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The rage now in outerwear is the use of soft shell instead of hard shell fabrics. For decades, a hard shell jacket was the staple for ski wear (and eventually riding wear). Hard shells made of Gore-Tex were essential since it kept moisture from penetrating the jacket hence keeping you dry.
Gore-Tex has breathability characteristics and lets moisture escape. A Gore-Tex hard shell doesn’t allow enough moisture to escape in some instances. Soft shells now offer the weather resistance that has been traditionally reserved with hard shells combined with heightened breathability and flexibility.
The Mammut Stratus Hybrid jacket combines hard and soft fabrics. The arms, shoulders and hood of the jacket are a soft shell. These upper body areas have the greatest range of movement, so the soft shell material stretches and doesn’t inhibit movement. The remainder of the jacket is made from hard shell fabrics. The jacket is insulated with a layer of Fiberfil.
The Status Hybrid kept its warmth in cold temperatures and repels windy conditions. The soft shell materials gave plenty of flexibility during vigorous activity and the sleeves do not ride up on the forearms. Add a mid layer for added warmth. The jacket continues to maintain its streamlined fit even with the added layer.
The three external zip pockets and 2 interior mesh pockets give all sorts of room to stash your personal stuff in the Stratus Hybrid. The drawstrings on the hem and hood of the jacket make it easy to tailor its fit.
The Mammut Stratus Hybrid jacket provides the best of both worlds, hard and soft shell materials, to deliver a warmth and functionality. The jacket is available in four color schemes, mud-dark olive, chilli, black, and highway. The Stratus Hybrid has an MSRP of $239.
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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