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Good looking "technical" gear; Other companies like Outlier, Nau, Aether, etc.?

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 

Hello all,

 

I'm on a technical-clothing-that-looks-good kick right now.  I bike and walk a lot in most weather conditions; that doesn't mean that I don't want a tailored, understated look.

 

Can anyone suggest companies to look into that make clothing which fits the bill?: 

 

  • Technical fabrics (lightweight; or insular; or waterproof/breathable)
  • Understated, elegant looks (no blazing colors, stripes, big logos (or any logos))
  • Well fitting (I'm 5' 9.5", smaller in the waist, bigger in the shoulders, slight frame but "althletic" proportions and like slim fitting garments that are fairly close at the waist and have a bit of room in the shoulders)

 

I'm mostly interested in jackets (especially winter jackets and rain jackets).  Baselayers are easily taken care of (fleece or merino); pants can be made (and I'm happy with the ones I got from Outlier).  But jackets are another story.

 

I will be trying a Mission Workshop Orion as a waterproof.

 

I'm interested in other softshell, waterproof or windproof jackets - and synthetic insulation winter jackets - that meet the above criteria.

 

I've tried the Nau Riding Jacket v2 and their Succinct Trench - unfortunately, the fit on both didn't work for me (size small in both).  

 

The trench was too big in the waist, and the Riding Jacket was too loose in the waist and lower back for my taste, in addition to having too long, too baggy arms, and armholes that were cut low enough that I couldn't actually move my arms much without the armholes tugging.

 

I looked at Aether's stuff (online).  Some of it looks nice, but it seems that (according to their sizing chart) that their stuff runs big, and there's not a lot left in stock - and it's expensive as hell.

 

Any suggestions you all can make as to where else to look, I'd appreciate.

 

Also, if anyone knows any tailors who work with technical fabrics and custom designs, please do name them.

 

Cheers

post #2 of 38
Arc'Teryx Veilance
post #3 of 38
White Mountaineering
http://www.contextclothing.com/item.php?id=2496

Pertext is about as technical as you can get
post #4 of 38
RLX Ralph Lauren.... ?
post #5 of 38
are you oneeightyseven evolved?
post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

Thanks for your replies.  So far, I'm liking the look of the Arc'teryx stuff the best.

 

ahjota: Nope, I don't believe I am.

post #7 of 38
Outlier might be right up your alley.
post #8 of 38
These are all good suggestions for outerwear. I considered them as well and ended up with the Orion. No regrets, that jacket is very functional, especially while biking. As far as fit, it sounds as though we have a similar build and I'm very comfortable in it. Now on to aesthetics, the jacket receives consistent compliments and inquiries. They also now have a "lightweight" version in brown. The Schoeller C Change fabric allows unrestricted movement and breathes incredibly well, not to mention it's durability. I took a spill in which my elbow become the leading body surface to contact the pavement. I suffered a profusely bleeding wound without any obvious damage to the jacket... impressive. The jacket is unlined, though, and necessitates a barrier between skin and textile (I use a merino wool base layer) when the exterior is wet or when riding in a cold wind to avoid contact heat loss. Hope that helps.
post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 

First, a reply to Seafinch: I am so far enjoying Outlier's pants; just working out which best fits me.  Unfortunately, they have a pretty limited range of upper body stuff - or sizes or colors I'd like (probably just because it's nearing the end of winter) in stock right now - but perhaps they'll come out with more.  I would definitely keep an eye out for them.

 

Mr. Plan B, thanks for your thoughts; I'm happy to hear the Orion is working out for you - though sorry to hear about your injury! I look forward to trying the jacket. Hoping it works out well for me, too.  FWIW, I've got a somewhat slight build - a hair under 5' 10", maybe 145-150 lbs, but an "athletic" shape (narrower at the waist, wider at the shoulders) with long arms, which means that unfitted things tend to hang off me in a way that I find both impractical and unattractive.  The Orion seemed a good looking fit.  Thanks for the tip about needing a baselayer.  I inevitably wear at least a thin next-to-skin baselayer under any synthetic jacket.

 

Best Regards

 

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Originally Posted by Mr. Plan B View Post

These are all good suggestions for outerwear. I considered them as well and ended up with the Orion. No regrets, that jacket is very functional, especially while biking. As far as fit, it sounds as though we have a similar build and I'm very comfortable in it. Now on to aesthetics, the jacket receives consistent compliments and inquiries. They also now have a "lightweight" version in brown. The Schoeller C Change fabric allows unrestricted movement and breathes incredibly well, not to mention it's durability. I took a spill in which my elbow become the leading body surface to contact the pavement. I suffered a profusely bleeding wound without any obvious damage to the jacket... impressive. The jacket is unlined, though, and necessitates a barrier between skin and textile (I use a merino wool base layer) when the exterior is wet or when riding in a cold wind to avoid contact heat loss. Hope that helps.


 

post #10 of 38

oneninetyseven, I've recently been looking into very similar companies for the same thing. I've tried on a couple of Nau jackets (Urbane jacket, Shroud of Purrin Hoody), and they didn't quite work for me...mainly the sleeves were way too long. A couple of days ago, I wanted to try out the Mission Workshop Orion, but they're actually sold out of my size (medium). It does seem like a good bet, and I haven't heard anything except positive things about it...I'd also be interested in hearing your feedback after you get a chance to try it out! (Mr. Plan B, thanks for your review too...that was really helpful). I currently have a Mission Workshop messenger bag (VX Rummy), and the quality on the bag is top notch.

 

Besides the previously mentioned companies, here are some additional ones that you can look into that I've heard about. However, I don't have any personal experience with them.

 

1. Swrve - Mainly makes cycling apparel like Outlier but at a lower price point. They have a couple of jackets too.

2. Massif Collection  - Apparently, Massif is going to release a technical/urban apparel line in the fall of this year. This preview of their clothes seems pretty promising.

3. Nonetheless Garments - Mainly focused on pants at the moment, but they seem to be working on some cool stuff.

4. For more ideas, you should check out this thread at Superfuture -- "Urban Techwear". That's where I heard about Massif, but they also discuss some brands that tend to be significantly more expensive than MW or Outlier.

 

Anyway, don't think that was too terribly constructive in terms of the jacket discussion, but hopefully gives you some more ideas about other companies out there.

 

All the best.

post #11 of 38
TAD Gear
post #12 of 38
Acronym, although very overpriced.

RLX really isn't "technical" and a lot of it is for golfers.
post #13 of 38
Nonetheless are very nice, though I think Outlier covers most of their bases in pants with a slightly lower pricetag. Still a fan though.
post #14 of 38
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by brokeassp View Post

TAD Gear

 

I'd forgotten about them.  The 2nd last time I looked, they were out of nearly everything in my size; same the last I checked.  Pricey, too! But, nice.
 

 



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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Acronym, although very overpriced.
RLX really isn't "technical" and a lot of it is for golfers.


I'll still have a look at Acronym, even if just for curiosity's sake.  Cheers.  I had a glance at the RLX stuff and it wasn't really my flavor.

 



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Originally Posted by Newo View Post

Nonetheless are very nice, though I think Outlier covers most of their bases in pants with a slightly lower pricetag. Still a fan though.


I dig the look of Nonetheless; I had my eye on their Neoshell waterproof pants (so far most waterproof pants look either like garbage bags, or have snowboarding pants features I don't need, like extra insulation, bigger bottoms and boot zips, opposed to regular looking pants); however, I was in touch with them and it sounds like the rise on them is pretty low.  I'm getting tired of the low-rise men's pants trend, personally.  Our anatomy dictates that a certain amount of crotch space is necessary, and one shouldn't have to wear their waistband a mere half inch above the pubic bone to get it.  

 

Still, they were plenty helpful, their stuff looks nice and I'm sure that their pants are a good fit for anyone who does like those low risers.  I'm waiting for Outlier to use a waterproof (opposed to water resistant like their 4 Season OGs) textile for their pants.

 

Best Regards

 

post #15 of 38
Thread Starter 

I just looked at Acronym.  Some of it I like.  I think it's cool that they're putting tactical straps on their bags like other companies (Maxpedition, Kifaru, etc.) to attach things too, as well as other mil-spec features, and they look better than a lot of tactical bags.  I like some of their garments - but not all.

 

What I wish is that more companies would move away from GoreTex in their waterproof things.  From all the reading I've been doing, other textiles (some stuff from Schoeller and Polartec, for example) can do just as good a job at keeping water out and breathe better than GoreTex.  It seems to me that some manufacturers have just known Gore and don't branch out into other materials.  (Just mentioning this because I see Acronym uses GoreTex a lot.)

 

 

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