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Cloudveil it is

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've been lurking here for a few weeks, or since I finally decided that it was time to replace my 8 year old Marmot Alpinist (vastly different from the current one) jacket.

The bottom line for me was that I wanted an uninsulated full-featured jacket that I could use for skiing in all but spring weather as well as for walking around town during storms.

The features I really wanted were roughly as follows:

A few pockets in addition to the standard hand warmers.
A powder skirt that doesn't always let you know that it's there.
A hood which would be removable
Pit Zips

A lot of gear is available in the Vail area and after two days of looking I'd seen North Face, Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Marmot and a few others not worth mentioning. A couple of the jackets had come close but I didn't find exactly what I was looking for in any of them. One last shop I hadn't visited carried Cloudveil and Mountain Hardwear, as well as some of the other brands I'd already seen and I stopped in today after a bit of hiking.

My search ended when I was shown the Cloudveil RPK Parka. It was the only thing I found that nailed down the features I desired and the fit was as good as anything I'd seen. I'm not crazy about the color choices but basic black works for me. I really look foward to taking this jacket from hill to hill and seeing how it performs in every condition. We ski whether it's "nice" outside or not. Everyday, is a good day.

post #2 of 15
Coulda got the same thing from Level9 for less than $100. The Download 2 jacket. Other than the hood not being removable.
post #3 of 15
The Coudveil RPK parka is an awesome jacket. I have a friend who has one, and I've drooled over it, however, being a jacket slut, myself, I have to restrain myself from getting one.

Enjoy the RPK!
post #4 of 15
I use the Cloudveil Coven jacket when I'm not in uniform (Marmot) I think its a great shell from a great company. Their sizing is not ideal for me. I'm between the med and large sizes. I use the large.
post #5 of 15

Watch the sizing

Yeah,

I really think some of the Cloudveil stuff has amazing qualities, especially the combinations of materials found on some of their jackets, ie. Rayzor. BUT, and this is a big but (not butt), their sizing is really ridiculous for most people. Last year I bought a Rayzor that was on sale in a Large (usuallly I wear larges) to get the right long sleeve length since I am tall. But the the body was too huge - think more like a 46 than a 42. The medium sleeves were just a tad too short. So I had to return it and get nothing. I also noticed, though, then that the new models coming out at that time all had ridiculously short sleeve lengths even in a large or xl. I don't know why they changed to even worse templates. So be very careful and make sure you try the stuff on.

By the way, I do recall last year that Cloudveil was sold. I don't recall who bought them, it might have been Spyder but I could be wrong. Perhaps their sizing will be better this year - I haven't tried anything yet. Let me know what you find. See if you can find the Rayzor, I'm not suere if they are still making it.

BigNick
post #6 of 15
I have the RPK parka, got it out in summit co. last year. I've been very happy with it. Like you I go skiing whatever the weather. Went skiing last year in a freezing rain storm. I was covered with wet ice, but totally dry inside. I think you'll be happy with your choice.
post #7 of 15
I've tried on some of this season's jackets. Sleeve length is always long enough - sometimes too long; it's the body length that now seems short.

I'm a good fit in most Large all the time. But as mentioned above with Cloudveil, try it on local if you can, or you may be sending something back.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Try it on is good advice for any brand.
Fit was all over the place between all of the jackets I considered.

Cloudveil's sizing info puts me in a medium and true to that, the medium fits me perfectly. I also liked the fit of the Patagonia Primo Flash but it lacks pit zips, the hood doesn't come off and I could really feel the powder skirt with it not fastened closed.

It seems that those with first hand experience with the RPK are confirming my designer's intuition that hit right away with this piece. It was one of the few jackets that immediately impressed me and a walk in the rain today hasn't changed my thoughts on the purchase. Nicely done Cloudveil.

Let it snow, let it snow!
post #9 of 15
Cloudveil was bought by Spyder, IIRC.

I've got a Cloudveil fetish too, but their sizing is "generous" to say the least. None of what I bought fits "ideally", but then again, what does? I'm coming from Mountain Hardwear, which is ALL OVER THE PLACE, so I guess I'll at least always know what I'm getting in to. Columbia was pretty good most the time, but they sometimes got a tad generous at times as well.

I've got the RPK Parka as well in an XL - HUDGE - but it'll work. I've also got a Spacewalk Parka, Wister Fleece, Enclosure Jacket & Vest, RPK pants, & Koven Pants.
post #10 of 15
I bought the RPK parka this summer in closeout. Goretex softshell, excellent fit and finish and good features. It was a little stiff when i got it but now that I am wearing it, it's really loosening up. I like that it has a very lite lining- more of a thing polartec backing with a 100wgt panel on the back. Nice ski-pass holder integrated into the sleeve where the pass is on a retracting cord and hides away. Nice butt coverage on the tail. A great option for anyone who likes Arc T stuff but finds it too tight. I bought a Patagonia strech velocity insulating layer, should be very versitile. Pit zips too!
post #11 of 15
I just got a Cloudveil Serendipity softshell at their outlet for 64.00
post #12 of 15
Cloudveil - good choice if you want to take a trip to Jackson. Last time I was there the locals wouldn't talk to you and they wouldn't let you on the tram without one.... I wonder if the sale of Cloudveil and the replacement of the tram were somehow connected - they both seem overhyped to me!
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm not going to Jackson this season but I bet it's going to be a good choice for me, skiing the heck out of Beaver Creek, Vail, Breck, etc. as well. The Epic Pass fits nicely into the RPK's pass pocket.


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Originally Posted by ski-ra View Post
Cloudveil - good choice if you want to take a trip to Jackson. Last time I was there the locals wouldn't talk to you and they wouldn't let you on the tram without one.... I wonder if the sale of Cloudveil and the replacement of the tram were somehow connected - they both seem overhyped to me!
post #14 of 15

RPK: collar issue?

Hi all newbie here. Im trying to find a shell and narrowed it down to the RPK or maybe the patagonia primo flash. Tried on the PRK but the top of the collar seemed to sit right under my chin-rather then around the chin as a protector. Feels like it may dig into the chin after some use and ultimately become annoying on the hill. Anyone have any thoughts. Ive heard this jacket breaks in but not sure if the collar would.

Ive had this same issue with a prior ibex shell and it annoys the heck out of me. My older patagonia light smoke has nice chamois/fleece at the collar to ease the wear on the chin.

Basically, the PRK has everything i want and is a solid color. Any comments on this aspect of the cloudveil would be appreciated.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Firehole52 View Post
I've tried on some of this season's jackets. Sleeve length is always long enough - sometimes too long; it's the body length that now seems short.
I was experiencing some serious plumber's crack yesterday, the suspenders were hiking up the back of my base layers. I think the short jacket will be OK if I remove the suspenders from my pants.
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