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ski parkas... what to get?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I've been looking around for a while to buy a decent parka for skiing. My nike ACG jacket is a bit old and it's waterproofing properties are pretty much worn out to the point where 1/2 day at the slopes leave them pretty wet.

I have been looking at the columbia line of jackets as well as some of the arc'tex (spelling?) and Spyder jackets. I REALLY like the spyder jacket designes, but after looking at the prices (300-600) they're really out of my price range of under $200. unless I can find a good deal somewhere.

any of you have any reccomendations as to any other stuff that i may have not heard of before or any personal reccomendations?

I'm looking for something with a layers system like a removeable fleece or vest and preferably has a powder skirt and a hide/roll-away hood.

Also, preferably in a color that'll compliment my ripcurl pants which are light teal/light grey color and my skis which are grey/silver-ish.

edit- I'll mostly be skiing in Tahoe, Mammoth, local LA-area mountains and want something suitable for these conditions.

Thanks

[ December 02, 2003, 02:31 PM: Message edited by: AznAtama ]
post #2 of 19
I am here to help AznAtama.

Go to "edit" and remove the part where you say you want your jacket color to complement your skis. : If you don't do that, nobody else will talk to you. The light teal pants are bad enough. You should have stopped right there.

And whatever you do, don't ever post anything like that on the Powder Forum. :

Now, after you've done that, if you're interested in an XL, cheap, purple, Helly Hansen shell, or my old sky blue Robert John one-piece, I think I can help you out. What color did you say your skis were?
post #3 of 19
REI.com has an outlet store that sometimes has some decent jackets for 40+% off.

You can also sometimes find a good deal on ebay. I recently purchased a brand new North Face jacket with a zip-in fleece on e-bay for $170 that would have cost me $350ish if I bought it local.
post #4 of 19
L. L. Bean
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm actually looking at some spyder and marker jackets from my local sports chalet that looks pretty nice. are there any alternatives to these very $$$$ jackets?

anyone know where I can score some cheap Marker jackets? I really liked how they fit. Also, the one I saw at sports chalet had a removeable liner which was really nice and I was trying to find it on marker's site, but they don't show the differrent colors. do they only make one model that has a removeable liner?
post #6 of 19
Next time your in the tahoe area, buzz down to Reno and drop in to the Patagonia outlet store. It's on the west end of town, just off I-80. Another one store to check out in Reno is Sierra Trading Post just off of S. Virginia or S. 395. Sierra Trading Post has a great web site and are the most accomadating mailorder company I've ever dealt with.
post #7 of 19
You certainly will never go wrong with Arc'teryx...definitly one of the best gortex shells out there. You might also look at www.mec.ca , all of there clothing is excellent and the price is good too (all in cdn $).
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm mostly looking for deals on Spyder and Marker jackets. I found the Spyder Helix Kootenay jacket for mid-200 which retails for 525. can anyone tell me about this jacket? I can't find any info on Spyder's website and all the sites I've checked have the same description.

I'd like to know if it has a removeable liner or not. Thanks.
post #9 of 19
I'd like to know if it has a removeable liner or not. Thanks.[/QB][/quote]

No it does not.
I have this model which I bought end of last season for $129. It seems to be more of an off piste type of jacket since it has a longer length, loads of pockets and a serious powder skirt.

Hope this helps.
post #10 of 19
The Columbia Titanium range has all the features you are after and is a great price. If you decide not to go with that and have a hunt around - make sure the fabric the jacket is made from is Goretex XCR. It is 25% more breathable than normal goretex.
post #11 of 19
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Originally posted by AznAtama:
I've been looking around for a while to buy a decent parka for skiing. My nike ACG jacket is a bit old and it's waterproofing properties are pretty much worn out to the point where 1/2 day at the slopes leave them pretty wet.

I have been looking at the columbia line of jackets as well as some of the arc'tex (spelling?) and Spyder jackets. I REALLY like the spyder jacket designes, but after looking at the prices (300-600) they're really out of my price range of under $200. unless I can find a good deal somewhere.

any of you have any reccomendations as to any other stuff that i may have not heard of before or any personal reccomendations?

I'm looking for something with a layers system like a removeable fleece or vest and preferably has a powder skirt and a hide/roll-away hood.

Also, preferably in a color that'll compliment my ripcurl pants which are light teal/light grey color and my skis which are grey/silver-ish.

edit- I'll mostly be skiing in Tahoe, Mammoth, local LA-area mountains and want something suitable for these conditions.

Thanks
I'ts a pity your in Socal because http://www.sportsbasement.com/ always seems to have good deals on gear. But check out their online store, I know that Northface may be overrated but I have had great luck with their gear.

Best of luck,

Greg D
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
Snocone, where in the world did you get that jacket for 129?? and I thought 240 was a good deal since it costs over 500 retail... o.O
post #13 of 19
Look for a KillTech by Tech Line.
I wasn't looking for a jacket when I went into a local ski shop but walked out with what I think is one of the finest ski jackets I have ever seen and priced at under $200.
post #14 of 19
Try www.sierratradingpost.com or www.campmor.com I have been buying my clothing from these two for over 10 years.
post #15 of 19
Buy Eddie Bauer. They probably won't have teal. :
post #16 of 19
I second Sierra Trading Post. I saw a nice Marmot with removable liner in there for <$150.
post #17 of 19
Here's a third for Sierra Trading Post. The really do have some great deals on high performance outerwear.
post #18 of 19
You might consider a Mountain Hardwear Exposure II. I used to work at a shop and these are bomb proof. It is made from MH conduit (which is the house brand of Gortex) and it works better than reg gortex and almost as well as xcr (without the $400+ price tag) check around and i am sure you can find one, they normally retail in the $250-$280 range. Marmot also makes killer stuff.

Depending on your normal ski conditions, you may want to reconsider a zip in liner and focus on a good shell and layer underneath it.

Just my two cents
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
well, I bought the spyder helix kootenay jacket from sierra trading post... and it's pretty warm and has a lot of pockets...

weird thing is the tag said all helix series jackets come with a custom hydration system... which I have yet to find on this jacket. but I don't really care since I have my camelback sno bound already.

anyways, unless someone can show me a cheaper price for this jacket or a good price on a Marker jacket, I think I'll be keeping it. I sorta like all the pockets too, like the radio pouch with passthroughs for the antenna and earpiece.
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