Anyone have any experience with Oakley Goretex? I was looking at picking up this year's Great Ascent Jacket and Pants, but for that kind of cash I want the best quality. How does Oakley goretex compare with the industry big boys like Arc'teryx or Patagonia?
I currently own some 20k/20k oakley gear and it's been great, so I'm mainly interested in whether their goretex line is worth the cash. I would rather have just a straight shell without insulation, so that may be where Arc'teryx or a brand along that line may have the upper hand.
Goretex is a material company that sells the material to the various manufacturers so for a specific kind of goretex you will get same material quality across makers. Quality differences will come from cut, stitching, pocket features, zippers, etc.
Note however that there are different kinds of goretex.
More common is 2L or 2 layer goretex, it's expensive and really good.
Less common is 3L or 3Layer goretex, this comes in three types, pro shell, soft shell, and pro stretch rip stop. It's very expensive and really really good, kind of crosses over from recreational to professional use. Pro shell and soft shell are super durable, pro-stretch rip stop is ultralight.
Burton AK does 2L and 3L items, Acteryx does 3L for sure, not sure about 2L, and Patagonia I am pretty sure does both 3L and 2L. Mountain Hardware I've seen in 3L, no sure about 2L.
So you need to be sure you are comparing the same material across jackets.
I can't speak to 20K vs goretex but from discussions here the concenus seems to be that it depends a bit on the conditions, if it's really cold I don't think it's as much of an issue, but as you get to warmer conditions or maybe you have one more layer on than you should I believe it matters a lot. My wife bought some 15K pants once and all it took was one day at a little above zero and a bit of humidty/drizzle to see the differnce. She wore the 15K in the morning and got soaked and wore goretex in the afternoon, totally dry and comfy, difference like night and day.