Best brands for authentic outdoor gear?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by renegade211, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. Chubbs

    Chubbs Senior member

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    Well, for the most part, TNF focuses on 'fashion' (i.e., making shitty stuff that the average person wears, but fits like a snuggie) these days. But, they have a longer history of making excellent technical gear. SF is not the right place for the OP to be asking this question.

    And, who cares about 'authentic' (whatever that is) when we're talking technical gear?


    Good point. I guess asking for advice on non-stylish gear in the "style" forum wasn't well thought out by the OP.
     
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    Western Mountaineering or Feathered Friends for down goods--sleeping bags, jackets, vests.........
    Nunatuk is also supposed to be great down products. All three of these folks use 850 or better down fill.

    Patagonia and Arc'teryx for fleece and shells

    Lots of good wool stuff from Ibex, Icebreakers, Patagonia, Arc'teryx, and of course FILSON (still the best)

    Boots or light Hikers--Lowa, Donner, Montrail, LaSportiva. Sorel when it is really cold or get some real mukaluks.

    I have two older Moss tents that are still amazing in every way. A buddy has a Hilleberg that is pretty nice also.

    PrincetonTec or Petzl lighting

    MSR multi-fuel stoves

    Winchester .243 is the worlds greatest rifle. Need more stopping power? Remington Model 700 30-06 or a Weatherby .300 magnum. Browning Auto-5 shotgun. H&K or Glock 9mm.

    Buy a pack that fits your body and distributes the weight to your hips.
     
  3. cross22

    cross22 Senior member

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    Well, for the most part, TNF focuses on 'fashion' (i.e., making shitty stuff that the average person wears, but fits like a snuggie) these days. But, they have a longer history of making excellent technical gear. SF is not the right place for the OP to be asking this question. And, who cares about 'authentic' (whatever that is) when we're talking technical gear?
    +1, and north face still makes a few pieces that are gold standards in expedition climbing, and LOL at Patagonia being no good for technical climbing.
     
  4. brad-t

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    yo this is "styleforum". if you're looking for authentic outdoor gear, consider checking out www.authenticforum.com instead
     
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    cowsareforeating Senior member

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    theres nothing wrong with any specific brants tbh, if you know what you're looking for material wise, most outdoors brands have something good to offer. A few words: Polartec, Goretex, Down. Budget: mountain hardwear [​IMG] Steezy: Arctery'x, patagonias technical stuff I like marmot's stuff a lot.
     
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    I'll recommend Marmot as well.

    Mountain Hardware I've found has arms that are too long and too short in the back.

    Cloudveil is a bigger fit than Marmot.
     
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    uNiCoRnPriNcEsSx Senior member

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    Take a look at Arc'teryx, TAD gear, and Patagonia for outerwear. Beyond Tactical may also be an option if you want them to create a custom sweater for you, made out of superfleece (300 weight I believe).

    lol i hope uncontrol was just fuckin around.
     
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    If you really use the stuff you learn to pick and choose the stuff because many brands make good stuff but none head-to-toe.

    i like Danner for boots (mountian light IIs), patagonia and outdoor research for clothes, arcteryx for packs. orvis or patagonia for fly-fishing stuff. ll bean and barbour for non-technical outdoor stuff. but i've got stuff from most of the major manufacterers.
     
  10. knucks

    knucks Senior member

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    Honestly there are so many companies to name here.
    I'll agree with all mentioned.

    Eddie Bauer's Ascent line is great.
     
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    Maybe you just lost your sense of smell?


    Have you actually worn it? Try wearing cotton for more than two days. A quick search online give plenty of backing to my statement.

    For example:
    http://www.trekinfo.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3066
     
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    i just got a manastash jacket thats made w/ eco material -primaloft/eco pertex and hemp ripstop
    its the my morning jacket, seems authentic.
    http://www.twojupiters.com/catalog.p...96c7b622c8b444

    Patagonia fleece cant be beat. I cant take off my r2, its so damn warm of feels like im being cradled in a opium cloud. The nano puff jacket is next level light insulation.

    some of my Mtn hardware is starting to fall apart at the seams, but its a good cheap brand.
    My outdoor reasearch goretex2 shell is bulletproof for a lighter shell, 15 degree powder days are no problem.
     
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    Get whatever fits you well and has the technical attributes you need. the brands mentioned each have a slightly different fit. (patagonia is generally less fitted, MH, newer Marmot and arcteryx more so.) Most of the higher end articles from all the staple brands are quite good and do the job, TNF included. I've been using TNF shells on expeditions in the Yukon NWT for the last few years. They have been put through the ringer and they have performed quite well. Someone mentioned EB's first ascent label which also seems to be good bang for your buck, though i haven't personally worn any of their garments in strenuous outdoor situations.

    If you simply looking for brands that not everyone has, to be different, definitely avoid TNF and arcteryx, obviously. Marmot is slightly less mainstream though the brand is gaining serous momentum these days. If you're based in the states you could order one from MEC in canada, good quality stuff. 66north is also a solid icelandic brand worn in the mountaineering community.
     
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    I've been mulling over this e-vent shell from Montane, based in the UK - anyone heard of it?
     

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