Spring is finally here – we’ve all got the lost hour of sleep from daylight savings to prove it. That means we’ll be trading snow for rain, and you should be thinking about putting that insulated ski jacket at the back of your closet. That’s not to say your GORE-TEX monster isn’t a good option, but for spring showers you need something a little lighter and more packable for days on the trail. Our friends at Eddie Bauer have the perfect spring shell for you, the Sandstone Soft Shell, and even better, their custom shop just launched the option to build your own one of a kind jacket.
The Sandstone was designed by the Eddie Bauer First Ascent guide team with high output activities – trail running, alpine climbing, and backpacking for example – in mind. Using their Flexion four-way stretch fabric, the Sandstone moves with you no matter if you’re reaching for a high handhold climbing, or getting into a good rhythm with your fly rod. Further, the Storm Repel DWR treatment beads up even the worst rain, keeping the outer layer of your jacket from soaking up water that would make you feel clammy. Fit and style are both simple, no-nonsense affairs. The Sandstone has an athletic cut that easily fits over a heavier baselayer in the spring, and breathes well enough that you won’t overheat in summer months. This simple little jacket really is a “do it all” piece for spring and summer adventures.
Much like the Microtherm Down Jacket program launched for the winter, the custom Sandstone project will let you pick colors down to the individual zippers and seams. Whether you’re on the hunt for that jacket that has every color of the rainbow, or looking for something a little more subdued than today’s neon fare, the custom Sandstone has you covered. Of course, we’re partial to grey and green, and we’ll be unveiling our own creation as part of Modern Outdoorsman Series soon.