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Mr. Irrelevant
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[quote quote=14472]I’ve never had an instance where my outerwear failed to keep moisture out. I was worried when I moved up to the PNW, but my 15k Volcom kit is holding up just fine, and imagine it would continue to do so as it starts to warm up. I’m a lot more focused on breathability these days, though I assume breathability is compromised somewhat if face fabric starts to absorb moisture? Homeschool puffy and Ride 37.5 base shirt FTMFW. Not sure if all puffies are this good, but I’m never letting go of the Homeschool puffy. [/quote]

you were worried about breathability but wear a puffy?! i sweat like a motherfucker so down is a no-go for me, even on the coldest colorado days. patagonia stole my idea of making a down vest (its synthetic) with a mesh backing. that would be about as much as i would do so it would keep my core warm but let my back breathe


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good Holden stuff certainly isn't "budget" outerwear, but their basic 10k stuff might be. best 10k experience I've had has been Holden, and their 20k Kevlar fabric is the best I've ever had. I'd choose it over gore. on the other hand, worst "high end" outerwear I've had has been AB for sure. I don't touch their stuff, even though they're my favorite company. I'd try the Sasquatch/whatever line, though.


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Love my AB jackets but not the most waterproof in the world. The Sasquatch 3L squid bibs I have are money though.


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I’ve never had an instance where my outerwear failed to keep moisture out. I was worried when I moved up to the PNW, but my 15k Volcom kit is holding up just fine, and imagine it would continue to do so as it starts to warm up. I’m a lot more focused on breathability these days, though I assume breathability is compromised somewhat if face fabric starts to absorb moisture? Homeschool puffy and Ride 37.5 base shirt FTMFW. Not sure if all puffies are this good, but I’m never letting go of the Homeschool puffy.

you were worried about breathability but wear a puffy?! i sweat like a motherfucker so down is a no-go for me, even on the coldest colorado days. patagonia stole my idea of making a down vest (its synthetic) with a mesh backing. that would be about as much as i would do so it would keep my core warm but let my back breathe [/quote]

I was initially worried about overheating as well, but when the temp hit the 20s earlier this season, wearing the puffy (synthetic) under my shell was money. However...

- Wearing a 37.5 base layer probably helped.

- Coming from California, 20s is pretty damn cold for me.

- I ride at Stevens where the runs are shorter, compared to what I grew up riding in Tahoe

 


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Spenser's and Parker's comments are exactly why I wanted to share my personal experience.  Yin to the Yang.  Wordem.


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[quote quote=14482]

I’ve never had an instance where my outerwear failed to keep moisture out. I was worried when I moved up to the PNW, but my 15k Volcom kit is holding up just fine, and imagine it would continue to do so as it starts to warm up. I’m a lot more focused on breathability these days, though I assume breathability is compromised somewhat if face fabric starts to absorb moisture? Homeschool puffy and Ride 37.5 base shirt FTMFW. Not sure if all puffies are this good, but I’m never letting go of the Homeschool puffy.

you were worried about breathability but wear a puffy?! i sweat like a motherfucker so down is a no-go for me, even on the coldest colorado days. patagonia stole my idea of making a down vest (its synthetic) with a mesh backing. that would be about as much as i would do so it would keep my core warm but let my back breathe

I was initially worried about overheating as well, but when the temp hit the 20s earlier this season, wearing the puffy (synthetic) under my shell was money. However… – Wearing a 37.5 base layer probably helped. – Coming from California, 20s is pretty damn cold for me. – I ride at Stevens where the runs are shorter, compared to what I grew up riding in Tahoe [/quote]

you must be from socal! haha i think i've gotten away with just my patagonia midweight baselayer this year down to like 15 degrees. it would take something awful for me to wear down. i wore my down vest one day it single digits and the thing was soaked after a couple hours


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I recently picked up a Vintersars jacket. Initial impression was ok, it's a barebones shell, not a bad thing as I've got other gear if needed. My issue is the tag claims a goggle pocket and pass window but there's only one interior chest pocket. I'm not sure if the tag is incorrect or what may be the issue but whatever not really a big deal. Haven't ridden in it yet because western NY has had a shit winter. Been following the company since they started back in the day. I remember the BMB going nuts over air leashes. Picked up one up and thought $60 bucks for this? Still rock that one here and there. I dig the company and have a bunch of their streetwear so we'll see how the jacket does.


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i would not mind picking up some of the 3L holden stuff on whiskeymilitia right now. really dig the look of their stuff


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I just picked up a current year Holden Fishtail..the fabric is great, seems durable and has a lot of stretch.  A lot nicer than my older Fishtail.


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[quote quote=14486]I recently picked up a Vintersars jacket. Initial impression was ok, it’s a barebones shell, not a bad thing as I’ve got other gear if needed. My issue is the tag claims a goggle pocket and pass window but there’s only one interior chest pocket. I’m not sure if the tag is incorrect or what may be the issue but whatever not really a big deal. Haven’t ridden in it yet because western NY has had a shit winter. Been following the company since they started back in the day. I remember the BMB going nuts over air leashes. Picked up one up and thought $60 bucks for this? Still rock that one here and there. I dig the company and have a bunch of their streetwear so we’ll see how the jacket does. [/quote]

pretty sure the pass-window is somewhere on the bottom/outside of the jacket.

edit: should be on the powderskirt?  http://www.myairblaster.com/products/vintersars-jacket#.WMIIhPnyuM8

Powder skirt with pass window


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It's nonexistent, haha. I've combed the thing over way too many times now. I'm not mad about it or anything, just thought it was odd that two features called out aren't there. Figured I'd point it out and see if anybody else had seen something similar. I keep thinking it will be like some of the Burton and analog jackets I've had, seems like  I find a new pocket every time I put one of those on. Oh well no big deal, it fits so I'll use it until something else comes along.


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I've definitely had AB pieces that were a complete joke, but the Sasquatch line is solid.  I bought the first year Yeti, with the "upcycled" Gore, and it performed every bit as good as the Cyclic I had at the time in heavy wet snow.  I've got 2 Yetis that are my only shells now, and absolutely love them.


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[quote quote=14486] Haven’t ridden in it yet because western NY has had a shit winter.  [/quote]

It's only been the last two-three weeks really. Have had some amazing days from beginning of December to early February. Couple inches between today and tomorrow, and 10+ forecasted for Tuesday should stretch things out a bit further.

Where do you ride?


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@duffalo We tend to stick to Bristol. About 45 minutes from us so it's nice for a day trip. Swain used to be the early season place but we had a miserable experience last time so we're staying away. Usually kick over to Vermont for a trip, lucked out this year and caught a pretty good week at Stratton. Finished the trip with a foot plus powder day at mt snow. rode my con artist xx and was all smiles all day.

@ buggravy - I've got friends who live and die by airblaster. The freedom suits they wear felt like a joke to me. I really like the fit of their tshirts I'm tall and skinny so finding a medium with a longer cut was nice. The vintersars fits really well too. Was surprised by how big the medium was. Glad I didn't go with a large.


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[quote quote=14552]@duffalo We tend to stick to Bristol. About 45 minutes from us so it’s nice for a day trip. Swain used to be the early season place but we had a miserable experience last time so we’re staying away. Usually kick over to Vermont for a trip, lucked out this year and caught a pretty good week at Stratton. Finished the trip with a foot plus powder day at mt snow. rode my con artist xx and was all smiles all day.  [/quote]

Grew up in Rochester & riding at Bristol. I'm in Buffalo, ride HV. Find yourself out this way to ride HV before end of season by chance, shoot me a PM.  Never been the biggest fan of Swain, but they did always have a decent park. Would grab a pass to Hunt Hollow when I could. Nothing special about the mountain, but you can leave a cooler of beer on the deck there and have no one touch it.


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