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bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 17, 2013 - 11:57am PT
#1 son turns 20 on 1/22 and his old patagonia ski jacket is finished, done, kaput. I've never skied and never will. The choices out there are bewildering. He needs something for sking, winter backcontry camping, sub-zero Flagstaff excrsions to the Pay N' Take, and generally living the sw0le life. I've looked at Marmot, Patagonia, Arctyrex, North Face, etc. and am jst fcking lost. Suggestions? Looking in the ~$500.00 range.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
Serious inquiries only. I supplicate myself before you on the altar of n00bdom.
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Pebble Wrestling.... Badly lately.
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
You can never go wrong with Dead Bird clothing but it is damn expensive.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Arcteryx
North Face
Helly Hansen
Patagonia


Buy one of these brands, they all have awesome warranties & quality products, get the most waterproof, wind proof shell you can. Taped seams & zippers are a must. Some shells have lightweight down isolator jackets that you can purchase with them for added insulation effectively giving you 2 jackets in 1 allowing you many layering options. I've had this system for the past few years & love it.


Edit- I wasn't clear above but the isolator has an interface that lets it zip in to the shell effectively turning it into an insulated jacket.
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
I lovelove Cloudveil.
The Dunk

Social climber
Lost
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
Hmmm... There is no silver bullet here that does everything in any condition. I'd recommend a bomber hard-shell as you can layer under it as needed and it will cover you when it gets wet and miserable.

I've been a ski instructor / trainer for many years and seen a lot of jackets and shells - uniform and otherwise. My favorite in a loooong time (and current) is from Ground Clothing. Of all the shells I've been through it has the most logical design as it all works (pockets, etc.) if you happen to be wearing a pack and/or harness. Top shelf construction too. I'd avoid stuff designed specifically for skiing or boarding as they tend to be badly insulated and not versatile for other things. I have an early version of this and love it:
http://www.groundwear.com/showprod.php?idnum=11016111933

Cheers!
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
http://www.stio.com/mens-environ-jacket
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
Whatever design and brand you are looking for, watch the factory outlet stores like a hawk.

The D'edbird seconds store in North Vancouver is often 1/2 the price of retail and their standards are very high when it comes to deeming something a second.

There are no refunds or warranties though.
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Hard to go wrong with Arcteryx.
weezy

climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
pit zips are stupid and useless
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
My freind Holly who was Kyle's ski coach when he was on the Flagstaff Alpine Ski Team has suggested a Patagonia Primo Jacket. Feel free to opine. Bro deal is available so the absurd price tag is NBD. Not stuck on it 'cause I'm not qualified to judge, jst throwing it out there.
cliffhanger

Trad climber
California
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
For well below zero: Woolrich Arctic Parka on sale for $240 (reg. $400):

http://www.campsaver.com/arctic-parka-men-s

Good deal for $120 - Burton Arctic Jacket:

http://www.evo.com/outlet/insulated-jackets/burton-arctic-jacket-3.aspx



kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:23pm PT
If price is NBD, I'd go for the Patagonia Primo, or the Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket. Both are top notch, imo.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
Thx all, gittin teh Primo. Sizing runs huge, apparently.
WyoRockMan

Trad climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
bvb,

I've been using this shell for a while now:

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Men's-Girdwood%E2%84%A2-Jacket/OM4829,default,pd.html

The DryQ fabric breathes well and definitely cuts the wind. The price is right as well (Sierra Trading had them for $250ish).

JT
sween345

climber
back east
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
bvb,

Check your PMs
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
Got it sween.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 17, 2013 - 06:59pm PT


10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 18, 2013 - 08:04am PT

You can never go wrong with Dead Bird clothing but it is damn expensive.

+1
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 18, 2013 - 08:25am PT
Eddie are you kidding?

Full Metal player!

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