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post #1 of 10
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Hey Epic Ski community,

I'm new here. I'm hoping to get some help finding a ski / winter jacket.

Some background, I'm 21, about to graduate from college, and live on the east coast. I am originally from Europe and I have been a skier since the age of 3. Since living in the US, age 7 on, my skiing has been limited to semi annual trips out west with the family. We've skied some places in Colorado and Utah.

I'd consider myself a good skier, at least in the way that there isn't really anywhere on a mountain (at least within whats on the trail map) that I wouldn't feel comfortable skiing, but I'm always looking to improve.

I'm going with my family to Deer Valley after Christmas. I know this is early but its the only time me and my siblings can take off.

So that brings me to my point, I'm looking to get a new winter jacket for Christmas. For years, I've been skiing in a heavy, bulky American Eagle jacket (haha) that I got in 2004. I want something that has reasonable cold protection, but I tend to be pretty warm when I ski anyway. 

I don't really care about brand, but I have some northface stuff that I wear year round, and I'm pretty happy with it. I have a summit series soft shell from NF, and a rain proof hard shell.

Its gonna be my main gift, so price isn't really that big of an issue. But i can't really justify asking for anything over 400 as i don't ski that often in my life right now. I'd also like for this jacket to be something i could wear going to class when its cold/snowing outside.

I read some of the posts on here and other forums. Do you guys have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance. 
post #2 of 10
 Any good shell jacket from good outdoor companies, such as Arcteryx, Cloudveil, Patagonia, TNF, or Marmot will be just fine and will serve you well in the off-season.  The key is to find something that fits your body build as they all fit a bit differently.   Just go to the store and try a bunch of jackets on, and there will be one that will give you an a-ha moment.  Arcteryx is probably best quality (marginally) and slickest design, but it is also top $$$.  

Insulated coats, look at Spyder or the brands I mentioned.  The current presumed king of insulated ski jackets is Kjus, but they are well over $400 and kinda don't fit the student image thing...
post #3 of 10
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 Thanks!

Does shell jacket mean hard shell, soft shell, or both?

I think i'd like to get one that is just one combined piece, I feel like that would be lighter than having a soft shell zipped in to a hard shell like the NF TriClimates are
post #4 of 10
One word ARCTERYX!!  If too much $$  Cloudveil second...   Go with Arcteryx you won't regret it..  I have 5 and Love everyone...

Forgot to tell you, when in DV go over to Cole Sports in the village next to Stein Erickson Lodge, they have a GREAT selection of High-end wear from all over the world, GREAT STUFF...  Only the best at Coles....
Edited by 1SDSKIER - 12/8/09 at 11:00am
post #5 of 10
Shell refers to lack of built in insulation.  It can be as soft shell or hard shell design.    You rely on layering to keep you comfiortable in whatever circumstances you find yourself---within reason of course. 

You probably would not want to try to layer with a light shell for 20 below you might look like the michelin man.  You'd b better served with a jacket with some insulation in it for that temp. 

and any of the brands mentioned would be very good. 
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Striderider27 View Post

 Thanks!

Does shell jacket mean hard shell, soft shell, or both?

I think i'd like to get one that is just one combined piece, I feel like that would be lighter than having a soft shell zipped in to a hard shell like the NF TriClimates are
 
I would recommend anything from Arcteryx if you got the dough.  Otherwise, last winter I picked up a jacket from 686 that is extremely functional and seems to have any feature i would want.  i.e. wrist cuff transparent pass holder, right next to a small mirror for checking snot, the shell has sleeves for your palms with thumb holes for when you don't have gloves on, heavy duty plastic zipper materials (don't get cold), tons of hidden pockets and one small one ever so conveniently placed for a lighter that you can get to with gloves on(i blaze that ish), a sweet sweatshirt that zipps in as an inner warmth piece, and it's quite waterproof (I used to live in Oregon). 

i can understand why this jacket may not be THE BEST jacket on earth, but i've gone through some winter gear before, and bang for the buck on this jacket (i think ebay for $90) is tough to beat.  I see quite a few newer ones on ebay now.  Maybe they are better.
FYI, The shell is what you are looking at.   It is usually less flexible, very waterproof, and not very warm at all with the exception of good windbreakage.  Many jackets are just sold as a shell so you can put whatever warm stuff you want underneath.  I happen to like the package deal like the above 686 smarty jacket because they have some cool things about them that work together.
post #7 of 10
I have been extremely happy with Obermeyer gear for years. It's a great bang for the buck.

My current jacket has vents in both the forearm sleeve and under the armpits which is great to help cool down when it's warm out. Tons of pockets, cable management for an iPod (if you're into that), a nice power skirt and even a tethered goggle cleaning cloth in an outside pocket.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by RossiGuy View Post

I have been extremely happy with Obermeyer gear for years. It's a great bang for the buck.

My current jacket has vents in both the forearm sleeve and under the armpits which is great to help cool down when it's warm out. Tons of pockets, cable management for an iPod (if you're into that), a nice power skirt and even a tethered goggle cleaning cloth in an outside pocket.
 


Mine also has a removable powderskirt and a goggle cleaning cloth.  Not bickering, just forgot to mention a feature.
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I also purchased this guy last year, and with this combination, I have never wanted more anything, even in -10 F

Edited by guroo270 - 12/8/09 at 11:48am
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by 1SDSKIER View Post

One word ARCTERYX!!  If too much $$  Cloudveil second...   Go with Arcteryx you won't regret it.. 

 

+1

CJ
post #10 of 10
I live in 'wet' Whistler, and love my Arcteryx gear. I have a ski outfit (Stinger) and a wet weather hiking combo (Minuteman I think) - both are awesome.

There are plenty of decent brands though - basically, anything made with Goretex Pro will serve you well.
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