Who makes the shell parka I want?

Discussion in 'Softgoods: Clothing, Helmets, Goggles, and More' started by Kneale Brownson, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. Kneale Brownson

    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    My 14-year-old DNA shell is relegated to car repairs. My 6-year-old Marker shell is faded and developing fabric failures (holes from ski edges). I need a new shell that:

    1. Is breathable.
    2. Has two goggle pockets and a back pocket.
    3. Has a two-way zipper (I'm short and wide, so I need to unzip the bottom in order to sit down).
    4. I brightly colored.
     
  2. Brian Finch

    Brian Finch PT, CSCS, Cert- DN, FRCms, M|WOD Coach Industry Insider

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    Look at Colorado Freeride Systems. Legit stuff, I just went w a soft shell for next season from em.
     
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    Kneale Brownson

    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    Looks like they lack two-way zippers and back pockets. I've asked them about these features.
     
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    Brian Finch PT, CSCS, Cert- DN, FRCms, M|WOD Coach Industry Insider

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    They've certainly got 2 way zippers.

    What's a back pocket?! Pocket toward the back?
     
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    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    Yeah, they responded about zippers (yes) AND back pockets (no), which are small-of-the-back pockets good for things like overgloves and cat tracks. Both my DNA and the Marker have them, as well as our HH uniforms
     


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    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    The back pocket in a shell could be tough. You're talking about a pocket like hunting jackets have for birds? I've seen it in a Spyder. Is not a shell though, more of a lined shell. No two goggle pockets either. Not sure why, they had the space.

    Back pocket:
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    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    As I said, my two shells have the rear pocket. They are a bit of a problem to open/close for an old guy with stiff joints, but I manage. The Spyder ones I've seen are a shorter zipper, so I presume an even smaller space.
     
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    coskigirl Making fresh tracks Skier

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    As much as I liked the back pockets in my coaching uniforms I don't think they ever caught on in models meant for the general public.
     
  9. cantunamunch

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    Almost sounds like a cycling shell.

    Anyway, the Descente Swiss Jacket has the back pocket but misses out on the double zipper and is questionable on the goggle pockets.
     
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    skinnnn.jpg

    Back Pocket!!!
     
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    ^ I laughed
     
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    TheBestSkier Getting on the lift Skier

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    I was laughing too. The skin pouch will hold a 2 liter platypus and some snacks.
     
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    Oh, it's a skin pouch. I thought it was a fanny pack. Which is actually not the worst solution, although I guess it's not so fashionable.
     
  14. TheBestSkier

    TheBestSkier Getting on the lift Skier

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    It's discreet. No one has to know its on.
     
  15. cantunamunch

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    You're killin' me here. :roflmao:
     
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    Kneale Brownson

    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    Like Depends?
     
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    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    I'm missing something, aren't I?
     
  18. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    Or Spanx.
     
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    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    Giving up on a ready-made product that meets my desired features, so now we're looking for a goretex fabric my wife can sew into a copy of my beloved DNA shell.
     
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    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    =/

    Some things apparently don't exist. Like insulated women's ski bibs.
     

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