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Is the Loro Piana Storm System really that effective?

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I have been thinking about it. Does it really work better than other nylon / tech outerwear?
post #2 of 15
I'm not an expert in technical outerware living in Texas, but I own a windmate M-65 jacket and it sheds water extremely well. More impressive is the wind barrier, which makes what looks like a rain shell good down to zero degrees. All that aside, I believe the selling point is having some outerware that is congruent with the rest of your outfit. If you're running around in jeans and tshirt stick with a gore-tex jacket from Patagonia or whatever and save yourself 2K.
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I've got the Piana Rossignol team jacket with the storm system and it's great.  I've worn it in very cold, windy, snow conditions with no problems.  I probably would choose a Mountain Hardware or HH shell for really rugged conditions, but the storm system definitely keeps out the elements.

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Are you wearing a cardigan or something inside?
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Don't really know how to measure its actual effectiveness, but I have a Barrage coat with Storm System which I wear it both rainy & cold weather when I'm dressed casually. It seems to keep me dry, so it's good enough for me!

 

Mind you, the Barrage has a synthetic exterior; I don't have a natural material Storm System-treated jacket if that's the comparison you're more interested in.

post #6 of 15
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I am not able to afford a cashmere Storm System, so I am mostly interested in the synthetic ones. Thanks for the info! Just curious to know if you have to wear a lot of layers beneath.
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In a torrential downpour or artic-blast like weather, I would not be caught in any LP storm system.

It's more out of respect for the cashmere than anything else. The supposed added windproof and waterproof ability afforded to the LP cashmere by the "Storm System" treatment is nice......but in my opinion nice to brag about.
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I am not able to afford a cashmere Storm System, so I am mostly interested in the synthetic ones. Thanks for the info! Just curious to know if you have to wear a lot of layers beneath.

 

The English climate is pretty temperate so even when we have what we would consider really cold & wet weather, it seems to do fine with a jumper & shirt underneath. I've worn it in the snow with similar layers underneath (and scarf & gloves) and felt fine. The Barrage has a puffy layer of insulation in it though, which not all S/S outerwear has IIRC. Mind you, S/S treatment doesn't add warmth; it's about waterproofing.

post #9 of 15
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I have this Prada nylon overcoat that I wear with a thick cashmere cardigan, and I manage fine when the weather is cold. Not that rain resistant though. But I have been thinking if I should sell them on eBay and get a Storm System nylon overcoat. Compared to the Prada one, it is much more clean when it comes to looks.
post #10 of 15
I have a number of Storm System pieces that I've worn in rain and snow.
It's great for keeping you dry and warm.
But you've got lots of options, ranging from cashmere and wool to synthetics, all with Storm System.
You might start with a less expensive choice.
The one downside is when you go inside--the water will keep dripping off.
post #11 of 15
It's badass, I would not hesitate to recommend it for a second.
post #12 of 15
I have a cashmere LP storm system jacket that I've wore a lot in the wind and rain. Although the outside layer will get damp water spots from heavy direct downpours it does keep you dry. I would call it water resistant for moderate rain and sprinkles.

But that is also true for most fabrics and trench coats. The only way to keep bone dry is to go the route of modern synthetics (i.e. Gortex) . But, unless I'm camping or on a motorcycle I don't need that level of protection
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the information guys! I guess it is a worthy investment then.
post #14 of 15
Or spend an astonishing $595 and try one out from J Hilburn.

Check it out: http://annlindsay.jhilburn.com/products/northeastern_overcoat/charcoal

J Hilburn is setting retail on it's ear.

Best wishes,

Ann
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J Hilburn is setting retail on it's ear.

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