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spyder chopper pants...a good pant?

post #1 of 11
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So i cant find anything on these pants really. I bought them at the local sports shop for $199.99 marked down from $299.99. I bought them but i might return them. Im not sure if they are a good deal and if they are worth it. I had some 15 year old snowmobile pants before this. Ive been skiing for a few years now, and have bought lots of new stuff this year. North face parka and denali fleece. Nordica speed machine boots, salomon xtra hot skis. Now the pants. Are they worth $200? What do you all think? They are not goretex. They are thinsulate tho.
post #2 of 11
I had a pair of spyder pants (I think they were the chopper, they were more of a bib than a pant). One of the seams came apart on the legs after about 4 days out. I took them in to the shop where I bought them, and exchanged them for a pair of rossignol pants, which i love.
post #3 of 11
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really, i thought spyder was supposed to be top notch? I guess not..i think i might return them then.
post #4 of 11
Doesn't Spyder have that "lifetime fix anything for $5" thing? I've never bought any of their stuff.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
Doesn't Spyder have that "lifetime fix anything for $5" thing? I've never bought any of their stuff.
I've never owned Spyder gear other than one LS shirt I have now. From what I hear their stuff gets generally good reviews, with the occassional negative.

For the price though, I'd rather get something like Arcteryx which is awesome. Or TNF even.
post #6 of 11
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yea, these just fit so well and all TNF stuff fit wierd. SNowboard pants are cheaper but they are so damn baggy. These pants serioisly fit perfect. DOes anyone have any suggestions?
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by nilaszewski
yea, these just fit so well and all TNF stuff fit wierd. SNowboard pants are cheaper but they are so damn baggy. These pants serioisly fit perfect. DOes anyone have any suggestions?
Uhh.. they fit well? They're made by a very reputable vender? They weren't enormously expensive, relatively speaking? I don't know about you, but I'd call that a good day's work.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by nilaszewski
So i cant find anything on these pants really. I bought them at the local sports shop for $199.99 marked down from $299.99. I bought them but i might return them. Im not sure if they are a good deal and if they are worth it. I had some 15 year old snowmobile pants before this. Ive been skiing for a few years now, and have bought lots of new stuff this year. North face parka and denali fleece. Nordica speed machine boots, salomon xtra hot skis. Now the pants. Are they worth $200? What do you all think? They are not goretex. They are thinsulate tho.
they were on sierratradingpost for a while... 199.. and i found a 20% off coupon. ... i just got back from skiing with them from Utah. Absolutely great pants... slightly insulated and very waterproof
post #9 of 11
Spyder does have a pretty good repair policy, fixing most things for around $5. I have tried many different brands over my short life period and I have found none better then Spyder. Most of my ski apparel is Spyder, but because I purchased only that, but because it seems that those are the only articles of clothing I have purchased that have seemed to survive. I don't believe Spyder uses Gor-Tex as they use materials that are above the quality of it. I have around 4 pairs of Spyder pants, none of which are Gor-Tex, and all of which perform better then my one pair of Gor-Tex pants. I have not seen the Chopper model but they are all usually very similar, just various materials and features. Give it a try, I doubt you will be unhappy with them.
post #10 of 11
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yea, i returned them...i found some TNF infussion pants for 200 bucks local, used once, and they match my coat! Fot the same price, i like the lifetime warrenty that TNF gives you. The Spyders were really nice tho!

P.S. does anyone know anything about TNF's Hyvent stuff? Is it cheap quality? I have a goretex NF shell that cost nearly 300, and a denali fleece which i zip in, its great! But what is this hyvent stuff, its so mucg mor einexpensive than all the goretex stuff.
post #11 of 11
Yeah, the Hyvent is "OK" but not as good/breathable as GoreTex or GoreTex XCR used in their higher end shells. Hyvent is usually on their consumer products, like you'd find in sporting good stores, while GoreTex is on the higher end stuff and XCR on the abosolute best stuff.
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