The Vancouver based outdoor manufacturer Westcomb released what they claim is the lightest rain shell made out of Polartech’s innovative NeoShell garment. At 15 oz, around 425g, this jacket is certainly on the light side.
The Switch LT Hoody is a performance alpine jacket, minimalist in its design but with everything you should ever need from it. It features two large napoleon pockets for easy accessed storage and a helmet compatible 3 points hood. Westcomb’s jacket also offers articulated sleeves for unrestricted movement and the zippers are the AquaGuard Vision from YKK.
Even with NeoShell’s breathability claim, Westcomb choose the sensible option and added underarm venting zippers for when you need extreme ventilation and cooling. All this comes at a price of course with the Switch LT Hoody retailing for around $430. Available for men in 5 different colours right now from their website.
Edit: Well looks like we were a bit late on that one. Westcomb announced just a few days ago the Shift, same NeoShell, lighter jacket at 11 oz (312g). Just when we though it couldn’t get any better those guys deliver. So there you have it the SHIFT is the lightest NeoShell jacket.