Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell - A Quick Review & A First Look Inside

Just received my new Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid shell jacket today.

Kudos to MEC for the quick delivery upon receiving their shipment from BD!

My very initial impressions (more to follow in due time):

- very light weight
- nice feel to the fabric
- hood is generously size, can still cinch it down for use without helmet
- Large is long enough for my 6'4" frame (can't say that about their pants with 32" inseam)
- the pulls for the drawcord hem are inside the handwarmer pockets
- the internal stretch media pocket is nice

Since everyone has probably seen pics of the outside of the shell already, I thought I would share a few quick pictures of the inside.  Since this is a hybrid version, these picture show the extent of the laminated C-Shell versus the unlaminated but more breathable soft-shell.

Here is the back of jacket,

and the front (small hole is for earphone cable),

along with BD's label inside the jacket.

Now waiting on matching Coefficient Hoody as a mid-layer, MEC (and other supliers) don't seem to have received these yet. 

That's it for this lightning quick review, post a comment if you would like more specific details!

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