It is just a Goretex jacket with no liner for warmth. At least this is what is being referred to I believe. Lightweight, highly stowable, and it'll keep you dry if it rains or snows. Alpine jackets are generally made in this fashion. Hard shells can have liners of varying degrees.
Sounds like the op for the most part just needs some decent long sleeve synthetic tops. Protect you from snow burn and sun burn with all those warm Cali days. Sounds like the jacket is more the exception than the rule.
Last edited by killclimbz; 09-30-2013 at 07:52 AM.