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03-24-2012 02:56 PM
Rider161
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Originally Posted by snowklinger View Post
Makes a difference geographically very much. In Utah and CO we don't need much waterproofing as it tends to be very dry here. On the coasts however most people will benefit from much higher waterproof ratings.
I only noticed it when it was raining.. 10k soaked after 30 minutes.. 20k.. what rain keep riding
03-24-2012 02:14 PM
snowklinger
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Originally Posted by cocolulu View Post
Yeah, I think maybe breathability is even more important than waterproofing. Although.......... again maybe guys need it more than girls
Makes a difference geographically very much. In Utah and CO we don't need much waterproofing as it tends to be very dry here. On the coasts however most people will benefit from much higher waterproof ratings.
03-24-2012 07:27 AM
Lamps
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Originally Posted by snowklinger View Post
Things I look for in jackets.

1. Volcom

2. Goretex

3. Breathability/Vents

4. Stash/pass/mp3 pockets
My list:

1. Goretex 3L Proshell - this seems to mean either burton AK or arcterx

2. Velcro at wrists so I can lock the sleeves over my gloves

3. Vents and waist gaiter

4. Zip to pant interface

1-3 must have, #4 nice to have

On the 5k vs 10K vs higher ratings/goretex my wife bought a pair of 10K pants this fall to replace a pair of nearly worn out goretex pants (cheap and she liked the style). No problem if temps well below zero but all it took was a couple days of warmer riding in wet snow and she was through with the 10K pants and went back and replaced the goretex pants; the difference was like night and day

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03-24-2012 06:35 AM
jello24 1st criteria is style (usually Varsity-style jackets), 2nd is waterproof rating. Anything else is just extras that doesn't really matter.

If you're a rider that only rides on bluebird days, then you can get away with a 5k jacket, maybe even a hoodie. But if you're anything like me, riding everyday in the rain, snow, fog, wind or any other combination of shitty weather, you'll quickly find that even a 20K will soak through after 4 rides up the lift. Really depends on the conditions you ride in.

From my experience, DC outerwear sucks balls quality wise. I've used my DC pants ~5 times and some of the stitches are coming apart already, whereas my Special Blends are still pulling strong 2 seasons in.
03-23-2012 07:16 PM
cocolulu
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Originally Posted by Sassicaia View Post
It makes a huge difference... especially the breathability. SOme days the waterproof may come in more handy then others, but the ability for a jacket to breath is critical.
Yeah, I think maybe breathability is even more important than waterproofing. Although.......... again maybe guys need it more than girls
03-22-2012 10:47 PM
snowklinger Things I look for in jackets.

1. Volcom

2. Goretex

3. Breathability/Vents

4. Stash/pass/mp3 pockets
03-22-2012 09:22 PM
Sassicaia
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Originally Posted by cocolulu View Post
I sometimes wonder, does it make such a big difference? I have a 5k jacket and a 10k jacket.
It makes a huge difference... especially the breathability. SOme days the waterproof may come in more handy then others, but the ability for a jacket to breath is critical.
03-22-2012 09:04 PM
Donutz
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Originally Posted by cocolulu View Post
I sometimes wonder, does it make such a big difference? I have a 5k jacket and a 10k jacket, and I've never had either one soak through. Admittedly though, I don't spend a lot of time buried in snow for better or worse.
With my first jacket, I didn't know how to care for it so I washed it too many times and didn't re-nikwax it. Over time the waterproofing got poorer and poorer, and believe me I noticed. My current jacket (Special Blend) is goretex which as shagmasta points out is unbeatable. I just don't get wet with that sumbitch.

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And you wont get better than a jacket with Gore Tex imo. Everything else after that is looks
03-22-2012 08:09 PM
SHaGMaSTA Hi everyone, first post.
I am in the middle of buying a jacket right now and I have to be honest I have used nothing but Burton over the seasons. Like everyone else I look for breathability/waterproof first. And you wont get better than a jacket with Gore Tex imo. Everything else after that is looks (I love Burton looks and design hence why I favor them) and pockets etc. Also tapered is also a must.
03-22-2012 08:00 PM
cocolulu
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Tied for 1st is Waterproofing and breathability. I doubt I will ever go any lower then 20k on either. Ill likely stay with goretex or equal type fabric.
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things that are important to me:

- waterproof rating (I end up in the snow a lot, so it's important)
I sometimes wonder, does it make such a big difference? I have a 5k jacket and a 10k jacket, and I've never had either one soak through. Admittedly though, I don't spend a lot of time buried in snow for better or worse.

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- A zipper that unzips from either end (more important for males
Hahaha xD I think for the same reason, girls don't buy snowboarding pants with suspenders.
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