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Gear Wars: SoftShells
Marmot Genesis vs. Outdoor Research Mithril

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Marmot Genesis
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Outdoor Research Mithril
Features: Waterproof, Breathable M1 Stretch Fabric
Adjustable Velcro Cuff
Angel-Wing Allows Full Range of Motion
Designed to Fit Over a Light Layer
Elastic Draw Cord Hem
One Inside Zip Pocket, Two outside pockets
Water Resistant Zippers
PitZips with Water Resistant Zippers
Techtonic Welded Construction
Fixed hood with elastic draw cord
Fleeced lining
Waterproof Ventia soft shell
Elastic cuffs with hook/loop tabs
Front zipper with internal storm flap
Designed to Fit Over a Light Layer
Dual drawcord hem adjustments
Two hand pockets, One internal pocket
Water-resistant zippers

Fully seam taped
Dual-pull adjustable hood
Warm fleece interior
Comments: Material blocks all wind but does seem breathable. PitZips work well to vent but are difficult to work with one hand. Hood is LARGE and floppy but can be cinched down with the adjustment. Front zipper zips up far enough to protect lower part of face. Medium, my normal size, seemed big on me but allowed for more layers underneath. A small would have been too tight. Welded construction seems well done. Waist draw cord is easy to adjust. Lining on the inside and in pockets seems just warm enough. Not supposed to be an insulated, "warm" jacket and it isn't. Why do companies NOT include PitZips? The material is water proof and blocks all wind but does not breath well. Hood is just the right size if you do not care about a helmet. Medium is just the right size to layer underneath without billowing in front. Drawcords on hood and at waist are easy to adjust. Stitched seams are taped and seem up to the task. Not supposed to be an insulated, "warm" jacket and it isn't.
Winner: Genesis For superior venting options and better breathability. Freedom of movement is also good but overall seems to run large.