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post #31 of 43

Have only been out skiing around 50% of what I usually try for....the need of shoveling/snowblowing with a PT work schedule has taken precedence these last half dozen winters or so....

I still have my TNF light (windproof/breatheable) shell, which is still kicking...although the 2nd half of 15/16 might bring on a purchase of either Active or Pro Goretex.  However I really feel the  difference that I've noticed in the last couple seasons..aside from skiing much better, is A) the slightly thicker UnderArmour 2.0 base wicking layer...it's taking much more perspiration off my skin than other thinner stuff ever did....and B) a highly breatheable mid-layer....which I try to keep relatively light...

Some of the new, really thick stuff I can see if it breathes enough....but the light layering of breatheables under a shell has been working nicely.

post #32 of 43
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My Eddie Bauer jacket is a men's large Tall and is available in XL Tall and larger.

Yah, I have an Eddie Bauer XLT shell I've used for mild days in the Poconos, my typical stomping grounds, even without fleece in the afternoon when the temperature peaked, but every trip to NE has had at least several sub-zero days/mornings where I needed an insulated jacket. The Obermeyer jacket and Burton pants have vented zips, which came in handy when things "warmed" up a little. A lot of my layers actually came from my old running gear, so its light and moisture wicking and available in XLT. Come to think of it, my gloves are Burton as well, the only ones that didn't restrict my hands even in the largest available sizes, but I had to exchange out the extra liners for thin silk to keep them comfortable. th_dunno-1[1].gif
post #33 of 43
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Some of us have Inuit physiology, I always say. Not my wife. She wears down underwear until it hits 35°, and has been known to wear Smartwool long underwear in July. Skinny little thing.

Same for my wife, even if she is from Wisconsin. Perhaps from growing up in Texas, then living in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, I've really widened my comfort zone for temperatures. I think going for long runs in sub-zero temperatures really changed this for me. But skiing has really inspired me to think of cold as "good". I still enjoy summer, but can't wait for the weather to start cooling off!
post #34 of 43
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Yah, I have an Eddie Bauer XLT shell I've used for mild days in the Poconos, my typical stomping grounds, even without fleece in the afternoon when the temperature peaked, but every trip to NE has had at least several sub-zero days/mornings where I needed an insulated jacket. The Obermeyer jacket and Burton pants have vented zips, which came in handy when things "warmed" up a little. A lot of my layers actually came from my old running gear, so its light and moisture wicking and available in XLT. Come to think of it, my gloves are Burton as well, the only ones that didn't restrict my hands even in the largest available sizes, but I had to exchange out the extra liners for thin silk to keep them comfortable. th_dunno-1[1].gif


My Eddie Bauer is about ten years old and it still keeps me dry and I use it for both skiing and fishing.  I layer under it for the NE cold weather it also was great up at Whiteface this past March.  I have skied PA locations Elk Mt. and Blue Mt. both nice in their own way.  I try to stay away from some of the others in PA due to crowds.  You also use an Obermeyer jacket, I use to sell Obermeyer ski clothes at the ski shop that I worked it is a good product at a fair price.  I do not remember them making a tall.

post #35 of 43
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My cheap lightly insulated Columbia does fine from anything near freezing to -20. I just put on a primaloft insulation layer according to temperature, 40g for -5ish and 100g for colder. Have a 150g one that I never actually use for skiing because it's too hot.


I own two Columbia jackets both are warm but they leak one is so bad I get wet in a fog the other is better but not much.  I do not buy Columbia any longer because I do not like getting wet.

post #36 of 43
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I own two Columbia jackets both are warm but they leak one is so bad I get wet in a fog the other is better but not much.  I do not buy Columbia any longer because I do not like getting wet.

Mine's fine in wet snow days, no leak that I can tell. They have fully tape seamed and critically tape seamed, you have to watch what you buy.
post #37 of 43
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Mine's fine in wet snow days, no leak that I can tell. They have fully tape seamed and critically tape seamed, you have to watch what you buy.


In NJ one of the Malls has a Columbia store and under 50 feet away is an Eddie Bauer store and if I walk into the Columbia store and ask for a water proof jacket I should not have to inspect the seems.  I expect the company store employee to know their product and if I lay down some of my cash for what a company calls water proof that is what I expect to get.  I know that if I walk just a few feet away to the Eddie Bauer store and ask for a water proof jacket I know that is what I will get, not water repellent or stay dry for ten minutes but water proof for ten years like the one I have.  My green and black Columbia shell leaks so bad that if their is a cloud in the sky I dare not ware it.

post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by Uncle-A View Post


In NJ one of the Malls has a Columbia store and under 50 feet away is an Eddie Bauer store and if I walk into the Columbia store and ask for a water proof jacket I should not have to inspect the seems.  I expect the company store employee to know their product and if I lay down some of my cash for what a company calls water proof that is what I expect to get.  I know that if I walk just a few feet away to the Eddie Bauer store and ask for a water proof jacket I know that is what I will get, not water repellent or stay dry for ten minutes but water proof for ten years like the one I have.  My green and black Columbia shell leaks so bad that if their is a cloud in the sky I dare not ware it.

You don't need to inspect it, it's on a big sticker sewn on.
post #39 of 43

Our local hill has Columbia Ski patrol jackets (CSP) they loan out to volunteers.  The jackets are a few years old, so maybe they used to be more waterproof.  If it's raining, you will be soaked by noon.  If it's below -10C I will want to wear a down-filled vest under it (above my fleece and high-tech base layer).  The Columbia Jacket is nowhere near as warm as my Mountain MH Jacket, and nowhere near as waterproof.  

 

I used to have a Down filled Eddie Bauer Jacket, just a jacket with lots of down, not a ski jacket.  It was warm (but not waterproof).   The EB jacket replaced another jacket that had less down, and although most folk would call that previous jacket a winter Jacket, it was a fall jacket compared to the EB one.  Prior to that, it was parka and jeans, or snowmobile suit for cold days. :cool

 

Maybe I need to try out some high end snowmobile suits; the snowmobile suits I can afford are great if you plan to stay in the position you would adopt for riding a snowmobile, but not great for skiing - too restrictive on your movements.

post #40 of 43
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You don't need to inspect it, it's on a big sticker sewn on.


I think you are missing the boat, If I pay for waterproof it damn well better be waterproof or that company robbed my money.

post #41 of 43
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 if you plan to stay in the position you would adopt for riding a snowmobile, but not great for skiing - too restrictive on your movements.

While that was once the case many moons ago, high end snowmobile gear touring and race gear has gone through many changes. I notice no restriction of movement  while skiing in snowmobile gear and nowadays snowmobilers move around a lot on their sleds and require gear that is highly unrestrictive. When I rode I would sweat as much as when I ski, due to all the movement around the sled. It's more akin to riding motocross. The highend xcross touring and racing gear is now designed for maximum movement and many young riders stand and jump around even when trail riding. 

post #42 of 43
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 if you plan to stay in the position you would adopt for riding a snowmobile, but not great for skiing - too restrictive on your movements.

While that was once the case many moons ago, high end snowmobile gear touring and race gear has gone through many changes. I notice no restriction of movement  while skiing in snowmobile gear and nowadays snowmobilers move around a lot on their sleds and require gear that is highly unrestrictive. When I rode I would sweat as much as when I ski, due to all the movement around the sled. It's more akin to riding motocross. The highend xcross touring and racing gear is now designed for maximum movement and many young riders stand and jump around even when trail riding. 


Still is the case for the cheap ones.  I'm sure I could not afford the high end ones, but  it don't won't hurt too much to have a look.  Do you have any examples you could recommend?

post #43 of 43
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Still is the case for the cheap ones.  I'm sure I could not afford the high end ones, but  it don't won't hurt too much to have a look.  Do you have any examples you could recommend?


Definitely go for the Klim gear if you can find older models or sales online. Again..... only for staying out all day in extreme cold or for women who tend to run cold. Skidoo and Arctic Cat also have closeout sales on their Xross, RPM, and racing gear (although the Arctic Cat graphics tend to be crazy obnoxious!)  Buy it on closeout in July and August for the best deals. Also look into Used gear bec people tend to sell their gear after a few years when they are done snowmobiling or sleds break down. The gear is super durable so it lasts practically forever. 

 

One thing........ I don't recommend Choko as their gear tends to run bulky, although I haven't tried their racing gear yet...............

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