just had another thought come to me, has anyone noticed how the softshells with fleece lining and a smooth outer, not the buffalo types, how heavy they are when wet? compared to a micro fleece and ventile or garbadine top? i've washed them before and thought how heavy they were, and then flying in the face of the modern fibres drying quicker train of thought, if totally wet thru it took two days indoors to dry the softshell. yet my smock will be dry enough after just a couple of hours. i know the cirumstances would need to be to be extreme for a softshell to get that wet in actual use, but i wouldn't fancy luggin what would feel like a wet carpet around with me, or trying to keep warm in one out in the open.
the drying time when compared i'm sure actually would show the ventile and micro fleece softshell combination dry quicker than the hardened soft shell option, and the first option would offer more fleibility long term as its 2 items of layering, rather than one jacket.
its probably just a non starter cul de sac type train of thought. but, i reckon a proofed garbadine, or a ventile over a fleece and base layer is more flexible than its modern equivelent. however, i still reckon a dedicated waterproof main jacket or parka type is irreplacable.
this could just be me trying to justify having all three options in my wardrobe!
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