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post #31 of 48
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Actually, I think of money spent on a jacket as money I can't spend on boots, skis, lift ticket, etc., which are all more important to my ski day than a jacket that is anything more than functionally sufficient.  If the jacket is hardy and working in year one, I expect to still be using it 5, 8, 10 years later.  Not so with my skis.  

Which is why there is more utility per dollar in a jacket than there is in a pair of skis.  Boots are a good point as they also outlast many pairs of skis. Paying what you pair for skis or boots on a good jacket is a wise investment.

The point is, you don't have to pay big bucks (of course, I haven't paid over $550 for skis plus bindings...EVER) to get a jacket that does the job.  My favorite jackets ever were system jackets from Lands' End and Eddie Bauer.  If I hadn't hit that tree years ago and had it cut off me, I'd still be using that Lands' End jacket.  :(  As it is, my Eddie Bauer is going on 5 years old and the intervening Arcteryx I only used one season.  It just wasn't flexible enough for changing conditions, even though it was great in cold conditions, its features in the long run couldn't match the now aging Eddie Bauer I have.  And I can assure you that the three pieces together were under $300 because I don't have much money.  I'm sure it was even available for LESS than that, because I bought it around November when winter stuff is not discounted very often.  (I didn't pay more than $200 for the Arcteryx because I got it from Backcountry at the end of a season, otherwise I wouldn't own it.)

post #32 of 48
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

The point is, you don't have to pay big bucks to get a jacket that does the job. 

 

 

 

  (I didn't pay more than $200 for the Arcteryx because I got it from Backcountry at the end of a season, otherwise I wouldn't own it.)


Like I said earlier..  I haven't paid over $250 for skis WITH bindings this century either.  All I said is that you could justify paying as much for a jacket as you can for a pair of skis.  You don't have to pay $200 to get skis that "do the job" either.  But, if you ARE willing to pay $900 for skis then why not go with a really nice jacket too?th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #33 of 48

Hey mtcyclist,that link is by far the best thing that you have ever done on this web site!!!

post #34 of 48
I have bought a 900 jacket for 450 at the close of the season .

A Kjus jacket that I like alot
post #35 of 48

Whatever Arc'teryx people are smoking - it doesn't help them, for sure. Change it, see what happened.    $900 for a ski jacket, u got to be loaded or from a different planet. There are plenty or very good ski jacket within $120 - $150. You just have to spend a few minutes on the net to do your search. I just bought one for $119 made by Volki - used to be $450. 

post #36 of 48
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Whatever Arc'teryx people are smoking - it doesn't help them, for sure. Change it, see what happened.    $900 for a ski jacket, u got to be loaded or from a different planet. There are plenty or very good ski jacket within $120 - $150. You just have to spend a few minutes on the net to do your search. I just bought one for $119 made by Volki - used to be $450. 


I definitely agree for the most part, but sometimes you do get what you pay for. I bought a new ski jacket last season to replace my old-school Columbia Titanium shell. Had it for 8 years and the waterproofing film on the inside of the jacket started to crack and fall out. Needless to say, it wasn't so good at keeping water out any more. My friend's Arc'Teryx (don't think he paid full price at the time) was (is) still going strong and it was 2 years older, I think. So yeah, there's definitely a point of diminishing returns for a ski jacket (or anything, really), but there is a difference in quality sometimes.

post #37 of 48

 


For all you $900 jacket guys...

post #38 of 48

I notice your tube is half empty, or half full.biggrin.gif

 

To be accurate: Arcteryx has a lot of nice shell jackets and pants for around $450.- $550.  not cheap, but neither are they a company with extravagant style and price point.

post #39 of 48
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I can rationalize paying as much for a jacket as I would for a pair of skis. 

^^^^ Yep. Jacket last longer and a mediocre one can be more irritating - or dangerous - than a mediocre ski.  

post #40 of 48

Unfortunately, in any given year, it's an either/or/proposition for me.  Can't really justify any of it.

post #41 of 48
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Which is why there is more utility per dollar in a jacket than there is in a pair of skis.  Boots are a good point as they also outlast many pairs of skis. Paying what you pair for skis or boots on a good jacket is a wise investment.

 

I don't know that logic holds true. I use my cutlery set way more than I use skis or my jacket. It doesn't mean I'm willing to pay $450 for forks.

post #42 of 48

Only if you are a heli-skier! Even then, I'd say $600-700 max for an Arc'teryx.

post #43 of 48
Just noticed this post and even though it was made back in 2012, I had to laugh. I was just in Vail in on a whim I walked into the Gorsuch store. They had Bogner Jack it's marked down from $5000-$2500. I am sure somebody will buy it just because they're half-price?
post #44 of 48
No
post #45 of 48
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Just noticed this post and even though it was made back in 2012, I had to laugh. I was just in Vail in on a whim I walked into the Gorsuch store. They had Bogner Jack it's marked down from $5000-$2500. I am sure somebody will buy it just because they're half-price?

Just think what you can do with the $2500 you save!

post #46 of 48

Some ski days I'm wearing less than $900 from hat to skis standing in the lift line.

post #47 of 48
For me personally, autographs add no value to merchandise. Rather, they lessen the value as they don't come off easily...I'm willing to pay a little extra premium for quality, e.g., fine design, materials and craftsmanship.
post #48 of 48

If we keep skiing long enough and eventually someone in the future will post that they found a steal on a ski jacket.  "Only $900 so I bought two!"

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