Why It's Cool
The straitjacket-slim Besal does everything an alpine shell should, yet moves with you like a second skin. Throw a sling of ice screws over your shoulder and you won't be fighting billows of fabric when you reach for a piece of protection. » The three-layer Besal is sewn from two distinct breeds of Schoeller (Dryskin and Keprotec), a waterproof laminate, and a thin nylon inner face interwoven with CoolMax fibers to help with wicking. It's not as cozy as the typical microfleece-lined soft shells, but it works. » If you climb in the cold, the freedom of movement is fantastic. » Hood drawcords are tacked down alongside the front zipper: Not only can you find them in a pinch, but they won't lash your face on a screaming fire-road descent.Hmmm . . .
At a whopping two pounds, it's heavy.