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post #241 of 280

I`ve been using the Patagonia Powder Jacket this season, and it`s been very good, I have gone through rain, snow, wind and not a single issue with it... it`s not so light though, but for $200 with the 50% off that I got the jacket you can`t go wrong.

 

One small negative I have is that my small jacket hood doesn`t go over my medium smith helmet very easily... I wish it could be a little bit bigger

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post #242 of 280

I am on a ski racking team in VT, and when we're training, my friends and I wear Bogner. Not only is it durable, but it looks GREAT! My parents still wear their one piece suits from the 80's (wtf!). Anyways, their materials are just as good as all of the top non luxury brand and it has really cool ski styling that cannot be found in any other brand. I have a few jackets in the $1000 range and pants in the $500 range. I also recommend Moncler (moncler.com), because it has really cool down jackets that are above and beyond North Face, etc. in every way. Bogner is the way to go, if you have the money.

post #243 of 280

I am on a ski racking team in VT, and when we're training, my friends and I wear Bogner. Not only is it durable, but it looks GREAT! My parents still wear their one piece suits from the 80's (wtf!). Anyways, their materials are just as good as all of the top non luxury brand and it has really cool ski styling that cannot be found in any other brand. I have a few jackets in the $1000 range and pants in the $500 range. I also recommend Moncler (moncler.com), because it has really cool down jackets that are above and beyond North Face, etc. in every way. Bogner is the way to go, if you have the money.

post #244 of 280

vuarnet make some good ski wear, look stylish and practical for all weather conditions, a lot of the ski schools wear it in Europe,

post #245 of 280
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My parents still wear their one piece suits from the 80's (wtf!). 


Boldface underline mine.

post #246 of 280

I smelleth a spoof'd IP.........
 

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Originally Posted by fashionskiguy View Post

I am on a ski racking team in VT, and when we're training, my friends and I wear Bogner. Not only is it durable, but it looks GREAT! My parents still wear their one piece suits from the 80's (wtf!). Anyways, their materials are just as good as all of the top non luxury brand and it has really cool ski styling that cannot be found in any other brand. I have a few jackets in the $1000 range and pants in the $500 range. I also recommend Moncler (moncler.com), because it has really cool down jackets that are above and beyond North Face, etc. in every way. Bogner is the way to go, if you have the money.



 

post #247 of 280
REi has the TNF Point Five in blue for $232 it's a steal at that price and just as nice as the ArcTeryx IMO have both like them both can't decide wich one on most days $450 for the Arc though.
post #248 of 280

The jackets made by Kjus are among the most expensive but well worth the money if you ski a lot. I consider Kjus jackets and pants to be in a class by themselves. They are noticeably lighter in weight than gear made by any other major manufacturer, especially the new "helium" jackets, with no sacrifice whatsoever in warmth. They are also very rich in features. I ski 100+ days each year and Kjus equipment keeps me warm even in the worst weather. I normally buy my Kjus gear at the beginning of the season when many shops such as Buckmans offer discounts to kick off the season or at the season end-sales. (The MSRP for this stuff can be intimidating.)

post #249 of 280
is there any technical shell out there (goretex, dryq, ...) these days other than the China, Vietnan, Indonesia stuff?

Better stick with whoever offers lifetime warranty due to this "imported" stuff
post #250 of 280

I have a Westcomb EVent shell that's made in Canada.  Not sure if they now outsource, but I'm pretty sure they're keeping production here in Canuckland.  I think Arcteryx was the one who went outside Canada and now produces in China.

 

Westcomb stuff is really nice. Very minimalist, no powder skirt and frills though.  VERYlightweight, well cut, well made.  I'm taller and personally prefer a slightly longer jacket than Westcomb provides, but for the average build I'm sure they fit great.

 

Other than Westcomb, I'm a total Mountain Hardwear nut now with their DryQ Elite stuff. 

 

 

Crap, I am such a jacket whore.  My wife even said so. rolleyes.gif

post #251 of 280

Gunner's correct. I also think Westcomb is really nice stuff but it has a weird cut to it. SOS is another great brand def' available in Canadiastan but not sold (or is very limited) in the USA. Not sure where it's made. I could be wrong but I thought that Arc still made a few jackets or pieces made in Canadiastan?

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I have a Westcomb EVent shell that's made in Canada.  Not sure if they now outsource, but I'm pretty sure they're keeping production here in Canuckland.  I think Arcteryx was the one who went outside Canada and now produces in China.

 

Westcomb stuff is really nice. Very minimalist, no powder skirt and frills though.  VERYlightweight, well cut, well made.  I'm taller and personally prefer a slightly longer jacket than Westcomb provides, but for the average build I'm sure they fit great.

 

Other than Westcomb, I'm a total Mountain Hardwear nut now with their DryQ Elite stuff. 

 

 

Crap, I am such a jacket whore.  My wife even said so. rolleyes.gif


I was looking into getting a MH Snowpocalypse DryQ Elite, STP has a great deal on both the pants and jacket. Tried to look for it at a local shop but couldn`t find to check the fit. But after going to my local STP Outlet I`ve found a OR Mentor Jacket for $139... that`s $80 less than what I would get on the MH. I decided I woudl pass the DryQ Elite for now and get a the Pro Shell.

 

Mentor jacket doesn`t have the powder skirt as well, but seems a great shell! I`m also kinda gear whore as well, but more on the cheap side :-) if it`s good stuff, I`m getting whatever is the best deal, not matter which brand, color :-) and since OR offers lifetime warranty, I`m not really worried about having problems with the jacket.

 

But if anyone is interested in getting a DryQ Elite snowpocalypse, STP definitively has a great deal on them, specially if you get one of those 30% off coupons! They have all the sizes available as well as the pants.

 

post #253 of 280

If you're paying at, or near, full price, then be picky.  Get the colour, model, etc that you want.  But there are some amazing clearance sales going on and if you're not tooooo picky, there are some outstanding products out there.  The MH jackets are highly recommended, but can't complain about a Pro Shell for cheap.

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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

If you're paying at, or near, full price, then be picky.  Get the colour, model, etc that you want.  But there are some amazing clearance sales going on and if you're not tooooo picky, there are some outstanding products out there.  The MH jackets are highly recommended, but can't complain about a Pro Shell for cheap.

 

Maybe I will get a MH DryQ Elite at some point if it show up at my local STP Outlet!


Edited by mfa81 - 4/20/12 at 10:25pm
post #255 of 280

amen to the Colmar.  I have one, so does our son.  Works well in minus 25 Fwith one Burton underlayer. Neoprene on the face, plus neck.   Breathes well, good in warm weather up to 32 F
 

post #256 of 280
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Maybe I will get a MH DryQ Elite at some point if it show up at my local STP Outlet!

http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-kepler-softshell-jacket-mens - If you like the Azul (I love the color) in large, you're in luck - $189

post #257 of 280
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http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-kepler-softshell-jacket-mens - If you like the Azul (I love the color) in large, you're in luck - $189

I`ve got a MH Victorio jacket a couple of weeks ago at STP along with a bokta pants, using their 40% coupon the jacket was down to $209 and the pants $157. Not a bad deal...

 

Now my wife said I have to stop spending money, or at least wait until it starts snowing! biggrin.gif

post #258 of 280
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Gunner's correct. I also think Westcomb is really nice stuff but it has a weird cut to it. SOS is another great brand def' available in Canadiastan but not sold (or is very limited) in the USA. Not sure where it's made. I could be wrong but I thought that Arc still made a few jackets or pieces made in Canadiastan?

SOS... sportswear of Sweden. Used to be made in Sweden... maybe China or Vietnam like everything else these days?
post #259 of 280
A lot of stuff is made in china these days, even my arcteryx sidewinder AR. Kinda bothers me when I look at the tag. $500+ and it's made in china....top quality though.
post #260 of 280
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

I`ve got a MH Victorio jacket a couple of weeks ago at STP along with a bokta pants, using their 40% coupon the jacket was down to $209 and the pants $157. Not a bad deal...

 

Now my wife said I have to stop spending money, or at least wait until it starts snowing! biggrin.gif

 

The more you buy, the harder it will snow.

post #261 of 280
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The more you buy, the harder it will snow.

Not only Words To Live By (resisted the pun), but strengthens our economy, fights foreign competition, and thus is central to The American Way. I feel bad guys all over the world cringe every time I buy new gear...biggrin.gif

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post #263 of 280

I bought my Spyder ski jacket with the assurance that it was the finest quality and would last for many years.  After using it for a week of skiing, the goos down starting leaking out of the seams in several places.  The store I bought it from assured me that I could return it at teh end of my weeklong ski trip and Spyder would replace or repair it.
Instead, Spyder returned it to me with a "Notice of Warranty Denial" explaining they were not responsible for "Damage caused by Normal Wear and Tear."  That kind of makes their warranty useless!  In short, don't buy Spyder clothing.
lee

post #264 of 280

Having had and still own several different down jackets, vests and duvets, no matter the quality some down tends to work its way out no matter what.

 

Why...you ask.

 

Easy answer.....think of the down like a porcupine quill that is barbed for one way travel,  if the point of the down hits a seam or fabric and gets started, it will work its way through the as the fluff part is actually the little hooks that drive it in one direction only once started.

 

While warm and self temperature adjusting (the good stuff anyway), they will all occasionally sprout the occasional feather(s) giving you the tarred and feathered look without the tar  :D.  Such is the nature of this beast (I mean bird).

post #265 of 280
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Originally Posted by Lee Isaacson View Post
 

I bought my Spyder ski jacket with the assurance that it was the finest quality and would last for many years.  After using it for a week of skiing, the goos down starting leaking out of the seams in several places.  The store I bought it from assured me that I could return it at teh end of my weeklong ski trip and Spyder would replace or repair it.
Instead, Spyder returned it to me with a "Notice of Warranty Denial" explaining they were not responsible for "Damage caused by Normal Wear and Tear."  That kind of makes their warranty useless!  In short, don't buy Spyder clothing.
lee

sorry to hear about your experience with Spyder.  I have a Spyder Bromont jacket that I absolutely love.  Being in the PNW we get some wet snow and the material on this jacket is incredible... nothing gets through it and it breathes really well.  I'm always leery when I hear "Lifetime Warranty" and when my three year old Bromont became discolored at the drycleaners last year, my first thought was I was out an expensive jacket.  Spyder stepped up and sent me a new one without any of the hassles I was expecting.

post #266 of 280

Kjus.  Hands down the warmest insulated jacket I have owned.  Base layer is all that is necessary most days and with a mid layer it is a furnace.  Great pockets and freedom of movement.

 

Arcteryx.  I wear my Atom LV full zip hoody EVERYWHERE.  I am currently hunting for an on sale decent colour Arcteryx shell.  Can't stand the two tone stuff.

 

Arcteryx Thorium Hoody.  Great on cold days as well.  Just bought it at a 50% off one day sale.

 

Marmot Down Jacket.  No hood.  Best deal ever...paid $60.00 for at a clear out.

 

10 year old Spyder jacket that I wear on rainy days because it is so water resilient and warm.  Worn on the collar and the zipper tags snapped on a -45 day at Tremblant a few years ago but it still looks good.  Will likely keep this even when I get my hands on the Arcteryx shell.

 

Kjus Sequence ski pants.  Wear these all the time.  Breathe well and they have never failed me.  Only ski pant I own.  May buy the Arcteryx if I find a deal but not a real priority.

 

As you can probably guess, walking into a ski store for me is usually expensive.

post #267 of 280

Arcteryx Caden.  I own a lot of jackets:

 

5 North Face Mountain Guide Jackets

2 North Face Mountain Light Jackets

2 Arcteryx Beta AR's

Arcterxy Stingray

Arcteryx Caden

Arcteryx Venta SV

 

Just to name a few of the ones I own.  If I could only have one jacket it would be the Arctreryx Caden hands down.

post #268 of 280
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Originally Posted by Saddleman View Post

sorry to hear about your experience with Spyder.  I have a Spyder Bromont jacket that I absolutely love.  Being in the PNW we get some wet snow and the material on this jacket is incredible... nothing gets through it and it breathes really well.  I'm always leery when I hear "Lifetime Warranty" and when my three year old Bromont became discolored at the drycleaners last year, my first thought was I was out an expensive jacket.  Spyder stepped up and sent me a new one without any of the hassles I was expecting.

I guess the price tag made a different? I sent back a pair of Lower model ski pants and gloves for repair with my own money, took them 3 months just to reply back saying they won't repair it. Well, I made sure none of my family and friend will buy Spyder again.
post #269 of 280

I find any service issue is dealt with in direct proportion to how loyal you are to your retailer.  I normally spend a little bit more to deal with my guy because if something goes wrong he deals with it for me.  Also, I pay for advice.  And over the last 12 or so years he has saved me from some bad (read costly) decisions.

 

If you bargain hunt all the time you will get discount style service.

post #270 of 280
Ironic this thread has popped back up...I had a nightmare last night, my Arc Stingray zipper wouldn't zip properly..id zip it, and water would come thought the seams because the zipper wasn't closing in the middle....luckily it was just a dream...strange one at that.
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