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Old 11-05-2011, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wow. It has been a long time since I shopped. I'm just wondering what's out there for good reliable outerwear stuff. I took a look at Burton today and am a tiny bit impressed by them, but what else is there?
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I've been in the same pair of special blend annex pants for 3 seasons now, and they're now my primary pant, still in awesome condition. I have 2 pairs of DC that have both crapped out in the same time, one pair going in the trash. I also have a pair of Nomis Simon pants that I'm pretty happy with, although they haven't gotten much use.
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you can go with expedition style gear that is not snowboard specific, and it will have everything you want and then some, including $$$ brands like patagonia, mountain hardware, etc.

careful there are like 6 brands out there that are all burton, i would stay away from all of them (craftsmanship). (not 100% sure but i think some of them are like 686 and special blend for example)

i got a new volcom setup this year, its pretty sick. i got a good buddy who works for them so of course i'm biased. they have a ton of options, but one of the best things they got is 95% of their pants and jackets come with ziptech, which in weather and pow is pretty sick, keeps wind and snow from going up your back.
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I used to wear all Sessions gear, it's definitely good quality. As far as Burton goes, I had heard some complaints about their cheaper stuff but bought a pair of the AK pants and an AK jacket on whiskey militia a couple season ago and could not be more happy with them--they are super durable and completely waterproof b/c of the goretex.
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I have a couple things form 686 that have held up great where are my DC pants are useless after 1 season. Burton is questionable and like SnowBum said it depends on what you get from them. My general observation is, if a company focuses on a only a few types of products and has a very defined product line (ie. 686 does clothing very well, special blend only does outerwear, NS/Mervin focus on boards etc) they products are dependable.
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you can go with expedition style gear that is not snowboard specific, and it will have everything you want and then some, including $$$ brands like patagonia, mountain hardware, etc.

careful there are like 6 brands out there that are all burton, i would stay away from all of them (craftsmanship). (not 100% sure but i think some of them are like 686 and special blend for example)

i got a new volcom setup this year, its pretty sick. i got a good buddy who works for them so of course i'm biased. they have a ton of options, but one of the best things they got is 95% of their pants and jackets come with ziptech, which in weather and pow is pretty sick, keeps wind and snow from going up your back.
686 is not a Burton brand I am fairly certain. I think for outerwear off the top of my head they have Foursquare, Special Blend, Forum, Analog, and of course Burton.
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you can go with expedition style gear that is not snowboard specific, and it will have everything you want and then some, including $$$ brands like patagonia, mountain hardware, etc.

careful there are like 6 brands out there that are all burton, i would stay away from all of them (craftsmanship). (not 100% sure but i think some of them are like 686 and special blend for example)

i got a new volcom setup this year, its pretty sick. i got a good buddy who works for them so of course i'm biased. they have a ton of options, but one of the best things they got is 95% of their pants and jackets come with ziptech, which in weather and pow is pretty sick, keeps wind and snow from going up your back.
I was told OF this "ziptech" thing by the shop guy today. However, he never really elaborated on it... He just... wandered off and did whatever whenever it pleased him. I guess my question is, is this system universal or is it specific to Volcom products? I've had outerwear where the pants matched up with the coat within the same line, but would not work with a mix and match.
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IMHO 686 is the way to go...ive been wearing their stuff since i started out...no complaints whatsover although their designs for this year are blahhh

i also have burton cargo pants which are really warm and the most comfy yet. for this yr i bought nomis pants and a Ride jacket so cant give my $.02 in yet, but the nomis pants fit great. One thing about 686 is that their pant size are right on but their jackets run a little long
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Volcom. They have pretty crazy stuff. IF you get a jacket check out their face tech. Soo sweeeeet.
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Ziptech is a Volcom patent.

Try Volcom, L1, and 686.
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