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Jan. 29, 2014, 11:42 a.m. -  morgman

#!markdown I also had an Aquanot prior to getting a Chute, and now use them for trail building and "little black dress" respectively (Arc'teryx SL/FL for riding; I find both of the RaceFace jackets too warm for the majority of conditions). I know a good number of people who use the Chute for riding and love it; I just prefer a thinner jacket for outdoor activities. The Chute is far more breathable, which is a big plus as the Aquanot (which I did use for riding a few years back) is a sweat bag. Both jackets are a combination lifestyle/riding piece, which means there are some compromises. I actually like the Aquanot's neoprene cuffs but the thumb holes are not in the right place. The Chute in black is a classy little number; as Pete mentions it's suitable for a wide range of situations - and its lined pockets are great. I prefer the implementation of the Aquanot's stowaway hood but the Chute's softer material makes its hood more comfortable. As you can tell I like both jackets but if I had to choose one it would be the Chute for breathability and versatility.

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