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Awards  Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award Top Pick Award 
Price $158.95 at Amazon$99.00 at REI
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$98.95 at Backcountry
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Pros Targeted insulation, low-profile hoodHelmet compatible, lightweight, extremely packable, dries quicklyMany pockets, more waterproof, excellent wind protection, snap to allow unzipping during wearVery flexible, flattering fit, long torso, comfortable cuffHand pockets, easy to layer, comfortable, inexpensive
Cons No chest pocket, heavier than most modelsNot the most waterproof, can see through thin fabricElastic cuffs harsh, thin fabric can be seen through, large packed sizeGets wet very easily, thicker fabric is heavierHeavy, doesn’t stow into pocket, relaxed style may be unflattering
Bottom Line The Shield has added Polartec padding in key areas to keep you warmer, even when wet.A truly featherweight model that continues to impress, combining excellent performance with great value.A blend of minimalist design and technical features, this jacket offers solid protection from the elements.This comfortable jacket will keep you protected and stylish, from climbing with friends to hanging at the coffee shop.A good everyday jacket to keep you warm in those chilly breezes.
Rating Categories Agravic Alpha Shield Hoodie Houdini Vital Hoody Alpine Start Flash Forward Lined
Wind Resistance (30%)
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Breathability (30%)
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Water Resistance (10%)
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Specs Agravic Alpha Shield Hoodie Houdini Vital Hoody Alpine Start Flash Forward Lined
Weight (oz) 5.8 1.2 5 6.7
Material 100% nylon ripstop 100% nylon ripstop with DWR (durable water repellent) finish Hyperlite and nylon outer Schoeller® stretch-woven nylon with NanoSphere® Technology 100% polyester plain weave and 100% polyester microfleece
Pockets 2 hand 1 chest 2 hand, 1 inner zip and 2 inner open-top 1 chest 2 hand
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