I actually rather like the MEC Light Obsession. The new MEC Uplink is also really awesome. A lot of people ragging on it, but I'd be curious how much hands on experience they have with that specific product. My girlfriend had the Light Obsession and really loved it.
It's fairly breathable, decent warmth. Durability is mediocre. Luckily it patches well. I think it's the best value insulation on the market at the moment. The standard Obsession is a bit niche. More breathable, great for hiking in cold temps but the lack of back insulation makes it too cool to hang out in for awhile without a pack on.
Ventrix seems overhyped to me, though I'm biased by all 6 of the TNF pieces I have ever owned being complete and total disappointments. Great marketing, but in practice the jacket just seems to be way to warm when you're moving and not warm enough when you're not.
The Atom LT is an amazing piece and I've had my for years. But as good as it is, it's not worth more than $250. So many brands have copied it well now it's not that special. At the price they are charging you could get a Rab down jacket which are just water resistant and dry faster (that waterproof down is crazy) and is both warmer and lighter.
Last edited by Blue_bird; 11-20-2018 at 08:16 PM.