A three-layer shell that weighs next to nothing.
The Arc'teryx Men's Norvan Jacket provides all of the waterproof protection of a three-layer Gore-Tex shell, but in a stripped-down design to save weight. Weighing a measly 7.5 ounces, the jacket weighs next to nothing, but with a fitted hood, water-resistant zippers, and an internal media pocket, it certainly isn't lacking any of the necessities. The venturi-style vents at the underarms pull cool air through the jacket as you run, while the Gore C-Knit backer delivers a soft and supple feel next to the skin and eliminates snagging on any underlying layers.
- N20p 3L Gore-Tex shell
- Gore C-Knit backer
- Fully taped seams
- Slim fit
- Venturi underarm vents
- Fitted hood
- Elasticized cuffs and hem
- Internal media pocket
- Item #ARC00BZ
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
as usual the dinosaur makes one gulp when looking at the price- -but let me assure that like most arcteryx product its worth the money (mostly). first ordered the Large (6'0, 195lbs athletic/muscular build- 42 chest, 32 waist) only to find it floating around my waist/midsection. Mostly I'm a medium in arcteryx and this turned out to be no exception- Backcountry excellent as usual with the return/exchange and took delivery of a medium in the blue. This time the chest was snug-- definitely no room for anything but a very thin base layer (merino long sleeve) and the waist is perfect. Little stretch to the material gives you a bit of confidence that you wont blow a seam or be restricted when running/active.
Took it out for first run today in NYC- 40 degrees and sunny, so definitely no use for the goretex waterproof capabilities but was deciding between this or my normal running hoody from Patagonia. This won out and glad it did. Was very impressed-- while not raining nor windy it was chilly and normally I'd be freezing initially and once motoring after a couple miles I'd be pouring sweat everyhere, overheating and generally pretty miserable if running in a waterproof/resistant piece. No more. This was unbelievable in regulating my temp and wicking moisture away from me-- as the other reviewer noted I was blown away by how DRY the interior of the Norvan was once I had finished my 5 mile loop.
Overall an excellent addition to my gear wardrobe and a fantastic piece from Arcteryx though at nealry $350 it is very hard to justify. Definitely paying a premium for the brand (as always) but more so a premium for the new C-Net fabric-- which is pretty sweet. Will add to this when get a chance to use it in the wet but just stunned at how well it regulated my temps in the cold dry weather.
Only minor complaints are:
1) no cinch cord on hood means unlikely to use it while running as its not snug enough to not get caught in wind/jostle around. Will be fine if not running/windy
2) lack of pockets. Normally I'd not care but given again its a hoody/snug and I'm going to use it for running mostly and like to listen to tunes and the interior pocket will fit my nano but im concerned it will get wet/ruined given the amount of sweating I do. Also the pocket is barely large enough for the nano- or - keys, not both. Would rather a tiny exterior pocket to put the nano in.
Great running jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Arc’teryx Norvan Jacket
My primary use of the Norvan jacket is for early morning runs, mainly in the northeast US.
I am a breathable-garment-manufacturers worst nightmare. There is not a material known to mankind that can handle the sweat I can put out during a decent run.
So in my case the only real question with any particular running/hiking jacket is not “does it work?” but rather “how bad (good) did it do compared to the dozens I’ve tried?”
I realize that regardless of the shell I’m wearing, I will sweat and my base layer will be soaked no matter what else is going on in the world. I just need a jacket that can shed some of the sweat moisture and not make things worse by retaining sweat or absorbing rain.
I’ve tried a lot of breathable materials in running/hiking jackets over the years. Every flavor of Gore-Tex manufactured, eVent, etc. I’ve never really had a stellar experience with anything to be honest.
In the past year or so I have become a fan of Arc’teryx. That led me to the Norvan jacket and the hope that it might work for running in inclement weather.
The jacket has a few reflective patches, which are much appreciated when running in the pitch dark of fall/winter mornings. It feels almost weightless, it’s certainly one of if not the lightest running jacket I’ve owned. I weighed mine at 8.9 ounces.
There are no pockets other than internal chest pocket (will fit iPod Touch size or smaller, will not fit iPhone 6 Plus), no Velcro on cuffs (just elastic) and no hem cordlock (just elastic). No pitzips as there are permanent “venturi vents” under the arms.
So there are no frills with this jacket. The sleeves are just a hair long on me but not by much. I usually insist on a hem cordlock but with this jacket the elasticized hem hangs well enough and is slim enough that wind does not creep up from below. If you are what folks call really skinny then you may want to consider going down a size for a slimmer fit since there are no real adjustments.
First test was a hilly four-mile run in 45 degrees and 15-20mph wind gusts. No rain. With this type of run I typically “feel the chill” when hills flatten out, wind gusts die down and/or during cool down. This jacket did a fantastic job with the wind gusts. I pumped out my normal bucket of sweat and I have to say I am impressed with how the jacket handled moisture from the inside. I was shocked to feel how much drier the inside of the Norvan felt. It was just slightly damp, the type of damp that you know will dissipate after turning it inside out and letting it sit for 10 minutes.
Weather patterns had me repeating the above – cool, dry runs – for several weeks with the same results.
A few weeks later I was able to run in the rain. This time about 60 degrees so it was just a sleeveless compression under the jacket. The final 35 minutes of my run the rain came down pretty hard and steady. With just the tank top I could feel the sweat on the inside of the jacket but it handled moisture at a decent enough rate that the jacket sleeves and shoulders never got clingy. When I finished and looked over the jacket, water was beading up everywhere except for a few golf-ball sized spots on my chest, where the rain had soaked the outside of the jacket. Not an unpleasant experience at all for a wet, warm run. With other jackets I would have been cursing the jacket for the final 30 minutes. Subsequent rain runs were between 42-60 degrees with off and on rain. Again the jacket performed well even though my base layer was soaked with sweat.
Several weeks, a few washes and about 12 runs in I’d rate the Norvan very highly. No base/shell combination will be able to handle my sweat so I know my skin will feel soaked one way or another. But this jacket with C-KNIT does a very good job of handling moisture from inside and a great job handling moisture from outside. It performs better than anything I’ve tried in the last several years.