Originally Posted by mfa81
I wouldn't trust Oakley, especially with a 30 days warranty on outerwear. They do make nice stuff, I really like the Unification line. But doesn't look very durable based on many reviews on the web.
I would go in no specific order:
Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Arcteryx, Outdoor Research
Those brands have great customer service and will stand by their products if anything unusual happens! Mountain Hardwear doesn't have Goretex, but they have Dry.q Elite which is as good as and arguably more breathable but not as warm as goretex, depends on what your priority is. I have both and I don't see much difference and they both work great for me!
What kinda features are you looking for? Anything specific you want/don't want?
Both myself and my wife have Oakley and had no problems but I do agree 30 days is crazy. We just got her Marker jacket and Scott pants so will see how they are, they look and feel nice.
As for me I am really unsure what features I like, I have thought about it and can never put my finger on it, I like what I like which is a pretty dumb way to look at it when spending decent money on clothes.
in no particular order I will have a go at features I like
- Waterproof or close to, ie, gore-tex pro shell ( free thinker is this I believe)
- power skirt
- more of a free fit, a tight close fit is no good for snowboarding I feel. But I don't want baggy.
- hood that is helmet compatible
- prefer shell so I can do my own layering
- 3-4 pocket in jacket
I guess that is a good start