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Stellar Equipment Shell Jacket - First thoughts

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@BobinCH, hmmm. Just being very, very much cheaper is not an excuse for thoughtless design.

For me, fit, was key, then pockets and collar. I’m short, with relatively less spine vs thigh bones, reasonably broad thru shoulders but otherwise slim, with short arms.

So typically for Scandi fits I either can’t breath or the jacket’s down to my knees. (Exaggerates for effect...).

Bizarrely the shell fits. And if I get 50% durability for 50% price, that’s Ok.

Back on pants looks you were never the design client. Braces weird though. I often think not so much thought goes into the trouser end of things.
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@mgrolf, take a read of this link and reviews and the feedback and then decide for yourself if a company that’s being going since 1929 with such an excellent service culture, sustainability record and product development is producing a better quality than one which is new on the block and claims to have “the best fabric on the market”, it’s half the price, has little track record I assume, never heard of it....I’ve been wearing Norrona for 10 years, never had any issues fell in my new Lofoten Pro Jacket last season, brand new jacket, ripped it on ski edge totally my fault, told them so and they had it sent back for repair, said they couldn’t make a perfect job so replaced it for me FOC, 699€ * jacket, I would have been happy paying for a patch repair......That’s quality imo, it’ll last me 5/6 years minimum.

https://www.norrona.com/en-GB/products/lofoten/lofoten-gore-tex-pro-ski-jacket-men/

* PS I didn’t pay that, nor would I.

The Stellar jackets look ok btw....


Just an observation - not about either brand - but I wouldn't necessarily rule out new entrants in this area.

Showing my age a bit but North Face were pretty unknown in Europe before they launched the original (Lhotse) Mountain Jacket in the late 80s. It totally redefined the market for mountaineering shells. It was THE standard that everyone else had to compete with and was widely copied.
Arcteryx did the same thing in, what, the late 90s. Come from nowhere with just better, deceptively minimalist designs and excellent quality. Most high quality shells today owe a lot to the arcteryx designs of 20 years ago.
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Disappointed to hear this. Always been a Hoglofs fan but feel their products have gone off the boil recently. Norrona ok but not my personal choice. What else would any snowhead recommend, looking for ski pants and a down undergarment?
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@richardarthur, For pants if you can find Marmot Spires, we're on our 7th (?) season and they still look almost like brand new. Very few cuts, etc.

A "down" undergarment? For why?
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richardarthur wrote:
............What else would any snowhead recommend, looking for ski pants and a down undergarment?......


Quite simple, Outdoor Research.

Great quality, attention to detail and Powder Magazine's first-ever apparel of the year winner.

I've now clocked up 9 sorties in SnowVember using their Hemisphere Jacket and bib pants, the stretch Goretex strech tech is great under the crutch and helps kick-turns no end.

I was really hoping for some shite weather today on my 850m excursion to give it a real test, but the weather cleared.

https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/mens-hemispheres-jacket-268073
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@Weathercam, I don't like the colours...
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In addition to the above... Arcteryx, North Face, Mammut, Elevenate, Peak Performance, Patagonia all make good quality gear

Hard to beat Norrona Lofoten GTX Pro pants though...
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@BobinCH, I think if I was doing som eserious touring, I'd want some very tour specific pants though.
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@BobinCH, I think if I was doing som eserious touring, I'd want some very tour specific pants though.


This is to be avoided at all costs!
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Burton ak. The pants are great that I Have used. I like OR gear too but AK pants are much better imo
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@BobinCH, I think if I was doing some serious touring, I'd want some very tour specific pants though.


Sounds like a new thread to me Laughing

Over the years I've amassed more ski touring pants than touring skis I think Laughing

Though why is it, even with the latest touring pants it's still a PITA to get them over your boots rolling eyes

I should also give a shout out for the Scott GTX gear, too heavy a shell jacket for touring but was using it at Val Thorens all last weekend, and on Saturday when only a couple of lifts were open, so you can imagine what the wind speeds and conditions were like.

My jacket, in fact, that really is (literally) my jacket now Laughing

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Weathercam wrote:
under a new name wrote:
@BobinCH, I think if I was doing some serious touring, I'd want some very tour specific pants though.


Sounds like a new thread to me Laughing

Over the years I've amassed more ski touring pants than touring skis I think Laughing

Though why is it, even with the latest touring pants it's still a PITA to get them over your boots rolling eyes

I should also give a shout out for the Scott GTX gear, too heavy a shell jacket for touring but was using it at Val Thorens all last weekend, and on Saturday when only a couple of lifts were open, so you can imagine what the wind speeds and conditions were like.

My jacket, in fact, that really is (literally) my jacket now Laughing



You must have missed these from your collection then

https://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk/tour-pant

they have decent adjustment at the cuff

Very reasonable at 140 quid full price too
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jedster wrote:
...........You must have missed these from your collection then

https://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk/tour-pant

they have decent adjustment at the cuff

Very reasonable at 140 quid full price too.........


No disagree with you on that, they are still a bit of PITA to get around your boot Laughing

And I think I picked them up on FleaBay for around £50

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No disagree with you on that, they are still a bit of PITA to get around your boot

Very Happy

guess 3 buckle cabrios tend to be slimmer through the calf...
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@richardarthur, Some keenly priced and smart looking Marmot gear on Sportspursuit. Ski pants at £149 less than half price https://www.sportpursuit.com/catalog/product/view/id/1506715?click=eyJxdWVyeSI6Ik1hcm1vdCBmcmVlcmlkZXIiLCJwYWdlIjoxLCJwYWdlU2l6ZSI6NDIsInBvcyI6MTB9
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BobinCH wrote:
Alas I bought a Stellar Shell / Pants but the fit doesn’t work for me at all so will have to send it back. The medium jacket is pretty baggy and boxier than the fitted Norrona shape. Quality of Workmanship / materials also not at same level eg the braces for the pants are awful!


I initially bought the Shell range but swapped them for Guide. The difference is marked and the Guide kit feels much more durable. Both ranges fitted me but the Guide pants are a perfect fit.

I have to be honest, I simply have not considered whether I like the braces or not. They are braces, they go under my mid layer and that's where my involvement of them finishes.

At the weekend we were in a ski shop in Val d'Isere. A friend looked at the Lofotek trousers... €700??? That's crazy money and not twice as good or even a lot better... even if that were possible.

Second season (they've done 46 days) and I'm very happy with my Stellar kit.
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Lofotek trousers... €700???

@bar shaker, You mean Lofoten Pro?......I pay much less than 1/2 that for mine and never first week of the season in one of the most expensive places in the world for ski kit!
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BobinCH wrote:
@richardarthur, Some keenly priced and smart looking Marmot gear on Sportspursuit. Ski pants at £149 less than half price https://www.sportpursuit.com/catalog/product/view/id/1506715?click=eyJxdWVyeSI6Ik1hcm1vdCBmcmVlcmlkZXIiLCJwYWdlIjoxLCJwYWdlU2l6ZSI6NDIsInBvcyI6MTB9


My Marmot shell is now a good five years old and doubles as my day to day outdoor jacket (used a lot here in Ireland!!). Holding up really well apart from the cuffs where the material is showing signs of wear (literal mechanical abrasion). If the pants are as good, recommended.
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bar shaker wrote:


At the weekend we were in a ski shop in Val d'Isere. A friend looked at the Lofotek trousers... €700??? That's crazy money and not twice as good or even a lot better... even if that were possible.

Second season (they've done 46 days) and I'm very happy with my Stellar kit.


Sounds like the Guide kit is a significant step up but IMO Norrona Lofoten Pro is definitely twice as good as the Shell pants. And as above, most people get them with some level of discount and the Pants last hundreds of days with minimal degradation
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@jedster, @Weathercam, the touring pants tight at the cuff thing needs a separate thread. I have the same issue with my Bergans touring pants.
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(P.S. not in any way associated with the company)...

So far two little days. A few pistes with the niblings who were coldy and unenthusiastic and a shortish but enthusiastic skin this morning. Weather kind and sunny both days alhough neither super cold.

I like what I see. Pockets where I want them. Fit where I want it. A nice high collar.

Will know more next week.

Actually, why don't I hold off my until I have something meaningful to relate? Twisted Evil
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Father Christmas came early!
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Nice! I'd have black marks all over the yellow pants after my first couple of outings but I'm a disaster like that.
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They look really tight in the crotch area so will be useless for touring wink
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They look really tight in the crotch area so will be useless for touring wink

Give you a chance to keep up NehNeh
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Weathercam wrote:
They look really tight in the crotch area so will be useless for touring wink


They’re not!
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@BobinCH excellent choice and colours. I just bought exactly the same Laughing
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@BobinCH, looks very smart. Quite recognisable though, not so great for those cat burglar like jewel heists.
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@under a new name, how are you finding it after a few uses?

Being a bit of a gear magpie, I'd been following this and having accidentally found their website with some very well placed advertising on social media, it all became a bit much and I've ended up buying the Guide shell and pants. I've had a bit of a fiddle and thought I'd post my thoughts...not least given the number of comparisons to Norrona...and I've been using Norrona kit exclusively for the past 7 years or so. This will hurt some people (not least me) but I think the quality of their kit has dropped in the past few years: my current kit is the Lofoten active shell and pants. Within a few weeks of use, both velcro cuff closures were unravelling themselves and both boot cuffs disintegrated. 2 seasons in and I have a sieve not a jacket. The fabric's light but also not durable (for me) and wears on the shoulders/waist through constant use with reasonably well-loaded backpacks. Anyway, the point being I was after something more durable that doesn't cost £950.

Shell: Let's get this out of the way first - the Norrona is, in general, a better fit. I'm 186cm, 73 kg (much like a pencil). Both jackets in medium and the Guide is slightly wider through the body, similar length but the arms are 15mm shorter or so. The Norrona has a Y-shaped cut so with your hands raised above your head, it doesn't bind as much as the Guide (which has pre-bent arms and cut short under the arm pits). Half an hour flouncing about and I'm used to it and it's certainly not bad - it's just the Norrona is very good (for me). The quality is at least equal to the Norrona; very fine stitching, similar width taping, no weird loose ends. The fabric is much heavier - it's similar in density to the 'proper' Lofoten pro shell pants (yes, I've owned a pair of those, too. They were brilliant). This is where I'm it has the edge over the Norrona (which I'll attempt to warranty and then flog to another magpie). I'm almost sold*

* They include pre-paid postage so returning them is very easy; much like a lot of direct sell products.

Pants: If the shell has me slightly on the fence, the pants I'm completely sold on. It's basically a slightly slimmer, marginally longer version of the Lofoten pro-shell pant with some little extra features that show a lot of thought to the end user. These include two extra pockets, a loop to clip a transceiver to in one of the cargo pockets and poppers on the legs to keep them from flapping like sails when you're in full spring touring stomp sun's-out-guns-out mode. I have a lot of hope for these.

Assuming I don't throw my poo-poo and decide to return them, I'll be using next weekend so will report on breathability (it seems I won't be testing their resistance to precipitation for a little while...). Apologies for the ramble; NYE put me off going to the pub so internet it is.
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...ah I neglected to mention the 'free' base layers they throw in at the moment. I didn't hold out much hope (why would you if they throw top and bottom in? Plus they're synthetic) and my plan is to flog them for a few quid. However, the top is very well sized/fitted and presuming their claims of odour free use are true, worth having. The pants are full length so straight to eBay for me.
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Just spent a week skiing with some Stellar ski pants and I can't fault them. I've read all the posts above about fit and preferences and it comes down to personal preference. If you follow their guide on the website you can't really go wrong size wise, if the zip position is not quite what you are used to, get over it, change is a good thing! Was a Halgofs fan but Stellar is definitely right up there. I say well done to them competing against the big boys.
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@baronofthecourt, I’m on day 18 and still very happy. Mind you, I haven’t had any weather to deal with!
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Have any of you managed to put many days into your Stellar gear to give a longer term review, or did that thing that I won't mention scupper your skiing since last Jan?
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3 months of action last year and the kit is still going strong. Can’t fault it to be honest.
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@Tom Doc, so last year I'm guessing I only put in maybe 25 days or so. This year maybe 9 or 10?

Mostly been rando this year so using lighter kit.

But I am still very pleased. Next year we may see the longer term Happy
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Thanks guys. I might just take the plunge.
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