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"North Face" etc clothing, asia - worth buying at all?

Travel Forums Asia "North Face" etc clothing, asia - worth buying at all?

1. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Howdy, currently in Cambodia, going to Vietnam and then BKK before flying to China, and then OZ/NZ. Will need some sort of rain gear in NZ, and since I won't be doing a lot of *travelling* in Oz, have considered buying a raincoat in either China, or BKK (have somewhere in Hong Kong to leave it in China so won't be carrying it) as it's much cheaper than i could get in oz/nz.
The question I have is does the clothing actually keep you dry, or am I buying a dog and will have to buy a proper one in nz/oz anyway? Has anyone bought one of the eg North Face Goretex jackets and found it to be good?
Would it be better/cheaper in BKK or China (which city do you reckon, I'm visiting lots of them)
Thanks for any help

2. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Firstly, yes they are waterproof. I live in Scotland and it rains LOADS here so I can testify to their ability to stop rain getting in. Any one of the big names - North Face, Berghaus, Gore-Tex. Best to pay more for a well known one, as the old Jewish saying goes: "buy cheap, buy twice". I have the cheapest North Face waterproof - it cost me £60 and it is the bomb-diggy! My girlfriend has a Helly-Hansen one as well - they both hold the rain out.

3. Posted by andyt_uk (Budding Member 42 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

absolutely agree, go with the big name brands and you cant go wrong.
Cost a bit more, but it's worth it for the quality and durability.

4. Posted by kat_crane (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I actually had a similar question about buying "name brand" outdoor clothing in Asia. How can you tell if it's real or just a knock-off? And if anyone has had success in buying good quality gear in Asia, let us know where you found it. I'm especially looking for great hiking shoes. Some stores in America have specially trained staff who will analyze your stride and reccommend certain shoes, anything like that in China or Thailand? Anyone from Asia have a favorite gear shop? Thanks!!

5. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Kat_Crane, I'm not sure about specialist footwear shops in SE Asia, though I'm sure Bangkok will have something massive (not been there yet, going in 2 months though!).

As for whether or not brands are what they say they are, you could geek it up and look at sites which expose "fakes" so you know when you get there, or you could just trust the seller. If there's a sign in the window, if the shop looks professional and the quality of the garms is good then go for it. When it comes to waterproofs you need to be sure because it needs to serve a purpose, whereas with a Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren t-shirt i wouldn't be bothered whether it was fake or not. I guess it depends on how fashion conscious you are though!

My girlfriend's mate came back from China with what we called a pair of PIKEs. They were Puma trainers with Nike insoles stitched in! We found this hilarious. I'm sure you'll see some fashion faux pas while away as well!

6. Posted by loubylou (Respected Member 664 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was in Bangkok earlier this month I'm positive there are 'outdoors' shops there. If you go to Siam Square and check out Siam Discovery Centre and the new Siam Paragon Centre (it even has a Zara!), there is also the Gaysorn Shopping Centre just past Siam (can't remember the name of the BTS station though!) and Washington Square up near Asoke BTS station. All these have 'genuine' shops! Between these shopping centres I'm sure you'll be able to find a good waterproof jacket. Maybe some of the department stores like Robinson's will have waterproof jackets too.



7. Posted by enjaho (Full Member 39 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I go buy those stuffs in a small shop in Sogo (next to Erawan/Grand Hyatt hotel), they have genuine products but cheaper(no tax). Or just go to any department store and look for sport section, it's always on sale!
Amazing Thailand!