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Best spring skiing jacket for 50 bucks?

post #1 of 11
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Hey everybody I'm new to the forum! Been skiing my entire life, (i'm only 20), so I have some experience despite my age.

 

I'm just now starting to purchase ski gear for myself since I don't live under my parents household anymore. I am looking for suggestions for a jacket good for spring skiing, around 50 bucks but I am willing to dish out a little more if it's worth it.

 

So what is y'alls suggestion for the best spring jacket around 50 bucks?

 

Thanks for the help

post #2 of 11

It's not exactly an answer to the question you asked, but in the interest of saving you money... I don't have a separate jacket for spring.  I wear fewer layers under my normal shell until it's too warm for that and then just ditch the shell and just go without a jacket.

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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

It's not exactly an answer to the question you asked, but in the interest of saving you money... I don't have a separate jacket for spring.  I wear fewer layers under my normal shell until it's too warm for that and then just ditch the shell and just go without a jacket.

+1

post #4 of 11

I've scored a TNF Windstopper and a Spyder US Ski Team soft shell at Goodwill for about $12.00 each.  Got a sweet Columbia hooded pullover shell with pit zips and a gazillion large pockets on eBay for about $25.00.  There are plenty of inexpensive options for ski wear in good condition at affordable prices.

post #5 of 11
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Yeah that's a good idea thanks for the suggestion.

 

Problem is, I outgrew my winter jacket and am looking just to get a halfway decent jacket for spring that I can wear on top of a t-shirt and then maybe layer stuff underneath if it gets colder.

 

P.S. I'm a big fan of everything Columbia, although I'm aware most of those jackets start at around $100.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I've scored a TNF Windstopper and a Spyder US Ski Team soft shell at Goodwill for about $12.00 each.  Got a sweet Columbia hooded pullover shell with pit zips and a gazillion large pockets on eBay for about $25.00.  There are plenty of inexpensive options for ski wear in good condition at affordable prices.

This sounds excellent. I will look at goodwill and other thrift shop places and see what I can dig up.

post #7 of 11

Check Sierra Trading Post too as well as Gear Trade and Steep and Cheap.

post #8 of 11

For $50 you're not going to find much (new).  Look for used or clearance stuff.

 

Do keep an eye on sites like Steep+Cheap and Sierra Trading Post, as mentioned above.  Sometimes they'll have some crazy 70% off deal on just what you're looking for.  Backcountry.com (same guys who run steep+cheap) also has good sales, and an outlet site that sometimes has deals.

 

I have a Mountain Hardwear (low-end Columbia) softshell I like that I think was pretty cheap (definitely <$100 on sale).  The one I have is a lot like this model: (http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-onata-softshell-jacket-mens).  BC actually has a similar one on clearance with a hood (I suspect last year's model) for $47.50 right now if you can wear an L... (http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-chocklite-anorak-jacket-mens)

post #9 of 11

For ~$50 I've had good luck with Columbia soft shells. I've actually been using a heavier one for the last two seasons as my principal ski coat and it's worked very well.

 

Aside from Sierra Trading Post (which if you can stretch your budget to $65 or so would give you a decent number of choices with the coupon code at the top of the page), I'd stop into TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Ross if there is one in your area. Stay away from super off brand stuff (Free Country, etc.) but they have some good stuff as well. That's where I got my last two (Cloudveil and Columbia jackets).  Level Nine Sports also still has a bit of older Cloudveil stuff left. Some of it is nice.

post #10 of 11

maybe something generic from Costco? They do have return/refund policies too.  I dunno

post #11 of 11

What size are you? We have a dark red Moonstone shell, sz L, still in great shape ... no one wears it anymore. I'm pretty sure it's Gore Tex. I would ship it to you for $50. If you are interested, PM me and I'll take photos.

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