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Too Little For The Money
from Ice Coast, NY
About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser
Comments about Ride Admiral Jacket:
I bought this jacket to replace my old ski jacket. I've never purchased any clothing made by Ride, and after this I probably won't again. For the price (~$350 at time of purchase) you get two things: good looks, and a decent shell material (haven't used it in the rain yet). I ski fairly often (<30 days per season), and my main concern with this jacket is that it just won't hold up. You may notice that it has a one year warrantee, which is a huge vote of confidence right from the manufacturer (that's sarcastic). For this price you can find a jacket with a limited lifetime warrantee, or at least something better than a year. I can first comment on the materials used. First, the outer layer of the jacket is terribly thin, which makes the jacket light, but after one session in the park (with my due amount of spills) I noticed an abrasion in the fabric. Also, I have a feeling that the cuffs will rip where the cinch strap comes out on the wrist because it is not well reinforced. Second, the quality of pretty much every other material on the jacket is sub par. The insulation in the inside will stick to velcro (why Ride....why?) and starts to degrade quickly because of that. The powder skirt feels like it will tear if anything contacts it forcefully. The zippers on the side pockets are not water resistant (are you that eager to save money, Ride?). The microfleece on the inside of the collar is already beginning to wear after three uses. Basically, the only quality pieces on this jacket are the zipper pulls on the chest vents (no, those aren't pockets). In addition to the poor quality, there are a a few design and workmanship flaws. This jacket has one closable internal pocket, and that's the phone/music player pocket, which is made of the same material as the powder skirt and is not waterproof (RIP electronics). The lack of internal pockets is a definite con for me, as I like to stash things on the inside of my jacket for protection. I can't say that I'm a fan of the vesnts on the chest due to the fact that a backpack would interfere with them (not too well thought out). Lastly, on my jacket the thumb holes on the wrist gaiters were different sizes, and the smaller one cuts of circulation to my thumb. For the price of this jacket, something like that simply shouldn't happen.All in all, this jacket looks cool, but is built like a jacket that costs 1/3 the price. I learned my lesson with Ride. I'm gonna stick to buying jackets from companies that make jackets.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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