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Old 02-22-2010, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What to look for in a jacket?


I'm going to Austria in 2 weeks snowboarding (first time on snow). I need to get myself some clothing. I've already got some pants, but need a jacket of some sort.

I'm looking to spend no more than 130 uk pounds. There seems to be a lot of sales on right now, so hopefully some decent jackets fall into that price bracket. I'm going to be checking out some stores in the next week, but would appreciate knowing what I should be looking for.

From what I've read, it seems the main thing is the waterproofing/beathability stats. I read in one place that you should aim for 5000/5000 minimum, but I've seen some in my price range higher than that.

I hear a snow skirt of some description is essential.

Can anyone give a brief list of things I should be considering when I'm comparing jackets?

Any specific links to jackets in the UK 100-130 pounds that are particularly good deals would also be appreciated.

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Old 02-23-2010, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you pretty much said everything I was thinking of...maybe add that you might want to see if it has a good season pass holder (if you care about that), pocket placement, and ipod/mp3 setup...personally I'd like to get everything goretex from now on, I hate water seeping in
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would not personally consider 5k/5k water resistant, let alone water proof.
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can definitely get a good jacket for 130 pounds which is roughly 200 USD. I would say look for 10000 rating at least. There's a nice sticky on the main page of outerwear that explains those ratings, it has very good insight. Powder skirt is good. Pockets are essential. the more the better imo. Somewhere to hang the lift tickets other than the zippers. I just bought a quiksilver everblast insulated jacket for 129 USD on online, haven't worn it yet but looks like it's up to the challenge. Good luck and have fun
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+1 on getting something better than 5000/5000...
I have a Volcom jacket with 10000/10000, and while I love it, I'd place it under water resistant rather than water proof. A powder skirt is nice, but make sure you can set it up with your pants...
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Make sure it has FULLY taped seams. Critically taped sucks. Don't get anything less than 10k/10k.
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