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Built solid with everything you need, and nothing you don't.

Minimalist in design but made with painstaking attention to detail, the Westcomb Men's Switch LT Jacket doesn't serve up a heap of worthless features; but rather, offers everything you need in a bomb-proof package that will see you through whether you're setting ice crews, putting in a skintrack, or making your way up a mixed route of rock and ice for a first ascent. Utilizing the 340 NRS 3-layer Polartec Neoshell with fully taped seams, the Switch will handle winter's worst, while still offering great breathability for high aerobic activities in cold conditions. Unlike traditional membranes, Polartec Neoshell breathes from the moment you put it on, so you don't have to wait for the tarp effect before the fabric decides to breathe. 

Exceeding industry standards in its construction, the Switch has twenty stitches per inch in the seams, so you don't have to worry about blowing out a seam when you're on some exposed face in a remote location. The unique design of the adjustable waist allows you to lock heat in by pulling on the cinch cord located with in the hand pockets, and quickly releasing it for a looser fit by pressing the one-handed release on the outside of the hem. YKK Aquaguard Vislon zippers prevent moisture from seeping through the most vulnerable points on the shell, while two underarm ventilation zips let you lose heat when you're really getting after it. The articulated sleeves are great for technical ascents, while the velour lined chin guard might give you something to smile about, so you aren't always mean muggin' when you're on the mountain. 

  • 340 NRS Polartec Neoshell (3-layer)
  • Fully taped seams
  • Regular fit
  • 2 underarm ventilation zips
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • YKK Aquaguard Vislon zippers
  • Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
  • Adjustable waist
  • 2 zippered chest, 1 zippered bicep, 1 internal media pockets

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Waterproof? Check.

Ive never stood in a shower to test out how waterproof a shell is. It just seems like its very unreasonable and unrealistic. On our first ice climb of the season I found a shower behind the Price Cicle and decided to give it a whirl. Its hard to see in the video but, this icicle was raining and the jacket didnt let any water through for the 10-15 minutes I was under it. Now of course I got wet around the wrists and neck as you cannot seal that off without duct tape but, everything else was perfectly dry.

The 4 Season Jacket!

The 4 Season Jacket!

I wore this today up and down skiing. Didnt get soaked from the inside out and stayed warm when I was moving. The jacket does feel colder but, its nice not to sweat the entire time on the way down and have something that can block the wind.

5 5

The Switch LT Breathes!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I always thought Gore-Tex was all that was out there and you needed it for safety purposes. I have since changed my opinion and enjoy a jacket that utilizes the PolarTec NeoShell for its proprietary membrane. It doesnt have that layer of PU Coating you find on other membranes that really inhibits breathing and creates mugginess or that swampy feeling.

I used the jacket today on a hike while it was snowing. This is exactly what I wanted a hard shell for. When I find myself skinning while it's snowing or during times of high winds I often find myself getting soaked from the inside out. I really dislike this feeling of mugginess when working hard in cold conditions, and I've found it can take a great deal of venting when using Gore-Tex to prevent a swamp in my jacket. I need a jacket where I could move through weather (especially wind) that provides awesome protection from the elements without sacrificing breathability. This Switch LT jacket from Westcomb does just that, I can definitely feel the difference.

The large fits me, my measurements are. 5'8" 200 lbs. Waist - 86 cm, Sleeve 80.5 cm, and Chest 104 cm.

Little baggy in the chest area but, everywhere else fits fine. It has more of a free-ride feel but, by no means am I swimming in it. I can move my arms up and not have any base layers exposed as well.
Sleeves are perfect length for me. They are not skin tight but, have some extra fabric.

Hood is really easy to use, one pull elastic band and it cinches down. Havent had to put if over a helmet yet but it will fit.
One way zipper, big enough tab to grab with gloves. Looks burly durability of it is unknown at this point.

The two hand pockets or chest pockets are easy to use and will not interfere with my harness which is important. Usually keep food in there so having it against my heart is actually nice, keeps it warm. Thought these were really functionally built. This part of the jacket is stiffer and I think that's what makes the chest fit a little baggy.

The Switch LT Breathes!
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The arm pocket always mystifies me on any jacket. Maybe I havent found a good reason to use it but, I just dont. One thing I did notice is you have to hold the sleeve with your left hand while unzipping with your right. The fabric is too stretchy to allow you to just pull the zipper down or up.

Velcro closure on the cuff is great. Its laminated in and not sewn so it wont pull off hopefully, durability is still unknown as I need more days with the product.

Pit zips are pit zips. Hard to open and close. You still have to have the fabric held at just the right angle to get a smooth easy one handed zip. With the Neo Shell I hope I dont have to use them or fuss with them as much, time will tell.

Material definitely feels more supple and softer than any other jacket I have ever owned. Must be the Polar-Tec compared to Gore-Tex or H2no (Patagonia) products I have owned in the past. Less of a plastic bag for sure.

Will have an updated review by middle of December after I get some ski time with it.

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The arm pocket is for your hotel key -- or so I'm told.

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The arm pocket as of 2014/2015 season will fit new RFID season passes. Which means its at the perfect height when you shimmy by for it to scan your card.

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If you ski resort does not use RFID pass, you won't understand. If it does you understand perfectly. No high end ski jacket should be made without the arm pocket. Its a perfect place to put your season pass and forget about it.