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Arc’teryx packed tons of protection into the Women’s Sidewinder AR Jacket while maintaining a trim fit and minimum weight. This is the go-to jacket for a lady skier to venture out in a blizzard that would make a polar bear shiver—Gore-Tex’s top-of-the-line Pro Shell fabric and fully Gore-taped seams remain impervious to snow, and a stowable storm hood expands to fit over your helmet. A powder skirt with gripper elastic stays in place around your hips, and a built-in RECCO avalanche reflector serves as a big safety bonus. The Sidewinder AR Jacket’s offset front zipper means you needn’t have a zipper digging into your chin as you plan your next pole plant, and Arc’teryx even shaped this jacket with a slightly forward lean to cater to a skier’s stance.

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5 5

Arc'teryx Sidewinder AR Jacket - Women's

This is sincerely the best jacket I have ever owned. The 3L gortex keeps you dry on even the wettest days. The side zipper makes for the most comfortable nuzzling on the coldest days, I would recommend this to anyone and everyone and if you are considering it give it a shot, I promise you wont regret it!

I am interested in THE jacket with THE...

I am interested in THE jacket with THE Brown zipper, is that available for THE Same sale price of 249?

4 5

Love - but with a tweak

After ogling this jacket for close to three years, I finally got it in my grasp last season. (Thanks ODAT!) I absolutely love it and would totally recommend it to everyone I know. The only thing I would change (and hard core gear heads may disagree) is that the area around the face needs a teensy weensy bit of insulation. The flap over the zipper has it, but it stops short and my face gets freezing. (Down with neck gaters!) Other than that - bomb proof.

5 5

Coffee Bean color zipper is slightly different

This is a picture of the jacket we currently have in stock, which is the 2009 version. Note- the 2010 version has a dark brown front zipper shown, but we only have the 09 right now. I would double check with gearheads as to what year.

Coffee Bean color zipper is slightly different
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where will I find the neos AR jacket that you supply for Canadian Mountain Holiday lodges as I just got back from their lodge in the Bugaboos and their supply was all sold out.

5 5

I have a crush on my hardshell....

I hemmed and hawed about spending so much money on a single article of clothing that only covers half of my body, but am very glad I decided to do it. Having found it on sale helped, too.

The Sidewinder has a lot of features I love:
-Stowable hood that fits over your helmet with an easy-to-use-in-gloves cinch for the non-helmet adventures
-Powder-skirt that doesn't feel in the way
-Shorter front length (minimizes bunchiness), longer back length (prevents the refreshing surprise of snow and rain down the back of the pants when bending over, and prevents the jacket from coming up above your pack strap or harness)
-Actually keeps you dry if you're in the rain for 2 days straight. By Day 4 of solid rain I'm a little damp, but I suppose that's part of what the SV model is for.... In every other "waterproof"-breathable shell I've had I'd be soaked by the beginning of Day 2.
-Offset sip at the top is key. It's nice and soft on the flap, too, to avoid the cold-zipper-freezing-to-the-face phenomenon.
-Tapering of the sleeves and detailing of the cuffs does a good job in keeping the wet stuff out.

When picking your size, keep in mind that the fit is a little tighter around the bottom of the jacket, and a little more roomy at the shoulders. I find that this actually works well in minimizing jacket bulk while stil maintaining your ability to move your arms over your head and whatnot when climbing. I'm 6'2" and ~170, so I'm not the average woman, and my size large fits great.

Arc'teryx is stellar for customer support, too, which is a big factor in major purchases I make.

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the '09 version of the Arc'teryx Sidewinder AR (pictured here) uses a slightly softer face fabric than previous versions.