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I am heading to locations where it gets below freezing (-5 to 30 F) on several occasions. I have several base and mid layer clothing already, but I am missing a good hard shell jacket. I have an Arcteryx softshell hybrid jacket, but, if I were to go out snowboarding in that and fall, it is very likely that it could rip and tear. Which would royally suck.I have been trying to find a 3L Jacket, mainly because of the benefits of weight and other things but honestly, I don't know if it is really necessary. I have about three weeks to find and order/buy a jacket. 

 

I am looking for a Large, Goretex 3L Shell (or comparative product) however a 2L jacket would suffice if it would work fine, that has a powder skirt, a headphone pass through (or internal pocket for cell phone and headphones, not really required butwould be nice), has a permanently attached hood, RECCO reflector, rugged, possibly a technical jacket , would prefer a price range of 200 to 425, 

 

I have looked at the following jackets so far:

Arcteryx Alpha SV (found one for ~490-530)

Arcteryx Cassiar Jacket (Overbudget)

Mountain Hardware Snowpacolypse

Mountain Hardware Minalist

Mountain Hardware Compulsion 3L

TNF NFZ Non-insulated Jacket

TNF Fuse Brigandine Jacket (Never heard of Hyvent before though, and not in the price range new at least)

 

Where I have been looking at:

TNF's website

REI

Moosejaw

Arcteryx

Mountain Hardware 

 

Unfortunately, most of the jackets are out of my price range. It also really doesn't help that I live in Dallas and it is summer at the moment, so finding a jacket is not the easiest task here. Used to live in North Carolina, and it was a little bit better there.

 

Does anyone have recommendations or comments on the above jacket? I appreciate any help!

post #2 of 11

Maybe something like a quicksilver jacket from sierra trading post? I wouldn't worry about RECCO. Get or borrow a beacon if your going backcountry.

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While I have heard of Mammut, I haven't really heard of the others. Are they well known brands? Never seen them at REI either.

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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

Maybe something like a quicksilver jacket from sierra trading post? I wouldn't worry about RECCO. Get or borrow a beacon if your going backcountry.


 



Something like the Quicksilver jacket, but with far fewer pockets. smile.gif I just can't imagine ever wearing something like that. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 11
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/product/bounce/5568f

awesome jacket! OR is a great brand! the price is amazing when you put a 40% extra coupon! only issue is the hood that can be removed

good review: http://earlyups.com/tested-outdoor-research-inertia-jacket/

others I'd consider Arcteryx Rush another great shell and Patagonia Super Pluma
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http://www.sierratradingpost.com/product/bounce/5568f



awesome jacket! OR is a great brand! the price is amazing when you put a 40% extra coupon! only issue is the hood that can be removed



good review: http://earlyups.com/tested-outdoor-research-inertia-jacket/



others I'd consider Arcteryx Rush another great shell and Patagonia Super Pluma

 



I looked at a variety of Arcteryx jackets, but for the most part, Arcteryx jackets are way out of my price range (including the one you mentioned above frown.gif ).

I actually found (what I assume is last years model) Patagonia jacket that would work great. I however, am not a small. frown.gif
http://www.backcountry.com/patagonia-ms-super-alpine-jkt-pat3371
post #7 of 11
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I honestly, can find tons of jackets that are 2L that would fit in my price range. Is the 2L versus 3L/Gore-Tex Pro really worth the price difference though? Specifically for the Rugged/Durability feature of it?

Also I made another post, but it got held back for moderation (which is no fun), so hopefully that gets approved some time soon.
post #8 of 11
The brands I named are some of the best in Europe. Quality is superb.
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I honestly, can find tons of jackets that are 2L that would fit in my price range. Is the 2L versus 3L/Gore-Tex Pro really worth the price difference though? Specifically for the Rugged/Durability feature of it?

Also I made another post, but it got held back for moderation (which is no fun), so hopefully that gets approved some time soon.

I'd pay more for a 3L, much lighter usually more durable, breathable... there is a lot of 3L in you price range if you are okay giving up one or two items from your wishlist!

here is another on close to the top of your budget that seems to have all you asked for! I'm just not sure about the phone/earphones thing!

http://www.evo.com/shell-jackets/arcteryx-rush-jacket.aspx#image=70225/337826/arc-teryx-rush-jacket-sphinx.jpg
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I'd pay more for a 3L, much lighter usually more durable, breathable... there is a lot of 3L in you price range if you are okay giving up one or two items from your wishlist!



here is another on close to the top of your budget that seems to have all you asked for! I'm just not sure about the phone/earphones thing!



http://www.evo.com/shell-jackets/arcteryx-rush-jacket.aspx#image=70225/337826/arc-teryx-rush-jacket-sphinx.jpg

 



Thanks for the post, I ended up going with the jacket. Wish I could have gotten it at REI or somewhere where it was closer, but for the price and the jacket it was a great deal. I appreciate it.


Now i need to find some form of clip-ins or clasps for an Arc'teryx jacket to NFZ Pants. Thinking of just using a snap-on with velcro or something. Not quite sure.
post #11 of 11
^^^while the velcro/snaps to connect pants and jackets are nice the skirt will do a great job by itself most of the time! I wouldn't be too worry about it!
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