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    Quote Originally Posted by DougPaul
    OK.

    IMO, still less useful than separate insulation and shell layers. I have both breathable and windblock fleece jackets--I find the windblock more useful around town than in the woods. ....
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    I personally love the full zip windproof fleeces with zippered pockets and pitzips for all around every-day use.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougPaul
    The description of the Ibex Neve jacket actually said very little about the characteristics of the shell and doesn't mention water repellency at all--so if it is raining you have to wear a rain shell over the built-in wind shell?
    Depends how hard it's raining and how cold the rain is. I don't own one myself, but if there's someone out there looking for the "best" then he would be wise to look at all options. Here are some reviews of a lighter version of the Neve: reviews

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    Some knowledgable info here, I guess Im stuck in the past though. I always wear fleece and fleece with windbloc at varieing times yearround and I never have a problem regulating my tempeture and I never have wet gear either. But whatever works for you, Im just still shaking myhead at the comment about fleece being for walking your dog, really? how come Im not suffering out there?

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    I should have made that comment more clear: For me, Windblock Fleece = walk the dog, not hike the winter peaks.
    Like you said, whatever works for you.

    STP has a decent looking Primaloft jacket on sale, as well as some Schoeller fabric products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra
    Some knowledgable info here, I guess Im stuck in the past though.
    If you are really stuck in the 30+ years ago past, wool works as well as it ever did. Newer stuff sometimes works better in some conditions, sometimes not. (If you are stuck in slightly more recent times, then fleece is ok... )

    I always wear fleece and fleece with windbloc at varieing times yearround and I never have a problem regulating my tempeture and I never have wet gear either. But whatever works for you, Im just still shaking myhead at the comment about fleece being for walking your dog, really? how come Im not suffering out there?
    Different people produce widely different amounts of heat. I am frequently down to my base layer when a friend is still wearing an insulating layer and a shell.

    Different people also may choose different amounts and types of insulation and ventilate it differently.

    I typically carry 2 fleece jackets when winter hiking--one breathable, one windblock. When I'm generating a lot of heat, I usually wear only my base layer. As I produce less heat, I first add the breathable fleece and then the windblock fleece (usually with a shell). Only very rarely do I wear the windblock fleece by itself.

    I wear the windblock fleece around town on cool breezy days so that I don't need to worry about carrying a shell.

    It doesn't really matter how you insulate, as long as it does the right thing for you.

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    For the past couple of winters I have been wearing a Scholler fabric jacket from EMS. I think the model is called the Apollo (discontinued I believe). I really like this jacket for winter hiking in all but the windest conditions. It wicks really well also. When the weather gets really nasty I put my gore-tex shell on over this jacket. The fleece is great for hanging around at the hockey rink, or as a driving jacket on cold days.
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