Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Finally stopping that crazy suffering that is ice, climbing to concentrate on great ski tours!, .
Interest: Anything that can drag me to the mountains. Backpacking is #1, followed by climbing, dayhiking and camping with family.
I love my Patagonia hardshell and would buy the brand again. I can't compare to Dead-Bird because I can't afford their clothes. I've had some of their packs and they were great, but when I looked at hard and soft shells, the prices weren't a "premium." They were so much higher I couldn't afford them no matter how much I wanted one.
Last winter Yamnuska guiding was selling their Arc'teryx "Yamnuska" labelled jackets for $300, but they only had XL left, hence the great deal. I could have fit an Everest-style down suit, or two, underneath. Oh, well.
I need to replace my softshell pants, and the Patagonia, Cloudveil and MEC pants are mostly in the $150-180 range for some pretty nice pants. The least expensive Arc'teryx ones I found are $320. Twice the price. Jeez, I'd love to buy Canadian made, but the reality is that if ALL the softshell pants were $300+ (as they were at one time) I'd buy NONE. I just plain can't spend $300 on softshell pants.
Now, I see lots of guys out in the their Alpha LT's, but they are mostly pros that didn't shell out $600 for the jacket...