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Verified: Westcomb Shift LT Hoody

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The Westcomb Shift LT Hoody might just be a new benchmark in lightweight outerwear. At just over three quarters of a pound (341 grams) this…

The Westcomb Shift LT Hoody might just be a new benchmark in lightweight outerwear. At just over three quarters of a pound (341 grams) this minimalist shell offers a hell of a lot more protection than a Starter Jacket at a fraction of the weight. Equipped with Polartec’s NeoShell, the Shift is billed to offer no-compromise protection from the elements while staying breathable for active users.

In a world of full-featured jackets, the svelte Westcomb Shift LT Hoody first impressed me as decidedly minimalist. Maybe even too simple for the…

In a world of full-featured jackets, the svelte Westcomb Shift LT Hoody first impressed me as decidedly minimalist. Maybe even too simple for the day-after-day demands of a skier. But I knew the folks at Westcomb don’t make garbage, so I reluctantly brought the Shift on a ski trip as a back up. Then I brought it on another trip—and another. And then it replaced my other shells. The secret to the Shift lies in its use of Polartec’s NeoShell, which has the breathability and mobility of a softshell but is also, for all intents and purposes, windproof and waterproof. It also weighs next to nothing. I’ve been wearing the Shift for six months, doing everything from skiing in the low twenties to biking and running errands around town. It’s light weight and breathability makes it easy to wear nearly all the time, and ideal for rapidly changing weather.

Did we mention the Shift is minimal? It has only one large Napoleon pocket—large enough to fit wallet, phone, and snack—a few drawstrings, and a…

Did we mention the Shift is minimal? It has only one large Napoleon pocket—large enough to fit wallet, phone, and snack—a few drawstrings, and a micro-fleece lined collar. Simple, elegant, and effective, the Shift works well in a wide range of conditions and activities. Despite not having pit-zips or any other manual ventilation systems, the Shift stays comfortable—right up to the point where it’s warm enough to wear only a base layer.

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