My first post here, although I've been lurking for awhile and trying to glean as much knowledge as possible. Very cool site!
Anyway, I've been in the market for a new jacket for some time, and have a little $ set aside to be able to splurge. I'm looking for a shell that I can layer with for mostly lift-accessed skiing here in the Northeast. Headed to Killington later this month (woo hoo!) and was hoping to find something before then.
After doing entirely too much research, I've narrowed it down to a couple of choices, based on all of the info that I've found on these and other forum reviews:
- Arc'Teryx Sidewinder AR. This jacket seems to fit great and really feels "bombproof". The problem is, it feels really stiff and crinkly and noisy. Does anyone know if that wears off over time, or does it always feel like you have a plastic bag on?
- Cloudveil PRK parka. If I could find this one in the right size (XL)/color combo, I think I'd be happy. However, choices seem very limited in these (think they may be mostly sold out for this year already?). I like the jacket enough, I have half a mind to just wait until next year for new colors to come out. The only colors I can find at this point is the dark blue or black, which I can't see myself going with, with black pants.
- Arc'Teryx Stingray. Unlike the Sidewinder, this one is smooth and quite, and from what I understand, it still offers the same level of protection from wind and wet that the sidewinder does. Only problem here is I think it might be cut a bit shorter. But it has a very nice feel to it.
Anyone have any experience/thoughts on these? In particular, does the Gore Tex ProShell break in over time to be less stiff and crinkly? And of course, if anyone has any other suggestions that they love, I'm all ears. For better or worse, I've steered clear of brands like Spyder and Karbon, mostly because of the stigma I perceive to be associated with them. I've tried on Patagonia stuff, but not found anything that fit my size and tastes very well.
Based on the # of threads on this topic, I'm sure you're all burnt out on responding, but any thoughts are greatly appreciated.