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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello there,

I'm from Brasil, so keep in mind, I don't know well about the difference of brands and models of ski stuff. The web pages for sports stuff have a big variety but it's not easy to find out the right brand/model/price that fits with my wish/budget. They mainly focus on high performance clothes, not my case, for sure.

I'll (I hope) to USA, CO or VE or NY next winter. Once there I will purchase a jacket to me and would like to ask you guys who knows about it, what and where I'll find the best buy. The jacket don't need to be the very good one. I'll use it few days per year. Often, at places with temps around 30 to 36Fº.

I've found some Amazing North Face, Columbia... But not beauty prices:. Some thing cheap but good enoughs to keep me warm at 30Fº

PS: I already have base layer (polar)!!

Thanks in advance :
Eduardo
post #2 of 14
Columbia Sportswear makes some lower-priced clothing that will still function perfectly well for the occassional skier like yourself.

Also, check out Sierra Trading Post... They're an on-line store, but they can probably ship to Brazil, and they invariably have stuff at huge discounts.
post #3 of 14
Do you mean this coming winter? Good idea to wait till you get here. Ask if there are any "outlets" near where you will be staying. If it will be in the 30's you wont' need much. There is a big difference in east coast winters vs. Colorado winters. The east coast weather is much more damp and feels colder. You will most likely need something that is wind proof and has decent water proofness (at least 10K). The columbia Titanium line as suggested is a good alternative to more durable, expensive brands. I beleive that TNF is owned by Columbia so you should be able to find it cheaper than it used to be. I know a local store here carries it now (they are a columbia dealer) and its always 25-30% off list.
post #4 of 14
Dudu ,

Voce vai pasar algum tempo aqui in Nova York antes di ir para as montanhas? Tem uma loja pertu da cidade qui vende ropas de skiar por precos moderados, mas nao sei si vai ter muinta selecao por muinto mas tempo.
post #5 of 14
Paging Dookey!!!
post #6 of 14
I would look here

www.mec.ca

the links I provided are just a few of the products available, prices are in Canadian Dollars.

they ship anywhere in the world, their return policy and customer service is outstanding.

well price, top notch quality and long term proven performance.

For myself, as a cold weather accustomed person this is what I would wear on the coldest days (-25 - -30 C or -22F)

breathable skin tight pants and shirt
breathable T shirt
tight lightly insulated zip up long sleeve shirt
light soft shell
waterproof breathable outer jacket
waterproof breathable pants.

for 30 F & Light wind weather I would likely wear

breathable skin tight pants and shirt
breathable T shirt
light soft shell
Soft Shell pants

some EG's that might apply for what you are looking for:

Waterproof breathable's

This would be my reccomendation to you as you can use this jacket back home as well.

this jacket alone is not meant to be warm, but rather keep the wind and moisture out. they work amazingly well for keeping the heat in, despite the thin materials they are made from.

These are meant to be used alone for warmer weather or with required insulated base layers in cold weather. great for high output activities as they breath and release moisture from within the garment. Getting wet and clammy is the worst thing possible in cold weather.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772390846

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772390848

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772390855

Insulated outerwear.

This may be a good choice if you are not accustomed or comfortable in cold weather. Despite the bulky looking size they pack down very small and compact. Although I doubt you would have much use for it back home.

I have never really owned a down jacket so I can't comment from actual use but...... many outdoor activists and skiers wear them for the coldest days, when it will be dry.

I don't think they are the best at keeping wind out, but many state they are wind proof or wind resistant. some are even waterproofed or water resistant.

they are really warm, they are meant to fit snug, and can be worn alone or with breathable insualted base layers.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772960465

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772960466

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772960467

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772960471

Soft Shells.

This wouldn't be the best choice but will work and again have use to you back home.

These are slightly thicker but do not usually block 100% of the wind. they are great as the last layer above all your insulated wear. Also they work very well under a shell (waterproof / breathable) or other insulated outerwear.

I personally really like soft shells as they let out alot more moisture and breath alot better. they also work pretty well at keeping cold winds out and most are treated for water repellancy.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772673011

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772673013

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d... 1193772673015
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Great Surprise !

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Dudu ,

Voce vai pasar algum tempo aqui in Nova York antes di ir para as montanhas? Tem uma loja pertu da cidade qui vende ropas de skiar por precos moderados, mas nao sei si vai ter muinta selecao por muinto mas tempo.
Richie-Rich - Are you the same from Insider? I think so, cos two Richie-Rich's is a big coincidence!!!

Yes, I hope!!, If we really can go this year again to NY, we'll stay some days at New Jersey, in a fantastic place, close to Manhattan and close to a big Outlet I think the name is Paramus.

But any tip is very welcomed.

Just to mention, last year we purchased fleece Columbia, in a sale on the Sports Authority (Paramus) with fantastic price. 3 for the price of one on the regular price, the same for gloves. But Jackets were not on the promotions.


So, feel free to send me any suggestion.

BTW, I like so much your Portuguese

Cheers,
Eduardo
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Marmot mb

Great!! I'll check it out all the links and suggestions,
Thanks a lot
Cheers,
Eduardo
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by edlam View Post
Richie-Rich - Are you the same from Insider? I think so, cos two Richie-Rich's is a big coincidence!!!

Yes, I hope!!, If we really can go this year again to NY, we'll stay some days at New Jersey, in a fantastic place, close to Manhattan and close to a big Outlet I think the name is Paramus.

But any tip is very welcomed.

Just to mention, last year we purchased fleece Columbia, in a sale on the Sports Authority (Paramus) with fantastic price. 3 for the price of one on the regular price, the same for gloves. But Jackets were not on the promotions.


So, feel free to send me any suggestion.

BTW, I like so much your Portuguese

Cheers,
Eduardo
Thanks, no I am not Insider, but thanks; mother is Brasilian (Cerjipe), and father is Portuguese (Ponte de Lima, a terra do vinho verde), but I never went to school for Portuguese, just picked it up.

Actually the store I am suggesting is called Century 21 Department Store (not the real-estate office), you may already know it. They sell high end clothes at ridiculously low prices. This time of the year they have plenty of ski gear. Last time I looked they had Spyder, Columbia, Tommy Hilfiger and a few other ski brands. Spyder jackets for under $200. I bought Helley Hansen fleece tops for less than $40 a pop there; they go for $70 and up elsewhere. The store is located across the street from ground zero (where the World Trade Center once stood). Another shop to check out is Princeton Ski (Jersey and Manhattan locations) they have some decent prices on sale items. Also Paragon Sports in Manhattan, lots of selection.

tchau!
post #10 of 14
www.reioutlet.com Spend a little time and go through the site. Some good quality Hard or Soft shells at good prices.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Amazing coinsicdence !!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Thanks, no I am not Insider, but thanks; mother is Brasilian (Cerjipe), and father is Portuguese (Ponte de Lima, a terra do vinho verde), but I never went to school for Portuguese, just picked it up.

tchau!
Fantastic!!

Last year, when we decide to go to Tremblant, I found the www.tremblant-insider.com, thay have great information there and, also a forum, where one guy have the same nickname as you"Richie-Rich", skier and he lives on NY too!

Your Portuguese is great, mainly for who never learn it. But let me correct you in little things (Sergipe). And feel free to correct my very poor English too And, for sure, two things are very hard in Protuguese, One is the genre variance on several things; Other is the use of "C" or "'S" - "G" or "J" on several words since the sound is the same, that is the case of Sergipe.

Ok, I'll keep this tips on hand if a really goes to USA this year

So, THANKS so much!!

Think snow!!
Eduardo
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by edlam View Post
Fantastic!!

Last year, when we decide to go to Tremblant, I found the www.tremblant-insider.com, thay have great information there and, also a forum, where one guy have the same nickname as you"Richie-Rich", skier and he lives on NY too!

Your Portuguese is great, mainly for who never learn it. But let me correct you in little things (Sergipe). And feel free to correct my very poor English too And, for sure, two things are very hard in Protuguese, One is the genre variance on several things; Other is the use of "C" or "'S" - "G" or "J" on several words since the sound is the same, that is the case of Sergipe.

Ok, I'll keep this tips on hand if a really goes to USA this year

So, THANKS so much!!

Think snow!!
Eduardo
Thanks, I knew that didn't look right
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey, Richie,

No, you are absolutely right. Keep in mind, that those issues are difficult for Brasilians too!! Is very common to read it everyday.

And, what about the "macarronic" English that I've been writing!!!
What a shame!! But I've learned English for just few years. But keep trying.

Cheers~
Eduardo
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by edlam View Post
Hey, Richie,

No, you are absolutely right. Keep in mind, that those issues are difficult for Brasilians too!! Is very common to read it everyday.

And, what about the "macarronic" English that I've been writing!!!
What a shame!! But I've learned English for just few years. But keep trying.

Cheers~
Eduardo
You're doing very well!
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