Originally Posted by ceoceo
gaseous, just wondering, why are you defending CG with such passion?
Not defending, just genuinely curious why a lot of you are hating on the brand. I guess I get it if you're from Canada and you see it all the time, but the negative responses that are bandied about here are typical of SF members who dislike something purely because of popularity. as with anything I take them with a grain of salt. I can tell you that in Minnesota I have seen approximately 2 people wearing CG....that's right, 2. one was an old dude in his 60's wearing a bomber jacket and the other was some soccer mom I saw at the zoo. they don't exactly encompass the stereotypical CG consumer that some of you Canadians are ridiculing.
Generally speaking, you're lying if you are really buying CG with 100% pure intention for function (you wear a Canada Goose just to keep warm? oh please). And even if so, that's a bad research on your part. 2,3 layers of Columbia will be as warm, if not warmer, than 1 CG, but will still be less than half the price of some of the CG models.
my complaint with other companies is that I truly dislike product made in China, but this comes more from a social perspective. China is known to use sweatshop labor. Am I being hypocritical about this? I guess I am, as I do own product made in China (like TNF, Columbia, etc), but I am trying to make a conscious effort not to support companies that source production overseas. But to counter your claim, I am buying CG purely for function. Minnesota sees it's fair share of sub-zero temps and next to Alaska I would say we're one of the coldest states in the US. I have a CG vest that I wear as a sub-layer with my TNF coat and it keeps my moderately warm. Also, when the temps reach the 30-40 degree mark I can just wear the vest and i'm more than comfortable. But, I dislike having to wear multiple layers when 1 should suffice.
You buy it because, yes, it's high quality, but more because it sets you apart from hordes of NF/Columbia on the streets. Correct me if I am wrong, but the reason people are complaining in this thread seems to be that it is not exclusive anymore, despite its exclusive price and attitude.
I actually don't care that practically every person I see is wearing TNF. I dislike my Gotham coat because it fails to keep my sufficiently warm when the temp dips below zero. Also keep in mind that i'm 41, don't hang out at bars, have a baby on the way and truly do not give a rat's ass what some trendy hipster thinks of my coat. but I do agree with you that people complain about CG because it no longer carries exclusivity for them, just like with any brand.