I don't get why waterproofing is such a big thing. If I want a waterproof jacket i want it longer, wider and hooded. I mean, I've taken the quilted goretex and the ae ones out in the rain and both times I would have fared better with an umbrella or actual rain jacket
We made a girl try the BCDR on last night, actually - I too have been thinking about modulating where the quilting goes, but actually, it looked quite good and I think I'll roll with it. We took some iPad pics but the jacket was a size too big for her. I did realize that it's one of those jackets that's just a bunch of random angles and shapes when on the hanger, and then when put on by a woman, it transforms into something else entirely. Maybe I have more to learn about women's clothing....
By the way Drew, regarding non-backpack bags: I've been looking off and on for a (preferably leather) carry-on type (briefcase/ tote/ duffel styled), and there's almost nothing worth a damn under $1000. I mean newer brands like Want Les Essentiels and Mismo are charging insane prices for freaking cotton/canvas. Then you've also got brands like Ghurka and Cherchbi etc. charging a lot for tweed.
yeah, well, that's just an extension of the leather goods business, just like leather jackets. If people put anything into the design of a piece, the price usually jumps like crazy. If nobody gives a damn about the design and let some sweatshop kid in Pakistan 'design' it, then it goes to Wilson's or Revolve Clothing's cheap site under an edgy, modern name.