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    winter/rain jacket

    I'm looking to get a waterproof & windproof hooded jacket for the coming fall/winter/early spring MTB rides.

    was looking into Royal Matrix and Endura MT500 jackets and they seems to be on top of people's lists for that.

    there are some other Gore Tex jackets who's names I can't recall now.

    just looking to see fellow riders choices and reviews on those and some other jackets.

    thanx!

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    big fan of the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket. Very lightweight and does a good job of keeping me dry. Lots of good choices out there.

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    torrentshell looks more than decent. from what I'm reading it doesn't breathe that well. well, all the real waterproof jackets are like that except for the Gore-Tex ones, but they're about twice the price of torrentshell. the only downside I could point at this jacket is normal cut on the back (no keep-my-ass-dry extra material over the bum), but Royal's Matrix is also like that.

    although it's super expensive, I'm leaning more and more towards Endura's MT500 jacket. it just has all the biker needs on rides thru horrifying weather.

    still, want to keep looking around.

    thanx for a good tip nc05lsv!

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    Always hear people talk about Showers Pass products positively. Endura too.

    If you find something new that breaks the rule of: either wet from rain, or wet from sweat, take your pick.... please let us know.

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    d365 - don't think there will be anything that will completely be dry on the inside or the outside.

    forgot to mention I recently discovered Norrøna, norvegian outdoor technical clothing manufacturer. they seemed to be more mounteering and skiing oriented before but now developed a biking clothing as well, a line named Fjørå.
    they supposedly make superb stuff, and with prices like that, they better be. I'm hearing only good reviews from my friends who are doing a lot of hiking and skiing.

    their bike line don't have hooded jackets, but other ones do. super expensive and seem to be of highest quality - but... 400€'s for a jacket.... wouldn't say so...

    compared to them, Endura MT500 jacket's price tag seems like a deal.

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    I highly recommend the Marmot Precip.
    Lightweight, packable, pit zips, and decently long in the back.
    Very nice and not too expensive either.
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    Introducing Polartec Neoshell | SUGOI Performance Apparel

    Check out jackets made out of Polartec Neoshell. It looks promising.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    I telemark ski so the evaporative thing is a real issue for me. I've found that Mountain Hardwear's Dry Q Elite, anything with a layer of Schoeller C_Change and to a slightly lesser degree, eVent fabric are the ones that work the best for transferring out moisture. Of course, if you are in a winter environment where there is high relative humidity, nothing works very well. The Schoeller C_Change breathes so well that I find I have to add a layer to stay warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cryde View Post
    I highly recommend the Marmot Precip.
    Lightweight, packable, pit zips, and decently long in the back.
    Very nice and not too expensive either.
    looks good. cool jacket, no doubt about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Introducing Polartec Neoshell | SUGOI Performance Apparel

    Check out jackets made out of Polartec Neoshell. It looks promising.
    interesting!
    hope they'll start to make hooded jackets - then I'd get super excited about it.

    that neoshell fabric is supposed to be the holy grail of evetything we want from winter/rain garment - hope it'll deliver.

    will defo look out for this in the future.

    thanx for the tip

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    I telemark ski so the evaporative thing is a real issue for me. I've found that Mountain Hardwear's Dry Q Elite, anything with a layer of Schoeller C_Change and to a slightly lesser degree, eVent fabric are the ones that work the best for transferring out moisture. Of course, if you are in a winter environment where there is high relative humidity, nothing works very well. The Schoeller C_Change breathes so well that I find I have to add a layer to stay warm.
    really cool jacket - but with that price tag, you really don't expect anything else but stellar quality.
    will look into this company further, thanx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashas View Post
    really cool jacket - but with that price tag, you really don't expect anything else but stellar quality.
    will look into this company further, thanx!
    Aint that the truth. It only costs 200% more to go first class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    Aint that the truth. It only costs 200% more to go first class!
    I totally agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashas View Post
    interesting!
    hope they'll start to make hooded jackets - then I'd get super excited about it.

    that neoshell fabric is supposed to be the holy grail of evetything we want from winter/rain garment - hope it'll deliver.

    will defo look out for this in the future.

    thanx for the tip
    Most outdoor clothing makers have hooded jackets made out of the stuff.

    Sugoi too.

    Best in Show: Sugoi RSE and RSX NeoShell jackets | The Cycle Life | OutsideOnline.com
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Most outdoor clothing makers have hooded jackets made out of the stuff.

    Sugoi too.

    Best in Show: Sugoi RSE and RSX NeoShell jackets | The Cycle Life | OutsideOnline.com
    was looking on sugoi website but couldn't find hooded version, didn't realise there were two. ok. thanx!

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    Hmm. I'll have to take a look for the SUgoi. I went with a lightweight reflective shell and a kick-ass thick wool sweater last year; actually worked pretty well. But I didn't get caught in any freezing-rain situations which would probably have been less than ideal with that combo...

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    I found all these jackets have too small of a hood for me. I want more of a alpinistic hood.

    found this super expensive jacket form Millet in this alpinistic store in my city, and boy do I love it. it around $550, but feels really great and the hood is massive - it covers your whole face. I have really long beard and big dreadlocks and those need space.

    tried the black one - Millet -ALPINIST STRETCH GORE-TEX JACKET - MILLET Men Shell jacket - Mountaineering

    front zip is not waterproof which was strange at first but the back side of the zip is massive and there really is no room for any leak.

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