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Store with good selection of Arcteryx gear in the SF Bay Area

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I've pulled out my winter gear last night and my TNF freedom pants feel on the tight side (..) .

I wanted to try some of the Arcteryx gear on, to understand what's the hype is all about (I ski

enough every year that getting good gear is worth it, but I've read mixed opinions on it).

 

I didn't want to order online as I don't really understand all the differences between models

and would rather have a look at them side by side and try them on.

 

Is there a store in the SF bay area (possibly south bay) that carries a good selection of Arcteryx stuff?

I went to REI and they don't have any of the Arc stuff on the floor, even if the rest of the ski clothing

is out. Even for the north face, they only have a few models (none of the gore-tex ones).

So is there a good high end ski gear store?

 

Thanks,

post #2 of 10

try this.

 

http://www.arcteryx.com/Find-A-Store.aspx?EN/country=US&state=CA

 

Otherwise, tough it out, and on your first trip to tahoe, check out the more upscale shops in the ski "village"

post #3 of 10

i tried some on at rei or sports basement and the fit, features and materials were nothing special. Spyder otoh has some nice stuff

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by natrat View Post

i tried some on at rei or sports basement and the fit, features and materials were nothing special. Spyder otoh has some nice stuff

Yup, Spyder is the ticket. Gawd:rolleyes
post #5 of 10

Hard to find stores with good selection of expensive stuff... specially arcteryx which is on the top of the expensive side you might find some but hard to think you are gonna find a great selection. My local REI has minimum stuff, on the other hand they have tons of TNF and Columbia. I think the best bet is to go to some local ski/outdoor/alpine shop that sells arcteryx.

 

I wouldn't discard Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia. They also make great stuff, and you don't pay the hype for an arcteryx, but indeed are also expensive brands.

post #6 of 10

Your best bet for Arc is Backcountry.com - read reviews, research, order some, try, return. They have incredibly fast shipping and best, hassle free return policy.

post #7 of 10

Reno Mountain Sports had a pretty good selection late last season (great deals too).  I know it's not in the Bay Area, but it may be worth it.  Customer service was top notch btw.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

I've ordered online some Arc and some higher end TNF.

I don't discount patagonia et al, had plenty of their good stuff years ago, but I am kinda through with the thrash bag fit.

I really like the fit of the freedom pants a lot. We'll see about the Arc, while there are plenty of glowing reviews

on the jackets, mostly on the pants you find 'I got these to go with the jacket'.. and the fit from the photo

is looks like nothing to die for. But then again it's hard to see that stuff on a picture.

For Spyder, it does not look like you can order most of their stuff yet. It's on the site, but when you go to put it

in your cart there's no supplier with stock. Probably too early in the season.

Thanks to everybody for the pointers.

post #9 of 10

I'll throw in a plus for Arc'Teryx - their service warranty department is great.  I sent in my stinger bibs to have a few cuts (and one really big cut, generously donated by another epic skier)  to be patched.  5 or so patches later, my pants arrived at my doorstep, nearly as good as new, with NO charge for the repair work.  I had no receipt and they're probably 4 years old at this point, and ski edges are certainly not "manufacturer flaws"

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

I ended up keeping a pair of Spyder Bormio pants. I really like those a lot and didn't care so much for the arc fit.

Plus I can't really make peace with spending > $300 for just the shell, it feels inconsistent even if I understand

that that's supposed to be a 'feature'.

The TNF Cymbiant that I also tried have a much more relaxed (baggy) fit than you can see from the photo on the site, and their rep

told me that the Enzos are the same.

Now if it only snowed for Thanksgiving weekend at Tahoe..

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