There's nothing I love more than a jacket with "LT" in the name (with the possible exception of a lot of things, like my parents, my dog, my.... well, maybe the LT thing comes in 3rd). I always try to pack as light as possible so I appreciate it when a jacket is tailored to my needs. The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol LT Shell is a good example. This mid-weight soft shell is made of water-repellent StretchWoven nylon with a lean, athletic fit. The hood is adjustable and helmet-compatible, the internal media pocket w/port is mp3 player-compatible, and the pockets are hand-compatible (believe it or not). Overall, the versatile Dawn Patrol LT is you-compatible.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Men's Dawn Patrol LT Shell
Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
Zippered chest pocket, two zippered hand pockets, two internal drop pockets, internal stretch media pocket
Stripped-down yet protective hooded softshell
Durable and dynamic Schoeller® stretch-woven softshell fabric repels ice, spindrift and wet winter precip
Ideal for alpine endeavors, ice climbing, skiing, mountaineering, and back country touring
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Men's Dawn Patrol LT Shell
"Good jacket, but If you can swing it, get the full Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell"
The Schoeller fabric is a great idea as an alternative to your traditional DWR-treated jacket treatments.My thoughts (1-10):- Craftsmanship: 6 - Sleek design, though I experienced some cuff wear and some unstitching on the inside of the jacket only after 2.5 months of use.- Durability: 7 - the jacket may have had a chance encounter with some ice climbing gear and came out OK- Functionality: 8 - The Schoeller fabric beads off water well. Won't stop a hurricane, but kept me comfortable on Mt. Washington in winter after sunset.- Waterproofness: 7 - You really need to keep the jacket clean to keep the Schoeller fabric functioning, and (I believe) only some of the panels on the jacket are Schoeller. But it's nice to not have to keep an extra DWR bottle around. - Interesting note: the DP-LT with fewer features is heavier (504 g/17.8 oz) than the full Dawn Patrol Hybrid Jacket (480 g/16.9 oz).Great jacket, but if you can catch the upgraded version on sale, scale up.
I have worn this softshell a lot since purchasing it, and I love it! I am 5'8" 145lbs and ordered a medium. The jacket fits perfect. It blocks wind faith well from my experience, but I would layer it with a wind layer when it gets real crazy outside. As for the water resistance, I've had it out in freezing rain and snow and it preformed great. The material and construction quality are A+. I recommend this jacket if you are looking for a quality softshell.