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Solstice outerwear

post #1 of 6
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I just bought a Solstice shell jacket for $53 at my local TJ Maxx ... does anyone have experience with this brand? Someone posted that it isn't as waterproof as it claims to be, but I'm concerned not so much with downpours (I am in Colorado, not PNW) as with breathability and durability. My Obermeyer shell that I bought last year is already coming apart at the seams. Luckily I only spent $60 on it, but it surprises me that the stitching is already disintegrating.

I figure for $53, even a crappy jacket is a decent buy (you can't even get long underwear for $53 anymore), but I don't want to clutter my life with cheap, falling-apart jackets. The Solstice piece looks to be well-made, though.

By the way, TJ Maxx stores around Denver have some nice buys on ski clothing, for those interested. Brands include Schoffel, Fila, Columbia, Marker, Spyder, Nevica, Solstice, etc. I even saw a couple of pairs of Bogner pants for $99. Many of the coats were $100 or less.
post #2 of 6
Solstice makes decent gear. Hopefully you got one of their shells that uses their Microshed fabric. The Microshed fabric seems to breath fine.
post #3 of 6
I think Solstice gear is a good value for the price - and an awesome value for the price you paid. I've had a shell for a few years, and it seems pretty durable.
post #4 of 6
Solstice makes quality technical gear, but as Rio said, a lot depends on the fabric used in your particular jacket. I think you're going the right direction though in buying a brand known as a maker of technical mountaineering gear rather than a ski clothing company. Especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors you'll find you go through a lot of Spyder and Karbon stuff.
post #5 of 6
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Yes, the Solstice coat has the Microshed. It also accepts North Face fleece zippers, I discovered!

I went back to see if anything else had been marked down, and I found a Schoffel GoreTex parka for $108 ... so I bought that too. Now I have to decide which to keep.

As to the comment that buying mountaineering gear is better than ski gear: I certainly agree. I had used one North Face jacket for about 12 years prior to the Obermeyer coat (Granted, for the last 6 or 7 years I used it only 4 or 5 times a year, but I logged many many days when it was newer ...) Unfortunately is is a pullover, and it became a pain in the butt. Somehow it wasn't so irritating when I was 19 or 20 and flexible. [img]smile.gif[/img] My brother just replaced a Marmot coat (I think it was Marmot, anyway) that he had worn practically yearround since about 1987. Yes, it was falling apart, but what a life it had.

Anyway, I know Schoffel is a European ski and mountaineering brand, and I think retail on this coat was around $400. It's probably worth the extra $50 or so. New topic: anyone have experience with Schoffel?
post #6 of 6

I have a Solstice Microshed Jacket for the longest time. They are strong & durable. They breath great , and for that price considered a gift.

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