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Best Backcountry Shell

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Traditionally I always have used Gore-Tex in Marmot products up until a few years ago. I had some durability issues with pants in particular and was extremely happy with how my Flylow Magnum pants withstood the bushwhacking and backcountry abuse. The fit is baggier than I was used to, but after I began using it I realized the fit was much nicer to layer with if I wanted and was much more comfortable. It is not 100% waterproof, but its just about as close as you can get. I've only had water come through the shell one day skiing in a rainstorm for 6 hours. The features of the jacket are great. Perfect pocket placement, a great powder skirt, plenty of storage, and the only jacket I have ever owned that I can actually ski with the hood over my helmet. The shell has a ton of versatility and can be used almost all year in foul weather. Very breathable on the skin track! Phenomenal product.

Best Backcountry Shell
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Just a followup to my review. After two years in the coat the main zipper broke while out touring. Ended up resulting in an uncomfortable day. The old style zipper that is a YKK sucks. Flylow can repair them, but its pretty unfortunate if it happens mid season. My recommendation would be to have a backup coat for the winter in case this happens. Ended up purchasing the Lab Coat on clearance and it has a much burlier zipper.