Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by hendrix, May 23, 2012.
yeah I agree with you on that but different people have expressed differing opinions.
They also use Epic amphibious cotton in some of their jackets like the EJ-23 from last season.
I find gore tex can be very crisp bag sounding. However I would say that namanica and veilance seem to be making inroads into this and the last gore tex veilance jacket (the sinter) I purchased was far superior with regards to this problem.
I think it depends on the amount of DWR coating they put on it. Obviously for an outdoor sports application this needs to be quite a lot to prevent it from rubbing off too easily but this isn't so much of a problem in the urban environment so the amount of DWR can be reduced making it less crinkly and crisp bag sounding.
Of course as with any material personal preference and taste will play a large role in if you like it or not.
This parka from Reigning Champ caught my eye. I believe its their first foray into technical clothing? Coated cotton-polyester blend with inner membrane. The styling reminds me of a certain well-known biker jacket...
^It's a great jacket and all(I'm actually considering replacing one of my Schoeller Softshells with it), but many outer wear brands have been using high diagonal zips for a while and have been doing it for utilitarian reasons, not because of MMM. The long slantedd zips allow more storage and access while a strap is over your shoulders and the higher placement allows one to use a waist strap or grappling gear without getting in the way of pocket access. It's also not CYC's first attempt at technical gear. W+H often has jackets with natural fabrics and technical backings. The Dintex mountain parka mentioned on here from a few years back was pretty nice.
That looks like one big pocket, as opposed to the MMM jacket's dual pockets per zipper.
I can't help but think that a lot of this stuff is overpriced, though. I have technical stuff that's more in the $200-$300 range for jackets and it's fantastic. You can say that about most things on this forum, and I think the design aspect is worth the money, or if you just want it. But if you're looking for performance more than anything, unless you're a hardcore athlete, just go to REI instead.
Cool yeah I was forgetting Reigning Champ are part of the larger CYC group. I've only recently been getting into technical stuff - interesting to know the practical reasons for the pocket placement!
@KingJulien -I think the wholesale price of materials like gore-tex is pretty high, or alternatively the R&D costs for brands like Ten C that have designed their own materials. I don't see tech stuff as more overpriced than anything else on styleforum really, although maybe its muddied a bit because some of what you're paying for is high performance rather than simply good design. tbh its not really any different from say watches - some guys like the fact their Omega can survive in space or 50m underwater even if they'll never use that shit.
What do you guys think? Im thinking of getting it.
copped the newly-released TAD Gear Ranger jacket
Don't know a whole lot about it..how do you like it?
It has not shipped yet but I can assure you the quality is some of the best if not the best out there. I had the hoodie version and its all I wore last winter. It was so warm that I didn't even bother sending my peacoat for dry cleaning. Was standing in 10 degree cold watching the bears game with the hood up. I'll post pics when I get it.
Thanks for the info! I'm definitely going to look at what they have. I'm trying to replace my do everything North Face fleece that I've had for 5 years - been good for hiking and such, but it's time to switch it out.
Yeah I had been wearing NF too but since discovering TAD I have not looked back. Gotta hurry when they release something new though since they tend to sell out quick and TAD are rather slow to restock. I recommend buying the Ranger LT first since the original Ranger with the 10oz fabric is too warm for fall-like weather
Yeah, the Ranger LT is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. It's amazing they're that warm because just by looking at the pictures, you'd never expect that. How does the sizing compare to say, a North Face fleece of similar design?
here's their chart
IMO TAD is slimmer than NF. I had the NF Bionic Apex and the TAD Ranger Hoodie I gave to my cousin was definitely slimmer. The Ranger is designed as an "active fit" so they can be layered under their Stealth Jacket with the "standard fit." It also has a shit ton of pockets and other details not shown in their pics like unzippable vents under the pits, media ports, etc. etc.
Awesome. Thanks for the help. I think I'm definitely going to get one so I'll post some pics when I do!
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