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    Christopher Wilke
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    @wilke7000

    Locale: Colorado

    So I'm looking at upgrading my waterproof/not very breathable rain shell (Marmot Precip – XL 13.4oz). It's been a good jacket mainly because of all the venting options (pit zips, mess core vent pockets, full front zip) but I'd like to take some weight out. I'm actually thinking of using a two pronged approach. 1 really light jacket for good weather as a just in case/camp shell and 1 for trips where consistant rain is in the forecast. These will be for 3 season use in the Colorado Rockies (read quickly changing weather even in summer). Here's what I'm considering. Opinions needed!

    Just in case/camp jacket:

    1) TNF Triumph Anorak (size XL=6.3oz)
    Pros: Lightest, fairly durable jacket I could find, fit is good, hood coverage good.
    Cons: Bairly breathable (Hyvent DT PU coating), no venting options besides half length front zipper, no hem cinch for cold or windy weather.

    2) OR Zealot (size XL=8.5oz)
    Pros: More breathable than Triumph (Gore-Tex Paclite), waterproof zips, hem draw cord.
    Cons: Heavier, no venting options besides full length front zipper, so-so hood coverage.

    3) Various Propore jackets (XL around 6-7oz)
    Pros: Light, breathable, cheap.
    Cons: Rip easily (I do like to bushwack), no venting besides front zip.

    Inclement weather jacket:

    1) Montane Atomic DT (XL=11.5oz)
    Pros: Decently breathable (Entrant DT), good feature set, decent venting (mesh lined core vent pockets, large sleeve opening), nice wire brimmed hood
    Cons: Less than 2oz lighter than my Precip, no pit zips

    2) TNF Diad (XL=11.5oz)
    Pros: Good feature set, good venting (mesh lined core vent pockets, large sleeve opening, mini pit zips)
    Cons: Not very breathable (PU coating), mini pit zips (not full length), Less than 2oz lighter than my Precip

    3) Montbell Versalite (based on listed weights for all the jackets my guess is 13.2oz for XL)
    Pros: Good feature set, good venting (mesh lined core vent pockets, large sleeve opening, real pit zips), decently breathable.
    Cons: Estimated to be the same weight as my Precip.

    4) Montbell Outpace Parka, Integral Designs Thru Hiker (both around 13oz in XL)
    Pros: Excellent Breathability
    Cons: 2x the cost of other jackets, little ventilation, almost same weight as my Precip

    I know, I know. I'm over analyzing this but I can't help that! I need any and all opinions on these options to break my decision paralysis. Initially, I'm leaning towards TNF Triumph and Montane Atomic or Triumph and just keeping the Precip (hey it's got me through some nasty weather and I haven't found an option more than 2oz lighter with similar features).

    Thanks for the help!

    EDIT: Wow that was long winded!

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