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    hai dere,

    bought a outdoor research 800 loft puffer jacket, with waterproof shell, have worn it in the rain twice and YES its actually waterproof, was $380 at bivouac on spesh. don't know why you would bother with a synthetic jacket, the main benefits of down are that it packs down nice and compact and keeps you warm. realisticly, its not ideal to wear these sorts of jackets purposely in the rain so in theory if its raining, wear a rainjacket and then theres no need for a synthetic jacket that might or might not stay warm when it gets wet.

    I see this cactus stuff, but some of their prices are a bit exorbidant so ill stick to the better value euro stuff in the meantime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoped View Post
    hai dere,

    bought a outdoor research 800 loft puffer jacket, with waterproof shell, have worn it in the rain twice and YES its actually waterproof, was $380 at bivouac on spesh. don't know why you would bother with a synthetic jacket, the main benefits of down are that it packs down nice and compact and keeps you warm. realisticly, its not ideal to wear these sorts of jackets purposely in the rain so in theory if its raining, wear a rainjacket and then theres no need for a synthetic jacket that might or might not stay warm when it gets wet.

    I see this cactus stuff, but some of their prices are a bit exorbidant so ill stick to the better value euro stuff in the meantime.
    Yeah don't look at cactus look at wear on earth. $340 for a hooded 750 loft custom fit and fabric options... If it gets damaged the shop is right here in nz to fix it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoped View Post
    I see this cactus stuff, but some of their prices are a bit exorbidant so ill stick to the better value euro stuff in the meantime.
    Perceived value is always a funny one. If it lasts twice as long, then anything below twice the price is better value. Plus Cactus gear is made here in NZ rather than by some kid being payed 20c/hour in an Indonesian sweatshop.
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    I own a lot of cactus gear, and none of it had died yet.
    I have to get them to custom fit the pants and shorts-they are very happy to do so.

    And as had been said, if you a in any way work wise connected with the outdoors they do very good discounts. Still not cheep. But worth asking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelBen View Post
    Perceived value is always a funny one. If it lasts twice as long, then anything below twice the price is better value. Plus Cactus gear is made here in NZ rather than by some kid being payed 20c/hour in an Indonesian sweatshop.
    I agree 100 percent. I say if it costs twice as much and lasts three times a long you've made a better purchase decision.

    I love Catus gear, such good quality. Maybe even a little over engineered!
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    The new canvas down jacket looks pretty good.
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    Earth Sea Sky have a primaloft jacket out soon also, worth a look I would think.

    The Cactus jacket is made by Wear On Earth in Chch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    yep they look good and a lot cheaper at $360. will drop in and have a look
    I bought a wear on earth jacket in 2003. It went to the top of a lot of mountains, round the world, covered in duct tape from rips. I sent it back to Blair at wear on earth in 2013 after 10 years to get a zip repaired. Talked to him about buying a new one with a hood on it. It came back to me, with a new zip, new hood, all re stuffed, all panels resewn. And he charged me nothing.

    I can't possibly talk high enough about his customer service or his jackets.

    Unfortunately it was stolen last year.

    I'll be buying another for sure
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    Just picked my wear on earth up, very happy and just in time cause it's bloody cold and drizzly down here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freezer View Post
    I bought a wear on earth jacket in 2003. It went to the top of a lot of mountains, round the world, covered in duct tape from rips. I sent it back to Blair at wear on earth in 2013 after 10 years to get a zip repaired. Talked to him about buying a new one with a hood on it. It came back to me, with a new zip, new hood, all re stuffed, all panels resewn. And he charged me nothing.

    I can't possibly talk high enough about his customer service or his jackets.

    Unfortunately it was stolen last year.

    I'll be buying another for sure
    Very rare to get that kind of service these days, kudos to them
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    I ripped my Riverworks waders on opening weekend last year. Sent them back expecting to have to pay for the repair as it was my fault. Riverworks fiixed them and couriered them back for free. Still a few good companies out there.

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    Just ordered my Wear on Earth jacket , What a easy going bloke to deal with . Tell him what you want and he can't be more helpful . Highly recommend the service . Heads up he has a heavy fabric in olive , in limited supply , if anyone keen . !00 % waterproof .
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    Have been wearing mine every morning, real good jacket
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    Have been wearing mine every morning, real good jacket
    How was your service ? similar to mine so far ?
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