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Old 08-07-2014, 12:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am heading to locations where it gets below freezing (-5 to 30 F) on several occasions. I have several base and mid layer clothing already, but I am missing a good hard shell jacket. I have an Arcteryx softshell hybrid jacket, but, if I were to go out snowboarding in that and fall, it is very likely that it could rip and tear. Which would royally suck.I have been trying to find a 3L Jacket, mainly because of the benefits of weight and other things but honestly, I don't know if it is really necessary. I have about three weeks to find and order/buy a jacket.

I am looking for a Large, Goretex 3L Shell (or comparative product) however a 2L jacket would suffice if it would work fine, that has a powder skirt, a headphone pass through (or internal pocket for cell phone and headphones, not really required butwould be nice), has a permanently attached hood, RECCO reflector, rugged, possibly a technical jacket , would prefer a price range of 200 to 425,

I have looked at the following shell so far:
Arcteryx Alpha SV (found one for ~490-530)
Arcteryx Cassiar Jacket (Overbudget)
Mountain Hardware Snowpacolypse
Mountain Hardware Minalist
Mountain Hardware Compulsion 3L
TNF NFZ Non-insulated Jacket
TNF Fuse Brigandine Jacket (Never heard of Hyvent before though, and not in the price range new at least)

Where I have been looking at:
TNF's website
REI
Moosejaw
Arcteryx
Mountain Hardware

Unfortunately, most of the jackets are out of my price range. It also really doesn't help that I live in Dallas and it is summer at the moment, so finding a jacket is not the easiest task here. Used to live in North Carolina, and it was a little bit better there.

Does anyone have recommendations or comments on the above jacket? I appreciate any help!
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have an Airblaster Big Mountain jacket from last season that I picked up at a sample sale but never used. Burly 3L but Airblast was not allowed to call it Gore-Tex.
PM if interested and I will swing you a super deal.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Go to tetongravityresearch and search through the gear swap and you'll find a great deal on something. Or sierratradingpost.com
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~g...clothing~d~15/

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Go to tetongravityresearch and search through the gear swap and you'll find a great deal on something. Or sierratradingpost.com
Men's Gore Tex Jacket in Clothing at Sierra Trading Post
The teton gravity research had a few jackets (not a lot), but there were definitely some good deals. I will go back to it next week to see if there is any more stuff on there.

I'll take a look at Sierra trading post as well.

I did notice on Sierra trading post, is that most of the jackets they have there are insulated. I really don't need an insulated jacket, due to the baselayers that I will be wearing. Is there any where else to find jackets that around that price that aren't insulated. I guess what I am really searching for is a technical jacket in that case.

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Found my sweet deal for my Arc'teryx via TheFind - EVERY PRODUCT * EVERY STORE. Several Alpha SV there for ~450$.

If you need such an expensive hightech jacket...? I see the main advantage for hiking (limited packing space).

Great thing with them, they're very light and small packing volume (my former 686 is tripple the weight n volume as the Arc'teryx), robust (hubby is using his since ~200day now) and designed for carrying backpacks: no seam on shoulders, pockets placed high to allow access whith closed backpack hip strap.

BTW: The inner pocket is rather small. An iphone will fit, an Samsung Notes not.
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Found my sweet deal for my Arc'teryx via TheFind - EVERY PRODUCT * EVERY STORE. Several Alpha SV there for ~450$.

If you need such an expensive hightech jacket...? I see the main advantage for hiking (limited packing space).

Great thing with them, they're very light and small packing volume (my former 686 is tripple the weight n volume as the Arc'teryx), robust (hubby is using his since ~200day now) and designed for carrying backpacks: no seam on shoulders, pockets placed high to allow access whith closed backpack hip strap.

BTW: The inner pocket is rather small. An iphone will fit, an Samsung Notes not.
The light weight is definitely needed, as I am going to Sweden. So the lighter my bags, the better. I will search on that site, seems better than having to individually search on the others.

An Arcteryx would definitely be the best, but probably not the best for my wallet. I am honestly looking for any alternative that could offer me a similar advantage.

At this point, the main components I really need are Gore-Tex Pro/3L, either an elastic waist or a powder skirt, and a hood. I suppose I could fit any media device in my fleece pocket and route the headphone cord up.
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The light weight is definitely needed, as I am going to Sweden. So the lighter my bags, the better. I will search on that site, seems better than having to individually search on the others.

An Arcteryx would definitely be the best, but probably not the best for my wallet. I am honestly looking for any alternative that could offer me a similar advantage.

At this point, the main components I really need are Gore-Tex Pro/3L, either an elastic waist or a powder skirt, and a hood. I suppose I could fit any media device in my fleece pocket and route the headphone cord up.
Whiskeymilitia has a bunch of outerwear at the moment, including Arc'teryx (in the Big Brand section) and Burton.
But also check out my Airblaster jacket - you won't get a better deal.
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Whiskeymilitia has a bunch of outerwear at the moment, including Arc'teryx (in the Big Brand section) and Burton.
But also check out my Airblaster jacket - you won't get a better deal.
Scored the Arc'teryx beta AR jacket for $331. Great jacket it's runs slimmer compared to other snowboarding jackets.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Found an Arc'teryx Rush jacket for less than $400. So I went with that. Unfortunately now I need to find a NFZ Pants clip ins (they aren't snap-ons like most others have, they are just loop holes) for the Arc'teryx jacket that I can use.

Thinking of using Velcro or something, but, that wouldn't be the best idea. Just have to come up with something easy I guess.
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