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    Jacket advice for a Canadian

    Kia Ora from BC boys and girls. Need some advice, I'm from Vancouver and live up here still but I lived in NZ for about a year quite a while ago and I loved the longer swanni/Swazi jackets. I currently have an older Swazi tahr with the gore tex membrane. Needing to replace the old battler soonish and have been looking at new ones online. I came across the stoney Creek tarn alpine in my research and it looks pretty good, i particularly like that it has put zips. Wondering what people's experiences have been like with it compared to the Swazi good, bad, in between. Also how does it compare in length, I really like the length of my Swazi, and are they sized relatively the same? I run an xl for the Swazi. Chur in advance.
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    i have the stoney creek tarn alpine, good length, comparable to the swazi. Swazi is a bigger jacket overall probably, both certainly not in the lightweight category. I like the tarn alpine

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    i have the stoney creek tarn alpine, good length, comparable to the swazi. Swazi is a bigger jacket overall probably, both certainly not in the lightweight category. I like the tarn alpine
    Thanks, the stoney Creek heavier then the Swazi?

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    What about the Hunters Element Elite?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    What about the Hunters Element Elite?


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    Never really heard of em. I'll look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    What about the Hunters Element Elite?


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    Now you've done it. How does the hunters element elite jacket compare to the other two? I have a Swazi tahr now and it's manageable weight wise. These other two heavier/lighter/same? I do mountain hunts for goats/elk/sheep and have packed the Swazi around. Any websites I can get a good look at the hunters element and see a price for it?

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    The Elite is made from the same fabric that the top model of breathable waders are made from (riverworks and hunters element are the same company). So the fabric is designed to maintain breathability even when completely submerged and also tough enough to withstand falls onto rocks. It's epic.

    Long drop like you mentioned you like, highest quality YKK zippers. I would have one of they came in XXS.

    Maybe email your fav NZ retailer for price. From memory it's upwards of $499NZD


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    What about the Hunters Element Elite?


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    If i were you I would be getting either Sitka or Kuiu depending what you can find on special / clearance

    They are a bit short on length though

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    Ha ha. Touché. I guess Kuiu is a good option and probably cheaper if you're already in North America.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    Ha ha. Touché. I guess Kuiu is a good option and probably cheaper if you're already in North America.


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    I got a bunch of kuiu and Sitka. None of em have the length.

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    I can always get friends mom's to mail kit to me as well, Canadian dollar is getting pounded by the US too so nothing from there is cheap anymore.

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    wouldnt go stoney creeky, heard bad reports on their gear. Will never go back to hunters element, shocking product. broken zippers etc.

    If I were you I'd either go Swazi or Kuiu. I have a mix of both and am stoked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotsoup View Post
    wouldnt go stoney creeky, heard bad reports on their gear. Will never go back to hunters element, shocking product. broken zippers etc.

    If I were you I'd either go Swazi or Kuiu. I have a mix of both and am stoked.
    Email HE about it, their designers are actual kiwi hunters. Alex is excellent and has the power to change things.

    Only broken zippers I have ever experienced were on older models that did not have the highest quality YKK and even those were just side vent pockets on trousers.


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