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Backcountry Mad Creek Shell - Men's

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sale $82.46 Original price:$109.95


Why We Built The Mad Creek Shell

Pursue epic rides, trail runs, or hikes while staying prepared for wind or rain with the Mad Creek Shell built by Backcountry. The DWR coating keeps us dry during spells of weather, while the breathable Pertex Quantum Air fabric enhances airflow to boost performance once the skies clear. This unique material—combined with the fact that the jacket stuffs into one of its zippered pockets for easy storage—makes this shell a staple in our gear closet for singletrack spins or shoulder-season treks.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • Technical shell is suited for trail riding and alpine adventures
  • Pertex Quantum Air materials prioritize air permeability and ventilation
  • Active fit accommodates under layers and provides enhanced mobility
  • Snap-down hood stays in place for clear vision on rugged descents
  • Ripstop outer with DWR finish is both windproof and water-resistant
  • Silicone-lined backing and adjustable hem keep the garment in place
  • Elasticated hood is helmet-compatible for protection from storms
  • Item #BCCZ290

Responsible Collection
[face fabric] Pertex Quantum Air, 100% nylon (52% recycled), [finish] DWR
not sealed
Center Back Length
fixed, snap-down, elasticated
1 zippered hand (stowable)
perforated underarm
Claimed Weight
[medium] 5.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
hike & camp, lifestyle

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

This needs to be your lightweight go-to

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
6` 1"
150 lbs

I was given this product by Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion This shell covers all the bases - no matter what activity you're doing. It's lightweight yet durable - allowing you to throw it in your backpack without concern of taking up too much space or weight. I've used it on a few spring hikes already and having it with me on the summit was a game changer. The breathability is a great alternative to a wind breaker/ rain jacket when its still warm out but you're chilled from drying sweat! The design team killed the design of the cuffs on this jacket. The cuffs are bunched on the inside, allowing your inside sleeves to not get caught on stuff, while the top of the cuff extends further out on the hand. As someone who has long arms, having long sleeves is always an aspect I look at before purchasing gear, and this design addresses all of those problems in one. Honestly whether you're bagging peaks or making coffee on a tailgate - this jacket can be used in so many other situations. I've taken it out fly fishing and cycling and it stands the test. Its awesome to see one piece of gear stretching into so many different uses - something a lot of brands miss these days.

>Rating: 5

DWR Waterproofness

Is this the more environmentally focused DWR coating? How often does that have to be reapplied to maintain water resistance? Anyone know how water resistant this is? Thx!

>Rating: 5

Great Jacket

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
6` 2"
225 lbs

I have been shopping around for a lightweight windbreaker for some time now. This jacket is great, it easily packs into its own pocket, is super light and does the job. I have used it as an outer and mid layer. Would definitely recommend. Fits true to size, I bought the XL and have had many issues with jackets being too small in that size.

>Rating: 5

Very Impressed

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 4"
145 lbs

Backcountry nailed it with this jacket. This is made of Pertex Quantum Air - basically a windbreaker, but more breathable - making for an extremely versatile piece. You sacrifice some of the wind resistance of a typical windbreaker, but in exchange, are able to keep this on while exercising without becoming clammy immediately. The material has a great feel compared to a windbreaker as well - soft and comfortable against the skin and pleasantly stretchy. I am typically between a small and a medium, with the chest being the limiting factor, and this fits perfectly in a small. It is not too baggy, but also has room for a midlayer or thicker fleece underneath. The cuffs sit very comfortably with plenty of stretch and the hem has a slight drop tail to it, giving nice coverage in the rear. I was weary of a hood with no adjustments, but it sits comfortably with just the elastic and moves with your head perfectly. This will be a super versatile piece that I see myself using mountain biking, ski touring, trail running. For the weight conscious out there, my size Small weighs 5.1 oz and packs up tiny.

Spot on. Pertex is my fav. ultralight windbreaker material. Much silker, breathable, quieter, and nicer next to skin than old school 100% nylon like the Patagonia Houdini or the Arcteryx Squamish. I haven't tried any backcountry branded gear, but it looks like they are paying attention to what is good and creating their own inhouse stuff, a la Amazon.


Is there a draw cord on the hem?


Do you have specs on the breathability (CFM) of this shell?