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Which Ski Jacket?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Trying to decide between the

 

Spyder Leader Mens Jacket

Spyder Pinnacle

Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV

Mountain Hardwear Gondie Trifecta 3-in-1

 

The Pinnacle is the most expensive but I don't know if it's worth the price...it has that new 360 stretch material...

 

Suggestions are all welcome.

 

Thanks in advance! :)

 

 

post #2 of 9

When I need to buy new gear, Arc'teryx is where I look first. That said, not so long ago I got Sidewinder SV and got 4 days skiing on it to date. I guess I'm not a fan of a side zipper - for some reason I just can't get used to it. It's hard to open and close zipper completely. In this regard I much prefer my Arc'teryx Stingray jacket. I might end up selling it later in the season simply because Stingray is pretty much the same jacket and I want to try out Arc'teryx Sabre and Theta jackets. Other then zipper, jacket has performed to the usual Arc'teryx standards - I don't regret buying it at all.

 

As a word of caution - two years ago I bought North Face 3-in-1 jacket and found it impossible to ski in. It's just too warm and I end up sweating too much. Unless you are skiing in a really cold weather, you really don't need that much warmth. I ended up keeping and using it for my daily commute.

post #3 of 9

a question you didn't answer,  How do they fit?  

  

Every manufacturer cuts differently, I think how they fit should be a major consideraton.   (f you are buying off the internet to save money, you are best to buy all of them and then return the ones you don't need).

post #4 of 9
I have a sidewinder AR, 45" chest 35" waist, got a large and it fits great with plenty of room for a down sweater. If you dont mind the side zip it's great, since I never ski with my jacket open. It's goretex pro shell so it breaths really well and pit zips are plenty of ventilation, even when I'm hiking in the spring.
post #5 of 9

A few years ago while skiing at Tahoe I got totally drenched in freezing rain and promised myself that I would NEVER get in that situation again!  Got rid of the big, heavy Spyder coat and found a good buy in a GoreTex soft shell  Cloudveil PRK.  I now layer with Patagonia Capilene, depending on temps, and always remain warm and dry regardless of conditions!  Lots of pit zips and well placed pockets.  Of course, for later spring skiing there are lots of options!

post #6 of 9

I have the Sidewinder SV.  Fantastic jacket; great for travelling since it weighs next to nothing..  I think there's three main decision points; are you ok with the side zip, are you ok with a fixed hood (the hood doesn't stow away on the SV, although it does on the Sidewinder AR), and how many pockets do you need in the jacket.

 

I have no issue with the side zip, although there's a flap behind the zip that sometimes annoys me when the thing is fully zipped up.  This is the first jacket I've used with a fixed hood - no problem.  I ski with a backpack, and therefore have no real need to stash stuff in the jacket, which is a good thing since the jacket has very few pockets.

 

Other options would be the Sidewinder AR (stow away hood), and the Arcteryx Stinger (stow away hood, straight zip, higher collar).  I bought a Stinger as well (I like tucking my face down behind a collar on storm days) although I've not yet used it.

 

Note that Arcteryx stuff tends to run a little large, so if you're between sizes the smaller of the two might be the way to go.

 

Good luck.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies!

 

Has anyone used the Spyder Leader jacket to compare with the others? It is around $400 whereas the Arc'teryx is around $600

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

ok guys it is now between the following jackets...

 

I actually bought the Arcteryx Sidewinder SV Jacket...looks very very nice but I am concerned that it does not have insulation like the Spyder Leader Jacket...

 

 

This will be my only jacket so I want to pick the best...

 

Which one is going to keep me the warmest? I usually wear thermals+turtle neck+fleece (+/- the turtleneck)

 

 

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Originally Posted by skiiman1 View Post

I actually bought the Arcteryx Sidewinder SV Jacket...looks very very nice but I am concerned that it does not have insulation like the Spyder Leader Jacket...

 

Which one is going to keep me the warmest?

 

 

 

This will be my only jacket so I want to pick the best...



Really?

 

 

OK, I'm going way out on a limb here, but I'd say the Spyder with insulation will be warmer.

 

 

 

If you want insulation, then there's plenty of Arc's with it - why are you comparing oranges and armadillos?

 

 

(oh, and if you want the best it'll be an Arc. simple)


Edited by snofun3 - 2/27/12 at 6:53am
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