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The Backcountry.com Shift Softshell Jacket—super-breathable performance for aerobic winter adventures at an incredible price.

We pushed Backcountry.com's exclusive Men's Shift Softshell Jacket through near-endless iterations of development and testing, refusing to apply the Goat logo until it was something we'd depend on for our own backcountry adventures. Whether you love to ski tour, alpine climb, or hike, this lightweight softshell will quickly become one of the most versatile and favored pieces in your outerwear arsenal. The Shift's Polartec Power Shield softshell fabric blocks 98% of the wind, wraps you in hyper-breathable warmth that never approaches too hot, and features a water-repellent surface that blocks everything short of a downpour. The performance cut creates an unrestrictive, form-fitting jacket that stretches with your movements — ideal for highly aerobic activities. Tote your tunes in the Shift's interior MP3 pocket, stash your small stuff in the laminated left wrist pocket, and reserve the interior security pocket for keys and phone. At a price that's 50-80% less than comparable jackets, honestly, we'll question your sanity if you don't snag this thing.

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5 5

Why I love this jacket

It was only available (on sale) in sangria red in a medium. I tread a size line usually favoring large but took my chances. The jacket fits really well, appropriately snug, and is great to look at, very comfortable to wear, and offers just the right amount of weather protection for New York days that are not freezing cold or early spring balmy.

4 5

Excellent Jacket but...

Material is great and the jacket is well put together. I really wanted to keep it but had to send back - too much room in the midsection. I am 5'8'' 155 and Small was starting to stretch underarms and chest and Med was too large in the middle. For reference MH Alchemy was a good fit in Med. So was Arcteryx Gamma MX.

5 5

Doc

Wow--wore it last week for camping where temps varied between 11-26 degrees. By itself with Underarmor and another shirt it was virtually windproof and warm enough by itself if I was active. Got cold just standing around, but also gave exceptional warmth as a midlayer under a shell. The pocket on the left forearm is also pretty neat; the perfect place to store my cell phone.

5 5

Love My Shift

So it's been a while since I've owned this jacket. Absolutely Love it. It's a great alternative to an Arc'teryx. Have worn it in downpours and have kept dry. It does feel like it does let some air through when the wind is blowing though. Not as warm as I expected it to be, but now use it as a lightweight jacket. I layer with some fleece when it's cooler out and it does the job.

denali

denali

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the shift is a good softshell. its a little better then the gamma sv because you get more mobility rather then the ultra tight arms on the arc jacket. oh and it was a pretty fun trip.

4 5

Great Quality

Much better quality than I anticipated, after first look I am extremely satisfied. I recommend buying if they have your size. Not waterproof but does repel water, and is good at stopping the wind.

Does anyone know how this compares to the...

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Does anyone know how this compares to the Backcountry.com Rime Softshell? I know they're both made of Power Shield, but it looks like this might be a bit heavier. I like the Rime for fall/spring and this looks like it'd be great for the winter. Any comments? Is it any thicker/heavier than the Rime even though it's the same base material?

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The Shift is certainly thicker and warmer than the Rime. Its a bit heavier, but the Shift is still a very lightweight jacket for its capabilities. The Rime is a perfect fall piece, and the Shift should be a fairly good winter piece, although I would suggest something with Insulation, such as the Backcountry.com Primaloft Siphon Hoody, for a winterpiece, as its going to be warmer.

A family of jackets

A family of jackets

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A pic of my dad and brothers. The Red, on the right is the Westcomb Mirage, middle bottom, is the Backcountry.com Shift, Left is the Sierra Designs Hurricane, and the top in green is Marmot Precip.
Even up at Denali park we all stayed pretty dry when we were not swimming in the river.

5 5

Awesome

I am 5'7" 175lbs, with a 42/44 inch chest. I bought a large and it fits perfectly. I absolutely love this jacket. It is extremely comfortable and seems to repel water very well.

5 5

My Favorite

This is the best coat I own. I have used it on the lifts and on a 10 day ski tour. I wear a large in almost every other brand and a large in this jacket fits perfectly. I have washed it twice and it has retained its water repellency. This jacket resists the elements and breathes very well. Even if it does get wet it dries pretty quickly due to the amount of moisture is breathes out. I would highly suggest this coat.

Has anyone washed this jacket? I just got...

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Has anyone washed this jacket? I just got a medium today and it is almost too small, but I think I can manage as long as it isn't not going to shrink any. I wanted to know if I need to trade up for a large before I start wearing it. Thanks.

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It's entirely synthetic, so if you follow the care instructions it shouldn't shrink at all.

what are the ideal temperatures this jacket...

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what are the ideal temperatures this jacket can be worn in?

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That's a relative question, and it depends not only on the ambient temperature, but humidity and wind, intensity of activity, and your own personal metabolic rate and comfort level. That said, with a base layer underneath I'd recommend this for active pursuits (trail running, ski touring) in below-freezing temps, or low-output activities (window shopping, latte wrangling) into the mid 30's if it's a dry climate.

How does this jacket compare to the North...

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How does this jacket compare to the North Face Apex Bionic Jacket? It seems to be the same or similar material? Also, what jackets are 50% more expensive than this jacket? $400 seems like a lot for a jacket of this magnitude

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Actually, the Apex uses lower quality materials, lesser quality manufacturing, and honestly can't hold up like my Backcountry Softshell does.For some comparison, this is what Arcteryx throws into the mix:http://www.backcountry.com/store/ARC0377/Arcteryx-Gamma-MX-Jacket-Mens.htmlWestcome actually works closely with Backcountry in a number of ways, and this is what they have:http://www.backcountry.com/store/WTC0016/Westcomb-Mojave-LT-Softshell-Jacket-Mens.htmlAnd if you don't mind sticking out on the slopes, you can pick up a killer deal on a Shift of your own:http://www.backcountry.com/store/BCC0151/Backcountry-Shift-Softshell-Jacket-Limited-Edition-Mens.htmlThis jacket seriously is worth well more than what I actually paid for it, but you'll just have to try it yourself. Additionally, the Polartec Powershield of the Shift is going to be more abrasion and weather resistant due to the weave of the fabric. Also, these jackets, while thinner than Apex Bionic jacekts, are going to be just as warm and more comfortable due to the superior stretch properties of the fabric.

Looking to make my first leap into a...

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Looking to make my first leap into a softshell and the reviews of this product have been compelling... A few questions:
1. How warm is this jacket as a standalone? Intend for this jacket to be my all-around in Western MI, near the lake, with the ability to throw a shell over top for snow, rain, etc.
2. Are there wrist closures? If so, elastic or velcro?
3. I see one lining comment only. Is the lining warm? Does it bind when wearing a non-technical (cotton) layer underneath?

I know it's a lot, but hate going through multiple returns b/c can't try before I buy.

Thanks for any/all assistance!

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I absolutely love my Shift Softshell. I picked one up for last winter, and it's lived through 125+ brutal days on the slopes and in the backcountry and beyond.1) Very warm.It depends on your body's internal heating system, my body doesn't mind cold. The PolarTec PowerShield material keeps the nastiest of winds from punching through. I've personally worn it in nearly 100 mph gusts of wind.I also wear the jacket around casually, it's great anywhere.2) Wrist closuresSorry Charlie. I leave that up to my Hestra gloves, and they do a darned awesome job.3) Lining rocks.Back to that awesome Polartec PowerShield magic, the stuff is awesome in any weather. Here's how I would typically wear the gear day in and day out this winter, even down to -10°:Base Layer: Backcountry.com Merino Shirthttp://www.backcountry.com/store/BCC0104/Backcountry-Merino-Crew-Shirt-Long-Sleeve-Mens.htmlMid Layer [optional]: Thermal long-sleeve shirt (typically 50/50 Cotton/Poly blend)Soft Shell: Backcountry.com Shift Softshell.That's it. Simple as that.Feel free to drop me a line if you have more questions or just post them and I'll be happy to help you out. I understand that returns can be a hassle, hopefully you'll get this and love it just as much as I do.-mmattf [at] bikemonkeyranch.com

5 5

If Only I'd Known........

...I would have purchased this incredible soft-shell, long, long, long ago. That's what happens when you can't see the forest because of the trees.

Do you know when you'll be getting some...

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Do you know when you'll be getting some more of the Sangria Red in XL or XXL?

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you can ask customer service, they usually dont have an exact date, you just need to check back about every 2 weeks.

5 5

Sizing....

I am 6',180lbs. I'm an active guy who lifts weekly on a regular basis. My chest is 43". I ordered a large. You will have plenty of room with your chest and arm length. The jacket fits just right. If you are looking for a super snug jacket, look elsewhere. I like a little bit of breathing room. The pictures don't due the Sangria jacket justice. It's a very sharp jacket. I recently visited Germany and the Czech Republic and I received compliments in both countries along with the US. I've had the jacket for two weeks.

can you anyone give me a better idea of...

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can you anyone give me a better idea of sizing? i am 6ft, 160lbs and usually have problems with sizing related to sleeves that are too short for my chest size (41 in chest, 34-35in sleeves. the sizing chart seems to imply that there isn't a very good solution here for me...

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I'm 6ft tall and weigh 175lbs...normally wear a 34-45 inch sleeve. Just got my Shift Softshell in a Large. The fit is perfect. I too often find sleeves to be too short in many shirts & jackets sized as "Large". Very pleased with the sleeve length. Torso fit is on the snug side, but still enough room for a lightweight vest with a base layer or t-neck.

Are there going to be more sizes available...

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Are there going to be more sizes available sometime soon? These seem to be the leftovers from last season... Are there going to be more available soon?

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It looks like this is going to be it

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