Westcomb stuff arrived today from Gilt -- my first order with them. Shipping was fast and the packaging is great. They showed an excellent attention to detail throughout the whole process.
Westcomb products live up to their reputation: they are awesome -- it was like Christmas opening the box. Went ahead and grabbed five items; unsure what all I will pass on to others and what will be kept to replace other gear in the closet, but I was impressed enough with several pieces that it's worth mentioning my initial impressions here in case there is a future sale.
For reference, I'm 5'10", 160#, with long arms... a 39-long in a suit jacket, if that helps. All Westcomb items ordered were size Medium.
Arcane LT vest -- this piece is just exceptional. Best feeling vest I've tried on. Weight is heavy, at ~14oz, but it just feels perfect on. Schoeller Dynamic exterior with a thin layer of primaloft insulation. Pockets are lined and fit just right, vest is stylish and comfortable over a T-shirt, sweater or sweatshirt. Feels indestructible. Every seem just screams quality. One of the most enjoyable items I've ever put on -- very much looking forward to years of use.
Bravo Jacket - excellent feel, and very warm, made from Polartec Thermal Pro fleece. Loose enough to comfortably wear over a sweater; not so loose you can't get it on easily under a shell. Again, a very stylish cut and finish. This will get a LOT of everyday wear. Best fleece I've tried.
Ozone Hoody - this is the gridded Polartec Thermal Pro, and feels very nice, but not quite up to par of the previous two items. Cut for thinner shoulders -- or maybe just not articulated well enough in the pits -- but this rides up a little bit when I lift my arms. Very comfy, nice hood, and great for lounging, but the pits will make it a little more restrictive than I would like for cool weather sports that require a lot of arm movement. Unless you've got narrow shoulders, I wouldn't wear it climbing/skiing/disc golf, for instance.
Flex Jacket - Polartec Power Shield and eVent -- awesome combo. Looks great, though the angled-main zipper (starts in the middle by your navel, ends up on the right side of your chin) is a little odd. Hand pockets are a little odd, too -- they are huge, and the openings are slanted in such a way that you've got to really pull your shoulders up and twist your arms a bit to reach the bottoms of the hand pockets -- great for storing extra gear, but just not as comfortable as they should be for a jacket with a $400 retail. Fabric and overall appearance are exceptional, though. Hood is huge, but adjusts well with cinches.
Vapor FX - serious skiing hardshell; powder skirt is non-removable. I like it, but am unsure whether it is necessary for the closet. It is a little bigger cut, and I can just barely get a M-tall Fugu jacket underneath. Very slight compression of the jacket, but if I keep it, this will be an unbelievable cold-weather pairing. Bulletproof and insanely warm. Hand pockets much better on this than on the Flex.
If folks have questions, let me know. Neither eVent jacket is going to be a great answer to ultralight backpacking, but they're awesome for other apps, and at 80% off, these were far, far better than other gear of similar prices...
Overall, better fit and quality than anything else in my closet, including Montbell, GoLite, Arc'Teryx, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, etc... closest comparison for quality out of what I've tried is Montane and -- believe it or not -- the backcountry.com house brand.
Anyway, long overview, I know, but just wanted to say thanks again to Greg for the headsup on the best gear deal I've seen in years, and thanks to Ben for the signup link that helped me get an account in time to take advantage of it. You guys are awesome.