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post #1 of 14
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Hey guys, the North Face shell I've been using for years as my non-patrol jacket has pretty much worn out. I'm in the market for a new shell.

I'm looking for one with plenty of pockets, pit zips, durable waterproof (gore-tex) fabric, and an integrated hood. I don't want insulation (or minimal insulation) because I prefer to layer under a shell.

What are you guys using as your non-patrol jacket. Any recommendations? I don't have a lot of coin at the moment so cost may be an issue.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 14
Though not a patroller (yet), if you're looking to save some major coin, I just ordered a pair of Phenix ski pants and a jacket from Galactic Snow Sports. The pants are plain black, and the jacket is red, with a Deer Valley patch on the front.

Cons: The website is cheesy, Phenix has medium insulation (but I still layer with it), the clothing seems to be last season's instructor uniform, and is lightly used (hence the patch).

Pros: Pants and jacket are $40 EACH. That's unheard of for Phenix gear, and I'm quite happy with the quality of the stuff I got from them. They also had a very helpful, small support staff. When I called them up with questions about the jacket the lady put me on hold for 2 minutes, went and got the jacket, and then went over it with me there on the line.

If you can deal with that, the $40 price tag for Phenix gear is simply a steal. I really like their gear, and I'll figure out some way of covering up the Deer Valley patch when I'm actually at Deer Valley .

Karbon also has some decent gear, but also with light-to-medium insulation. Both Phenix and Karbon seem to be popular with instructor uniforms at resorts. When I was looking for gear on ebay and Craigslist it also seemed to be a bit easier to try for the Karbon and Phenix stuff as opposed to the more popular (and known) North Face and Spyder stuff. Less of a market means I could haggle with the sellers a bit. Use the following search term on google to find what you want on Craigslist: "Phenix" jacket site:craigslist.org (Replace "Phenix with "karbon" or "Spyder", etc...the quotes maintain the spelling so that you don't get Phoenix or Spider or Carbon).
post #3 of 14
L.L. Bean has a great Gore Tex red shell with all the items you want and a great guarantee. Its called the ASCENT GORE TEX JACKET, $299.00. Item #HJ56879 check it out :-)
llbean,com

Sue
post #4 of 14
Current shell jackets:
Mountain Hardwear Manticore - nice!
Mountain Hardwear Exposure II - great value
Coludveil RPK - awesome coat, but kinda "stiff" right now
Mountain Hardwear Syncro softshell - not bad, but doesn't breathe as well as I'd like, and I question longevity
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by mnskibum View Post
Hey guys, the North Face shell I've been using for years as my non-patrol jacket has pretty much worn out. I'm in the market for a new shell.

I'm looking for one with plenty of pockets, pit zips, durable waterproof (gore-tex) fabric, and an integrated hood. I don't want insulation (or minimal insulation) because I prefer to layer under a shell.

What are you guys using as your non-patrol jacket. Any recommendations? I don't have a lot of coin at the moment so cost may be an issue.

Thanks in advance.
Wow, I had to look to see if I wrote that and didn't remember. I have 2 North Face shells, the Patrol Parka and the Patrol Jacket, both over 15 years old. They are the best shell jackets I've ever owned, and every jacket I've bought to replace them, just doesn't do the job, and I just go back to my NF. I have a lot of friends who are still skiing with early 90's North Face shells.
The RPK mentioned is nice, Plenty waterproof, but not windproof enough, and missing some pockets.
Let me know if you find a suitable replacement.
post #6 of 14
Just keep checking Tramdock and Steep and Cheap. A good Arcteryx shell should show up before too long.

I assume you've already looked at the offerings on pro form from Patagucci and Cloudveil. If not, you should.
post #7 of 14
I'm a big fan of my Sessions Gore-Tex shell as well.
post #8 of 14
I got a Primo Flash jacket from Padagochi last year.. It is dry! it dose not knock the wind off completely. but the big thing i dont like about it is lack of pit zips.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Blaster7Romeo View Post
I got a Primo Flash jacket from Padagochi last year.. It is dry! it dose not knock the wind off completely. but the big thing i dont like about it is lack of pit zips.
I'm looking at that now, they claim the chest pockets serve as vents
post #10 of 14
yes all the pockets have mesh in them so in theory they will vent and they do i little you know when you have them open. but they are not pit zips! nothing beats just good old pit zip.. now the one in the nsp winter catalog clams it has pit zips. but not the non NSP one on there web sight
post #11 of 14
and has anyone ells got the Patagonia figure 4 jacket they got in the NSP catalog? I got it today and it just strikes me as a little to thin. any one ells actuly used theres to see how warm it is.. I was expecting somthing like my north face Apex jacket
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Blaster7Romeo View Post
yes all the pockets have mesh in them so in theory they will vent and they do i little you know when you have them open. but they are not pit zips! nothing beats just good old pit zip.. now the one in the nsp winter catalog clams it has pit zips. but not the non NSP one on there web sight
I was looking at the NSP proform link where I read that the chest pockets perform double duty.
It doen't matter though, you lost me when you said "it does not knock the wind off completely".
I take that to mean it's too lightweight for what I'm looking for.
post #13 of 14
it is not completely wind proof.. but if you got it on over afleace you are good to go
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Blaster7Romeo View Post
I got a Primo Flash jacket from Padagochi last year.. It is dry! it dose not knock the wind off completely. but the big thing i dont like about it is lack of pit zips.
My mountain replaced my old jacket with a Patagonia Primo Powderhorn jacket last week. Very sweet. It's just a shell and does a good job of blocking the wind. I just today skied in -10 degrees with that over a Mountain Hardware fleece, and I was very comfortable. I would definiely consider that in a non-cross version for my civilian jacket.
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