Technical Outerwear

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  1. SuEd

    SuEd Senior member

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    In addition to the ones tigerprawn suggested:
    Vulpine
    Swrve
    John Boultbee [Brooks]
     


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    Before I buy a bunch of Outlier socks, anybody recommend high black merino sock? that are better, same price or cheaper, whatever.
     


  3. oboy_oboy

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    Levi's Commuter
    Outlier
    Rapha[/quote]

    In addition to the ones tigerprawn suggested:
    Vulpine
    Swrve
    John Boultbee [Brooks]
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    Also, Mission Workshop has a limited apparel offering. Similar to Outlier, but worth looking into. Also, very generous return policy it seems.
     
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  4. ConcreteFiction

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    I can't speak to what Outlier's are like, but I always go with STP's stock of SmartWool. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/mens-socks~d~150/smartwool~b~19440/colorfamily~black/

    Looks like there are currently one style of midweight solid black merino socks, as well as a bunch of designs I'm not that into. Bright side is that there are always coupons floating around for 30-40% off purchase.
     


  5. oboy_oboy

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    Forgot to mention: Swiftwick make incredible socks. I love their merino cycling socks, but have not tried their "Business" ones--can't imagine they'd be much different.

    They last forever, and are a snug fit at the ankle/calf, so they never slip down.
     
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    Looks really nice, but $16 a pop! ;_; Why am I so poor
     


  7. oboy_oboy

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    I've bought, and then been disappointed by, so many cheap socks, of all sorts. Casual, dress, sport, etc. At this point, I'm happy to have far fewer choices that last then re-buying shitty ones every year (or whenever)

    Smartwool are quite good, though they tend to get thin at the heel if you wear them heavily. I also pick them up from STP when I can find a color in my size that's good. They also go on sale at REI regularly--like RIGHT NOW ON REI.COM

    I own a few pair of the Rapha City Socks and they are great (I get these at discount tho). Only complaint is they can lose a little of their hold and sag over time, but that's pretty common. Durability wise, they are pretty impressive IME.

    If I could only have Rapha/Swiftwick/Smartwool socks, I'd be happy. For non-tech socks, I like the Corgi ones I've picked up on sale, but they aren't blowing my mind--and at their full retail, they seem overpriced for cotton socks.
     
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  8. BuffaloWang

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    Recommendations for starter tech wardrobe outerwear piece? $100-150 max.
    B&S/used ok.

    Bay Area weather: 40-60degrees.
     


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    Damn, ill probably just go with Outliers they are actually really amazing. Was looking to see if there was something better or even cheaper. Outliers suprisingly seem to be the cheapest at 3 for $50.
     


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    Probably a stupid question but does "Schoeller" have to be re-treated or anything to keep it's water resistance?
     


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    I believe its iron low or tumble dry medium that reactivates the water resistance
     
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    Is four way stretch an actual term or just marketing? I weightlift in patagonia 7" stand up shorts and do love them, they are damn bullet proof although they have funky pocket designs. I like lifting in cotton shorts because I think it's stupid to have a whole gym wardrobe, I aim to wear to the gym what I don't mind shopping in or having a beer with friends. I was saving up for some outlier shorts but I noticed //proof makes one with 7" inseam which I prefer.

    http://proofny.com/collections/bottoms/products/nomad-shorts-7-inch

    They say 4 way stretch, is this the same as outlier four way stretch? I'm hoping that these can take a beating like the patagonia stand up shorts can. What is the Schoeller Dryskin fabric with NanoSphere[​IMG] (Switzerland) like? I need something that is stretchy for deep squats, doesn't have seam rips and can also take a ton of abrasion from a deadlift bar and friction from stretching on a carpet.
     
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    I've found that Schoeller Dryskin and WB-400 fabrics are really tough and abrasion resistant. They are also nicely stretchy, and don't permanently stretch out the way woven cotton does. The caveat is that they make a huge range of fabrics, so I'd guess that the lighter fabrics with finer yarn will be more delicate. The Nomad shorts look to be a lighter fabric than my unkillable MEC jacket. And like any "refined" fabric (smooth yarns, even dyeing, smooth finish), they won't age as nicely as a more irregular natural fabric. The life of the shorts will likely depend more on your tolerance for visible wear, rather than complete destruction.

    If you have a tailor who will handle this kind of thing, you could probably get them to make you a pair of shorts for not much more than the Nomads. If you've got a lifter's thighs and seat, bespoke shorts will fit you way better.
     


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    Not a stupid question. City dirt will kill the water repellancy of pretty much any tech fabric. So will mud and crap from actual outdoors outdoors usage, but I figure most SFers are city folk. Consistent abrasion from backpacks or whatever also wears away wp coating.

    I use nikwax wash-in softshell proof, and tumble dry on low. Follow that with Grangers xt spray on proofing on the shoulders and hood. It smells rather chemically afterwards, but it goes away after a bit of airing out. Your jacket won't bead up like new, but it'll be way better than before.
     


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    Darn Tough for socks.
     


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