Has more potential to accelerate your cold-weather training than a dump truck full of goo packets.
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Its Arc'teryx, what can I say?
Ok, Arc'teryx is expensive. But slip in into this piece of clothing and you get it. Immediately. Running on this jacket feels heavenly, its not bulky at all, stays close to your skin without getting in the way, has a surprising capability of removing moisture away from your body. You know how most fabrics nowadays claim to do that? I never go it until I used this jacket, after running with it in 10 F or 90 F I would always finish my run with my jacket clearly soaked on the outside and fairly dry on the inside. To the point that my winter runs didn't get followed by cold sweats.
The orange color, on the other side, is, well... a bit hideous, but, whatever, for this amazing jacket, the color is the least of my concerns.
Oh, and the reflections for night runs are very good. See the picture of me under the lower yosemite fall during the night.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my goto top layer, its amazing. Did the colorado trail this summer with light-poly + this + rainshell. Use it almost every day this fall on top of bike shirt for warmth. Im quite sure this winter it will replace my older expedition-weight capilene as a mid layer. Breathes great, nice fit, I'm buying a 2nd one. The tail is a little long, so it works nice for riding. (I'm 5-10 190 in a large). The little pocket on the arm is kindof weird, its really just for a key or something, but I can pack in a 1/2 bar for a snack.
Really a great layer.
I wanted to love it
The title says it all. I really wanted to love this jacket, and at first I really did like it, but then I started to realize I really didn't. First of all, for any of you guys that have reviewed saying too roomy or too baggy, use some common sense and size down. The jacket fits fine. Since Arcteryx started mass merchandizing (around 2008 they blew up commercially) their sizing turned really wacky. From then on smalls became mediums; Mediums became large and larges became XL. This is a pretty common fact so don't say that is a flaw it is just their sizing has changed and you need to just size down. Now for this jacket, I really liked the materials top notch, lite, packable, slightly insulated with reflective heat, wind resistant and above all active fit. What I did not like about this jacket is no stretch, just doesn't have it. The reason I got two was I returned one because the zipper kept coming down unless I had it all the way to the top which I don't like to do all of the time unless I need to (and the neck was a little tight especially with layers). Now if I was just hanging out and relaxing this was not a problem but on the trail running it was down right annoying. So I returned it and the same issue. So I realized this jacket just was not going to work for me. So I cut my loses. Sizing; I am 5'10" 165. I have a 41-42 inch chest depending ont the season and a 19-20 inch long torso. This jacket fit me perfectly in the small. I will admit it was a little tighter than I normally wear, but it really did not feel tight when moving and that is all that matters. I hope this helps some of you out.
Wonderful fabric, too roomy
Feels and looks great, but not at all trim (see my similar quarrel with the Celeris). I'll admit to being scrawny at 5-10 and 135, but I'm swimming in a Small. Please, Arc, make this truly trim or beginning producing X-Smalls. I'd love to own this jacket if it fit.
I have had this a few years now, and like...
I have had this a few years now, and like as a light layer. Unfortunately it got a brief spell on a drying cycle (in an irritating combi washer and dryer) which has left it wrinkly. A second wash hasn't helped, and it is not meant to be ironed. Any ideas as to get it back to its smooth origins?
You might try just getting it wet and then hang drying it outside. I've had decent luck getting wrinkles out of tech fabrics that way.
My husband loves it!
Bought these for my husband and he loves it, and if it starts to rain a little it keeps you dry.
How athletic of a cut is this? I wear...
How athletic of a cut is this? I wear between XL and XXL as I have 48" chest with broad shoulders which puts me in XXL but a 36-38 waist which always leaves me with a lot of room. I find I'm an XL in loose cuts like the Firee and Sabre SV. Does this run tight enough to be an XXL for me or would an XL fit? Thanks
Levi, I think you can wear an XL in this jacket. I wouldn't consider this jacket an athletic cut.
I'm looking for a solid replacement for...
I'm looking for a solid replacement for my Marmot DriClime Windshirt. After 10 years, it is done. Think this is a comparable replacement.
The Accelero will offer slightly less wind resistance but much better breathability and will also be better at fending off abrasion. It doesn't have the fleece inside like the Driclime which makes it light and really packable, but not quite as warm. There is the Solano which is more similar to the DriClime, but I prefer the Accelero.
Light but not much substance, also runs generous in size
Just purchased this jacket and it is very light. Unfortunately, a size "large" is too billowy for me, which is strange since I went by the size chart and usually wear large to xl in more athletic or technical jackets. So consider sizing down if you are going to use this in colder applications or for more active athletic use.
I used the jacket skate skiing for 70 minutes in 24F the other evening with a long sleeve medium weight underwear piece next to my skin and the Accelero jacket on top.
Because the jacket is too large on me, the open space it created caused some cold spots. I was exercising at mostly aerobic pace with some minor pushes at anaerobic threshold, and for the most part the jacket was "ok" it wasn't "awesome" as it didn't dry quickly at that temperature and with a little wind, I found it borderline cold for standing around in after the work-out. I don't think it would have been a very pleasing garment at that same activity but for a much longer time.
Post work-out, I just put a warmer jacket over the Accelero and drove home. It dried slightly by the time I was home, it was never soaking wet or anything, but it did seem to retain odor, so instead of just hanging it, I washed it in cold and hung it to dry. It was perfectly dry the next morning.
I went for a run this evening in similar temps in the 20s but with more wind and was very dissatisfied. I have other lighter technical jackets that keep me better insulated and I don't think the jacket's breathability is anything special. In fact, I would say unless you are doing zone 1, or light aerobic activity, this jacket is not a great piece to work out in. I was thinking the weight to warmth ratio would be much better, but it functions very similarly to a straight lightweight nylon jacket warmth wise, but not as good as nylon in wicking perspiration.
I love Arcteryx stuff and would like to try and exchange it for a warmer more technical piece, or in the least for a size medium as a tighter fit might help, but if you are looking for a light, functional and highly technical jacket, this Accelero may not be the one you want.
Does anybody have the measurments of the...
Does anybody have the measurments of the front and back in size L and XL??
Best jac I've ever owned.
Breathes like nothing else. Keeps the wind almost fully of of you. Dries out in no time flat. Great for layering. Im 5"10 200 lbs with broad shoulders and athletic build and I wear a Medium. I like it to fit trim against my body. I jumped into a river with this on today and it was dry in 15 minutes. Have worn it for a year strait almost every day. I won't leave home without it.
Amazing for approaches.
**EDIT** Still going strong for two years now, everyday wear.**
Good for what it is
Semi waterproof, and wind resistant -- good jacket for pre- and post-ride, as well as foggy or damp excursions.
GREAT fabric, lack of pocket
I have tried last year and this year's Accelero, love the material and fit. I mainly wear it as a top layer over a wicking shirt while running 5~10 miles. The HUGE drawback is lack of large pockets and no drawstring around waist. I do like a tiny tiny pocket on bicep, but it's barely large enough for...eh, a coin? I have to carry a few keys, cash, subway card at minnimal, and this jacket force me to wear a toolbelt (not really...fuelbelt) which I don't like. Arc is very minimalistic design, and this is perfect example, but for the price, they can add a little more functions.
Like other Arc garments, it's well made, handsome, and probably functions extremely well. But it's much too roomy for me. At 5-10 and less than 140, I have trouble finding many Smalls that will fit properly. Unfortunately, this is one of those. I wish Arc made its Smalls a little smaller; then again, I'd need another closet if they did. Although this seems intended for aerobic sports, it seems cut more for climbers. On my admittedly scrawny runner's body with admittedly shortish arms, the chest is too wide (although the stomach is decently trim) and the sleeves are much too long. If you have a well-developed upper body and long arms, or like extra sleeve length for reaching, then this will work for you. For my purposes, i.e., running with just a thin shirt underneath, it's too roomy through the body and has too much fabric weighing me down in the arms. The three stars don't reflect the quality of the piece, just my disappointment at how this is cut for its intended use--high-output activities.
Great running jacket
Lightweight, breathable and very warm, this jacket is a very comfortable layer. I primarily wear this jacket while running and I don't even notice I'm wearing it. There's plenty of room to layer underneath and it doesn't hold smells.
It doesn't have many bells and whistles other than a small pocket on the left arm. I thought it was a bit pricey to have such few features, but it's still a great jacket and does exactly what it says.
My favorite features are that it's lined with bamboo and the sleeve openings have elastic to say in place on my wrists.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this jacket!
I use this for all outdoor aerobic activity. It is ridiculously light. Blocks the wind, blocks the drizzle, and has cool reflectors. I took it on a 30 mile bike ride today in 30 degree weather with a couple midweight smartwool layers underneath and was perfectly comfortable. I also use it for running and it works quite well.
The jacket looks cool too. Get lots of compliments on it's look. It's cut very athletically.
I have about five Arcteryx jackets and this is my favorite.
My ONLY recommendation for improvement would be to make the mp3 player pocket on the sleeve slightly larger. I would typically use my iphone for listening to mp3s and this pocket won't quite hold something that size. Given the prevalence of iphone-sized mp3 players, it just makes sense to have the pocket accommodate something of that size.
For fit, I am 6'2", 210lbs and wear a 42 Long sized suit and the MEDIUM Accelero works perfect. I can fit a couple layers of medium-weight smartwool underneath this jacket all zipped up without issue or tightness. I feel like a large would be a little baggy, which would seem to undermine the purpose of this jacket.
Great "action" jacket
This is my multi-sport "go-to" jacket. I have used it for trail runs in cold/wind/drizzle, mountain biking, road biking, skinning, climbing, and hiking. It has been great for all of these aerobic, high energy output endeavors. It sports a near perfect balance between breathability and wind resistance. Over about 50-55F and it starts getting a little hot (while moving) and I would say it gets a bit breezy in winds over 15-20mph. When the wind picks up or it gets a little chilly, this jacket is right at home underneath another layer, either a puffy or another shell. When too warm, it unzips to dump heat, or disappears in your pack. It is lightweight and dries very quickly. As mentioned in an earlier review, the jacket is slightly longer in the back, this is great under a harness or backpack waistbelt and on a bike as well.
The only drawback I can think of would be the lack of pockets, but I can't imagine adding handwarmer pockets would be an improvement to this jacket.
I also tried the Patagonia Traverse, which is somewhat similar, but I found it to be a bit heavier and breathability wasn't quite as good.
For the fit beta: I am 6'0" (182cm) and 180-185 lbs (~83kg), I have a 41" (104cm) chest, 33" (83cm) waist, and am 48" (123cm) around the outside of my shoulders. At these measurements, I occupy a massively annoying middle ground between medium and large in Arc'teryx and Patagonia gear and I usually wind up bouncing between the two sizes depending on the cut of the specific jacket or shirt. In this piece the medium fits perfect, not too euro-slim and just enough room to comfortably fit a t-shirt and/or a midweight base layer, no more. I tried the large and it was pretty baggy, to the point of being annoying. I don't think the jacket was meant to layer much underneath it, so I stuck with the medium and I've been very happy with it.
Bottom line: This is a perfect "approach"/"action" jacket. It has worked great for me in this role in many sports and many conditions.
Photo is near the summit of Mt. Hood last August.
Nice but spartan
Great, super light material, good moisture management (moisture from the inside). Works well below 0°C / 30F as long as you are on the move producing heat (jacket does not really warm due to thin fabric).
Size runs big, for comparison, I (6'1" 170ish) got an Atom MX which is trim/snug fit, Gamma MX which is probably "athletic" fit and the Accelero, which is considerably bigger (all in size medium). The longer, hip length, cut is very nice, but it's also very roomy around the torso, so I had like 3cm stitched off from pits to waist on both sides to make it fit similar to the Gamma MX.
Small pockets would be nice too if you were to use it for hiking, trail running or other multi-hour/outdoorsy activities.
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I want to buy both Delta SV pullover and...
I want to buy both Delta SV pullover and an Accelero jacket from Arcteryx. I have a Rho LT (size L) and Tau pullover size (M). I am 170 lbs and 6´.
What size should I buy in each model? Differences between Accelero and Celeris jacket (use winter running) ?
You're a medium (Rho LT runs a bit small) in all of these. The Arc'teryx Accelero is a really breathable, medium wind and weather resistant piece. Between the Accelero and Celeris, I get much more use from the Accelero, and it works great as a mid-layer for cold weather activities under a hardshell, too.