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I read it on the subway this morning. It's not bad as far as marketing material goes, but i'd want some seriously technical stories to stay interested.

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Picked up Gramicci for the shop for SS14 shoreman,

 

Wasn't happy with fashion brands making simple climbing pants and shorts and the prices they were charging, so we took it back. i've handled the US goods and they aren't breath taking but at the prices they don't need to be.

 

that and kinda good for williamsburg hipsterz

I'm cool with it.

Did anyone ever handle the Gramicci 30th anniversary narrow pants? Think they were JP exclusive, and the US Gramicci has nothing like them.
 

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It's not even that their attempt at content marketing looks bad, but I'm beginning to worry about arc'teryx a little bit. Can't put my finger on exactly why, I guess I just fear they are trying to be all things to all people (bicycle commuters, joggers, skiers, climbers, tech fashion connoisseurs) which is a noble effort, but if not approached with care, a swift path to brand dilution...

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I agree to an extent. So far in their core line of mountain products, the bird is still unsurpassed in their vision and uncompromising execution. However, their 24 line is becoming increasingly bland and comes off as an opportunistic attempt at getting a piece of the "i need a gtx jacket to wear to the mall and it can't be over 250 bucks" market that TNF pretty much owns. This line seems to be moving away from the bird design ethos to compete with lesser brands. I mean, arc'teryx cords? The fuck? Then on the other hand they have innovative stuff like the parsec and zenta.

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Ok never thought I 'd asked but  I want a new snowboard Jacket..

For the heavy snow and off piste days I still cling to my bird (2 years old and Arc have done away the slanted zip which as a bearded person i love).Found a great insulator so for that I am good to go in the heavy region

On the lookout for something simple and black in a  GTX hardshell ( maybe even filled) for the bluebird and piste runs and maybe even on the town ..

Checked the usual suspects (Arc, Burton Patagonia)  I liked the Bionic burton 3L but I would have to see in person ,shoulder parts look a bit shiny and weird , couldn't find a nice arc that steers  further away from my other one..

Patagonia hasn't got a scratch on Arc in these product ranges..But they look too TNF..

So I am looking for some fresh ideas and companies..

Any suggestions ?? 

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Ok never thought I 'd asked but  I want a new snowboard Jacket..

 

So I am looking for some fresh ideas and companies..

Any suggestions ?? 

 

I've been looking around myself (in case we get a hard winter this year). I don't have any first hand experience but Mover (GTX), Black Diamond and The American Mountain Co have caught my eye...

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I backed American Mountain Co on Kickstarter a while back, shame they didn't get funded.

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That American mountain co jacket is exactly what i was looking for.. Tech but not tech looking..

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Ok never thought I 'd asked but  I want a new snowboard Jacket..

For the heavy snow and off piste days I still cling to my bird (2 years old and Arc have done away the slanted zip which as a bearded person i love).Found a great insulator so for that I am good to go in the heavy region

On the lookout for something simple and black in a  GTX hardshell ( maybe even filled) for the bluebird and piste runs and maybe even on the town ..

Checked the usual suspects (Arc, Burton Patagonia)  I liked the Bionic burton 3L but I would have to see in person ,shoulder parts look a bit shiny and weird , couldn't find a nice arc that steers  further away from my other one..

Patagonia hasn't got a scratch on Arc in these product ranges..But they look too TNF..

So I am looking for some fresh ideas and companies..

Any suggestions ?? 

 

I picked up a outdoor research jacket of clymb, pretty happy with it. super bomb gore shell. 

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Ok never thought I 'd asked but I want a new snowboard Jacket..

For the heavy snow and off piste days I still cling to my bird (2 years old and Arc have done away the slanted zip which as a bearded person i love).Found a great insulator so for that I am good to go in the heavy region

On the lookout for something simple and black in a GTX hardshell ( maybe even filled) for the bluebird and piste runs and maybe even on the town ..

Checked the usual suspects (Arc, Burton Patagonia) I liked the Bionic burton 3L but I would have to see in person ,shoulder parts look a bit shiny and weird , couldn't find a nice arc that steers further away from my other one..

Patagonia hasn't got a scratch on Arc in these product ranges..But they look too TNF..

So I am looking for some fresh ideas and companies..

Any suggestions ??

You didn't like burton [ak]? I scooped one of their GTX hard shells on sale last winter and it rules.

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What's the consensus on best wax to use on a jacket? I've been looking on the otter wax site and that seems really nice, but is it better than an old classic like Barbour?

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anyone have any experience with fjallraven apparel? bought a pair of trousers recently. simple enough synthetic nylon deal but they're cut rather nicely and i like the pocket layout + the zip off lower leg is a fun thing to have again. could get around to taking photos if anyone's curious.

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Fjallraven is huge here in europe. Their pants are very nicely cut indeed and all of their stuff is bombproof. However as far as outdoor technology goes, they're living in the past. Most of their gear is heavy canvas style stuff that relies on waxing for weather resistance, takes long to dry, doesn't always pack efficiently and weighs considerably more than other high-end brands. But it does look mighty good and is built to outlast you.

Edit: i might be tempted to pick some of their pants up at a discount for hiking activities that involve daily contact with civilization, as arc'teryx and tad pants look nerdy as hell.

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^i would say there's not much in the way of "technical advancement", no... but they're very solidly built and the fabric's lightweight so they pack away rather nicely. drying didn't take so long either--definitely quicker than all my other trousers (can imagine they'd dry in under two hours in the right conditions >_>) but then i paid approximately $6USD for them. at full price it seems a tad steep, all things considered.

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Can anyone suggest a pair of gloves that are tech/scroll friendly sub 100?

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I'm in need of a new sleeping bag and figured this was a good spot to ask.  Will I be able to find anything decent (hopefully for 20 degrees) around $100 or do I need to up my price limit?

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Lithographica just hit my inbox, wasn't sure where else it fit. Obv. for marketing, but maybe it'll develop into something more substantial over time?

Weird, similar concept kinda to the site Snow Peak just launched, Dictionary

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Can anyone recommend some options for men's and women's hiking shoes/boots for light hiking?  Most common usage would be hiking in summer/autumn weather (including rainy climates) so would like them to have good traction and be waterproof/water resistant.  I've been browsing online but the number of options/brands is a bit overwhelming so just trying to narrow down the pool a bit.

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recommendation on packs? want something in the range of 40-45 litters or so. something versatile for travel. was looking at the arcteryx kata 45, any similar packs?

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Can anyone recommend some options for men's and women's hiking shoes/boots for light hiking?  Most common usage would be hiking in summer/autumn weather (including rainy climates) so would like them to have good traction and be waterproof/water resistant.  I've been browsing online but the number of options/brands is a bit overwhelming so just trying to narrow down the pool a bit.

 

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