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Black Diamond
Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Jacket - Men's

4.655172413793103 out of 5 stars
87 Reviews
Current price: $164.25 - $200.75 Original price: $365.00
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Why We Like The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Jacket

The Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell is Black Diamond's backcountry-specific ski jacket that feels equally comfortable on the uphill as it does on the downhill, especially when it's powdery out there. Its BD.dry membrane is extremely waterproof, breathable, and even windproof. Black Diamond also added GTT's Empel Breathable Water Protection Technology, which is a water- and PFC-free DWR that's more durable and performs better than the competition. Softshell paneling provides extra breathable and a four-way stretch in key areas to keep comfy on the skin track.


  • Backcountry shell balances uphill comfort with downhill performance
  • BD.dry boasts extremely high waterproof, breathable ratings
  • GTT Empel DWR finish is more effective at repelling water
  • Softshell paneling provides a four-way stretch and breathability
  • Front pockets are sized to hold climbing skins
  • Recco may assist Recco-equipped ski patrols in emergencies
  • Adjustments at helmet-compatible hood, hem, and cuffs with internal gaiters
  • Item #BLDZ9B4
[membrane/laminate] BD.dry (3-layer) [face fabric] 100% nylon, GTT Empel DWR [panels] 87% nylon 13% elastane, GT Empel DWR
Waterproof Rating
Breathability Rating
fully sealed
slim, gusseted underarms
Center Back Length
adjustable, helmet-compatible
2 zippered chest, 1 internal zippered
center front zipper with built-in mesh panel
Claimed Weight
1lb 1oz
backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding, freeride/powder skiing, freeride/powder snowboarding, ski mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 87 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 11 reviews
5 Stars - 70 reviews

Fits True To Size

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4 out of 5 stars

June 24, 2024

Sleeves too long

I am between a L and XL. 6’1 202Lbs. L was too small w a puff vest and transceiver and XL I have to roll back sleeve an inch. Otherwise lightweight and easily pacckable.

ronald z.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 3, 2024

Great shell

To be fair this is my first shell designed for touring but I love it, well thought out features for ease of use and functionality.

Peter V.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 1, 2024


I bought this because I needed something last minute for a trip. This jacket has been beyond amazing. It's lighter and way more stretchy than my previous jacket. I even used it in a SAR op recently and it kept all the dampness out.

Kevin H.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

April 3, 2024

This jacket has a specific use case

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:

Nicely made, loads of features. As previously mentioned, soft shell panels on the back and under the arms are not waterproof. So, this is a jacket for fair weather and spring ski tours.

Puckles P
5 out of 5 stars

March 30, 2024

Great light jacket

Bought this jacket for a spring backpacking trip when temps range from 30’s to 50’s. This jacket served great as an outer shell in the cool weather. Very comfortable and flexible with great ventilation. Only con is the position of the pockets. The pockets are located in your breast rather than at your side. Overall great jacket for autumn and spring time trips

Creighton A.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

March 27, 2024

Great Jacket

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

Soft and comfy compare to the hard shells. Great on wind blocking. 100% satisfied

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5 out of 5 stars

March 26, 2024


I needed a shell for touring, and this has all of the bells and whistles that I could ask for. Layering makes much more sense than wearing an insulated jacket on the slopes or in the backcountry, and this jacket is a great choice for a shell.

Zachary L.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

March 25, 2024

Breathable and Comfortable on lthru Hikes

did a thru hike at the appalachians and with the wet and cold weather, this jacket never failed to keep me dry and comfortable the whole trip and without having the feeling of restriction and a moist back.

Chris S.

Originally reviewed on

1 out of 5 stars

March 18, 2024

4 out of 5 stars

March 16, 2024

Not great, but pretty darn good.

After a few backcountry ski tours, I like this shell quite a bit, with only one real complaint. Pros: looks good, “skin” pockets are nice for keeping spare gloves handy and warm, very breathable yet stops wind and blowing snow. Medium size fits me well and allows a vest or light fleece jacket underneath (5’9” 160lbs). Con: the dual front zipper, mesh vent system is un-needed complexity. It doesn’t vent better than just pulling the zipper down on a conventional jacket.

Paul B.

Originally reviewed on