I posted a while back about choosing a new jacket for our upcoming end-of-March trip to Beavercreek.
Just a re-cap = this is a new kind of trip for the family. I hope we can make this a once a year or once every other year (more likely) trip and I want to get a jacket.
I visited a couple local shops (Peter Glenn and another similar type shop) and both sold roughly the same brands - Spyder and Obermeyer. So the selection I can try on seems to be fairly limited and I seem to be stuck looking at the same online vendors not knowing what exactly to chose.
That being said, I've heard nothing but good things about the Arcteryx jackets and was hoping you guys could help me pick the best jacket for me. I figure I can go blindly chose a $150-$200 jacket online, or I can spend another couple hundred and get something nice.
I was looking at the Rush and Sabre (really digging the Tungston and orange combos) and well as the Stingray. All of these seem to have non-removable hoods, something that I haven't figured out if I want or not?
The Cloudveil brand also caught my eye because of past mentions of the RPK. Cloudveil has the Serendipity on sale now for $125, which seems to be a pretty good deal, and I like the look of the jacket, but I'm not sure that's really meant for skiing, but could possibly be more able to be worn in Fl on cold days moreso then the arcteryx's.
In the Spyder line - is the Core Component 3-in-1 worth a look? I'm also fond of the look of the Spyder Mercury and Fresh air soft shell jackets, but again, without being able to handle any of these, I'm really flying blind here.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the rambling.