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Old 09-17-2012, 04:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Outwear companies that suck...or don't?

Since my workload is lightening up and I have the time I have been going through ebay looking for new(or used) pants and jacket. I've been wearing the same shit for 5 years now, my special blend jacket is starting to show it's age, and I've never had a pair of "real" SB pants. (always used wind pants with layers under)

The brands I've been looking at are, special blend, 686, four square, burton, north face, columbia, quicksilver, oakley, mountain hardware, patagonia. Any other brands I should look at? Any brands to completely stay away from? I'm not looking for specific recommendations, just overall impressions about quality from the various brands out there.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've had good experience with AK (Burton), Volcom and Special Blend.

Me and the GF both have gore-tex jacket. Well worth it at 50% off.

I'm looking at 686 Smarty pants (last year model) for this year. Looks pretty well made (and 50% off...).
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I have my crew (family) outfitted with with mostly Volcom and 686, never a problem.
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I'm rockin all 686. I have a jacket from the smarty section. Awesome quality, super light weight, super warm still. Win. And I have a pants from the Reserved section. They look like pin stripped grey dress pants. They're extremely comfortable and warm. Gettin my face mask today actually It's a big win since I paid $90 for both the pants and jacket
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Ahh yes I forgot about Volcom What about Sessions?
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I've had good experience with AK (Burton), Volcom and Special Blend.

Me and the GF both have gore-tex jacket. Well worth it at 50% off.

I'm looking at 686 Smarty pants (last year model) for this year. Looks pretty well made (and 50% off...).
I really like the 686 smarty....just don't go around tellin everyone you got your pants half off, might scare the children
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I like Sessions esp their Gore stuff. In the past it was pretty reasonably priced for what you got. The one knock on their stuff is it is only critical seam sealed.
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I'm a goretex whore. I was able to get my Burton 2L AK pants used for $120 off ebay. There was nothing wrong with them and were in near new condition.
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i really like Oakley gear for non-goretex gear.

you can score some good, cheap stuff from oakleyvault.com

other than Oakley, I like 686 a lot.
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Ahh yes I forgot about Volcom What about Sessions?

Volcom is now my go-to. I had a Sessions jacket two seasons ago, while it was warm and dry I did not lke the fit. I am 5'9" and was about 180lbs at the time and a medium jacket fit me like a potato sack.
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