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the difference between mid-priced and high-priced spyder?

post #1 of 8
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I'm curious as to the difference between the mid (quest line) and high-end (legend line) spyder jackets. Is the more expensive stuff better in any fundamental way or is it just marketing and buzzwords? What's the difference between a $350-400 Spyder jacket and one that costs twice as much? Can anyone familiar with the brand's product line offer any insight? Basically i'm looking for the performance differences, not which has more pockets. And what about pants? There are pants that are part of each product line, as well as in a separate "fundamentals" line. Is there any real difference?
post #2 of 8
Check out their website! It's been a couple years since I looked, but they used to detail the differences. Different fabrics were rated differently for waterproofness (is that a word?) ...taped seams vs. non-taped seems...stuff like that.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
oh believe me I have been but it's very difficult to compare since there is no msrp or comparison chart. And on top of that, "features" seem to differ considerably within the two lines as well.

The main difference I'm noticing is that the Quest line uses thinsulate and the legend line uses "Polyester Fiberfill with X-staticĀ® Silver Fiber"

Whether one is actually warmer than the other is impossible to tell from that info. It sounds like the audiophile cable market to me. You can buy cables that cost several hundred dollars (or even thousands) per meter, justified in part by the more exotic materials, but they don't necessarily give you better performance. The audiophile cable market has been the construction of marketing departments. I know I'm not gonna get a straight answer from a salesman which is why I'm asking here.
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Originally Posted by jrs
"Polyester Fiberfill"
AKA Pillow stuffing.
with X-staticĀ® Silver Fiber"
This is for odor resistance, and it works quite nicely.
post #5 of 8
I can't tell you about the difference between their "mid" line and their "top" line, but I can attest to the difference between their "top" and "I'm cheap" line.

About 3-4 seasons ago I bought one of their top end jackets. I've never once looked back. It is the warmest, driest and most convenient jacket I've ever owned. Even last week in Summit County when the wind chill was in the -30 & -40's, my core was quite warm. In fact, the "problem" with the jacket may be that it is "too warm." The zipper vents (in the arm pits and on the back) generally help, but today I had a baselayer, a midlayer and the jacket (it was high 20's - low 30's with no wind at A-basin) on with my helmet fully vented & even wearing my lightweight fleece gloves - and I was still a bit too warm.

Now compare this experience to the Spyder pants that I purchased the same season a few years ago. I skimped on them and bought the cheap ones (after unloading that much dough on the jacket, I thought it was justified). The wind cuts through them like nobody's business. They're generally waterproof, but I wouldn't stand in front of a garden hose with them (I would with the jacket). And they're cold. I *always* wear at least one, and often two more layers on my legs than I do on my upper body - primarily because of the difference in performance between the respective outer layers.

Anyway, long story short, there is a *huge* difference between the Spyder low end, and their high end. I would suspect that the "mid" range stuff is somewhere between what I've found at the ends, so yeah, there's probably a difference.

That being said, my guess is that unless you get cold easily, ski in front of fire hoses, or just stay out in conditions where 95% of all skiers stay home - the mid flight ones should be good enough.

post #6 of 8
I have mid-line Spyder stuff from 2 yrs ago and it performs just fine in all conditions. I have a jacket with "thinsulate" insulation and it's plenty warm in very cold conditions. I paid $345 for it and its waterproof ability is just fine. I have the shell type non-insulated pants($150) and they're completely wind/waterproof. They're both extremely good in the functionality dept. and with about 30 days of ski use have shown no signs of wear.
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Thread Starter 
cool, thanks for the info guys.
post #8 of 8
I have a Spyder Legend coat and a mid-level coat. I like them both, but the Legend is warmer and has more features.
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