Hey guys! I want to talk about the perfect windshell for you!
Lately there has been a lot of discussion about windshells and breathability etc. I would like to start a discussion on the idea, that we would branstorm the topic: perfect windshell.
I recently got Rab's Alpine jacket which is made out of Pertex Equilibriums fabric. I like the fabric ALOT! But I feel that the Rab's jacket has too many bells and whistles for me. And it's abit heavy for the gram counters (a little over 200g).
I noticed that the Westcomb's Crest jacket is made of the same fabric and is more minimalistic, but it seems hard to get hold off.
But back to the point. Comparing the Rab Alpine to my Patagonia Houdini jacket (2012 model) I'm convinced that higher breathability fabric is the way to go, and I thinks Pertex' fabric is very ideal, at least for me.
In my opinion the windshell is one of the most important layers on 3 season hiking and I don't mind carrying extra weight to get better functioning and more comfortable jacket. The trend seems to be that windshirts are getting lighter and lighter but breathability is suffering drastically.
I have been thinking alot about a perfect windshell for me. I think that a hoody made (1/4 zip) out of Pertex Equilibrium would be absolutely amazing. Also I think it wouldn't even be that heavy, if removed of all non-essential stuff. I would be the first one to buy said jacket if one of the manufacturers, big or small, would make one.
It would be great if we could find some common ground etc. to design a hypothetical windshell jacket that would be UL's dream! Maybe something good might come out of it!