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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award Best Buy Award 
Price $174.83 at REI
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Pros Supple hardshell material feels like soft shellHighly versatile, breathable, lightweightLightweight, breathable, fully featured, durableUltralight, breathable, redefines versatility as a very adequate wind shirtLightweight, supple, breathable, versatile
Cons Heavy, cumbersome, thickExpensive, still made of lighter and somewhat less durable fabricNot the lightest on the marketThin, no pockets, not suitable for high mountain use or severe weatherThinner fabric, less features
Bottom Line A heavy and cumbersome hard shell otherwise made of nice, stretchy fabricReintroduces key features from the more stripped down Beta SL to make an impressively versatile hardshell jacketThis is a stellar hardshell for a variety of mountain adventuresAn ultralight hardshell that moonlights as a wind shirt; our dream combo come true!An impressive hardshell jacket, lightweight and breathable, and for a great price
Rating Categories Skyward II Beta SL Hybrid Norrona Trollveggen Gore-Tex... Norvan SL Hoody Drypoint GTX
Weather Protection (20%)
7
9
9
7
8
Mobility (20%)
5
9
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9
8
Breathability (20%)
5
9
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9
Weight (15%)
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8
Features (10%)
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Durability (10%)
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Versatility (5%)
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Specs Skyward II Beta SL Hybrid Norrona... Norvan SL Hoody Drypoint GTX
Measured Weight 22.5 oz 11.6 oz 9 oz 4 oz 9 oz
Category Mid weight, regular fit Light weight, athletic fit Mid weight, Regular fit Mid/ light weight, regular fit Mid/ light weight, regular fit
Length of back, from base of neck to bottom 26 in 26 in 28 in 26.00 27 in
Material AscentShell 3L 88% nylon 12% spandex 50D stretch plain weave face with 100% polyester 50D knit backer N42p GORE-TEX fabric with Gore C-KNIT backer technology N40r GORE-TEX fabric with PACLITE Plus product technology 40D GORE-TEX Pro fabric Gore-Tex ShakeDry 20-denier ripstop nylon Gor-Tex coating
Pockets 2 internal, 1 external chest, 2 hand 2 hand 2 chest, 1 interior chest None 2 hand
Helmet Compatible Hood Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Harness and Backpack Strap Compatible Yes Yes Yes, high pockets Not advised Yes
Draw cords 3 hood, 1 waist (partial cinching hem) 3 hood, 2 waist 1 hood, 2 waist 1 hood 3 hood, 2 waist
Adjustable Cuffs Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro No Yes, Velcro
Pit Zips Yes Yes Yes No No
Two-Way Front Zipper Yes No No No No
Warranty Policy Infinite guarantee - no questions asked Practical lifetime warranty - Material or workmanship defects will be replaced or repaired at Arc'teryx's discretion 5 year - production and material defects Practical lifetime warranty - Material or workmanship defects will be replaced or repaired at Arc'teryx's discretion Lifetime Guarantee for manufacturer defects, 1 year return policy if you are disatisfied with your purchase
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