Thanks for tips Greg.I don't mind spending money on quality products that work well and last. A good jacket will typically last me about 5 years of relatively frequent use. I use my outdoor clothing for a variety of self propelled outdoor sports that often take me into the backcountry for multiple days so functionality and durability are king. I don't buy the latest lightest "wonder fabric" but tend toward more durable proven fabrics and functional designs. I currently have an Arc'teryx jacket and bib pants which work well, but have owned a number of different "well known" manufacturer's products over the years. When zippers fail or I rip a piece of clothing I get it fixed. Most larger cities or outdoor oriented town have outdoor clothing repair shops. Search for warranty repair centres, many of them service a number of manufacturers warranty repairs as well as individual's non-warranty repairs. Any on the topic of warranty in my experience Arc'teryx is outstanding in warranting their products.
Yep, will get the zip fixed, my wife is an expert seamstress, she has other projects ahead of my jacket in her queue, but she said she'd take a look at it.
The Berghaus was only a stop gap until I found a better quality jacket, I hear you re functionality and durability, exactly what I'm looking for also.
Was initially impressed by the Berghaus even though it was a lot cheaper than some of the brands being mentioned on this thread, but looks like zips are still a weakness, either mine or for Berghaus.