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I bought the Lowe Alpine Legend Jacket (women's), in bright bright blue, when I was a college student in Ohio. I bought it when I was a sophomore or junior from an online website. Now, eight years later (it could even be more), I still have the jacket. I have worn it almost every day for the past eight years. Because it is excellent. I wear it running (I am a runner). I wear it to bed (because I am always cold). I wear it all weekend. I wear it out to restaurants. I wear it before trial. I can't stop wearing it.
I look homeless, now, though, wearing it. I don't really care. The front zipper is broken so sometimes the zip comes undone from the bottom. It will end up in such a configuration that it appears to be attached only at mid-chest. The sleeves are frayed. There are holes near the cuff attachments. I can put my hand through the holes. It's matted down and faded, full of pils. It's strained in all the right places. It looks like a dead, polyester animal.
Guess what? People keep challenging me to throw it in the garbage. When my family sees me wearing it, they shrink back in disgust. My sister refuses to let me wear it out with her, because, no matter what I look like otherwise, I still look like a bum in this excellent fleece. It's an embarrassment for everyone but me.
About three years or so, I expended honest efforts in replacing the jacket. I bought, for example, a Mountain Hardware jacket that is similar. Same breast pocket, almost the same color, same monkey fur-ness. I wore it for awhile and then OLE LEGEND resurfaced and the Mountain Hardware jacket went into the back of the closet. The Mountain Hardware did not stand the test of time in so many ways. Bummer. (This was purchased after my efforts at petitioning the online community to find me a new Legend jacket, which you can find evidence of on this website. Let the record reflect that the replacement attempt was futile).
About six months ago, I undertook (further) very serious efforts to locate a replacement jacket. This included searching Craiglist in strategic fashion. I searched Montana, Utah, Colorado ... anywhere that someone might post a lonely Legend up for sale. I had no luck. I called the company. I requested that an employee of the company find the jacket for me. Certainly there had to be JUST ONE JACKET IN THE WAREHOUSE SOMEWHERE? There was no such jacket. There was nothing on Ebay, online, outerwear stores that specialize in Lowe Alpine. If you see the jacket come up - if you don't believe me - it will all be a sham. It is not for sale at the Sierra Trading Post.
After all of these years of agonizing, I recently bought a Lowe Alpine Delphia Jacket. It's pretty sweet. The brand is the same, the color is similar, it's furry and everyone loves it and (to some, more importantly), I do not look homeless anymore. But guess what? The Legend Jacket? Wore it today.
So, more than attempt to win this contest, I am issuing yet another plea to the online community to PLEASE FIND ME ONE! There has to be one somewhere!! I have never had a love affair with a piece of clothing like I have with this jacket. I will have it forever. If you issue a contest in ten years about a piece of outerwear that someone has had for twenty years, I'm going to win it. This jacket is my adult security blanket. And I love it more than anything.