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New jacket and pants wanted.

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

So with the season winding down there are some good deals on clothing,

I want to get a new jacket and pants, and wonder what people like/dislike about their current stuff?

 

I would prefer gore-tex or similar level gear

I ski and snowboard so that is a consideration.

bright colors are nice but not a must.

 

Currently I have a The northface free thinker jacket and northface cargo pants. They are nice just want a change.

 

I have looked at these brands so far and like.

 

Flylow

The Northface

Oakley

 

Brands I would like more input on

Powderhorn

Bergans

 

I am currently a medium in most things 34" waist 5'8".

 

Thanks

post #2 of 12

Bergans of Norway is a popular brand in Europe. They make great quality stuff. Not many people buy it, though, because the prices are quite high and other brands (such as the ones below) have a more activa marketing department. But in terms of quality, Bergans is as good as any of the brands below.

 

There are quite a few other European brands that make very Very good stuff. You should check these out, if you can:

 

Mammut (Switzerland): http://www.mammut.ch/index.html

Millet (France): http://www.millet.fr/en

Peak Performance (Sweden): http://www.peakperformance.com/gb/

Arc'teryx (Canada, I think): http://www.arcteryx.com/Home.aspx?language=EN

Norrona (Norway): http://www.norrona.com/

Icepeak (Finland): http://www.icepeak.fi/

Halti (Finland): http://www.halti.fi/content/en/1/395/395.html

 

Since I know Mummut stuff quite well, I would suggest that definately (for gloves too, by the way). They work with Gore-Tex, but also their own Mammut DryTech (also waterproof and highly breathable) is very good.

 

So check these brands out, I don't know how easy they are to come by in the US or Canada, though (especially the Scandinavian brands).

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post

 

There are quite a few other European brands that make very Very good stuff. You should check these out, if you can:

 

Arc'teryx (Canada, I think): http://www.arcteryx.com/Home.aspx?language=EN

 

Last time I checked - I lived in Canada, but not Europe... odd....  I'll have to check a map when i get home... haha rolleyes.gif

 

Either way, I'll second Arc'teryx.  I bought a Keibo jacket this year - and absolutely LOVE it.  Paid full price, and it was worth every penny IMHO.

post #4 of 12

I know Canada isn't Europe... hahaha

 

It just slipped in there.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, some good info.

post #6 of 12

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?

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

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

post #8 of 12

Most shell jackets have two zippered chest pockets, some have an additional inner pocket and/or a ski pass pocket on the sleeve. 

 

Also, a power skirt is hard to find, I think wink.gif My girlfriend would definately want one, I just know that!

 

Seriously, quite a few products on this Gore-Tex website: http://www.gore-tex.com/products/men/outerwear/jackets/snow-sports/

 

Also, have a look at all the DryTech products by Mammut: http://www.mammut.ch/en/apps/search.html?searchTerm=drytech

 

More info on the websites I mentioned before. Takes a bit of internet research, but that's the good stuff, isn't it?

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post

Most shell jackets have two zippered chest pockets, some have an additional inner pocket and/or a ski pass pocket on the sleeve. 

 

Also, a power skirt is hard to find, I think wink.gif My girlfriend would definately want one, I just know that!

 

Seriously, quite a few products on this Gore-Tex website: http://www.gore-tex.com/products/men/outerwear/jackets/snow-sports/

 

Also, have a look at all the DryTech products by Mammut: http://www.mammut.ch/en/apps/search.html?searchTerm=drytech

 

More info on the websites I mentioned before. Takes a bit of internet research, but that's the good stuff, isn't it?

You are right a power skirt is prob not for me. ;)

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I will check out the gore-tex link.

post #11 of 12

Also, you should check out Salomon. They have very nice stuff: http://www.salomon.com/others/range/clothing-alpin.html


Edited by Cheizz - 3/27/13 at 12:54pm
post #12 of 12

I've owned lots of Arc'teryx stuff and you can't go wrong with their products, but the price is high.

 

Stoic fits comparably to Arc stuff, but can be found much cheaper.  Loved my Stoic Bombshell Jacket, but the pants have delaminated along several seems and I can't seem to get anyone at Stoic to contact me about repair/replacement.

 

Love my Norrona Lofoten hybrid soft/hardshell, but it's hard to find and isn't discounted often.

 

Have my first FlyLow shell now and like it so far.  A bit looser fit than I"m used to with Arc and Stoic, but not freeride loose.  Not many bells and whistles though, no powderskirt, but that isn't a deal breaker for me.

 

Good luck on your search.


Mike

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