This is a review/comparison I have wanted to make for some time. I'm finally collected four (and may be more) different garments that I think will make a good write up. And thanks to the member's encouragement Arc'teryx, Mountain Hardware, Outdoor Reasearch and Westcomb and several other manufactures have promised to join us. Big plans for the field tests and comparisons . Written review to come in late September or early October.
I am only interested in the stretch versions of a water proof shell. If there are others you think should be in this comparison please let me know.
Here are what I have so far thanks to the reader's suggestion. Hopefully the reviews and comparisons will answer all your questions. We'll have a couple of very experienced climbers joining me for this one. This will be the first review of its kind on Cold Thistle.
Gore-Tex’s new stretch version of its highly breathable Active Shell fabric. This one from OR.
Polartec has developed its own waterproof, breathable fabric NeoShell. This one from Westcomb
Marmot lightweight waterproof / breathable technology, MemBrain® Strata™ 100% Nylon Stretch. This one from Marmot obviously.
The new Dry.Q™ Elite from Monuntain Hardware
I'll add to the list once I know what we are really testing.