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Mt. Hardware Gear- need quick advice

I have a chance to get Mt. Hardware gear for 50% off, tomorrow or Monday only.

I'm coming from a Northface insulated shell/fleece combo, and this will be my second year in the elements snowboarding so I have virtually no experience in this area.

The Northface shell kept me dry, but I was wet from sweating so much. It's heavy, my biggest complaint, and bulky.

I wore a wicking base, Northface jacket fleece, and Northface shell on average PNW days. On extra cold/windy days I'd throw on a Northface fleece. Even heavier!

Anyone have a good recommendation for a Mt. Hardware shell?

The ultimate goal is to get away from so much weight, which I feel was most contributed to by my Northface shell, especially after rain.
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is there anywhere to go in that time to try stuff on in person? USOD or REI?


if so, do that - if not, get the most expensive one you can afford with the features you want... just make sure it is only a shell - no insulation or "wicking mesh layer" bullshit.

if it was me i'd get the drystein II or the jovian - i hate collars like on the alakazam but if you like em, get that one...
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is there anywhere to go in that time to try stuff on in person? USOD or REI?


if so, do that - if not, get the most expensive one you can afford with the features you want... just make sure it is only a shell - no insulation or "wicking mesh layer" bullshit.

if it was me i'd get the drystein II or the jovian - i hate collars like on the alakazam but if you like em, get that one...
I assume by try on 'other stuff' you mean by other manufacturer?

Like I said above, my goal is lighter weight even with a possible extra layer to substitute for lack of insulation, quick drying...my northface has to sit on a heater over night to dry out.
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no, i never said "other"... i just meant this years MtHD stuff.
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Oh... well I can try it all on when/if I go on the shopping spree
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Men’s Snowtastic Jacket, done and done or anything with gore tech active line will be what you are looking for. Also for under layers get the monkey man fleece also an awesome jacket. I own way to much Mtn Hardwear, marmot, or, TNF and arcteryx for any one person.

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ok, well look on their website and have three or four models in mind when you go in there.

i say get one of their most expensive models because that is a deep discount and you only wanna buy once, cry once. you DO get what you pay for with high-end outerwear so take advantage of the sale/hookup/proform or whatever and get something really nice that will last you a few years.... don't buy some $200 msrp bullshit.
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Cool.... most expensive is their drystein :

Mountain Hardwear | Men's Drystein II™ Jacket

I have no problem shelling out the money if I notice the difference over the north face

I mean, my Northface worked great as far as I know, but saving on sweat means more energy and less fatigue
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do NOT get the snowtastic jacket - it is a softshell and it weighs 2lbs. you could use that as an insulating layer or hiking jacket in the BC but not as your primary shell in the PNW.

as for the monkeyman, its a cool piece but in the PNW you'll likely only wear it around town and to the coffeeshop as it is simply way to warm for wearing during winter sports in our weather.
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I am telling you the snowtastic has powder skirt it is made for the snow, it is just like the Drystein but 50 less. soft shells are the way to go if he wants all that heat to get out fast. Or get the Maximalist Jacket that powder skirt will help a ton.

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