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    Best Vest?

    I like a windproof vest midlayer, have used some Marmot vests for the last few years.
    But the current one is becoming unseeming.
    Must haves are zippered hand pockets.
    Highly prefer a zip chest pocket.

    Recommendations? Links?
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    Do you want wool or down, or neither? Ibex has a nice wool vest with 3 pockets; LLBean has a nice primaloft vest with 3 pockets
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    Freeride Systems needs a vest offering. That would be the best.

    LLBean primaloft is good, but I live in Maine and shop the local outlet.

    https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1198...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

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    Are you talking about the Marmot Driclime stuff from 10-15 years ago? Kind of a slick nylon exterior, soft light interior with little insulation? Those were great.

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    I'm a vest guy. Norrona alpha 90 is the spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    I'm a vest guy. Norrona alpha 90 is the spot.
    This is a good vest.
    For a heavier, down vest I like the Stio Hometown down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conundrum View Post
    Are you talking about the Marmot Driclime stuff from 10-15 years ago? Kind of a slick nylon exterior, soft light interior with little insulation? Those were great.
    Kind of, the ones I've been wearing don't have insulation, the fabric is some sort of wind proof, water resistant stuff.
    Basic.

    I don't really want wool unless it really cuts the wind and definAtely not down.

    I do have and use a down vest in CO and at altitude, but for most purposes, I like the basic.
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    Voormi (Vroomi!) is a local company that's recently branched to Montana. I own a bunch of their gear and have been pleased.

    https://voormi.com/collections/vests
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    Kind of, the ones I've been wearing don't have insulation, the fabric is some sort of wind proof, water resistant stuff.
    Basic.

    I don't really want wool unless it really cuts the wind and definAtely not down.

    I do have and use a down vest in CO and at altitude, but for most purposes, I like the basic.
    Sounds like the Marmot Driclime vest.
    https://www.amazon.com/Marmot-Ether-.../dp/B07DYPHGMF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    Sounds like the Marmot Driclime vest.
    https://www.amazon.com/Marmot-Ether-.../dp/B07DYPHGMF
    Yeah, that's close, but the ones I've been wearing aren't nylon, it's some other blend.

    Good price point.
    Plus, none of those in black, large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viva View Post
    Voormi (Vroomi!) is a local company that's recently branched to Montana. I own a bunch of their gear and have been pleased.

    https://voormi.com/collections/vests
    I may not be sufficiently cowboy chic for that price.
    But I'll see if I can doll myself up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlecross View Post
    Freeride Systems needs a vest offering. That would be the best.

    LLBean primaloft is good, but I live in Maine and shop the local outlet.

    https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1198...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
    That LLbean is great. I need to replace my non-down vest. But need chest pocket. Love stio but they don’t have that. Will buy. Thx.

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    I have an Icebreaker vest that I really like. I have the older style, with an outer chest pocket, it seems that they moved it to the inside. It's Nylon outer, and the insulation is made of merino wool, it's thin and lightweight.

    https://www.icebreaker.com/en-us/men...5449_color=001

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    If you could do grey or tan, Ive been digging the First Lite Catalyst vest.

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    I own a vest made by a company called Straight Down that I use as a mid-layer.I think they are primarily a golf apparel company. Funny thing is that it is not down. Rather it is sort of thick fleece. The company make a lot of different type vests and most have one or even two chest pockets. The Players Vest is nice.

    I also own a Patagonia Synchilla vest which is a nice mid-layer that comes with three pockets.
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    I guess the proper dialect is "softshell".

    Generally, fleece doesn't block the wind but "softshell" does.

    And yes, I'm a picky motherfucker who wants it in black, large.
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    You want a mid layer that blocks wind? Huh.

    Are you wearing it as an outer layer then? and just want mid layer weight?

    I like pata nano or arc atom as a mid layer vest. Not wind blocking though. Wind blocking under a shell will make me sweat too much


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    I have often Norrna Bitihorn Aero100 vest on top of my baselayer when ski touring. Softshell and puffy on top of it based on need.

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    I was gonna go on about now you don't need that and tell you what I wear, but instead here is a link to a softshell vest the the desired features...maybe

    https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/me...ariationId=JK3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    I was gonna go on about now you don't need that and tell you what I wear, but instead here is a link to a softshell vest the the desired features...maybe

    https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/me...ariationId=JK3
    A deft and functional post!

    Thank you, Fogster!

    I'll scope for a large now.
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    This works:
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    Prolly too fancy pants for you Buster, but its euro:
    Stretchy wool blend:
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    I have this one and wear it all the time. Work, skiing, etc.
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    For a budget option, Port Authority Core Soft Shell Vest . Around $30 on Amazon.

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