I like the idea of extreme functionality. Some of the more innovative brands are starting to build a following and I think it'd be cool to have a thread where we can compare some different ideas. I've only just started researching this little sect so please contribute. There will be many more knowledgeable people than me. edit: Lists (to be updated). No particular order in regards to value or quality - make that decision yourself. Regular technical stuff: outlier, 12th man, 6876, Westcomb, rapha, Arc'teryx normal line, Nau, Aether apparel, Icebreaker, Mountain Hardware, Mission Workshop, Nike and Adidas now have their high-tech partnerships (forget names), lots of bike brands and snow brands Massimo Osti-related: CP company, SI, Ma.strum, many, many more. Japanese Nanamica, white mountaineering, some undercover, Visvim Highly technical/functional/stealthy: acronym, isaora, Arc'teryx Veilance, Arc'teryx LEAF, Herno Laminar, SI Shadow project and some of the more conceptual Osti spinoff stuff. Some brands and pics: acronym: seems to rely alot on Gore-tex rather than doing their own fabric research, but some cool design. URL=http://www.styleforum.net/image/id/1723294/width/350/height/525][/URL] Maharishi. Cheaper, slightly more conventional stuff in comparison with acronym. Some terrible embroidery mixed with some really good stuff for a relative bargain. isaora: Just really great stuff. rooted in the snowboarding scene. Jwied wears their stuff well. It's pricey but cool. Massimo Osti-related brands: Stone Island: Quite expensive, often recycling of old Osti ideas, but do occasionally come out with some great stuff. "Shadow Project" is meant to be the more experimental division. Lots of reflective fabrics, bright colours etc. CP Company: a different feel from Stone Island, seems to be ever so slightly less techy, more about the "wearing in" process. again, quite expensive but still come out with some classics occasionally. It seems that 90s and early 2000s were the real design pinnacles for the brand. Ma.strum; Kinda more conservative than SI and CP company, and more of a true replica brand - although I don't think they'll ever release any of the real classics like the toggle parka as there's just too much money to be made by CP company in that regard. Again a bit overpriced IMO but on sale worth it. The stuff looks pretty wearable. Keeps in with the SI intense colours and reflective/shiny fabrics and such.