Favourite windshirt

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by PhilHo, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    Another favourite from past dry and warm winter is Borealis by Rab. Love how it breaths and moves with you but hate once it gets sweat damp as it needs some time to dry....
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  2. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

  3. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    That's why I sold mine... It was heavy but super comfy.... But when it was wet.... It was a pig to dry.
  4. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

  5. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Went out on the hill in my new Pat Houdini, Ran alpha jacket and OR t shirt. 7 degrees gusty wind, maybe 25 mph. Overheating after 2 miles, the wind shirt was full of condensed sweat. Stripped down to t shirt and wind shirt with hood up and was perfect for the rest of the walk. I'm not convinced that it is much better than the Rab vital hoodie wind shirt. Clearly as we all know the key to breathsbility is to get your layers right so you manage your temperature and therefore perspiration. Maybe the Houdini will be a bit more rain resistant.
  6. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @PhilHo that's why I sold Houdini..they were really good wind shirts back in the days.
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  7. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Be bold, start cold :thumbsup:
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  8. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    Anyone who's tried the ME Aerofoil? Looks like a really nice fabric!
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  9. Gneiss Boots

    Gneiss Boots Summit Camper

  10. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    Yup, I was using my 2011 Montane Dyno last week, with a short sleeved merino baselayer and a long-sleeved baselayer. Those three layers of fairly close-weaves were close enough for the wind and as usual worked well to dump heat/moisture and shelter from the wind (there was some hail and snow on occasion so I did tog up fully a few times)
  11. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

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  12. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    Sounds good!! Is it almost to breathable for year round use then? Since Scandinavia can be quite windy!

    Good price! Too bad shipping to Sweden is ~13£
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2020
  13. Gneiss Boots

    Gneiss Boots Summit Camper

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  14. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

  15. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    Alright, so it's more like the BD Alpine Start then? You don't happen to know the CFM value or have done the famous coffee filter test? :)
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  16. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I think I might have gone for one of those at that price.
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  17. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

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  18. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    I was out for a few hours today at hiking spot couple miles from my home. 57F, partly cloudy, spotty drizzle, wind around 12mph. Wearing BD Alpine Start, Macpac Nitro mid, Bjorn Daehlie merino base. Had BD Start zipped up during hike. When I finished Start and Nitro were completely dry, Daehlie some dampness under arms and back. The Alpine Start makes a big difference in terms of breathability. Same hike in my OR Tantrum II there would be condensation.
  19. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

  20. Noltae

    Noltae Summit Camper

    Also using the Black Diamond Alpine Start hoody - the Schoeller fabric performs amazingly. .
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  21. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    The BD Alpine Start, hooded and unhooded but men's only, are on Sportpursuit at £84 and £65.
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  22. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Think if I was to get another (I'm not:D) id give the Montbell tachyon parks on ULOG a go, under 80g for all sizes, even has pockets which makes it much more appealing to me, lost without somewhere to stick my hands
  23. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @Charlie83 I own one and as you noted its featherweight class but it doesnt breath all that good. Its the older version before the fabric was updated.
    But for dry windy summer day its a cracker.

    for best breathability and few pennies saved look at faux houdini from Aliexpress...
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  24. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Pretty good deal, got mine (hooded) in September for $65 through S&C.
  25. boinius

    boinius Day Walker

    I was using a Zpacks Ventum for 2 years. But it felt to confined..

    Was looking at Houdini and Squamish when leaving NZ.

    Finally got a wind jacket in Nepal.
    Kaemp 8848, Nepali made, not fake one
    125gr for large, 3 pockets, heavy zippers and 20euro :)

    Used it combined with tshirt and Macpac nitro alpha.
    It performed perfect, no overheating or sweating.

    Now i got a Gore H5 on sale, but still plan on using a windshirt also .

    So do I keep using the 125gr good Nepali one?
    Or switch to something lighter
    I have been looking at Montbell ex light or Tachyon.
    or what people suggest.

    Its good in times like this we can at least read lots about gear


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