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  1. Urban Techwear

    Here are some images of the hood. The blog SuE linked seems to have trouble with some images. The Montura hood construction reminds me of a wetsuit hood: It's a good idea, but I feel like the Montura hood could have a longer visor to keep rain out of your eyes. I usually wear a cap underneath most rainshell hoods for this reason. And re: Outlier. Sometimes I feel they're innovating for the sake of innovation, but stuff like the ratchet cuffs on their jackets needs to go. I guess the designers might be viewing it as "signature hardware" but in reality they're cumbersome and everyone worries about long-term durability.
  2. Acronym.

    If you're concerned about long-term durability, keep in mind faux leather will crack and peel at some point. There are supposedly lotions that may help with this, but I've never tried it.
  3. Your biggest issue with techwear is ?

    Ugh.. I had a 2015 NikeLab long coat (the one with the removeable insulated layer). It was made of Gore-Tex, but someone decided to throw some pockets facing upwards with no flap or venting. What's gonna happen when it rains? I'll be collecting water for the next drought with these bucket pockets. If you guys have never checked out Barbour, check out their Beaufort. That stuff was proto-techwear before Gore-Tex was even a thing. Super well thought out with cargo pockets with drainage holes, (tiny) armpit vents, moleskin-lined handwarmer pockets, and a collar that would latch to protect yo neck.
  4. Your biggest issue with techwear is ?

    Companies are doing this. I'd like to believe Schoeller is still innovating. After all, they brought us coldblack (which still seems more like marketing BS) and c_change. I know c_change isn't perfect, but I really like the concept of a fabric that reacts to changing temperatures or humidity. And we're learning more about comfort and breathability. Before we thought 100% windproof was a necessity, but then Neoshell showed us that letting a bit of air breathe in can help with fighting clamminess and overheating. And Patagonia released their Nano-Air stuff which blew folk's minds since traditional puffy insulators have not been breathable at all--you used to wear fleece for that.
  5. The ACRONYM Community Sales Thread

    Thanks.. is that the market rate these days? 1-2 years ago, J1As were going for $1000-1300. At $2k, I rather throw money in Bitcoin and cop a Lambo in 5 years.
  6. The ACRONYM Community Sales Thread

  7. The ACRONYM Community Sales Thread

    Thanks! Do you have a link to the FB group? Do I need an invite?
  8. The ACRONYM Community Sales Thread

    Longshot, but WTB: J1A-S from FW13/14 in a small or medium. This was the one with the Stotz fabric.
  9. Urban Techwear

    That's an Alphacharge bandana from Autumn 2016 (https://outlier.nyc/feature/alphacharge.html). Don't know why Hypebeast is showing old photos instead of new stuff.
  10. Urban Techwear

    Constant application of industrial strength DWR. I'm going with Dark Navy, or green when they come up in later seasons.
  11. Urban Techwear

    Pretty dope they upped the version number to 3.0. I never understood why they went to Polartec Neoshell for the previous version. Neoshell is highly breathable, but when you're making a big down parka, breathability isn't your top priority. From the images, it looks like they improved a lot of things. The opening for the handwarmer pockets look larger and lower, and the cargo pockets are now slanted. I consider these both improvements because you don't have to contort your arms to get to them. It also seems like the collar is higher--always a plus when the weather's cold. I always like the attention to detail Norse puts into their clothing and it's good to see that they're constantly improving upon the past. Had a Waxed Cotton Nunk for a while and that was well thought out, but just a bit short for my liking. Rokkvi 2.0 Rokkvi 3.0
  12. Best Non-SLR digital camera

    Fuji XT-2 is out, but it's a bit above your budget, so go with the XT-1 + good lense, then upgrade to the XT-2 in a year or so when you have more experience. It's not sexy, it's not fun, but I believe in getting something basic, outgrowing it, then moving on to something better when you know what to get. You can buy a 5D MkII, which was a killer camera back in the day, for a fraction of its MSRP, and still make amazing images now.
  13. Acronym.

  14. Urban Techwear

    In light of last week's IKEA/Balenciaga jokes, I saw these Frakta remakes on IG: (Studio Hagel) (Zhijun Wang) Zhijun Wang's been around on the blogs making filtration masks outta Flyknits and Yeezys. If you haven't seem it, peep his IG: https://www.instagram.com/zhijunwang/
  15. Acronym.

    Got it, thanks for steering me in the right direction.