I'm looking to buy my first real ski jacket shell. Last winter I used the mountain hardware gortex parka... it was nice and warm with proper layers but it was just too poofy around the chest and stomach area as well as an eyesore shape wise on a fit guy like myself. I'm exactly 6'0 tall and about 163 pounds and wore that particular jacket in a size medium.
I've been doing extensive research for ski jackets and came across this old thread:
Reading all the posts, and I do mean all of them my consensus is that ArcTerx and Spider brands make the best shells. Is this still true? That particular thread is dated from 2006.
I tried on the ArcTerx Sabre SV jacket last summer but opted out of it. I regret it since it was in the high $300's price being off season blowout. My main beef was the total color mismatch with my gear. It was yellow.... but now looking at the prices being through the roof I kind of regret it.
Anyway do you guy's know when these jackets usually go on sale? I noticed there was a huge re-run of the 2010 model. I'm thinking at some point seeing as these are becoming a comon sale item in most stores.
If you have any recommendations for other brands I’m open ears too. I always buy all my gear on sale or offseason. Not a big fan of paying MSRP prices. I'm a patient person and will wait until the time is right.