Fit & features
The Shakti’s roomy cut, stretchy fabric, and articulated seaming allow for a full gamut of layering choices and range of motion. The powder skirt is removable. Seven pockets hold everything from climbing skins to lip balm. Nitpick: The zipper is sticky.
The eVent membrane and thick, 40-denier polyester face ably handle abrasive pack straps and snaggy willows, but limit breathability. “I steamed up during faceplants that had me floundering in snow,” our Alaska tester says. But for most tours, opening the pit zips kept him comfortable.
The wire-brimmed hood and tight cuffs kept precip from blowing in. But all the features, plus the rugged build, boost bulk and weight.