Originally Posted by tcbrgs
I find it so puzzling how the general consensus in this thread seams to highly regard heavy cloths? Im confused as why there is such scepticism toward the super cloths? Is it simply because most people aren't using tailors who are skilled enough to use the cloth? Why would one use such a craftsmen?
I think that it's partly because of where quite a few people live, as there are quite a lot of folks from cooler climes on here, and it's also partly because high super numbers are often a bit over-hyped and not really all they're made out to be.
It's a bit like using horsepower/kW to sell a car - it might sound great, but there's a lot more that goes into making a good car than just power, such as build quality, interior furnishings, suspension and so on. Suits are similar - sure, a lightweight Super 150s cloth might sound great, but if the suit isn't well made, the Super number doesn't matter much at all.
Also, (in my experience, at least) high Super number cloth is typically more fragile, tends to wear more quickly as a result, doesn't hold a crease as well and crumples and wrinkles more, and the wrinkles don't fall out with hanging as easily as with a heavier or lower Super number cloth.
I've got a few suits from Japanese and Italian companies made from Super 160s cloth and, whilst they are nice and whilst they feel very light, I actually don't wear them much as I've come to appreciate the feel of something a little bit more substantial and a little bit less delicate.
Finally, in closing, it's worth noting that "heavy" doesn't necessarily equate to coarse, or to a low Super number. You can have a fine, supple cloth that has a lovely hand and which breathes very well but which weighs a little bit more than some other cloths. Often a bit of weight helps a jacket to hang nicely and to keep its shape.