacket with that type of fabric (90 g/m2, 20denier) and I can't figure how easily it could get torn by a branch or by a harsh ski fall...
Many thanks in advance!