Price US $419

Lib Tech Strait Science 2016 Review by The Good Ride

The Lib-Tech Strait Science Jacket is a really strong shell for those that see a lot of weather and want something that feels like a soft shell. It’s definitely made for those that see more backcountry but it is also an outstanding resort jacket as well.

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 192 lbs
Chest: 44”
Neck: 16″
Torso Length (collar bone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width (widest point of shoulders) 22”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”

Helmet: Smith Vantage

Goggles: Smith IO7

Fit: Really solid fit for the average build and I feel this jacket is flattering with my build. It’s not super tight like many super technical shells and there is room for layering underneath.

Construction: Feels like a soft shell and it’s really well made.  The only issue with the construction is the media pocket is small on the inside and wont fit the larger phones most have these days like the larger iPhone, S6 or S6 Active  Everything else is well made and has a great feel to it.  There is even a pocket that goes the length of the back to put your skins or if you ride the mountain like we do you can throw a layer you don’t want in there if it warms up. Not a fan of the wrist gaiters but that’s just me.  Most like em.

Hood: Such a great hood for those that use your hood a lot and want protection from the elements. Contoured hoods are the best for this even though they don’t fold back all pretty like articulating hoods do.

Insulation/Warmth: Warmer than most shells but definitely not a jacket you get for stand a lone warmth.  It’s made to be the wind and water barrier and then layers are underneath.

Waterproofing: 45k waterproofing is above most jackets out there these days.  Most Gore-Tex jackets are in the 30k range.  Lib-Tech does say that the jacket when stretched can get down to a minimum of 20k which put’s an asterisk next to the 45k rating but that’s a nice low.

Breathability:  25k breathability is in the elite tier as well which is above most Gore-Tex membranes and on par with some 37.5 jackets.

Overall: This is a jacket that fit’s the average build very well, is very waterproof/breathable and has a nice look for a technical shell.  If you are ok with the media pocket issues then this is a great choice.

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Type

Shell

Waterproofing

Sympatex

Insulation Type

None

Insulation Fill

None

Liner Type

No Liner

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

2 Meshed Pit Zips

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Above 25k

Breathability Rating

25K

Manufactured in

China

Fit

Normal

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Poor