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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,
I am in the market for a new ski jacket, and I am in need of some help. I'm 5'6, 160lbs, and I tried on a north face headwall jacket in xl, and I found it was much too bulky for my liking. I'm looking for a preferably slim/longer fitting jacket, in either white/blue, white/red, or white/black, with the color amounts being around 50/50. I have a budget of around $200, and would want something above 10000mm waterproofness. Any help is appreciated
post #2 of 12

Welcome to EpicSki!

 

There's been a bunch of different discussions about jackets lately so you probably can find something if you try to do a search. At your size you would be a Medium I guess on most of the brands and models, and would be a Large on a few maybe like Mountain Hardwear and also maybe Small on a few like Patagonia.

 

You do have a restriction on the color scheme though which might be difficult to find...

 

At you price range I would take a look at Columbia, TNF, or maybe try to get a good deal on SierraTradingPost or some good end of the season discount. I can't think of any XL that could be a good fit for someone 5'6" and 160.

 

Patagonia Primo jacket is pretty good and might fit you, but it's $275 so above your price range and mostly blue and dark blue, there is no white. I know TNF have been using the blue/white combination for a couple seasons at least, but you will have to find a size Medium I guess.

post #3 of 12

talkin ski not snowboard... anything and everything still seems to go in snowboards.

BLK/RED/WHT/BLU color block groupings are not very common colors in current rag lines. But you might find something along those lines (more solid with light contrast details) in more 'race' lines like Spyder, or more traditional lines like Obermeyer, maybe Marker. Certainly solids or tonals of 'Blacks', Reds or Blues might be more common, except for whites (in men's , white can be more easily found in ladies...)

Color Blocky stuff is mostly passe, at the moment. Solids in brights, mountain or natural colors with small tonal accents, possibly zip and stitching contrast, seem to predominate.

Course there might be closeouts from prior seasons and those might fit that price break, but it's Hit & Miss...

 

I'd be more focused on fit, features and fabric - then try to find a color which comes close to suiting your tastes. And a lot of the nice stuff is really designed for multi-layering and a 'slim' appearance (when that can be accomplished...)

Under 2 bills will be tough for most branded stuff - hunt for closeouts or on sites like steepandcheap.com

Budgets always seem to require some form of compromise...

post #4 of 12

You're looking exclusively at closeouts in that price range.  Not a bad thing, but kinda restrictive in terms of cut, style, size, and color.  Can't have it all, probably have to compromise on something.  You're likely a size Medium in most jackets, so the XL being too big isn't surprising.

 

Do you need an insulated jacket or a shell?  If insulated, you're looking at a Columbia for sure. If shell (which is better) then you have more options.  

 

Mountain Hardwear, Columbia, The North Face, and Descent/DNA are your best bets.

 

Sierra Trading Post with a 20% coupon code (they're around, just search) will get you a good deal.  Steep and Cheap is also awesome but selection is very hit and miss.  Check out GearTrade as well most of it is "nearly new" or returned items that retailers are unloading without original packaging, etc and some GREAT price reductions there.  I highly recommend GearTrade as an alternative if you don't care about a jacket coming with tags.  They're legit retailers.

post #5 of 12

I just found that

 

http://oakleyvault.com/product/unification-pro-jacket/411582-01K

 

There is a blue/grey combination pretty much all sizes, so you are covered. For $229 it's not a bad price at all, and you still can get the pants to go with.

 

Now you have to be careful because Oakley just offers a 30 day warranty on outerwear, but Backcountry which offers lifetime warranty and returns will probably match the price Oakley is doing, you just have to chat with the guys or send an e-mail.

 

Be aware that there are some complains about durability on the pro shell line from Oakley, there was a recent review on BlisterGear for both pants and jackets, take a look and see what do you think. I particularly don't have any experience with the pro shell line so can't speak regarding durability. But I don't question the design and function of these pieces there are pretty cool and don't get much more technical than that. Probably your best bet if you are looking for a shell!

 

Just don't buy from Oakley, try to get a price match from Backcountry and you should be covered if anything unexpected happens!

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi guys:
Thanks for the help! I have another question, do any of you users have experience with GearTrade? I have found some decent deals on there already, and the product is claimed to be "like new", so I have trouble trusting that the jacket is in as good of a condition as they say it is.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mazzy View Post

Hi guys:
Thanks for the help! I have another question, do any of you users have experience with GearTrade? I have found some decent deals on there already, and the product is claimed to be "like new", so I have trouble trusting that the jacket is in as good of a condition as they say it is.

If the seller is backcountry.com you should have no problem, they usually post pictures and are pretty good on describing the condition. Also prices will go down on a daily basis if I'm not mistaken for everything sold by backcountry. Those are usually products returned by customers, sometimes are brand new, never used but for whatever reason they get rid o the tags before returning so backcountry can't sell as new, so it goes to geartrade

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mazzy View Post

Hi guys:
Thanks for the help! I have another question, do any of you users have experience with GearTrade? I have found some decent deals on there already, and the product is claimed to be "like new", so I have trouble trusting that the jacket is in as good of a condition as they say it is.

 

Careful on Geartrade. I bought a jacket called "excellent" and when it arrived, apart from all the dirt, there were two 2 inch long slits in the Gore-Tex. I told them, and they wanted to know what kind of discount would make it right - I told them no dice, and returned it, and it showed up once again as "excellent". I called them on it and they finally showed pictures of the dirt and the slits, and downgraded it to "good".rolleyes.gif

 

For another example, look at Smith I/O's. They'll say "excellent", or "new", but then say there's scratches on the lens, and they only come with one lens. Right, new, but not really.

 

So while Backcountry.com, and steepandcheap.com, they're off price division are beyond reproach, careful on Geartrade, and ONLY buy from ones where the seller is Backcountry, as there's a bunch of folks trying to sell junk unscrupulously, and even the backcountry stuff is sometimes not as well described as it could be.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Alright, so I've found a jacket I like on GearTrade, and it's sold by backcountry. It's listed as "like new". Is this to be trusted?
post #10 of 12

Try it. If it's really misrepresented they'll make it right. It is Backcountry.com after all.

post #11 of 12
What's said about size, I'm 6' and 200 lbs and I wear large, and there's plenty of space for layering. I can only imagine what you feel like in XL.

I would suggest just go to your local sports store and see what they have, right now it's clearance time and I just saw a North Face jacket with Goretex and primaloft (which is about as good as it gets material wise) within your budget.
post #12 of 12

Ya GearTrade is hit and miss, careful about the used stuff with sketchy photos.  Try to stick to reliable retailers if possible.  Buyer beware, but there are some great deals to be found if you keep a careful eye.

 

Jzmtl is right, there are tons of clearance items on right now at all retailers.  Check out one of your local ones to try the fit/size.  You're bound to find something good if you look around a little bit.  Ordering online without an idea for fit is always risky.  Different companies fit differently: Patagonia is more boxy, Arcteryx is more athletic, Mountain Hardwear is more regular.  Those are generalizations, but manufacturers do have certain fits they use for their products.  Best for you to try several on if you can and find what works for you.

 

Keep your eyes open, you might find an amazing deal.  But ideally you should look locally as well, just try a bunch on to know what does/doesn't work for you.  Part of the research process, because reading reviews will only get you so far; they'll tell you about the features of a jacket and maybe even the durability, but not the fit.  You need to see jackets ON you to know the differences.

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