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Patagonia Snowshot Jacket or Other Recommendations?

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Hey everyone, I have been reading through threads asking about jackets, but since it seems that each response depends on the original poster's personal needs (typical ski conditions, etc.), I decided to make my own thread.

 

I mainly ski in UT, but may also start doing a little skiing in CA. I need a new jacket and can spend up to $300.

 

Would a shell work well because I could just layer depending on conditions? How about something like the Patagonia Snowshot?

 

Would it be better to go with something like TNF Vortex Triclimate?

 

Any input/advice is much appreciated.

 

By the way, I already have the starter jacket, so this is a supplement to that (preempting this recommendation haha)

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Patagonia is very good, their 2-layer stuff is a bit heavy but still excellent.  The other recommendations for top-of-the-line shells are the usual suspects: Arcteryx and Cloudveil.   Both are excellent, Arcteryx is the better of the two and more or less the market leader in ski and mountaineering shells.  

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By the way, I already have the starter jacket, so this is a supplement to that (preempting this recommendation haha)


Yes, but is it a NY Giants jacket. If not, then you need to upgrade that first.

 

Anyway, standard questions - shell, insulated etc., but your needs are not that different than others, and what alexzn said about sums it up - you won't go wrong with anything from the Arcteryx line, particularly if you can find it on SAC.

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Yes, but is it a NY Giants jacket. If not, then you need to upgrade that first.

 

 


Agree.  +1.  Plus the Giants jacket is of much better quality, then say the "Dallas"

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Agree.  +1.  Plus the Giants jacket is of much better quality, then say the "Dallas"


True, and won't absorb water (tears?) like a "Denver" jacket.

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Yes, but is it a NY Giants jacket. If not, then you need to upgrade that first.

 

Anyway, standard questions - shell, insulated etc., but your needs are not that different than others, and what alexzn said about sums it up - you won't go wrong with anything from the Arcteryx line, particularly if you can find it on SAC.


If anything, I'd get a Steelers jacket (being that I'm from Pittsburgh and a huge fan), but I'm scared it won't let me take it off, no matter how much I struggle .

 

It seems like most Arcteryx jackets are out of my price range, so I'll keep an eye on SAC and consider the Patagonia Snowshoe. I'm slightly hesitant because I like the look of it, but can't find many reviews. If I get that, it would pretty much be just off of the reputation of the brand.

 

Someone mentioned that the 2-Layer Patagonia jackets are heavy. Does that mean warm or bulky? I'm ok with warm, but don't want too much bulk (although, I'd deal with it if it were a great jacket).

 

Thanks for all the help everyone! Also, feel free to recommend any additional jackets in my price range (less than $300).

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I have yet to find a Patagonia-made technical piece that was a total dud, so I think the jacket will perform well.  The fabric that they use is just heavier than say Arcteryx's jackets.  In fact the difference in weight can be significant.  If you want the lightest most technical shell that is made really well, go Arcteryx, find it on sale, used, whatever it takes.  But Patagonia will perform well and they also have a lifetime warranty. 

 

It can get even heavier if the fabric gets wet, but that also meands that your DWR wore out...

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If anything, I'd get a Steelers jacket (being that I'm from Pittsburgh and a huge fan), but I'm scared it won't let me take it off, no matter how much I struggle .

 

Thanks for all the help everyone! Also, feel free to recommend any additional jackets in my price range (less than $300).

 

Steeler's jacket. Perfect. Does it get out-of-hand at parties?

 

Need to know jacket type (shell, insulated etc), features (hood or not), size etc.
 

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Check out Outdoor Research.  I have a Mithril jacket and my son has a Mentor jacket.  They have several that are under $300.  The quality is at least as good as Patagonia and they have the "Infinite" guarantee:  "We believe so strongly in the quality of what we make that if, at anytime, our product fails to meet your needs, we are happy to exchange or return it. Because of this solid belief, our products are guaranteed forever and are designed with this in mind. Your total satisfaction in our product is our goal"  That's hard to beat.  My jacket is now 3 years old and has been used for skiing, backpacking, cycling and as my principal winter jacket and still looks about as good as new, so I doubt I will ever need the guarantee.

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Check out Outdoor Research.  I have a Mithril jacket and my son has a Mentor jacket.  They have several that are under $300.  The quality is at least as good as Patagonia and they have the "Infinite" guarantee:  "We believe so strongly in the quality of what we make that if, at anytime, our product fails to meet your needs, we are happy to exchange or return it. Because of this solid belief, our products are guaranteed forever and are designed with this in mind. Your total satisfaction in our product is our goal"  That's hard to beat.  My jacket is now 3 years old and has been used for skiing, backpacking, cycling and as my principal winter jacket and still looks about as good as new, so I doubt I will ever need the guarantee.


Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to check it out.

 

Before continuing in my search. I have to ask a question. A 3-in-1 jacket has a shell, right? So, is it just a difference in quality that these jackets (see following links) are the same price, but one is a 3-in-1 and one is a shell:

 

http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/mens-jackets-vests/mens-vortex-triclimate-jacket_2.html

 

http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/patagonia-mens-snowshot-ski-jacket?p=30950-0-614

 

Before starting this thread, I was going to choose between these two. I then realized that getting more recommendations would help. It definitely has, but I still was wondering the answer to the question I asked above. Thanks!

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