Through testing more than 20 top-tier hardshells we've found that pit zips are unnecessary (and therefore a drawback due to their increased weight) on highly breathable lightweight jackets, like the Leashless. The jacket weighs 13 oz., which is heavy for a Gore Active jacket.
The Leashless' main competitor is the Arc'teryx Alpha FL, which weighs 2 oz. less, and (starting in spring 14) uses a more durable Gore Pro membrane--we much prefer this jacket to the Leashless. If you want a jacket with handwarmer pockets we highly recommend either the Arc'teryx Beta FL or Patagonia Super Pluma, both of which (we are confident) perform much better than the Leashless for all-purpose use and climbing. You can compare these models, and all others tested, at the Hardshell Jacket Review.
Women's Leashless Jacket
- Cost - $399
- Women's version of this jacket
Patagonia M10 Jacket and Women's M10 Jacket
- Cost - $380
- Lightest H2No jacket
- Well made, performance raincoat with Rock and Alpine climbing in mind