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Light as vapor, tough as nails.

The Westcomb Men’s Vapor FX Hoody Jacket cuts the weighty, frivolous extras and gives you streamlined protection and performance thanks to eVent waterproof breathable fabric. Westcomb also seam taped this progressive freeride jacket for added weather protection and gave it an adjustable, helmet-compatible hood for alpine climbing or skiing in no-fall terrain. Articulated elbows and an adjustable waist system give you a solid fit, and a velour chin guard and collar eliminate chafing. Stick your MP3 player in the internal media pocket, and head out into the backcountry.

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5 5

Good and waterproof

This is a sweet jacket. Although I've only skied it two days so far the fabric seems good and durable, and the event is amazingly breathable for a waterproof softshell. The only thing that i don't like is i am quite skinny and lanky, and to get a shell with the proper length fit i had to get a large, but the large fits baggier than i like for a backcountry touring jacket, but really i hardly notice the size and for someone with a more muscular or stockier build it would probably fit fantastic. that said the large helmet compatible shell cinches down well for just a hat and the pit zips work great. I would definitely recommend this shell for a waterproof and comfy shell. Also the event fabric is not as crinkley as Gore-Tex fabric.

Is this jacket simply a waterproof shell...

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Is this jacket simply a waterproof shell or does it also have insulation/heat production/retention properties? For instance, when wearing this item, can I cut down on my layers due to some type of heat radiation (toward body) insulation quality (such as my titanium heat sheet in my wetsuit)?

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its a shell (there's no insulation on the jacket). Thus you have complete control over what you wear underneath it for warmth. And there's not really any heat retention on the jacket. granted it will be better than no jacket LOL, but it has nothing like that titanium heat sheet.

Fit from back

Fit from back

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Nice drop tail... just a sick jacket! The herringbone pattern is really nice esp in white.

Fit photo #1

Fit photo #1

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This fit on this jacket is amazing... I'm 6'5", 200 #s, lean, and as you can see the vapor fits beautifully in a size L. I only have on a t-shirt in this picture, but there is more than enough room for several layers. Incredible cut/design from Westcomb.

5 5

High quality, no frills, and I love it

First new shell since my north face summit series 8 years ago. Needless to say I wanted something that would hopefully last me as long. After extensive research I decided on Westcomb- can't beat made in North America. Really just an excellently made and well thought out jacket in all departments. Not one unnecessary thingamajig and it looks dope, not too baggy but not too tight for layering either. (for people who are curious--I am your highly average 6'1 180 lb guy and the large fits perfect)

I bought it to be my everyday wet weather jacket as well as my main ski jacket and after using it for both it has lived up to the lofty expectations of something that costs damn near $500. Highly recommended.

5 5

Best breathable waterproof ever

Amazing breathability. You just don't overheat. Very protective from water and wind it just sheds everything. Size up if you want to layer. I am 6'3 and 180 with long arms and athletic build. Large was too tight for comfortable layering. Also xl arm length is much better. So convert to event and you will be great

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I agree with whyturn on sizing I purchased the large in the Iron color and the helm is very tight around the bottom with the drawcord at the least amount of tension. The zipper catches it self in several places. The sizing is not for heavy layering maybe a patagonia R1.5 at most.....

5 5

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I just reviewed my beloved Westcomb Mirage jacket, so I decided to also review this newer addition to my growing Westcomb stable. I've been using the Vapor FX for close to a year. Westcomb really did hit the ball out of the park and designed a great freeride shell. I always wanted the performance of a lightweight alpine shell, with the cut and style of a freeride jacket. This is it!

What it has:

-light, durable 3-layer e-vent with an awesome herringbone weave.
-2 roomy outer pockets and a media pocket inside that fits my iPhone perfectly so should fit most smaller media players.
-Gripper elastic powderskirt
-Water proof zipper
-powder cuffs on wrists
-Style

What is does NOT have:

-Mobility-restricting cut
-An I can fit a friend in here cut
-500 extra pockets for who knows what
-Gore-tex (the e-vent fabric is the most breathable hard shell membrane)

This jacket really has all the performance of an alpine shell with the style of a freeride jacket. Resort skiing, touring, frontside, backside. The Vapor is the best looking high performance hardshell I've ever seen.

5 5

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I just reviewed my beloved Westcomb Mirage jacket, so I decided to also review this newer addition to my growing Westcomb stable. I've been using the Vapor FX for close to a year. Westcomb really did hit the ball out of the park and designed a great freeride shell. I always wanted the performance of a lightweight alpine shell, with the cut and style of a freeride jacket. This is it!

What it has:

-light, durable 3-layer e-vent with an awesome herringbone weave.
-2 roomy outer pockets and a media pocket inside that fits my iPhone perfectly so should fit most smaller media players.
-Gripper elastic powderskirt
-Water proof zipper
-powder cuffs on wrists
-Style

What is does NOT have:

-Mobility-restricting cut
-An I can fit a friend in here cut
-500 extra pockets for who knows what
-Gore-tex (the e-vent fabric is the most breathable hard shell membrane)

This jacket really has all the performance of an alpine shell with the style of a freeride jacket. Resort skiing, touring, frontside, backside. The Vapor is the best looking high performance hardshell I've ever seen.

How long is the body of this jacket? The...

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How long is the body of this jacket? The new pictures make the front look short compared to the older pics?

I don't want a shell that is waist height for a harness, and thus lets snow and wind in.

Any feedback and/or pics of someone wearing this jacket are appreciated!

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I second this question...spec wise this jacket looks sick, but I would cross this jacket of my wish list if the cut was 'mountaineering' specific. Low hip length is the way to go for skiing. Anyone have a picture of it on them?

The only picture I found of the absynthe...

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The only picture I found of the absynthe color was for a westcomb women's jacket. Is this men's jacket the same color?

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You might want to Live Chat with a sales rep to confirm the posting of Absynthe as a men's color option. I only found one other reference to it as a men's color and not on the Westcomb site. Though if it is correctly posted, you should be able to go off Westcomb website which has that Women's jacket in the Absynthe color (a pale greenish it looks to be.)

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It is the same as the women's but is color blocked with another lighter color unlike the women's.

It is the same as the women's but is color blocked with another lighter color unlike the women's.
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Absynthe is a men's color and is featured on the Westcomb site.

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Absynthe is a men's color and is featured on the Westcomb site.

Just wondering if anyone has used the Vapor...

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Just wondering if anyone has used the Vapor FX for 4-season hiking/backpacking even though it's designed to be a ski jacket. No retailers in my area have the jacket in stock and I can't really tell from the pictures whether the jacket is too heavy for 4-season use.

Also, I'm a gawky 6'5" 185 lbs and usually wear 16.5 x 36 shirts. Wondering if a Large is the best size. I usually wear XL jackets but I might be swimming in a Westomb XL.

Thanks for the help!

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This can totally be used as described, we all know it's a ski jacket, but Westcomb uses strong face fabrics and eVent is the most awesomest waterproof/breathable membrane known to man. Go to work in this thing man!

As far as sizing, I'd go with XL ( overall length is 32" - more awesomeness) Don't even bother with a large, you're too tall to ride in a tank (rule of thumb).

Anyone know if the Vapor have a neck...

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Anyone know if the Vapor have a neck hardener which stiffen the collar like the Mirage?
Thanks

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First off, this jacket is incredibly well made with amazing detail! Having inspected mine, I do notice a slight stiffened collar, but it's not so stiff as to make it uncomfortable or unwieldy. In fact, the first time I realized that it was a slight bit stiffer is upon inspecting it after reading your question... The Vapor's material has a much softer hand (far less stiff) than the Mirage and thus won't be as stiff in the collar. This is an incredible shell and currently my favorite! The look of the haring bone material and the fit are the best I've ever owned! The fact that it is a 3-ply eVent jacket is awesome! There are so many details both inside and out and set it apart from other high-end shells and makes it one of the best of it's kind money can buy!

What is the difference between: 460NR...

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What is the difference between: 460NR eVent® (ePTFE) and 560NST eVent® (ePTFE) and where is it used on the jacket ? I am also considering the backcountry.com stoic jacket and the Mirage (do you sell the Mirage ?) I prefer lighter but the stoic is very short...

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Hum from my experience (I have a Mirage), the 460NR is a polyester outer fabric while the 560NST is a nylon one; but I can't tell what those numbers mean. Both are of course a laminate with an eVent layer and an inner fabric.

4 5

Westcomb who?! Not anymore.

Fantastic jacket with lots of great features! For starters, I am 5'9", weigh 160#, and generally wear jackets with a 39" chest. The medium fits perfectly-- just baggy enough to layer appropriately without feeling like I was skiing in a smock. There is plenty of room behind the collar with and without the hood up and with or without a helmet on. No choking this chicken! The "boulder cuffs" are a cool sleeve feature-- a thumb hole allow a inner-sleeve "wrist gaiter" to cover the gap not covered by gauntlet gloves. The inner media pocket is a bit measley and the exterior pockets are pretty huge. I wish they could have shared the love on that one, as well as added, potentially, a pass pocket on the sleeve or another center-chest pocket. The powder skirt works well, as is evidenced by lack of diaper rash after last Wednesday's 30" Snowbird romp. The thing is stlyish and the eVent worked like a champ. This is my first Westcomb purchase and I'm recommending it.

Hoody in the Woody...

Hoody in the Woody...

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Buy a disc or tape at Sam Goody

How is the fit of this jacket? Slim,...

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How is the fit of this jacket? Slim, athletic, baggy? I tend to prefer closer-fitting slim jackets, and was wondering how this new Vapor fits.Also, does anyone know how much it weighs?

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This jacket fits a little on the baggy side. For a slimmer fitting jacket you might check out some of the jackets from Backcountry.com. Some of them are slim fitting and they're amazing jackets.I don't know exactly on the weight but I do know that it weighs just over 1.5 lbs.Hope that helps.-------Actually the jacket weighs in at 17 oz. (barely over 1 lb.) and is fairly slim fitting for a hardshell. If you want a tighter fitting jacket, a soft shell would be a better option. Hardshells are meant to be used as the outer-layer and thus tend to be more loose. Westcomb seems to have found the perfect balance with the Vapor HX Hoody of allowing it to layer well, but not making it too baggy if worn alone. I love mine! -------Thanks for the info. 17 oz is an excellent weight for a full-featured hardshell. I'll well aware of how hardshells fit into a layering system, since I already have a few of them plus several softshells. My initial concern is that many hardshells tend to be too baggy for my tastes, and sized more like streetwear than technical climbing/skiing gear, so that when they're worn over thinner layers they're too roomy. I expect to wear this jacket in especially windy conditions or when the precip is too liquid for my softshells -- basically a typical New England winter day. I am pretty slim, though, so what might be tight on another person may feel fine on me. Do you know how this compares to the fit of the Mirage jacket, which also looks like a great piece? < br />Jim Orsi----------In terms of fit, the Vapor FX Hoody fits more snug. I've worn the Mirage and feel it is designed more as a mountaineering hardshell which means thicker layers like down and expedition weight fleece. The Vapor FX is designed for lighter layers and to be more athletic (my personal opinion). I really like the fit of both, but if slimmer is what your looking for, I would go with the Vapor HX Hoody.

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Longer fitting than most without being boxy, the back drops down to cover your butt. Size XL has a 32" center back length. When buying to achieve length, you don't have to size up with this one. Specs say there is no powder skirt (unless fixed after 3/25/09)but there is one, it is stitched in and not removable but designed in a way it won't be ferociously annoying when not in use. Get out of New England and come to Utah to shred some pow in March!

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I have this jacket and a Mirage SE (special edition made for Backcountry.com), both size XL. I agree with Jason that the Vapor is longer in the torso, which is appropriate for a skiing-oriented jacket. Contrary to the specs listed here, the Vapor does have a sewn-in powder skirt and pit zips, also very useful for skiing. But the Vapor is considerably baggier than the Mirage SE. The Mirage SE fits snugly over a mid-layer - not constraining, but not much wiggle room either, while I can wear a heavy sweater under the Vapor and it's still a bit baggy. That's a good thing for skiing, which involves more arm movement than hiking. The Mirage SE is more suitable for summer hiking - lighter weight, no powder skirt, no thumb holes. Both are terrific jackets, thanks especially to the eVENT fabric.

Can someone give me the DL on the difference...

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Can someone give me the DL on the difference between this and the Mirage? Trying to figure out why the price difference, when this doesn't list a powder skirt (although pictures imply it has one) and has less pockets? Maybe it's all the extra, cool looking logos.

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This is Westcomb's premium jacket line. One of the main differences is the herringbone pattern of the 3-Ply eVent material, currently the most expensive eVent material to date. Westcomb's FX series' main goal is to get away from looking like a techy nerd and offer a more fashionable piece, yet not giving up anything in terms of durability and performance (it does include a powder skirt by the way). Everything about this jacket is the best. For example, the main zipper is a RiRi which is the only waterproof zipper on the market. It's also the most durable, and, yes, the most expensive. If you were to see the Mirage and the Vapor FX Hoody side by side, there would be no questions which one was the premium jacket. This is not to take anything away from the Mirage, but this new series by Westcomb is their crowning masterpiece. It is very distinctive and nothing else compares to it both in performance and style. My personal opinion is it blows anything Arc'Teryx is making out of the water. It's also made in North America (Vancouver, CAN). Differences that come to mind when compared to the Mirage include; Ninja Cuffs (makes it easier to layer), big billow front pockets made for climbing skins, riri front zipper, herringbone 3-Ply eVent material, and double-stitch seams 25 stitches per inch (looks more stylish and is just as strong as the hidden stitch of the Mirage).Simply put, if you want the best shell made, you've found it.

I am a total eVent and Westcomb whore. Can...

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I am a total eVent and Westcomb whore. Can someone please tell me any first hand experience with this jacket. Granted it is brand spanking new, but man I cannot wait to get my hand on this. Now I just need to save up my Pennies.

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"If it's the technical textiles you like check out the new Cloudveil Koven Plus. It uses the new Schoeller c_change material; even better than eVent." This statement is false... If breathability is the goal here, there is nothing better than eVent. Westcomb will be using Schoeller c-change material in a couple of new jackets for next year, but only in stretch panels. eVent is still the most breathable in any weather condition according to them. The new c-change material is amazing stuff, but eVent is the undisputed champ when it comes to keeping the user dry both from the elements and from their own sweat. If you want the most technical piece of outerwear which has to include; fit, materials, features, construction, breathability, wearability, durability, and simply looking good, the Westcomb Vapor FX Hoody is the shiz-nit.