/ Goretex Pro Jackets
I have read reviews on all, been to the shops and tried them all on read more reviews, I I just can't decide. The MOuntain Equipment is £100 cheaper and the only difference I see is the cut / label. The fabrics feel similar, they have a similar pockets. The arcteryx looks and feels a bit better but £120 better ??
Also I have read reviews of both jackets (admittedly only one or two for each out of a lot or reviews) that say the pockets gather water. Especially the kongur.
Looking for opinions / experiences of either jacket or any other suggestions or thoughts
Have used the ME Changabang (the shorter climbing cut version of the Kongur, pretty much same quality) for 3 years and it doesn't leak anywhere and still looks like new in spite of my efforts to ruin it.
What are you mainly looking to use it for?
I have had a Marmot Goretex ProShell jacket for the last 4 years and it is nothing short of superb. It has shrugged off 125 mph winds at 3,000 metres in the Alps and withstood four Scottish winters (and summers). I've climbed, snowboarded and hiked all over Europe. Not only has it proved remarkably durable, comfortable and performed faultlessly every day of those four years, it is also cut to perfection for my needs with a high chin guard, capacious hood and locked down cuffs. I wish I could remember the product name... might well be a Troll Wall as mentioned above, it was about £300 list and I got it for £200 online. An utter bargain at twice that. Bloody great it is.
Anything by ME.
Everything else is just branding.
I have never really had a shell that copes with this as I have always skirted around the expense with light weight jackets etc etc. But its time !
marmot Alpinist are/were on sale in Cotswolds for £240
Outside in Hathersage has some ME Kalanka jackets in for £270 the other day. That's £90 off the RRP. I've got one and must say that I think it's brilliant. Very soft and less 'rustly' than older goretex jackets. Almost feels like a softshell!
In reply to monkeyboy3000: In a massive U turn I bought the Marmot... Went back tried them all on the ME just didn't fit right and the Marmot was £100 cheaper and felt just as well made as the Arcteryx (as it was on offer 30% off....)
I think the Zion would probably be one of the best jackets around but the hood is really atrocious. Shame, fit etc is spot on.
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