Outwear brand for wintersports

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by gloryofgreece, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. gloryofgreece macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    I am trying to buy a hardshell and probably softshell--- You guys got any good brand i can get?

    I like north face a lot...but burton seems pretty good. I just order a denali fleece, but I know i need more of water-proof stuff. How is arteryx?
  2. iJesus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2007
    Reno, Nevada
    Personally, I like Arcteryx. I used them last year and this year for skiing.
    Totally worth the money. My little brother wears Burton for snowboarding though.
  3. HDhead macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    I like North Face down jackets. They can be too warm. The only problem is that when you ski in a warm storm the down filling can get wet and at that point the jacket is freezing. The good thing is that you can put it in a laundry drier and it will dry out and fluff up quickly.

    I have recently bought a couple of Patagonia shirts. They are excellent and I'd definitely check out of they have outerwear if I were buying a jacket.
  4. arsenalGUNNER macrumors newbie


    Feb 5, 2008
    Burton, 686, Special Blend, Grenade, DC, North Face, ect... Go with what you like.
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Arcteryx is supposed to be the best. Also, Arcteryx garments are sewn together in Vancouver under some of the strictest standards in the business. I find North Face to be a bit overrated. Their Summit Series jackets are good (do they still have that line?), but you pay a lot for the brand name rather than the quality of the jacket. If you get a softshell jacket, or a hardshell, or both (although I don't see the point of doing this. I know it's a popular thing to do in some groups, but still...), you shouldn't have a problem. If you want more affordable good stuff, Mountain Hardware sells some pretty decent softshells for a very good price. Avoid companies like Columbia and Helly Hansen if you want waterproof and windproof stuff. They're not all that waterproof. This is important even for snow and ice, although it's a bit counter-intuitive.

    What "winter sports" do you plan on doing? What is best for you will depend greatly on what you do. Maybe Arcteryx isn't the best brand for what you're doing. Spider, Karbon, and Phoenix are good brands for skiing. Even Rossignol jackets aren't so bad. The Phoenix and Rossignol jackets feel thin, but they're highly breathable, and assume you'll be doing something physical in those jackets (ie: they assume you'll get hot). If you want something more affordable, Couloir is good.

    Don't buy anything with a hood if you go up ski hills. They may not let you up.

    I used to work in one of the best, highest class sports stores in Canada, although I used to suit up more kids than adults. It has also been a few years since I worked there.
  6. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    I use Burton and Helly Hansen. Both have been great and both companies have breathable jackets. As well both hold up very well.
  7. Gelfin macrumors 68020


    Sep 18, 2001
    Denver, CO
    I've never heard this before. Why are hoods a problem?

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