I'd stay away from Volcom jackets if you want a basic shell. All Volcom tech shells I've tried on have all been super heavy and very layered (not quite shell). I'm not sold on the Andover. I'm not very high on non-AK Burton outerwear for durability reasons. It looks like it's just a budget Gore jacket. It does have a lining, so it's not quite a shell either IMO. I can't find anything that says it has the pow grip (or whatever it's called), but maybe I'm wrong.