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Old 09-15-2012, 09:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't even see snowtastic on the site??? I don't use a powder skirt.. is that for girls?? lol
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TNF has shells that rival or even trump mt hardware as far as quality go, but not many stores actually stock them. and to be fair, those 3-in-1 fleece/zipin/jacket combos just suck.

if you want the best shell and are not limited to mt hardware get Arc'teryx. they have been doing welded seams longer and better than anyone, and use the lightest, strongest face fabrics.
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soft shells are the way to go if he wants all that heat to get out fast.
not if you want to stay dry in Oregon - where we are.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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What does TNF stand for?

Really, I have a chance at 50% off this years gear at mt. hardware soooooo....
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Shred... where do you ride all year?
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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TNF - The North Face.

i've been riding meadows the past few years... might get a pass there again but the goal for me is to find/build a solid backcountry crew up here. used to do 80 days in the BC in central oregon when i lived there.

have had a split since '03 or so... hopefully a sled this year.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Gotcha..... Ya, TNF seems like they have some good stuff, but at 50% off it's hard to pass up almost equal or equal quality?

Is there anything I should be looking for specifically in a shell from mt. hardware? A side from most expensive?

I'm planning on getting the weekday pass to meadows, but the wife has weekends off and they don't have a weekend only pass. Who would buy it anyways with how crowded I hear it is.

I only skied there last year on the spring pass, best snow of the season. Hooked up with snowolf and had a blast!

I can stay busy all day at meadows, while timblerline leaves me board and skibowl leaves me drunk due to the primative lift system they have in place. I hate those chairs at skibowl, and it turns out the steepest runs at TL have that same slow chair!

uggg...
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I personally have not had any problems staying dry in my marmot zion and or axiom while in alaska for salmon fishing in july and aug and it rained all the time. now true a gore 3 layer pro will hold up way better in the long run. I am just saying I like the gore active jackets and polartec neo shell line for how much heat it gets out. In he end my arcteryx alpha lt and hercules hoody get the most use.

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Old 09-15-2012, 09:54 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Well, it's settled. I'm going Monday at noon. Got my eye on this jacket

Mountain Hardwear | Men's Drystein II™ Jacket
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:37 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your suggestions.

I ended up with the Drystein at first. Like it. Actually wore it around town quite a bit. It was a large, and fit perfect without any layers, but once I add a fleece and/or jacket it's just too damn tight and short.

So I went back to look at an xtra large and they didn't have any but yellow in stock.

That got me looking at the Alakazam and it had a couple features I liked. Easier to zip up, extra pocket on sleeve, softer overall feel when moving around, and powder skirt, so I picked it up.

It's a bit on the large side where the Drystein extra large was a bit less baggy when layered up. Also not sure if I'm sold on the soft shell yet. I need more time with it.

I can always go back and order the Drystein if I decide. The extra large Alakazam is definitely too big wear day to day where I could get away with wearing an extra large Drystein both on the slopes and day to day.

Anyways.... thanks again!
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