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Soft Shells

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:59 am
by jneasy
I've been snowboarding for a few years now and have had a trip over to Japan. Since day one I have been using the same dirt cheap Ocean and Earth jacket with 5K water proofing and breathability, I know pretty rubbish but it was cheap and it has kept me warm and dry and still is.
The problem I'm having is, if its not super cold I am super hot in it, so I have been looking at a few soft shells but I am a bit sceptical of them. Even though I have a few tumbles here and there my jacket is keeping me dry but after seeing the soft shells it looks like that they will absorb the water and not repel it, so I’m just wondering what/if any experience others have had with soft shells and if I should get one?

Re: Soft Shells

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:27 pm
by paggle
I have no experience with soft shells, but if your worried about a soft shell absorbing water, you might want to look a regular shell. Basically it has the same material as a normal jacket, but without the padding. Eg:

http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/Quiksilver-Travis-Rice-Shell-Snowboard-jackets.asp

Either way, you need to look at the waterproof and breathability ratings. Anything over 10k,8k will be ok, whether it is a soft shell or not (the jacket posted above is 20k,10k). Here is a soft shell with a 10k,8k rating:

http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/686-Plexus-Doppler-Softshell-Snowboard-jackets.asp

Re: Soft Shells

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:17 am
by jneasy
Yeah I've had a look on sierra snowboards already, nothing really in my size. I'll have a bit of a look around on the net some more and see if I can get something decent.
If I do get one I will be sure to post a review of it