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A hybrid of weatherproofing, stretch, and breathability.

Sports like alpine climbing, ice climbing, ski mountaineering, and touring are altogether different monsters than your average climbing or skiing sessions. That's why Black Diamond teamed up with Schoeller to give you the ideal protective layer with its Men's Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Jacket. Its StretchWoven softshell fabric covers your body with extreme durability, stretch, and breathability. And Black Diamond coated the shell with NanoSphere Technology to resist water, dirt, and even your own oily skin while you perform. Black Diamond also mapped the jacket with a three-layer waterproof laminate to keep you dry in specific areas that are most likely to get damp.

A slim fit pulls the Dawn Patrol Hybrid close to your body for optimal comfort with a harness on. It features an adjustable hood that either slides over your helmet or cinches across your head to prevent those blustery breezes from blowing it off. Hook-and-loop cuffs and a drawcord at the hem keep the sleeves and hem in place while you reach past technical cruxes on your route. And a stretchy internal pocket with a cord port lets you jam out to your favorite tunes while you climb up those powder-capped peaks and then bomb down.

  • NanoSphere Technology
  • Schoeller StretchWoven softshell
  • Body-mapped, three-layer laminate panels
  • Slim fit
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Drawcord at hem
  • Internal stretch media pocket with port

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5 5

Awesome touring jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This the ideal touring jacket. I sweat really easy and I can wear this jacket through my entire tour. Wear it up and not overheat then switch over quick and wear it down. It's great to not be changing clothes as well when changing over skins. If you end up stopped in wind things get cold quick, but in general this jacket is awesome. Pair it with the bibs for the perfect touring setup. It is not warm enough for a cold day at a resort.

Awesome touring jacket
Unanswered Question

How well does this jacket withstand winds...

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How well does this jacket withstand winds and rain compared to the Arc'Teryx Gamma MX hoody? Which is warmer?

4 5

Solid option

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I grabbed this to wear as an outer layer skiing, so keep that in mind. I'm not much of a winter climber yet.

This jacket is great for ski touring and in bounds skiing. It's comfy, it's extremely water- and wind-resistant, it's got plenty of pockets. Some might say too many pockets. I don't mind personally, as it's still not really huge or anything.

There's an iPod thing inside the left chest pocket, which is juuust too small for a larger smartphone (Samsung GS3) but works for an actual iPod. Fit is like all of BD things - athletic, but reasonably true to size.

It's still a bit bulky compared to some shells out there, and probably a bit heavier. It'll do the trick though. The hood will fit over a helmet, although it'll be tight if it's a ski helmet. It's not insulated, but does provide a bit of warmth.

I've taken it touring, hiking, in-bounds skiing and sidecountry. No gripes yet, still in great shape. Plus, if you ask me, the black is just cool looking. Also I am a huge fan of BD in general so I'm willing to pay a little more for their logo. I'm not sure I'd spend $350 on another one, but the sale price is worth it if you ask me.

Solid option
4 5

Solid everyday choice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked up this jacket last fall and have found it to be a great everyday choice this winter. Keeps the elements out just about as well as you would expect any soft-shell material to do. Obviously it's not designed to withstand pouring rain, but wind, snow, and a little mixed precip have been no problem. Plenty light enough for anyone but the wussiest of weight weenies and packs down easily into a pack.

Not sure I agree with others complaints about the pockets, but I generally don't use hand pockets when I have a pack on with any jacket so I guess I haven't paid much attention to them. The chest pockets are quite convenient and just big enough to be useful.

Fit is on the athletic side, and I had to get a large, which fits perfectly for my 5'8" 180lb frame. Shoulders are often the biggest issue with jackets I try because medium is often too tight and I end up swimming in a large, but BD nailed this sizing (for me at least). Haven't had an issue with a mid layer like my Patagonia R1 or nano-puff fitting comfortably underneath.

Overall, whether skiing at a resort, skinning to a far of peak, or bashing some ice at a local crag, this jacket does exactly what a hybrid soft-shell should do... keep you comfortable in all but the worst of mountain weather.

3 5

Shoeller is cool, design needs help.

I like the overall fit and style of this jacket. The function could be revised a bit for technical use, as mentioned below in previous reviews(1-hand pockets, 2- zipper pulls, 3 - excessive pockets). The Schoeller material is great and I think a more streamlined/stripped down version of this piece would do well. You will want to be moving while wearing this jacket, as it is designed to breathe, but it won't keep you cozy while standing around in freezing temps.

3 5

Satisfaction may depend on desired use.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I really really want to like this jacket. I love the styling, color and hybrid construction. Call me vain, but I've wanted a hybrid jacket and the only real competing option (Pat. Mixed Guide) is a horrendously ugly thing to look at much less wear.

However, this jacket seems to have a personality disorder that I can only imagine is a result of BD trying to appease climbers/skiers and people who just want a cool jacket to wear around town. Otherwise, why in the world would BD put hand pockets on an alpine jacket that will fit under the hip-belt of a pack or under a harness? Why in the world would they make zipper pulls that will be next to impossible to grab with anything more than liner gloves on. Why in the world would they make an iPod holder a key advertised feature. Why in the world would they include 4 freaking pockets on an otherwise light weight jacket (two of which are superfluous with pack/harness). Why would they make short sleeves that will ride up the first time you lift your arms over your head to swing an ice tool?

As I said before, I really want to like this jacket. I love Schoeller, I love the hybrid construction, I like the fit (except the sleeves) and I need a jacket that is more protective than a stretch woven soft shell, has better breathability than a laminated softshell, but is not as restrictive as a full on hard shell.

I wish BD would have gone the true alpine route with this shell and not try to make it have equal appeal to town folk, there are more than enough brands and options out there that fill that market niche. Unfortunately, it seems with this offering BD is trying to go the North Face/Marmot route instead of a dedicated alpine shell a la Rab/Arc'teryx/Mountain Equipment.

Bummer. I'm going to go climbing a few more times in it, but I don't see it being a permanent addition to the jacket quiver.

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Agree with the comment about the zipper pulls. It seems like they elected flash (look shiny!) over function. On the other hand, I'm not as down on this piece. It breathes as well as you'd expect. For me the fit worked. And hey, I don't always ski with a pack, so the extra pockets on the hips were fine...

5 5

Awesome jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've only had the jacket for a couple weeks but love the texture and appearance of the jacket. It has managed the New England rain very well and I am looking forward to skiing with on this winter.

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid

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The Dawn Patrol Hybrid has a 2-way stretch Schoeller fabric and is rated to 20,000 mm waterproofness and 18,000 g/m2 breathability. This is a great softshell jacket with all-weather protection.