Mammut Albaron: Hard Shells Reviews
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If you’re often out in the wet conditions typical of places like the Pacific Northwest, a classic Gore-Tex shell like the Albaron is an indispensable outer layer. It’s cut from Pro Shell, Gore’s best material, so it’s the most water- and windproof piece here, with user-friendly pit zips, a helmet-compatible hood, and rubbery shoulder patches that reinforce the jacket against backpack rub—and keep the straps from sliding around. Plus, as the only uninsulated hard shell here, it can double as your storm shell the rest of the year; it weighs in at a respectable one pound and packs down quite small. Our only gripe: For such a pricey jacket, the cuffs are a bit floppy. 1 lb;
Wind/Water Resistance: 5