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Old 08-29-2013, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just seeing if anyone has any recommendations for a big mountain jacket? I really like the new Arcteryx Caden Jacket as well as some of their other jackets. I mostly ride in BC and the northwest. I need a jacket that is good for the resorts, splitboarding, and a heli trip. Just looking for a good all around shell.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just seeing if anyone has any recommendations for a big mountain jacket? I really like the new Arcteryx Caden Jacket as well as some of their other jackets. I mostly ride in BC and the northwest. I need a jacket that is good for the resorts, splitboarding, and a heli trip. Just looking for a good all around shell.
For a bargain, check my ad for the Airblaster Big Mountain Jacket (yes, same name as your thread...) here: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...ton-pants.html

I am 5'8'' and ~160lbs and it is too large for me. Might be a better fit for you.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I grabbed a jacket from WM made by Homeschool Snowboarding. It was pretty awesome considering how much I sweat...their big thing is breathability. I bought the next model up (as did a friend) and was even more impressed. Hot wet slush days, to hiking runs to big thigh-deep days, i was always dry from the inside and out. I consider myself hard on equipment and this was 10x the jacket compared to my Burton Cyclic AK jacket.

If you find a good deal, get one...dont be scared away by the fact it aint gortex.
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I grabbed a jacket from WM made by Homeschool Snowboarding. It was pretty awesome considering how much I sweat...their big thing is breathability. I bought the next model up (as did a friend) and was even more impressed. Hot wet slush days, to hiking runs to big thigh-deep days, i was always dry from the inside and out. I consider myself hard on equipment and this was 10x the jacket compared to my Burton Cyclic AK jacket.

If you find a good deal, get one...dont be scared away by the fact it aint gortex.
I'd also suggest taking a look at Homeschool. I had their pullover (the Nightwitch) last season and I'll be using the Dangermare this year. The Nightwitch was awesome, but ended up having an issue with the zipper. Since they couldn't repair the zipper and did not have any other versions of that jacket in stock, they sent me a brand new Dangermare which is some pretty fantastic customer service in my opinion.
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Third on Homeschool. Riding the Dangermare jacket myself, can't say enough about the quality and the customer service. Highly recommend their base layer as well.

Did a quick review on it here:

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/gen...ase-layer.html
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Libtech makes a shell that's 30,000/20,000 waterproof/breathability and 30% off since it's last year's.
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Homeschool is pretty great. Out of all the new guys making outerwear, I like their stuff the most. Especially the jackets. Bombproof gear so far.
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I grabbed a jacket from WM made by Homeschool Snowboarding. It was pretty awesome considering how much I sweat...their big thing is breathability. I bought the next model up (as did a friend) and was even more impressed. Hot wet slush days, to hiking runs to big thigh-deep days, i was always dry from the inside and out. I consider myself hard on equipment and this was 10x the jacket compared to my Burton Cyclic AK jacket.

If you find a good deal, get one...dont be scared away by the fact it aint gortex.
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I'd also suggest taking a look at Homeschool. I had their pullover (the Nightwitch) last season and I'll be using the Dangermare this year. The Nightwitch was awesome, but ended up having an issue with the zipper. Since they couldn't repair the zipper and did not have any other versions of that jacket in stock, they sent me a brand new Dangermare which is some pretty fantastic customer service in my opinion.
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Third on Homeschool. Riding the Dangermare jacket myself, can't say enough about the quality and the customer service. Highly recommend their base layer as well.

Did a quick review on it here:

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/gen...ase-layer.html
Thanks, I will have to check out the homeschool stuff. Never heard of them.
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Just seeing if anyone has any recommendations for a big mountain jacket? I really litke the new Arcteryx Caden Jacket as well as some of their other jackets. I mostly ride in BC and the northwest. I need a jacket that is good for the resorts, splitboarding, and a heli trip. Just looking for a good all around shell.
Arcteryx are high price but high quality. I've had problems with zippers and stitching comming loose with other pricy outdoor brands like Mammuth or Schoeffel. Husband has 2 Arcteryx jackets in use several years now and they are bomb proof while being extremely light. They are well designed, e.g. the pockets are placed so that the backpack hip/breast girth won't cover them.
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I got a north face Enzo jacket for 50% off last year and it has been awesome, I never liked layering and so it suits me perfect. It has pit zips and keeps you very warm on the cold days but if you open em up you can let out a lot of heat for the warmer days. Waterproofing is top notch as well. If you can afford it or if you can find a deal like I did go for the higher end north faces, you won't be disappointed.
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