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Arcteryx or Norrona

post #1 of 8
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All,

 

I'm trying to decide on some new gear.

I am split between a jacket/pant of the Norrona Lofoten Gore Tex Pro Jacket and Pants and the Arcteryx Caden Jacket and Stinger Pant.

Both combinations use Gore Tex Pro, so I thought the material would feel the same, but in fact they feel very different.

Both Arcteryx articles feel very noisy and brittle while the Norrona jacket feels soft and thin while the Norrona pant feels soft but very thick.

I'm looking for the most durable combination as I don't want to buy new gear for the next ten years.

 

Can anyone offer any insight?

post #2 of 8

I have bought several Arc pieces over the years - Canadian and Chinese made and have never been disappointed. It is elegant, technical and beautifully crafted gear. Naturally, the fit has to be right. And it does seem to fit me well.

I picked up a Norrona Lofoten insulated jacket (used) on Ebay this year. I am smitten by this jacket which is equally on par with Arc gear. I particularly like the hood - the litmus test for any jacket. It is full and fitted. the brim provides a nice touch. But the closure is where it shines. Lock that baby up tight and there is no exposed face once goggles are fitted. This is a rare jacket that can match a frigid Maine northerly at 30-40 mph.

I like the thumb loops that provide a bit of extra air infiltration protection as well. 

Bottom line. Norrona makes a fine product. It may come down to the fit. You will not go wrong with either.

Enjoy,

D1

post #3 of 8

There were some older threads on almost this exact question. Search may be useful.

 

Agree with D1- much comes down to fit. Both companies make great products.

 

And to intended use. The Norrona Lofoten stuff is designed less with piste skiing in mind - and more with off piste and BC. The Lofoten Pant is bomber. My go-to pant. Just super well thought out. The jacket is light and low volume when shoved into a pack. The pockets and vents are well thought out  for the skier using a pack. Etc. You get the idea. IMO the jacket is super well made and sensibly durable - but it compromises somewhat on the durability to achieve that weight and volume thing. On vanilla mostly groomer resort days I use an older Narvik Jacket. On big inbounds days when I take a pack, or for skinning, I take a Lofoten Jacket. If you get the Lofoten Jacket - consider the cut is somewhat slim (for me anyway)  - I size up a size in order to have the layering and gear space I wanted.

 

I don;t think you can go wrong.

post #4 of 8

it would mostly come to fit as already said... one thing to note is that if anything goes wrong, you are most likely to get much better customer service in the US by arcteryx.

 

if you want a more soft feel in the arcteryx but still lightweight (sabre is too heavy) jacket try the rush 80d/40d, doesn't feel too much like a plastic bag!

post #5 of 8

Norrona has great customer service, as far as quality they should be pretty even. It comes down to fit, look, and price...

post #6 of 8
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it would mostly come to fit as already said... one thing to note is that if anything goes wrong, you are most likely to get much better customer service in the US by arcteryx.

 

if you want a more soft feel in the arcteryx but still lightweight (sabre is too heavy) jacket try the rush 80d/40d, doesn't feel too much like a plastic bag!

 

Yeah, this is a thought. The zipper pull broke off the zipper on my Norrona a few weeks ago, and there is nowhere in the US for warranty service. That said, it was an easy repair; I contacted Norrona by email and they shipped me a new piece and instructions on how to fix it, and all is ok. I wouldn't want to have to ship the whole jacket to Norway in the middle of a season, though.

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post #8 of 8

I have used both and was very loyal to the dead bird but I currently own the Lofoten jacket and pants (from 2012).  Norrona products are amazing but I would not be unhappy if I had to use Arc'teryx.  I think Norrona was ahead of them technically but Arc'teryx has really upped their game over the last couple of years.

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