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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Jacket - Men's



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
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding, freeride/powder skiing, freeride/powder snowboarding, ski mountaineering
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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Protection & Breathability - pumped!

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
180 lbs

This jacket has the venting and protection I've been looking for in a touring specific jacket. It has hardshell where you need it, softshell every where else. I've never been so comfortable skinning in a jacket with hardshell panels! I love the dual front zipper option and pit zips, between these two I'm finally able to manage dumping enough heat to keep my jacket on when its snowy & windy. The 2 front zip pockets are plenty big to fit most any skins (I had my BD Glidelite's for 180cm by 105mm skis which are by no means the biggest, but still have plenty of extra room if you have bigger skis). Only minor complaint is the internal gaiters it comes with are dumb for a touring jacket. But, I just cut these out and the jacket is good to go!

What about layering? Does it fit well enough to stick some down underneath? Good mountaineering option?

>Rating: 5

Awesome touring jacket

I've used it several times
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.

>Rating: 4

Solid option

I've put it through the wringer
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.

>Rating: 4

Solid everyday choice

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.

>Rating: 3

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.

>Rating: 3

Satisfaction may depend on desired use.

I've used it several times
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.

>Rating: 5

Awesome jacket

I've used it several times
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.