if you don't have the 90% yet your opinion on the 10% doesn't really matter.
i'll get at least 80-100 days this year - the equivalent of your life's experience.
Arcteryx - sorry little buddy but you're just showing your ignorance here. if you're into your fashionista thing and like to buy new outerwear every season or two that's on you. i like shit that works and lasts. Arcteryx makes hands down the most effective outerwear in the game. better than any snowboarding company because all of them are marketing to little teeny-bopper hipster-wannabes who are sponsored by mommy. name one. say AK and i'll laugh in your face.
Is any of this aimed at me?
I'm not the one who started riding two years ago. I started riding almost 27 years ago. There were some breaks in there, and I may not have a lifestyle that allows me to ride more than a couple of days a week, but I get my days in. I'm not going pro or anything, but I'm happy with my 90%.
Arcteryx doesn't make "hands down" anything (except maybe one of the most expensive options on the market). They make seam-welded gore-tex outerwear. So do a bunch of other companies. Same fabrics. Same laminates. For my money, the jackets have a fit that's too short in the body, and the pants have cuffs that are a little snog to comfortably get over my boots. If they work for you, that's great. I have a few different pieces of outerwear, but I'm really liking the stuff from Airblaster and Volcom lately. they fit my tall frame, and the price and construction are in line with what works best for me. I ride primarily in the PNW, so waterproofing and breathability are a big deal.
Is this the part where your opinion enables you to belittle mine?