Marmot vs. Mountain Hardwear vs. Columbia Sportwear

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  1. upsciLLion

    upsciLLion Diamond Member

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    I'm looking to get a new winter jacket (am thinking a fleece jacket or soft shell) since the Columbia Ballistic fleece sweater just isn't cutting it lately. I live in western Washington so I need something that will keep the rain out. I'm in eastern Washington often enough that I need something that will keep me warm in freezing temps as well as block the wind (lol Ellensburg).

    I figure amongst a sea of nerds there has to be at least a few outdoor activity enthusiasts here that could point me in the right direction. Also, if anybody could recommend a set of gloves that would keep my hands warm during the winter but be thin enough to do things like load a shotgun or a pistol mag, I'd totally appreciate it. Please ask any questions you need to better any recommendations you might have.
     
  2. sygyzy

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    Huge fan of Marmot. i think the other companies are kind of corny though that's just my opinion. All three get high marks in the recent Outdoor Magazine Buyers Guide.
     
  3. upsciLLion

    upsciLLion Diamond Member

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    Is there an online link to their buyer's guide?
     
  4. Epic Fail

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    MH and Columbia belong to the same parent company.

     
  5. Dr. Detroit

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    Columbia Titanium Parka

    Keeps the rain off, add to it a nice zip in fleece and you will be toasty warm.




     
  6. upsciLLion

    upsciLLion Diamond Member

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    How can I tell which shells my fleece will zip into?
     
  7. Midnight Rambler

    Midnight Rambler Diamond Member

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    I LOVE my North Face Summit coat but it's probably a bit too much for your location/weather. However, I'd highly recommend the North Face brand !!!

    P.S. - Check Campmor.com for deals on NF, Marmot, etc., coats and gloves. Most "deals" say last year's style or color, but black, for instance, never goes out of style.
     
  8. upsciLLion

    upsciLLion Diamond Member

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    That North Face jacket looks nice, but it's a bit more than what I was hoping to spend. I guess I should state that my ideal budget is under $150, but I could go up to $200 if the extra features/quality really warrant it. Thanks for all your guys' input so far.
     
  9. LordSnailz

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    tagged - I'm looking for a snowboarding jacket this season :)
     
  10. KillerCharlie

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    I'm interested in the same price range too. I live in western Washington but didn't need a winter coat last year because winters here are so warm. This year I plan on hitting the slopes though...
     
  11. Capt Caveman

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    Marmot and Mountain Hardwear are as expensive if not more than The North Face.

    Check out Sierratradingpost.com , they carry a lot of the expensive brands at discounted prices.