The Beyond Clothing Ridgeback is a custom-built hardshell jacket. Just enter measurements for your body and chose from various build specifications, and the computers and people at Beyond Clothing sew up a jacket custom made to fit your unique body. The Ridgeback, therefore, is the best fitting hardshell we tested. It's comfortable and unrestrictive, and the ability to build a jacket that fits your body and your intended uses is awesome!!
Unfortunately, the Ridgeback uses Gore-Tex PacLite, an outdated waterproof breathable material typically found on budget, occasional use hardshells. We believe the Ridgeback would be significantly better if offered in Gore Pro membrane or another higher quality waterproof breathable material. We, therefore, prefer other shells.