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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Triple Aught Design - Stealth LT [UE Grey]

I picked this up on a whim from a member on Expedition Portal earlier this week. I already had the normal Stealth version in the same UE Grey, but I couldn't resist not getting the LT version. While the non-LT version was a great jacket that has accompanied me from the wet Pacific North West to the dry desert of Death Valley, and all the not so cold winter days of Los Angeles/Orange County, I couldn't resist a good deal. Originally I wanted the LT version because I wanted a lighter jacket and the unchanging weather of Southern California wasn't very demanding, I couldn't justify the $475 price tag. The fleece-lined non-LT version was a little over-kil because the weather is great here year round, and the LT version seemed like the perfect "tech" jacket for it's intended use.

While the jacket was technically bought "used" since the previous owner only wore it once, the like new condition can be easily shown by the crease marks that still remain from the original packaging. I haven't got a chance to test it out since the weather still is in the 70's and 80's in this early fall season. The one major selling point for me are the fully taped seams. While my non-Lt version did fine in the light rain it experienced, I occasionally experienced some moisture at the seams because they were not taped. The non-LT version is marketed as a "water resistant" soft shell compared to the LT as a waterproof, all-weather, all-season soft shell. With the supposed "El Nino" weather that we are expecting this winter, I'm a little excited to test this jacket out.

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