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Spyder Venom Ski Wear

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I'm considering some new threads. Some of the Spyder Venom line looks pretty reasonable. Anyone use these duds? I don't want to look "too Aspen" in my old Spyder jacket!
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Some of it is pretty cool. I still think your better with a nice Arc', soli , Patagucci or other good quality softshell. versitile, very comfortable, higher level of breathability; and can be layered. Watch SAC for some great deals that have popped up recently. Unless you ski in wet weather, you really don't need a full-on Gore-tex fabric. Gore wind-stopper is very weather resistant. Patagucci has some great fabrics and membranes. I wear a Salomon softie that has been in a few snow storms and misty weather. It's been fine. Unless you are OB and really need the H20, don't worry too much about that. Oh, go for some brown or camo pants!
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
Some of it is pretty cool. I still think your better with a nice Arc', soli , Patagucci or other good quality softshell. versitile, very comfortable, higher level of breathability; and can be layered. Watch SAC for some great deals that have popped up recently. Unless you ski in wet weather, you really don't need a full-on Gore-tex fabric. Gore wind-stopper is very weather resistant. Patagucci has some great fabrics and membranes. I wear a Salomon softie that has been in a few snow storms and misty weather. It's been fine. Unless you are OB and really need the H20, don't worry too much about that. Oh, go for some brown or camo pants!
Fully agree. I don't know why, but Spyder always seems to be gaper friendly.

Agree on Arcteryx, too (the Fission is fantastic), and would add Mountain Hardwear and Marmot as others worthy of serious consideration.

Beside SAC, take a look on geartrade.com for Backcountry.com returns - some real deals (and they even have some Spyder pieces too)
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Fully agree. I don't know why, but Spyder always seems to be gaper friendly.
Oh great. Now you tell me. I guess I shouldn't have picked up that softshell for $30 on clearance. Oh well, fits too well to give up. Plus it, will make the metrons...:
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Being a race mom for many years, continually exposed to the whines for cool equipment and the whines about being cold, I think Spyder is overrated when it comes to functionality. The kid had several sets of ski pants and jackets over her race years that were apparently inadequate, although they made her feel cool. In spite of that, I own some Spyder Tarantula ski pants, which aren't too bad in the waterproof department and are great in the warmth department.
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Oh great. Now you tell me. I guess I shouldn't have picked up that softshell for $30 on clearance. Oh well, fits too well to give up. Plus it, will make the metrons...:
No biggee. For $30 give it to a "friend" for Christmas, and make him look like a gaper. Take lots of pictures. Nothing like a good practical joke.

As for the Metrons, they'll make for a nice Adirondack chair backrest. Or maybe give him those too to complete the gaperism costume.

Maybe you could keep the setup for a retro day 20 years from now - "Spyder and Metron's, I remember those days - what were we thinking....."
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