Just because you want the convenience and mobility of a shell doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice warmth. The Ortovox 3L Guardian Shell uses a single layer of merino wool insulation to ensure you’ll be toasty, too, not just dry. Ortovox is so confident in the 3L Guardian Shell’s toaster-oven properties that they even rate it as a better for freeriding than touring -- Good luck finding another shell that might be too warm on the way uphill!
Ortovox’s engineers have heard of Gore-Tex -- they just know there’s a bigger bully on the block when it comes to high-test waterproofing that maintains breathability. The 3L Guardian Shell uses Toray DERMIZAX EV in the stylish, sleek outer membrane. It’s a thin polyurethane film that uses chemistry to send H2O scurrying away. This makes it as or more waterproof than Teflon-based Gore-Tex -- while also delivering clearly superior breathability, because instead of cloggable micropores to let air out Dermizax expels condensation through the same molecular engineering that terrifies rain and snow.
Sorry, too much science? Here’s the bottom line: The 3L Guardian Shell will never get that sweaty-back inner feeling that dogs even the best Gore-Tex jackets. Add in the same sleek, stylish, and functional design you expect from any premium ski garment and Ortovox’s shells are simply a cut above the competition.
- Waterproof, windproof, and breathable
- Weight: 797g (1lb 12oz)
- Materials: Toray DERMIZAX EV membrane, merino wool lining
- Underarm vent zippers
- Ski pass pocket
- Removable snow skirt
- Wool-lined cell phone pocket to preserve battery life