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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-03-2014, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Default Women's Gore-Tex Jacket Recommendations


I am in the market for a new water-proof hiking/outdoor activities jacket and I am looking for recommendations. I have not bought a jacket in years and I currently have/use a North Face light weight shell (similar to the North Face Womens Resolve Jacket I think). This jacket has done me well and I have no complaints - it has lived its useful life tho.

I am looking for a jacket with the following features:

- some kind of Gore-Tex (or Gore-Tex like) finish - lots of "new" finishes now-a-days info about these would also be helpful
- a shell only (I have all the base layers - fleece, puffy jacket, sweaters etc.)
- front hand packets (I get cold hands)
- A hood that is well formed or can be cinched (I have a small head so most hoods just blow off)
- Slim fit (I am petite so no bulky jackets please)
- a waist/bottom cinch would be a bonus
- no crazy expensive jackets please, I would ideally like to be under $400.00

My current jacket has been great, like I said, but I am looking for something that could handle some more rough wear (starting to do more scrambling and snowshoeing). The thing I like the most about my current jacket is it still looks brand new! It is a bright color and it has not faded, zippers have never broken, etc. It is not longer really water proof ie I need to spray it with a coasting after every really rainy day outside, hence the need for a new jacket! lol

Any suggestions are welcome, thanks in advance.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-03-2014, 01:48 PM
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Keep an eye out for the Westcomb sample sale - the make great gear using mostly eVent - a more breathable waterproof than goretex (great for active outdoors wear). Usually happens in October.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-03-2014, 02:32 PM
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Also, the turkey sale is coming up quick in whistler, there are usually lots of deals to be had there (or at any of the shops in Whistler/Squamish corridor).
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2014, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips....where does the west comb sale happen?
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Our family has been wearing the Helium line from OR, and love the jackets. Excellent performance, incredibly light in weight, and priced quite bit less than comparable Gore products. My daughter has found the fit great for her (unlike many women's products) and they have a decent selection of colours.
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I second the Westcomb idea, I have had a couple of their products now, with zero complaints.
Made in Vancouver, with a great warranty, and customer care.

On a side note, I use the Burton AK line for Snowboarding, as it's built a little more for snow than rain it seems. If it's for snow shoeing you may want to look at their line, and can usually find great deals for them on line/eBay.

Good luck with your search
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 10-06-2014, 12:25 AM
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Westcomb sample sale was last weekend unfortunately
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 10-06-2014, 01:07 AM
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You might take a look at the Marmot Minimalist Goretex Paclite jacket around $200-250.


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