Wanted Winter Wear advice thread.
About me/Lifestyle: currently in my younger 20s, living in nyc and i was highly interested in really good ski-wear for the unpredictable weather here. I snowboarded a few times in resorts and will continue to do so. I do go hiking/jogging and running around the city for over 3 hours[even in bad weather conditions]. i don't want to carry umbrellas, hence my wish for ski apparel.
My Figure: 5'6, 135lbs.[I am very susceptible to cold]
Problem: just by my figure i have trouble fitting into a lot of jackets out there and can't really decide how to layer it all. What tech is really necessary or not?
What i tried on so far:
-NYC has a Burton Flagship Store so i checked them out first and couldn't fit into any of their hoodies, however i was able to fit into their XS shell jackets and fleece ONLY.
-Went to REI/EMS and it was a LOT of TNF items[i don't like em anymore >_>]
-I can't tell if the Rei/EMS jackets are cheap knockoffs or not.
-Spyder Products were hard to find and was only able to fit into their Insulated jackets[Small Size of course] but seemed a bit too pricey for what seems like crappier "tech" when i looked at the other stuff they offer online.
-Spyder Core Sweaters are so weirdly sized!!! i don't know how the arm length in small is fine for me on their insulated 3M Thinsulate Jackets and their Core Sweaters are a LOT longer on the arm length.
-just mind blown at all these other brands that i barely noticed till further researching and hence me asking here.
Jackets previously owned: [this would probably explain why i need advice]
Junior High/High School - The North Face - Triclimate HyVent, can't even identify
College - The North Face - Triclimate HyVent, Windwall Fleece
500-max for insulated jackets
150 max for fleece/mid layers?
not sure about softshells and how they work honestly so don't know how to budget that.
Questions/Conclusions after researching:
-after hours of reading through articles i am willing to pay for merino wool as base layering.
-not worried about pants too much since i wear jeans anyways and have ski pants i'm comfortable with already
-i don't like down much cause it tends to rain/snow a lot in NYC and spontaneously too.
-PrimaloftOne insulated jackets are priced like it's the best insulation but are they?
-is the eVent material better than Gore-Tex? What other "techs" are better?
-Spyder offered this interesting anti abrasive Bemis to their most expensive jackets and wondering if there are any other anti abrasive techs out there that is offered in other brands.
-Insulated Jacket or Shell/mid-layering for me?
-I would of course want something waterproof but i think almost all these jackets these days offer that so i wish to invest in something with a lot of durability and overall, warm.
Thank you for any advice and i'll be continuing with researching on my own!