Telluride, Alta, Snowbird
You are not taking into consideration the following in your quest to save a few dimes:
Currency fluctuations (BC have to buy ahead as does any business)
Returns policy (BC are more than fair and have top customer service)
Supposing it needs a repair - do you want to ship it back to Norway? Jackets dont qualify for Airmiles! Talk about a Carbon footprint! Carbon BIGFOOT more like it!
I bought in the USA when I visited and got some great deals from BC in feb 2013 when Norrona was 20%-30% off...went in London & Europe, there was no such offers.
Moral of the story. Stop complaining!
Some modern-day Rambos n bimbos will find this piece useful for capturing wild mountain cats with a thorn in their paw with their teeth and then running them to the nearest vet across the Nevada Desert when they celebrate with a cup of water and a carrot. For some of us, its super stretchy material allows full access to a beer and a Marlborough Light. A versatile, comfortable jacket that can be worn spring skiing or just around town.
Got this for my son and it performed no differently than the Norrona Jacket I bought for myself!
Sure it might be viewed as 'an expensive fleece' but it has distinct benefits over your common-all-garden fleece. Firstly, it looks smarter and it fits more like a jacket than a sack. Secondly, it offers some valuable wind/rain protection. It is less likely to become decrepit. It slides nicely under a shell. It was pressed into service under my Norrona shell at Alta during 2 storms which rolled in 02/20/2013-02/26/2013 (a fortunate time to be at Alta!). Worn with a 260 Icebreaker, the 45 mph storms didn't stand a chance. Additionally, it can be worn casually too. Get one!
Got these for my 17 year old sun. He is a skinny runt so he would have been swamped by the baggy snowpants worn by snotty-nosed, spotty, obnoxious brats. Its the sort of ski pants 007 would wear. Sleek, well cut and very functional. Might get myself a pair too!
Bagged 3 of these. one for myself and one each for my lads for a Telluride ski trip. They wore this and the Patagonia Down Shirt as mid layers on alternate days. Hopefully they will now ditch those awful, ghastly, naff, cotton, baggy "hoodies" when they get home to London. Warm, slim-fitting, vents well and when Jack Frost starts to gnaw at your exposed parts, just flip the hoodie under your skid-lid and it provides welcome insulation from the elements
I got this in BLUE and the Mountain Hardware Grid Monkey Man Fleece in BLACK. Very similar to one another..only the Norrona does not have a hoodie which is what I wanted. Both super mid layers and just nice for kicking around in. Better than your regular gym kit too! lots of applications, super soft and comfortable to wear for those with an athletic build. Salad dodgers would best avoid.
Never hot, never cold, never wet. The Big Plus is the fact that these can be tethered to your wrist via a comfortable elasticated wrist-strap. No more dropped gloves from lift chairs and having to stuff your gloves in your pockets at a bad time! Thoughtfully designed and made of Gortex. Nuff said? Oh...and the blue is a nice colour too!
Got this sweet jacket in Norrona Green. I usually wear a large, but I went up to an XL and its perfect when you have a few bits in the deep chest pockets. Knock the spots off anything around. These guys seem to have nailed a superbly functional piece with minimalist style. Get one!
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