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Old 05-05-2012, 05:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Are Spyder jackets good?

Was just curious if the Spyder jackets are leagues above other jackets on the market and if they warrant the extra $$? (Aside from the breath-ability and waterproof ratings)


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Old 05-05-2012, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Over priced ski brand.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They are good but not that good. The spider shit from Japan and Korea is less than half that and it's the same shit.... I have ordered it in the past and compared it. I stick with north face jackets now...... The styles have gotten better and they have good quality. I buy whatever is on sale for my son. He grows out of shit too fast.....
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I used to wear Spyder when I was a skier and kept the jacket when I first went over to snowaording. The one I had looks sweet, was supper comfortable and had a 20/20 rating. Problem was the logo peeled offer. Warranty was good though because they gave be a credit, but by that time I jumped into AK stuff, so I gave the credit to my GF who used it to get a paid of new spyder pants for boarding, but the zipper and a clip broke.

My experience is that it just isnt rugged enough.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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if you want to look like a skier from the 90s, spyder is the way to go. Their cuts are too tapered tight and colors/designs are horribly dated.

The rip curl looks like a snowboarding jacket...because it is a snowboarding jacket.

However, you're paying too much. I recently got a brand new kick-ass looking 686 jacket (2009 model) at an auction site for way less than half price (free ship). Just search for actual snowboarding brands in older models (1-4 years) and you can save a lot of money while still looking good...and like an actual snowboarder

edit: if you're buying online and can't try them on in a store first, do the research on each brands sizing. Most brands vary...especially if they have fitted, loose and baggy versions. For example, 686 jackets fit one size larger than standard (I usually wear a large, but wear a medium in 686)

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Spyder is generally good stuff and reasonably well made. But, like any ski brand, it's hard to say that it is so good to be worth that price. $700+ retail? $350+ "on sale"? And not goretex?

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Old 05-05-2012, 07:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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As one of the oldschool ski brands (still big with racers), they definitely use Apple marketing techniques (charging a premium because it's hyped and quite frankly people buy it regardless).
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have some of their layering stuff and it keeps me warm but I wouldn't wear any of their jackets
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That tends to be the consensus in the snow shops I have in my area, none of them even stock Spyder and when I asked why, they all said it was over priced and other products on the market were just as good.

I'll check out the 686 now, and thanks for the heads up on sizing!

Could you recommend me some good jackets or brands for clothing? I don't like wearing much underneath so it cant strictly just be a shell, needs some decent insulation - I usually wear Nike under armour and then a long sleeve shirt underneath, 2 shirts if its particularly cold.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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686 is a bit of a forum favourite (ie people are bias) so don't be afraid to look around at other stuff
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