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post #1 of 11
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I am looking for a men's size jacket for this coming ski season. My price range is right around 200-300 dollars, so not too expensive. What are some of your favorites? Are there any jackets that you would suggest for me within this price range?

post #2 of 11

With $200-300 you can find yourself a very nice jacket. One of the biggest questions to ask yourself is what brand names do you want to consider, as you will pay a premium for the top names.

 

Here's my list of questions to ask yourself & I not knowing where you live:

1) What kind of conditions do you mostly ski in? 

--living in NE, CO, MT, WY or UT gets very cold compared to CA

 

2) Do you get hot or cold easily?

 

3) What material do you prefer? 

--- 2 ply, 3 ply, softshell, etc

 

Also, go to the ski shops and try on the different jackets. What sounds good (softshell, 2ply, flavor of the season) may not feel right to you once you have it on.

 

I prefer the 3ply medium weight jackets with plenty of ventilation. I don't require a hood as I wear a helmet and gator, although mine has one and most in your price range will as well. I have a lightweight but equally expensive $300 2ply that I use for backpacking & a raincoat, but it feels & sounds "plastic-y", so I don't like to wear it skiing. However, you may be a layering specialist and prefer this type of outerwear. 

 

There is also the heavier jackets which may have a zip out liner. These are usually too bulky for me as I don't like being constrained on the hill.

 

With the amount you are spending, you will find a jacket you will be happy with. One more thing, if you act quickly, you may be able to find a nicely discounted model from last year.

 

Lane

post #3 of 11
Watch SAC and TramDock. But you have to act fast when it comes up. You should totally be able to score a sweet jacket there

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Originally Posted by luckedogski View Post

I am looking for a men's size jacket for this coming ski season. My price range is right around 200-300 dollars, so not too expensive. What are some of your favorites? Are there any jackets that you would suggest for me within this price range?

I hate to be self-serving, but:

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/93641/fs-arcteryx-javelin-sv-jacket-mens-large

You won't find a better-made jacket than an Arcteryx SV series. 
 

post #5 of 11

Arcteryx makes a great jacket if you're after a shell.

 

Also, if Large is going to be too big, there's a medium Gamma Hoody in black for sale off the forum as well.  Hard to go wrong with either jacket.

 

Good luck.

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Gamma is great, but it is not a shell, it makes a great fair weather jacket, but it will get wet in a decent storm pretty fast.    The fabric names are rather confusing, so here is the scoop:

 

Gammas use Polartec PowerShield softshell fabric, which is a true softshell- highly stretchy, very breathable, almost windproof and somewhat water resistant.  A perfect coat to wear on a bluebird spring day, but it will soak through in 20 minutes in even a moderate rain.    

 

Javelin (also Scorpion and Stingray) use GoreTex Soft Shell fabric, which is NOT a soft shell.  It is a regular 3-layer GoreTex fully waterproof membrane fabric (Guaranteed-to-Keep-You-Dry kind) with a little bit softer fuzzier inner side lining.  The result is a marginally heavier jacket but the fabric is much "quieter" and more comfortable than a regular 3-layer GoreTex.  It is also supposed to be warmer, but I don't think that the difference is significant.  There is virtually no stretch, but the jacket is unconditionally waterproof and windproof, so this is a coat that will stand up to nasty storms, rain, sleet, etc.   The name GoreSoft Shell came form the unfortunate marketing decision a few years ago when the soft shells were all the rage.  They have their place in the gar closet, but they are not a replacement for a regular shell.  Hope this info clarifies the subject.   

 

One more advise- take a look at the REI Shuksan jacket, it has eVent fabrics that is very breathable.  My assessment is that eVent jackets are too breathable for skiing (you get cold very fast), but they are awesome for summer backpacking. 

post #7 of 11

Jacket sizing can vary from one manufacturer to the next, so beware if buying online. I currently have a Descente insulated jacket that I got for a discount last season. I am glad I purchased it as a swap, however. I usually wear a size L but the Descente size L fit me like spandex. I actually needed a size XL and could have also gone with an XXL if I planned on using a lot of layering.

 

From my experience with jackets and trying them on in stores, brands like Descente and Arcteryx are form-fitting and you need to be careful with sizing.Jackets are something best purchased in person or online only after you know for sure what will fit, or if you can exchange it if it doesn't.  

post #8 of 11

Guess the answer is...it depends -- as discussed below, one approach is to go w/quality and this doesn't matter, but....

 

Do you like hard or soft shell, insulated or not?

Where do you ski?   Do you run "hot" or "cold"? issue impacts on pit zips. 

 

what about where you ski, i.e. does a powder skirt matter at all, and as some have said, does the helmet or not religious debate get into this too?

 

I do agree what several have said, trying the jacket on really matters -- i may buy online,but usually have tried on the jacket or the style/brand several times.

 

Bottom line, personal opinion, quality matters, and for some brands that fit your 'style', and their product line is of high quality, just a matter of finding the right model w/in the product line.  I tend to be inclined towards Patagonia, Marmot, and at a lower price point TNF, but I have lusted after Arcteryx  and Armada -- if i recall correctly the Armada color scheme was too much snowboarder and Gen X for me.  Tried on the new Eddie Bauer winter lines, and were surprisingly nice. 

post #9 of 11

Ah!  My mistake.  I've seen a lot of the Arcteryx softshell jackets described as a hard shell with a soft lining - i.e. the Goretex softshell.  Didn't go to their site to check on the Gamma.

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I am selling a Gamma SV, hoodie mens Medium in black right now, virtually new (i wore a hand full of time) 150 shipped, if the size works, this is a great jacket!
 

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Originally Posted by luckedogski View Post

I am looking for a men's size jacket for this coming ski season. My price range is right around 200-300 dollars, so not too expensive. What are some of your favorites? Are there any jackets that you would suggest for me within this price range?

post #11 of 11

Hard shell, soft shell, insulted, non-insulted, waterproof, windproof, etc., etc., etc.

 

Do we have favorites? Yes, in every category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, as always, the search function is your friend.

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