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which jacket to get?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hey guys im looking for a new jacket for this season, im undecided between the columbia trans alp parka, columbia psycho cowboy, or spyder alpha component.
thanks any info or recomendations appreciated
Aleks
post #2 of 29
Arcteryx is more expensive and Canadian...I'll leave it to others to say they're better.
post #3 of 29
Check out Mountain Hardware, Synchro and Manticore. I own both. They are great jackets.
Greg
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post #5 of 29
does it come in Gore Tex?
post #6 of 29
I've only had one Columbia jacket. I would rate it as fair. For the most part it was ok. That is as long as it was a bluebird day. If there was anykind of storm it didn't keep me dry for very long. Keeping it clean and treated with nikwax Tx. direct helped. I would spend the extra money and make sure I bought a higher quality gore tex jacket. My little brother tries to save some money and buys cheap ski pants. He is always getting wet and usually has to replace them every year or two. I am going on my 8th year with my jacket and pants and they still work perfect. I don't ever get wet and can count on them in any situation. It cost a bit more in the beginning but has been cheaper in the long run.
post #7 of 29
www.steepandcheap.com
www.sierratradingpost.com


A better quality jacket will last longer and will perform better (H20 Proofing, windblock, breathablility, durability, stain resistance, etc) I prefer Graingers products for cleaning and DWR. Why not a Arc', Patigonia, Salomon and so many others that are well-made and better overall? Look at sierra or Backcountryoutlet for great deals.
post #8 of 29
Go Arcteryx or Mountain Hardwear on SAC
post #9 of 29
I really like Avalanche jackets. Try their website at www.avalancheskiwear.com and please let them know an Eastern Division Instructor refered you, as they do have some nice deals for us. I still like their jackets though and would recommend them even if we didn't get a deal.
post #10 of 29

Best jacket

I agree with Cabin fever on the Arcteryx. Expensive but well worth the cost. I ski Whistler 50 plus days a year and chose the Patriot SV. Skiing here a good Goretex jacket is almost mandatory - at least when getting to and from the alpine...
Great Goretex, hide away hood, large. high collar, geat insulation and built like a rock. And made right here in good old Vancouver!
post #11 of 29
Arcteryx - expensive, but worth it. I have the Fission jacket for Ice Coast cold days - outstanding.(btw - Pants are made in China- not Van)
Mountain Hardwear - Not as expensive - also top notch. I got a "Trifecta" jacket for $90 on SAC for my son - pleasently surprised. I have a "Berylium" shell as well, and it is superb, but at an Arcterycx price point.
Columbia - Decent value.
Marmot - less $ than the ones above (but not by much), but excellent quality.
Spyder - Gaperwear. Combine with a set of Metrons to tell the liftline "I don't have a clue". Or team with some Phenix attire to remove the last bit of doubt.

Oh, and try Geartrade.com where Backcountry's returns go. Some outstanding deals available.
post #12 of 29
Whatever you get make sure you get a laminate one, not a coating, this has a real waterproof membrane whcih will not wear off with use.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by WhatIsHip View Post
Check out Mountain Hardware, Synchro and Manticore. I own both. They are great jackets.
Greg
I just bought 2 Manitcore's. They look to be about the perfect coats - for me. I recommend them highly (at this time). I also bought an Exposure II. It reminds me a lot of the old TNF Mountain Light.
post #14 of 29
i have a Phenix jacket which i love. they are really pricey but if you can find one on sale (as i did) i'd take a look. i had a columbia jacket before and it was really bulky and did not breathe well.
post #15 of 29
I had a columbia titanium with omnitech--they say its waterproof..but its not..you can't hold out in a rain storm for more than 10 minutes or so without feeling the water getting through

I recently bought a TNF mountain light jacket with goretex but that was a piece of junk...the stitching started falling apart in the left sleeve and I ended up stitching it back togethe...the elastic cord to button in the denali fleece broke off too...all within 2 mo...I also noticed that it had a tendency to ride up when getting on and off lifts or bending down to adjust boot buckles. that was really annoying The outer nylon material also had a great tendency to "soak" up water instead of repelling it......finally I had enough.

I brought it back to REI and they took the return even without a tag or receipt..they just looked it up with my REI membership!!

I ended up getting the arc-teryx theta ar..which was on sale for $345 (msrp 450)...I paid $300 for the TNF mt light, so I was gladley willing to pay the $45 extra for an arcteryx..I've always heard good things about them

To my astonishment, the quality and workmanship is OUTSTANDING..even though its now made in china...the quality is still there..I also like the fact that the theta AR is longer in the back than in the front, so you can wear a harness easily and it covers your rear while sitting on icy ski lifts or sitting on the snow and looking at the scenery

I've recently had a chance to try it out in one of our crazy chicago snowstorms...and its amazing..not even 1 drop gets soaked it..it repells it all..and althought it is almost paper thin..it is super durable and warm

btw..i have the new pro shell material which is suppposed to be an improvement over the xcr
post #16 of 29
any jacket with tons of bags will work just fine.

besides steepancheap, checkout http://www.whiskeymilitia.com/ .
post #17 of 29
Wow...resurrection of a 5-month-old thread.
post #18 of 29
The one I have for sale in ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MESE:IT&ih=019

My favorite jacket ever, but I shrank.
post #19 of 29
North Face Free Thinker. Best high dollar gore-tex acr/proshell coat made. more features for the same price as the other guys
post #20 of 29

How about EMS "Therom" Jacket and Pant....

I am considering purchasing a EMS Brand Therom Jacket and Pant combo. System 3 water proofing. All the nice features. Wondering how they compare to some of the brands and models you have listed in this thread. Thx.
post #21 of 29
I have the Arc`teryx Stinger pro shell. Awesome jacket - all my friends want one. It is a shell jacket so great for touring too. If you never tour, then I recommend the Patriot, as someone else already has.
Great quality gear, costs a lot, but if well worth IMO
and yes, a very old thread revived, but hey, good gear if worth recommending
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
The one I have for sale in ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MESE:IT&ih=019

My favorite jacket ever, but I shrank.

Oops eBay deleted it due to an error....but I relisted:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MESE:IT&ih=019



I have matching gloves too!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Drop-Goretex-glo...QQcmdZViewItem




I'm only suggesting because its a steal..you can get $800 worth of gear for a little over $100.
post #23 of 29
Maybe when you become a supporter, you can start pimping your gear here...
post #24 of 29
One word....Arcteryx


You won't be dissapoined
post #25 of 29
Backcountry and SAC don't ship Arc'teryx to Canada. Arc has agreements with these US online retailers to protect its radiculous high price in its own country. But if you come to Vancouver, you may check Arc's factory store for some discounts, most are overstocks or with minor flaws products. For example, below $300 you might get a GTX-XCR shell/Primaloft insulated Patroit SV jacket.
post #26 of 29
or you can just head over to REI and get the Arc'Teryx Theta AR jacket for $309.99 =) (msrp 450)
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by wbsr View Post
I have the Arc`teryx Stinger pro shell. Awesome jacket - all my friends want one. It is a shell jacket so great for touring too. If you never tour, then I recommend the Patriot, as someone else already has.
Great quality gear, costs a lot, but if well worth IMO
and yes, a very old thread revived, but hey, good gear if worth recommending
I looked at all of those, and chose the theta ar because of the extra length in the rear to protect your bum ...but its cut short in the front so you don't like you're wearing a parka and it allows you to wear a harness
post #28 of 29
Here's a great deal on the Theta AR for $269 if you like the color and sizes left. The sale ends at midnight.

http://www.brmsstore.com/php-bin/eco...7&next_id=3301
post #29 of 29
whoa...that's an awesome deal!! and it's the new pro shell fabric!!!
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