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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I've been in the market for a light down jacket/sweater for layering under my shell but was put off by the price of the marque brands. Picked up one at Costco today, perfect for my needs and only $69. Kirkland brand, expect they will go fast. Shipment just arrived here in Boise. 

post #2 of 15

Heh, I was there (in CO) and saw that today. 800 fill, I think? We are already up to our ears in down, but looks like a good buy.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yep, label says 800 fill and cut is slim, just what I was looking for in a mid layer.

post #4 of 15

I wonder who makes it....

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I wonder who makes it....

Chinese toddlers.

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Chinese toddlers.

Reset this one, try again, and be ashamed by the way.

post #7 of 15

Ashamed?  Of what?  Costco sells very little that isn't made in China and exactly who makes it and under what circumstances is always suspect.

post #8 of 15

I picked up a name brand down sweater from Sierra Trading Post this week for $65.97 using their special facebook 40% off coupon.  They run facebook-only coupons every few days so I wait for the 40% discount day and snatch up all the stuff I've been eyeing up.

post #9 of 15

I do not disagree with the fact that some products made in China might be produced in facilities that are below our standards and I wish everything we buy and consume is made in Ohio (or anywhere in the US) by Union labor. Since it is evident that some do not understand  why "Chinese toddler" comment might be inappropriate to some I will not go any further with this.

 

Sometimes Costco sells good quality product that is likely produced in the same facility and using same materials like "branded" product. I have bought some ski related items that stood test of time and I have also bought some items that were returned after 1 week due to inferior quality.  Also, Costco often sells lift tickets at very discounted prices. 

post #10 of 15

I don't understand why "Chinese toddlers" is inappropriate (and I even bought one).

 

 

No seriously, why is it inappropriate?

post #11 of 15

I've had two very inexpensive light-weight down jackets that I've used as internal layers while skiing. They functioned great as far as warmth; couldn't ask for more.  But in both cases the down feathers leaked out continuously from the seams. So if you're considering something very inexpensive in a B&M store, check to see if you can tease any feathers out.  If you can, don't buy. 

 

I bought a new light down jacket from Patagonia this summer and I'm ditching the cheap ones.

post #12 of 15
In my experience with down products, you generally get what you pay for. Cheaper versions of similar garments generally are cheaper for a reason (other than just the labor factor). There are substantial differences in the grade/quality of down itself, as well as of the fabric surrounding it. If the stitching cuts the fabric, it probably wasn't very good fabric.
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I do not disagree with the fact that some products made in China might be produced in facilities that are below our standards and I wish everything we buy and consume is made in Ohio (or anywhere in the US) by Union labor. Since it is evident that some do not understand  why "Chinese toddler" comment might be inappropriate to some I will not go any further with this.

 

Sometimes Costco sells good quality product that is likely produced in the same facility and using same materials like "branded" product. I have bought some ski related items that stood test of time and I have also bought some items that were returned after 1 week due to inferior quality.  Also, Costco often sells lift tickets at very discounted prices. 

 

Costco Wholesale Club (NYSE: COST) has very low profit margins, currently around 1.66%.  The profits really come from membership fees.  Therefore, you never "overpay" at Costco.  I find the product quality consistently very good and yes, things like batteries are made in the same factories as the name brands.  This doesn't mean you will find the selection or receive the same quality clothing found in a high-end ski shop...you won't.  But at Costco you get a lot of bang for the buck.  This includes discounted or 2 for 1 lift tickets throughout the season and discounts to restaurants.  After flying into SLC we usually stop by Costco to pick up food for the week and to check out the lift ticket deals.

 

Toecutter mentioned STP, which is where I've shopped online a lot before.  Another great place was The Northface Factory Outlets, particularly when they have the salesmen sample sales because you used to get stuff at 80% off.  Last year they started charging a lot more for the samples, which usually only come in one size (M) for the clothing (no warranty).  I hope that changes...I'll find out later today. Regardless, TNF Outlet stores have good prices, but without a warranty.  I am still skiing with stuff I bought in the old SF location more than 12 years ago.  The closest one to me now is in Berkeley.


Edited by quant2325 - 9/15/12 at 9:46am
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

I picked up a name brand down sweater from Sierra Trading Post this week for $65.97 using their special facebook 40% off coupon.  They run facebook-only coupons every few days so I wait for the 40% discount day and snatch up all the stuff I've been eyeing up.

 

I saw a OR down jacket and a Marmot down pullover 1/2 zip at STP this week when I was there shopping for something else. Too bad none had my size but I would get both using 40% it would be a steal. OR also offers lifetime warranty no matter where you buy so it`s a plus. 

 

I think STP is the best place to find great gear for even better price...

post #15 of 15

The jacket I use on all but the coldest days I bought at a Fred Meyer store in Scapoose, Oregon for $35. The brand name is Free Country. I've used it for skiing and general winter wear for about 4 years.

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