Im going to be saving like mad to get the 2 jackets above.
Theta AR Hardshell and Gamma SV Softshell
I know it may be a little hardcore to have the jackets just for city use...but i'm a sucker for quality (+status +poser). These jackets were designed for extreme use - mountaineering actually. I'm impressed with the amount of technology and testing put into each garment. The Gamma will see more duty than the Theta just cause it'll be my daily, its finish will also stand up to rain and most of the elements. The Theta will see duty during periods of heavy precipitation. Come winter time, the two will be used together...but what about pants? agh.... I've still got my near new Nike XCR's (boots) from 2 seasons ago...just missing the pants.
I *really* dont need Arc gear...I could easily go with North Face equivalents which are less expensive and use similar fabrics Gore tex, etc. But I'd be like everyone else. I know this gear will last me a couple of years. Just today i *really* could of benefitted from the wind resisting and insulating properites of the Gamma...my lulu jacket although stylish, made for a chilly experience at Braid. Geez...it only got chilly when I got to Braid...hmm. Come to think of it I really didn't plan my attire for today. i didn't expect it to be this cold. Today I wore my UA short sleeve, lulu pants and lulu jacket.
<tangent> my GF got me to try on a fleece pullover made by UA (Under Armour) yesterday...its so comfy. I think I'll pick up this week. Oh! and I also tried on the Blitz short sleeve, its like the metal...just without the grey mesh on the back and distinct/new design. I'll do an exchange for it prolly today. OMG, i really got to control my spending on clothing. The fleece i think is almost a done deal....and the Blitz..well, i *do* have to exchange the red loose heatgear shirt (already have one). Ay!!!
Starting today, i'll be brown bagging till i get the Arc jackets.
tags: Arc'teryx, Theta AR, Gamma SV, the North Face, Nike, GORE-TEX XCR, UnderArmour, Blitz, UA metal