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Don't let the sleek silhouette of the Arc'teryx Men's Modon Jacket deceive you—this warm winter shell is loaded with insulation to ward off the cold and Gore-Tex technology to protect you from the nastiest weather. When you're on a backcountry yurt trip and winter storms roll in like an angry momma bear, pull on this storm-proof jacket. From lapping the bowls to bump-riding runs to a quick hike for a blank palette, the Modon keeps you toasty and on the go until the sun goes down or the lifts stop running.

By combining two different Gore-Tex fabrics, you get rugged resistance to rough winter conditions while staying dry and relatively sweat free. Durable 80D nylon protects high-wear areas, while slightly more demure 70D nylon gives you free-riding movement for big-mountain mayhem. Gore-Tex tech weatherproofs your in-bound exploits for all-day adventures: you're guaranteed to stay dry when sitting in snowstorms on the ride up, and not finish the run drenched in sweat. If the sun sneaks out while you're following tracks to ungroomed greatness, open the underarm vents for a quick cool-down.

Resort and backcountry riding rarely is non-stop action. Compact Coreloft insulation cuddles your core, and the microsuede-lined collar keeps your chin chafe-free. An athletic fit gives this jacket a trim profile while giving you room to layer according to current conditions. The elastic powder skirt keeps smoky snow dust out from under your jacket, and the helmet-compatible hood means you don't have to choose between a dry head and safe head.

  • Gore-Tex 2L and 3L technology
  • 80D and 70D nylon plain weave fabrics
  • DWR finish
  • Compact Coreloft insulation, 80g
  • Underarm vents, mesh-backed
  • Articulated elbows, no-lift gusseted underamrs
  • Powder skirt
  • Hood, helmet-compatible
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Sweet and versatile!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

This is great ski jacket! Just the right amount of insulation to help keep you warm on the coldest days with proper layering. The shell just stops the wind cold! I had a Helly Hansen Enigma jacket previously, which is a great jacket, but I got way too hot often and I found myself not wearing it very often. This Modon is just right and looks killer. As with all arcteryx products, the quality is awesome, you cannot go wrong. I love this jacket! I finally found the right jacket. I can't wait to wear it on my upcoming heli trip!

Sidewinder v modon

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I will admit, I'm an arcteryx jacket snob. I have a sidewinder from a few years ago, with the stiffer pro shell. Yes it was stiffer but u knew it was bulletproof. I wanted a jacket w some light insulation for skiing and after extensive research, arc and others, I went w this one. It has insulation, but just enough. It's certainly not Michelin man by any means, but it's not just a shell. It's more or less a shell with a nano puff or lightweight synthetic jacket underneath. It really fit the bill for what I was looking for. If u want full on insulation, go w the fission. If u want a shell, get the beta or sidewinder. But if u want a gore tex pro shell w light insulation, this is your jacket. I have worn this in rain, snow, and cold up to minus 25 with an under armor and a Fleece underneath. As typical arc, the jacket is tailored and has accented elbows and well thought out pockets. Recommended, itwill be the last jacket u buy for a long time. Sizing, as I find arc usually runs big, I went down one size. 5'10", 165lbs 40in chest and the small is the right size for me

Are there any pockets inside or just the 2 hand pockets and the one on the bicep? Is the powder skirt removable?

Any thoughts on the Modon's applicability for touring, boot packing and hard skiing? I work hard on ski's and sweat a lot. But as I get older I also get colder so something with a little built-in insulation appeals to me. Outdoorgearlab has an article on the Modon and claims the integrated insulation can actually help a hardshell breathe. I have never skied or climbed in anything but a classic high-end gore hardshell and looking to replace my 14 yr old Alpha SV. I will primarily use it in the PNW.

I would stick with a non-insulated shell with a good mid-layer, especially for in the PNW. The Modon is a great jacket but if you plan on wearing it during the skin up you will likely bake.

I tend to get very cold when I ski and after seasons of fine-tuning my touring kit for the Cascades I opted for the Arc'teryx Caden jacket paired with an Atom LT jacket as a midlayer. Even in wild blizzard conditions on Baker and Shuksan, this set-up has kept me plenty warm, as long as wasn't stopped for an extended period of time. Although I don't live in the PNW anymore I still prefer a Gore-Tex Shell over an insulated jacket because of its versatility - I have the option of adjusting my layering system on the fly and a shell takes up much less room in the pack when not in use.

Hope this helps!