Ten C : The Emperor's New Clothes - Page 16
+ I purchased "Wind Jacket" from United Arrows in Japan, size 44. This one isn't even announced officially, quietly released in a couple Japanese stores and Haven in Canada. Will post pick in a couple weeks when it arrives.
1. Same hardware: buttery smooth 2a SPA zippers and Velcro I am not sure if I love it or hate it - they are really light and soft, doesn't make noise, but do not hold on tight.
2. Ten C's black is very unique. It has almost purple hue when under direct light. Fabric is soft to touch, waterproof (we all know this won't last forever) and purplish black is very lux in it's own way.
3. The fit is very, very, very aggressively cropped, almost to the point I'm guessing it was designed specifically for smaller people in Japan:
Overall fit is also very slim which surprised me because Snow Smock I own is pretty over-sized and boxy. Now I know for sure my size in Ten C is size 46.
4. I am not sure if its just because it lacks buttons or the quality has gone up, but the construction (stitching and finish) actually feels way nicer than the Snow Smock of last year, which I had to take off and re-sew all buttons.
I love the rigid feel of brand new Ten C, the wobbly sound it makes as it breaks in. I am not sure if would keep it though, it is almost way too lux for me. I don't think I can actually abuse this jacket.
Also, its cropped design calls for a more trimmed fit overall, which I am not really into. I'll upload my pics later & PM if interested!
I went TTS so I haven't been wearing it much during warmer weather. Still great jacket to wear in the rain. I walked 10~15 minutes in a (unexpected) downpour, and while it did start to weigh me down by the time I got inside, it kept me dry (not crisp dry like Patagonia stuffs though).
I just saw this picture, and I guess sizing down one would look good too:
On the other hand, I like mine as it is (roomy and boxy) as it can accommodate pretty much anything- a shirt+sweater+actual jacket/ blazer can fit fine under it without feeling stuffed, making it a perfect winter jacket.
ps. I added hoops on Patagonia jacket last winter so that I can use as a liner. As long as the sleeve lengths match this can be a good, if not better alternatives to their in-house liners. It will have to do while I save up for this:
fungz0r, I am 99% sure TEN C is exactly what its name entails - they are trying to see how far they can go with bullshitting us with their pricing and mysterious charm.
I've been wearing a snow smock for a couple of winters now and it's holding up very well. I skimmed through this thread and saw where some people aren't getting the performance they expected from the jacket, but I have no complaints. I don't expect true waterproof performance from anything other than non-breathable rubber and wear the snow smock as a cold weather parka rather than a rain jacket. When coupled with the liner it's a true deep winter piece, albeit for urban wear.
Yeah it sucks, to buy the garment expecting its advertised properties to a very long time, which are basically the main selling point of the product to begin with (waterproof + will "mold" your shape) Only to hear stories like habitant which makes you think twice before blowing like 1k + addons on a closet investment piece.
wore my field in a downpour recently and held up well and kept me bone dry. quite fascinated how the feel and structure of the material changes from rather stiff to soft and malleable.