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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

I'm heading to the USA (from Oz) in a couple says as and I'm struggling to find a ski jacket I like.

This what I'm looking for:

- high end technical jacket
- shell (or minimal insulation)
- relaxed fit that I can layer underneath
- something with a freeride style (not a mountaineering / climbing style)

I would have thought this was a relatively simple thing to find, but not so...

Any advice/ideas would be awesome.

Thanks a lot.

Cheers'
Chrispy
post #2 of 15

A few suggestions (if on an endless budget):

 

Peak Performance Men's Heli Alpine Jacket

Mammut Thrilltrip Jacket Men

Arcteryx Sidewinder SV jacket, Rush jacket, Vertic Jacket, Keibo jacket, or Modon jacket

 

If you do have tighter budget, check out Icepeak.fi (a Finnish company that makes great stuff). 

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, great options!

The Heli Alpine, Rush and Sidewinder jackets are all perfect.

If I can track down the Peak Performance that would be awesome, but I tether they can be a bit hard to find. I'll do my research and see how I go.
post #4 of 15

Here in Europe, they can simply be ordered online from www.peakperformance.com

 

If you send them an e-mail, they might just send you your jacket if you wire the money (maybe some extra shipping fees). Good luck.

post #5 of 15

It's all about the fit.  I'd just wait until you get here to try a few on.  Depending on location, sales have already started.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know some good places to buy gear in South Tahoe
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by cadnams View Post

Does anyone know some good places to buy gear in South Tahoe

 

You probably could take a ride to Reno and go check the Patagonia Outlet. Still have good discount prices, not as much as it was a couple weeks ago, but still good value. The powslayer might be a good fit if you want a relaxed fit, you might also be able to find some stuff at the SierraTradingPost outlet in Reno.

 

It's kinda 1 hr drive I believe. You never know what you are gonna find since they are outlet stores... you could probably call Patagonia to see if you can check what they have available there.

 

Another relaxed/freeride fit would be the Oakley Unification, but Oakley is not even close to Patagonia when it comes to warranty and customer service, so if you go Oakley I would get it from backcountry.com so if something goes wrong you can always return.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by cadnams View Post

Does anyone know some good places to buy gear in South Tahoe

I would take the 1hr drive to Reno and check Patagonia Outlet and maybe STP.

post #9 of 15

im a huge fan of Outdoor Research stuff. their "sidecountry" line has the Vanguard which is gore softshell (100% waterproof and technical) and the Inertia jacket (hardshell) that would both fit your bill.  I've skied with the vanguard all year and have no complaints.  I love it. Definitely loose enough to layer under but also as technical as you could want. I would never pay full price for a jacket, but if you can find it as a discount its definitely worth checking out.

post #10 of 15
stp has the or inertia for about $250 using coupon which is a great price. only size m though and in a color that seems that it hasn't made to the market, at least OR doesn't sell the jacket in this color
post #11 of 15

I have the FlyLow Quantum jacket and love it.  I wear it almost every day.

 

Waterproof, breathable, shell. Tons of pockets in just the right spots.  Well built and tough.  Comfortable, dry, relatively cheap ($296 on their website right now).

 

http://www.flylowgear.com/quantum-12.html

 

 

 

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

I have the FlyLow Quantum jacket and love it.  I wear it almost every day.

 

Waterproof, breathable, shell. Tons of pockets in just the right spots.  Well built and tough.  Comfortable, dry, relatively cheap ($296 on their website right now).

 

http://www.flylowgear.com/quantum-12.html

 

 

 

I'm looking at this jacket for next season or if I can find one on sale.

 

How is the fit? Small, large? Also how's the mobility while wearing it?  

post #13 of 15

When spending money on high end technical jackets you must try them on.  It either fits or it doesn't, kinda like boots.  Personally I love my Arcteryx Sidewinder SV, but if it didn't fit I probably wouldn't have gotten it.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by east or bust View Post

I'm looking at this jacket for next season or if I can find one on sale.

 

How is the fit? Small, large? Also how's the mobility while wearing it?  

Hi, east or bust.

 

As huhh says above, fit is extremely important. So, here's my observation:

 

I'm 6'1", 195#.  On top, I normally wear a leightweight polypro underlayer and put a midweight microfleece 1/4-zip over that.  In most North American-brand jackets like Marmot, Patagonia, TNF, Arcteryx, I'm pretty well in the middle of a Large size.  In most Euro jackets like Kjus, Millet, Mammut, I have to go to an extra large to have them be comfortably looseish (which is the way I like my jackets to fit).

 

In the Flylow, I am actually wearing a Medium.  I really debated between the M and L and eventually decided that the L was a fair bit too loose.  The M is slightly tighter than I might normally prefer, but I can still add an extra clothing layer and wear my digital slr camera (it's fairly big) around my neck and zip the coat with acceptable comfort.  Now that I've worn it awhile, I'm glad I bought the M as I think the L would have been just too big.

 

The mobility is great.  I never give it a thought.

 

I don't know if that helps or not, but there you are.

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

 

You probably could take a ride to Reno and go check the Patagonia Outlet. Still have good discount prices, not as much as it was a couple weeks ago, but still good value. The powslayer might be a good fit if you want a relaxed fit, you might also be able to find some stuff at the SierraTradingPost outlet in Reno.

 

It's kinda 1 hr drive I believe. You never know what you are gonna find since they are outlet stores... you could probably call Patagonia to see if you can check what they have available there.

 

Another relaxed/freeride fit would be the Oakley Unification, but Oakley is not even close to Patagonia when it comes to warranty and customer service, so if you go Oakley I would get it from backcountry.com so if something goes wrong you can always return.

This is pretty good advice.  Our Presidents' Day Sale is over, but that means we are in the process of receiving all the left-overs from F12 as the in-line (as opposed to outlet) stores move to spring.  We have a number of options coming in, including the PowSlayer.  We've made our way through about half of 1 store's discontinued merchandise and have 5 to go. 

We are also happy to ship (in the USA) and if you have an idea what you like, give us a call and ask if we have it.  If we do we can put it aside for you until you can make it down.

 

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