Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
RobBob

Good deal on fleece?

Recommended Posts

Since people are discussing sleeping bags and shells, I'd like to ask a dumb question. Anyone seen a good deal recently on a mid-weight fleece jacket that would do for layering and by itself (no windstopper, etc.)? I left my good one in a rental car... [Frown]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Give Sierra Trading Post, reioutlet.com, and Campmor a try. Midweight fleece jackets seem to be the bread and butta of the outdoor clothing industry, and as such are always available for cheap.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RobBob, there's some Arc'teryx fleece pieces here.

 

You now owe Dr. Flash Amazing, so be sure to be ready to assist the Doctor should the need arise.

 

[ 10-30-2002, 01:02 PM: Message edited by: Dr Flash Amazing ]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dear Dr.,

I actually had my eye on those earlier today...thanx! As for owing you, I think my insurance may be in the process of paying your office soon for that prescrip for "opthalmic thc" [Wink]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's right carolyn and Dru, the less fleece the better... I wear a 100 weight stretch fleece with smooth face as mid under softshell in active sports, reserving a snuggy warmer piece for rest breaks and bivy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get a thin fleece and a soft shell to layer over top (or vice versa action suit style) instead of a heavy fleece.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Okay, you guys have sold me on the light fleece. I have figured that I could shed some weight from my current combo, which has been a mid-weight fleece and a fairly heavy gore-tex shell if there's precip/wind.

 

Now, what's the best soft-shell to go with that? [Confused]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When y'all are talking soft shells (barring tortillas and mollusks, of course), are you referring to the Schoeller Dryskin/Malden Powershield type pieces, or are you talking lighter-weight standard shells, e.g. Gore Pac-Lite or XCR type garments? Curious about the usefulness and pros/cons of the new crop of fleece laminate gear vs. a light shell and fleece combo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

remember, DFA-fleece sux-the less fleece the better. a softshell with out a waterproof breathable barrier can be either shell like or a bicomponent weave like Scholler Dryskin.

come down and see me at the shop if you need a full dissertation on the subject

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

quote:

Originally posted by Dr Flash Amazing:

When y'all are talking soft shells (barring tortillas and mollusks, of course), are you referring to the Schoeller Dryskin/Malden Powershield type pieces, or are you talking lighter-weight standard shells, e.g. Gore Pac-Lite or XCR type garments? Curious about the usefulness and pros/cons of the new crop of fleece laminate gear vs. a light shell and fleece combo.

80s dayglo Scott Franklin/Todd Skinner Lycra over long underwear

[Roll Eyes]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"a light shell and fleece combo" is more versatile, IMO. Jackets that combine the two are prone to condensation and ice buildup at the fleece, nylon barrier when it's really cold. I, personally, don't think fleece sucks, but it's not the best to wear as an outer layer when it's snowing. Plus, fleece is super cheap if you avoid namebrands (TNF, BD, Mountain Hardwear, etc.). You can get a decent pullover for under $20 if you check out Shopko, Costco, Walmart, and others, and are not averse to wierd colors, or camo. Any fleece will pull moisture to its backing, so old-school pile, or borglite, will be dryer than two-sided fleece in which the two backinging are laminated together.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

wool union suit with a 60/40 parka and some Joffe skipants, with the contour stitching

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember you want to stay cool. Not warm and not cold. Cool muscles are more efficient. If you sweat under a hard shell, and it freezes, it will have zero breathability. The new Mountain Gear catalog has some deals on fleece; an Arc'teryx fleece jacket for $80.00.

 

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

quote:

Originally posted by freeclimb9:

Old Navy fleece jacket, $20

Old Navy fleece vest, $8

Is the Mountain Hardwear four times better?

Uh at the North Face & Patagucci outlets you can get real fleece for less than twice that - and from my experience they'll last well more than twice as long.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

quote:

Originally posted by Dr Flash Amazing:

How's the durability and construction on Old Navy fleece gear, though? If they're using cheap-ass fleece that's going to get all matted down, pilled out, and worn thin and you have to buy a new one every year, then something more pricey might by worth it. How about stitching and zippers? Are they using cotton thread and low stitch counts so your seams blow out? Are the zippers cheap knockoffs that come apart if you tug on 'em? Can you get at the pockets with a pack on? Do they move with you and do the cuffs and waist stay put, or do they bind up and leave 6" of wrist and back exposed when you lift your arms?

 

There are reasons that that big-name shit costs more dough. Sure, it's similar in some ways to a 20-dollar item, but it's not the same.

Thanks man, that was really good information. Makes me want to go out and buy some cool new trendy shit. Now where's that new Mountain Gear catalog?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

speaking of which, a fucking snaffle made a burrow out of an MEC fleece i had in my garage, this means war.

 

maybe when i catch him, i'll make a page top out of his hide.

 

[ 10-31-2002, 08:51 PM: Message edited by: gapertimmy ]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×