26th January 2005, 10:59 AM
$200 is quite impossible.
the advantage of goretex is that it is waterproof yet breathable.
there are several alternatives. 3M makes such a material too. (forgot what name)
check out the stores at peninsula and sports connection
26th January 2005, 11:04 AM
if you want to buy from China, make sure it is genuine.
they have pirated north face jackets for sale openly and it look like real ones (even with goretex tag). These imitation cost S$50.
26th January 2005, 01:12 PM
Goretex is actually stretched teflon, the material found on non-stick frying pans. Worse come to the worse you can make it yourself by buying a few frying pans and putting the teflon on your jacket!
26th January 2005, 02:27 PM
I have been to Mt. Rinjani last october.
Originally Posted by sam_always
Two mountain in one shot, Mt. Rinjani and Mt. Semeru
Alright then, save trip!
26th January 2005, 10:16 PM
wow.. you been to that 2 mountain ah??? can share some pic? i need to get some info from you le, can?
Originally Posted by popeye
Plan to go Tibet this dec, will jio you if you want...
26th January 2005, 10:22 PM
Why from the website, the cheapest gore tex jacket i can found is around $100USD which is $170SGD. Why cant get it the same price here???
Originally Posted by xieyuqi
27th January 2005, 04:24 AM
27th January 2005, 09:24 AM
Personally, I feel that if you are a serious hiker, it would be worthwhile to invest in a good Goretex jacket. But I noticed that you tend to hike in tropical locations so I guess thats why you dont want to spend too much on it. Also, Goretex does not work too well in our local weather because of the humidity i.e it is not very breathable. So no point trying to wear it as a raincoat here because a cheapo jacket would do as well.
My advice is to go to sports connection or planet traveller where there are cheap Goretex alternatives. I suspect the website you went to is having a sale, thats why its so cheap. You also have to factor in shipping costs which is a killer. Care to tell me which site you went to?
27th January 2005, 02:31 PM
what i can suggest if you're on a budget, buy a cheap waterproof outer jacket. Those withought lining. preferabble one from a well known brand. I got my rip curl one for about $80. Its just a thick tight woven single layer nylon construction. Then purchase a bottle of nickwax or similar waterproofing agent and liberally apply it onto the jacket. Then just combine it with a few layers of thermal underwear. With this combination i've successfully skiied and hiked in temperatures up to -10 degrees without any discomfort. I think it works better then a gore-tex jacket cuz you can remove layers of thermals in accordance with the different temperatures. When you're warm can remove a layer and still keep the water proof layer on top, unlike a thick jacket which is either on or off. Just remember to re-apply the nickwax before every trip(not every day though), cuz it does tend to wear off especially at the seams and other high firction areas.
Last edited by sleeper; 27th January 2005 at 02:35 PM.
27th January 2005, 11:42 PM
ya... some of them are having sales... try www.gore-tex.com. inside got alot of link to other side.... quite nice...
Originally Posted by Soyuz
maybe i will order online, becuase they freeship to everywhere in us. so can use singpost...
20th February 2005, 10:03 PM
when to advanture 21 last night. This shop mostly selling marmut outfit. price very scary, $600++ for original gore-tex outfit. Even gore-tex padlite single layer costs $300++. the price too scary liao... really cant afford to buy.... sigh...
21st February 2005, 03:12 PM
having climbed in big mountains (8000+metres), I would say that gore-tex is useful, but not to the point essential even for climbs like this.
climbing to KK will evolve alot of interaction with tropical elements, which also means that you will sweat a lot even when the ambient temperature is cold. In this case, gore-tex might not be the best option for you, as while its breathable, it still has 7 times less breathability than a cotton shirt.
a lot of fabrics in the market are waterproof and windproof, but its the breathable element which sets materials apart.
a pac lite jacket will suffice in most conditions, as they do away with the inner lining which saves weight, yet it acts similar to a goretex jacket except that its less abrasion proof.
The ones in adventure 21 are very high quality jackets, and some of these prices are cheaper compared to europe.
The jackets in china are likely to be fake unless you have extensive experience, and you wouldn't want to find out when the weather comes down on you.