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The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell is named after "early-morning missions to score fresh tracks on local peaks before the workday begins". I had to use Black Diamond's quote because of how cool they make it sound. The idea is that they go out every morning and test gear to see what works and what doesn't. This empirical research means that only the highest quality product reaches the market. The Dawn Patrol Hybrid boasts a Schoeller StretchWoven nylon shell with a body-mapped, 3-layer waterproof laminate with NanoSphere to shed water. That's technical jargon for "highly mobile and water-repellent" So let those BD employees figure out what you need while you sleep in, then simply take advantage of the results.
Sports like alpine climbing, ice climbing, ski mountaineering, and touring are altogether different monsters than your average climbing or skiing sessions. That's why Black Diamond teamed up with Schoeller to give you the ideal protective layer with its Men's Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Jacket. Its StretchWoven softshell fabric covers your body with extreme durability, stretch, and breathability. And Black Diamond coated the shell with NanoSphere Technology to resist water, dirt, and even your own oily skin while you perform. Black Diamond also mapped the jacket with a three-layer waterproof laminate to keep you dry in specific areas that are most likely to get damp.
A slim fit pulls the Dawn Patrol Hybrid close to your body for optimal comfort with a harness on. It features an adjustable hood that either slides over your helmet or cinches across your head to prevent those blustery breezes from blowing it off. Hook-and-loop cuffs and a drawcord at the hem keep the sleeves and hem in place while you reach past technical cruxes on your route. And a stretchy internal pocket with a cord port lets you jam out to your favorite tunes while you climb up those powder-capped peaks and then bomb down.
Just as the sun rises over the mountains, a new apparel collection rises over the outdoor gear world: the Dawn Patrol collection from Black Diamond. Engineered in collaboration with the Swiss fabric experts at Schoeller, the collection is built around two core technologies that deliver a myriad of benefits. Schoeller stretch-woven fabric is highly durable and optimally breathable; its great stretch and recovery allow for a slim, efficient fit without restriction. This fabric is treated with NanoSphere, the industry's best performing and longest lasting solution for repelling water, dirt, and oil. NanoSphere keeps you dry and comfortable in the field and keeps your clothing looking clean and like-new, season after season.
The flagship piece of the collection is the Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell. It features three-layer Schoeller C-Change waterproof fabric in the areas most in need of wather protection (hood, shoulders, upper arms) and Schoeller StretchWoven fabric in the areas where breathability is key (underarms, back, lower front). C-Change is a waterproof membrane with pores that expand and contract based on ambient temperature, like the scales of a pinecone. This helps you let warmth out as the temperature rises and hold warmth in as it falls. It's a superior combination of active and protective benefits.
Fiber Content: Body: 95% nylon, 5% elastane; Body-mapped laminate: 95% nylon, 5% elastane, polyurethane.
Country of Origin: Imported
In situations where demanding terrain and wide-ranging weather predominate, movement matters. Black Diamond's Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell delivers a superior combination of active and protective benefits without weight, restriction, or compromises
|Clothing Fit:||Regular Fit|
|Hood Type:||Yes, fixed|
|Pockets:||Two zippered chest pockets, two zippered hand pockets, two internal drop pockets, internal stretch media pocket|
|Waterproof Material:||PU (polyurethane) panels only: Hood, shoulders, chest, upper arms|
|Weight:||1 lb. 1 oz. (480 g)|
|Black Diamond Dawn Patrol LT Shell||$139.50 - $279.00|
|Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib||$213.99 - $329.00|
|Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket||$148.99 - $249.00|
|Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Beanie||$34.95|
I've only had the jacket for a couple weeks but love the texture and appearance of the jacket. It has managed the New England rain very well and I am looking forward to skiing with on this winter.
I really really want to like this jacket. I love the styling, color and hybrid construction. Call me vain, but I've wanted a hybrid jacket and the only real competing option (Pat. Mixed Guide) is a horrendously ugly thing to look at much less wear.
However, this jacket seems to have a personality disorder that I can only imagine is a result of BD trying to appease climbers/skiers and people who just want a cool jacket to wear around town. Otherwise, why in the world would BD put hand pockets on an alpine jacket that will fit under the hip-belt of a pack or under a harness? Why in the world would they make zipper pulls that will be next to impossible to grab with anything more than liner gloves on. Why in the world would they make an iPod holder a key advertised feature. Why in the world would they include 4 freaking pockets on an otherwise light weight jacket (two of which are superfluous with pack/harness). Why would they make short sleeves that will ride up the first time you lift your arms over your head to swing an ice tool?
As I said before, I really want to like this jacket. I love Schoeller, I love the hybrid construction, I like the fit (except the sleeves) and I need a jacket that is more protective than a stretch woven soft shell, has better breathability than a laminated softshell, but is not as restrictive as a full on hard shell.
I wish BD would have gone the true alpine route with this shell and not try to make it have equal appeal to town folk, there are more than enough brands and options out there that fill that market niche. Unfortunately, it seems with this offering BD is trying to go the North Face/Marmot route instead of a dedicated alpine shell a la Rab/Arc'teryx/Mountain Equipment.
Bummer. I'm going to go climbing a few more times in it, but I don't see it being a permanent addition to the jacket quiver.
I like the overall fit and style of this jacket. The function could be revised a bit for technical use, as mentioned below in previous reviews(1-hand pockets, 2- zipper pulls, 3 - excessive pockets). The Schoeller material is great and I think a more streamlined/stripped down version of this piece would do well. You will want to be moving while wearing this jacket, as it is designed to breathe, but it won't keep you cozy while standing around in freezing temps.