So a little bit about me and what I'll be using these jackets for:
I live in New York City. There's all kinds of whether I have to deal with. We have blizzards, freezing rain, spring and summer downpours, and every once in a while we get a hurricane
. During winter temps will routinely drop into the 15F range. If it's a bad winter, it'll drop even lower. I also run a lot (in Central Park). I run in freezing rain, snow flurries, etc, you name it. I like staying in shape and I don't let the weather stop me.
For a while now, I've been wanting to invest in some high end gear to help me deal with this stuff. I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to gear, but I've done a lot of research over the past few days, and have come up with a few ideas. I see this as a long term investment, so I don't mind spending some serious money on it.
First off, I need a solid running jacket. Right now, I'm using Nike Profit long-sleeve compression, and when the temps drop below freezing, it just doesn't cut the mustard. Last winter I'd nearly freeze to death after my runs. So the ideal jacket would be warm, lightweight, very breathable, and would have good mobility. Canada Goose makes a jacket called the "Hybridge Lite," and that seems to fit the bill nicely.
Second, I need an outer shell to deal with wind/precipitation. I'd wear this during my runs, but I'd also wear it for general-purpose walking around the city during blizzards/rainstorms/etc. The ideal shell would be lightweight, breathable, mobile, with solid wind/water proofing. Right now I'm looking at three shells:
Rab Myriad Jacket
Westcomb Shift LT
Westcomb Specter LT
The top two are NeoShell material which people say is really good. The bottom one is eVent material which is not as good as neoshell, but it's a tad lighter. If anyone know the differences between these jackets, and the strengths/weaknesses I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Also, people say that light jackets like the Myriad/Shift are good for warm weather, but not for winter. How come? If I layer it over a jacket like the Hybridge, will it be warm enough for winter?