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This jacket is lean, mean, and ready for a fight—with a snow dragon, that is.

Stand at the edge of a precipice, unclench your white-knuckled fists, and know that whatever happens once you're moving down the mountain, you'll be dry in the Arc'teryx Men's Sidewinder SV Jacket. Part of the Whiteline lineup, the Sidewinder SV is a refined version of its lean-and-mean self for big-mountain exploits and storm-proof protection. From technical mountain routes to powdery face shots at the resort to brutal weather in the backcountry, the Sidewinder takes it in stride.

Exceptionally breathable and rugged, N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro 3L shell fabric resists the bumps and bruises of cliff-hucking and trick-flipping. Gore-Tex gets you, and the Pro technology stands at the ready for your hot-and-cold approach to adventure: one minute you're racing up a hill or across a bowl, and then next minute you're kicking back a on snow bench for a quick bite to eat. Sweat won't get the best of you, stopped or on the move. When the sun comes out and temperatures rise, open the underarm vents to let off some hot air.

Arc'teryx engineers made a few tweaks to bring the Sidewinder into the second decade of the 21st century. An offset Vislon front zipper, stretch powder skirt with Slide n' Loc jacket-to-pant attachment, and sleekly modern silhouette make this jacket ready for the snow-covered catwalk. The usual bells and whistles haven't been forgotten. The helmet-compatible hood moves with your head to prevent blind spots, and the multitude of pockets provide plentiful storage.

  • Gore-Tex Pro 3L
  • 80D nylon plain weave face fabric
  • Relaxed fit, articulated patterning
  • Underarm vents, WaterTight Vislon zippers
  • Powder skirt, Slide n' Loc attachment
  • Hood, helmet-compatible
  • Recco

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Happier Than a Snake on a Cold Day

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 199 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Perfect all winter long. No matter what you are doing, whether you are skiing the Wasatch mountains or digging out from Boston's Snowmageddon this jacket is up for the occasion. The Goretex will keep precipitation out and keep you dry on the inside.

Sure it comes at a spendy price tag, but it's an investment into your happiness. It has plenty of features that make it the ideal jacket all winter long. Plenty of pocket space both inside and out so you can spread our phone, cliffbar, and whatever other nicknacks you pack in your jacket out without looking like you have random growth in your single chest pocket. Pit vents let you air it out on the skin track or those warm spring days of corn skiing. On the snowy days, throw the helmet compatible hood on, snug it tight to keep the elements out on the chair lift. There is a pocket on the bicep, perfect for those resorts that use the RFID passes. If you pick up some Arc'teryx pants you can snap the powder skirt in and keep the snow out. Best of all the zipper, as the name suggests, winds up the side. Be happy on the way down when your zipper isn't smacking you in the face, and be happier the zipper isn't rubbing on your chin all day.

Make the investment and outfit yourself with the Arc'teryx Sidewinder to make all your winter dreams come true.

Happier Than a Snake on a Cold Day

Perfect for skiing and mountaineering

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I've worn this skiing and mountaineering all over North America. It's always been weather and waterproof and has kept me warm and dry in many situations. For very cold days/nights, several layers underneath is definitely required (with an insulating layer) since this is a hard shell. Worth the money if you plan on using this for more than the next decade.


Best Shell Out!

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:Runs large

I bought this for my dad for christmas after making him try on literally every jacket Arc'teryx makes. He has a shell from a few years ago, but wanted a GoreTex Pro shell for more severe weather. This one fit the ticket! He is about 5'10, 180lbs, 60 SOMETHING YEARS OLD AND SLAYING POW LIKE A CHAMP!

Anyway, this is the EXPEDITION fit from Arcteryx - My dad usually wears a Large, but he decided he wouldn't be layering up that much under this - he has an insulated jacket for colder days. So, he picked up the medium and it fits great. Loves the off-center zipper.

The Carbon color is AWESOME! Kind of different from your standard black options, which is great. I also got him the Stinger pants - he's stoked!


A home for my Moustache

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

As punching through thick stands of Black Spruce is usually common for me, I opted to say 'Screw you Money' and went for a jacket touted as bomb proof, and as expensive as an F-35. But unlike F-35's, I'm really sold on this jacket.

If I was a more mature man, I'd make up reasons other than the nice sidewinding zipper making a smooth catch-free home for my moustache. At 6 Feet, I had to get the large to have sleeves long enough, and with a 30 waist, there is a lot of room for layers underneath. (Use the sizing charts at But that's OK. I need those layers. It's a shell, and I don't usually have a choice about being outside.

In searching this product out I hoped for the snowpants snaps to be universal, but it turns out they are Arctyrex specific, and few Arctyrex pants even have the snaps. Lame. Minus one star. The removable powder skirt is great though. The hood adjusts well.

So the durability? Yes. It is. Waterproof breathable? Very much. A little Crinckly at below minus -25C, but still perfectly functionable.

Only Outdoor research and Nöronna were my other considerations as a substitute, and may have better warranties. You better not just wear this coat around coffee shops, it deserves better.

A home for my Moustache

great jacket, bad service from arc'teryx

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

Got this jacket in black last season from backcountry. loved the jacket. Light, and tough. however the snap in the back came off which attaches the jacket skirt to the pants to keep snow from coming in. Sent it in for repair in August this year and still dont have it back. Back in September, Arc'teryx responded with:

*from the repair center*

The jacket is leaking due to abrasion on the lower back. This is not covered under our warranty as it is not a construction nor material defect. We would advise getting a new jacket if they are using it as a rain jacket. If it is purely for snow sports they may be better off during dry conditions. During wet conditions they may experience water leaking.

That is very disappointing considering i spent more than $600 USD on a jacket which has only lasted me one season so far!!! I asked them to repair the snap, and it still hasnt come back to me yet. I used it for maybe 30 days of snowboarding last season.

so much for arc'teryx having one of the best warranties in the market...

This is not surprising at all! I had a similar bad experience with their customer service. Be WARNED when purchasing their gear. Companies with poor customer service won't stay around long.

Where is it manufactured?

Best Answer

Hi Phoebe,

Arc'teryx owns and operates its own factory in the Vancouver, British Columbia area where many of their items are manufactured, but they also utilize production facilities in several other countries, including America, China, Vietnam, Taiwan and New Zealand. I've contacted Arcteryx to find out exactly where this piece is being made, and will post the results here shortly.

Edit: the Sidewinder SV is being manufactured in China this year.

Hey Phoebe,

I want to point out that the only jacket from Arcteryx still made in Canada is the Alpha SV. Production in Vancouver is limited to the Alpha SV jacket, harnesses and proprietary technologies. In addition they do a lot of their testing and development in Vancouver.

When do you expect to have the Kodiak color...

When do you expect to have the Kodiak color in large?

Best Answer


Unfortunately, we currently do not have any more ordered to come into stock, sorry about that!

was wondering which jacket (b/w the side...

was wondering which jacket (b/w the side winder sv or caden) would be the most athletic, less baggie jacket?

Roberto, the Sidewinder SV and Caden jacket both feature the Expedition fit. This is a high-volume fit designed to accommodate multiple layers. If you're looking for a less-baggy fit check out the Stingray or Modon.

was looking at the arcteryx website and it list the sw as relaxed fit and caden as expedition fit. 1) what is the main difference size wise

. 2) would that mean then the caden would be more high volume vs sw or viceversa.

Hi! Which jacket is more relaxed and longer...

Hi! Which jacket is more relaxed and longer - sabre or sidewinder?

Hello Maxim,

Both the Sidewinder and the Sabre will be the 'Relaxed' fit from ArcTeryx. It will leave enough room for good layering underneath without being super baggy.


Best Ski Jacket fit Ive had!

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

This jacket fits on me perfectly (6'3" 180lb) and the zipper allows for the perfect amount of space. I really like the form fitting powder skirt as well, keeps the warmth in and the snow out. On days where the temperature drops into the single digits or less I like to have a nice warm mid layer to accompany. This jacket is especially excellent at repelling harsh wind.


I got the medium. I have a relatively tall torso, and it is the perfect length on the torso and the arms. I think its fit really adds a lot of warmth.


Great ski jacket, just the right feature

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large

This jacket has a great fit, and just the right amount of pockets and features. I know the sidewinding zippers are love or hate, but for me this collar offered the most coverage from the elements when skiing. Hood fits over a ski helmet, but as expected it doesn't offer much mobility. Tough tough fabric, and clean lines makes this a winner. I find that with Arc shells I needed to step down a size from their other pieces.

What is your price matching policies?

What is your price matching policies?

Best Answer

We'll match any competitor's published price (the price currently listed on an authorized retailer's website) for an identical item (same size, color and year) in new condition. If you found the better price on one of our competitor's sites, contact us within 48 hours of placing your order and we'll credit the difference on the card used with the order (auction sites do not apply).

Hope this helps!

What is the difference between the standard...

What is the difference between the standard Sidewinder and the SV model?

How long is this jacket? From the top of the shoulders, to the opening at the waist?

The two Sidewinder models are exactly the same aside from one feature. The Sidewinder Jacket has a low loft Soft Shell backer, while the Sidewinder SV Jacket has a Pro Shell micro grid backer.

Both jackets have the Slide 'n Loc feature allowing you to connect the powder skirt to any pair of pants with this feature.

It seems more appropriate for skiing, but...

It seems more appropriate for skiing, but can it be utilized for snowboarding as well?

Hey Samuel,

Yes this jacket will work great for any snow-sports activity! Great jacket!

It's great for snowboarding. I've had mine and used it for exactly that purpose for about 4 years now. This is the original SV version, but it works so well I can't justify upgrading just because of the color. As in my original review, my only problem is that you almost have to have the jacket completely zipped up or the larger side of the collar will slap the heck out of your face!

It's great for snowboarding. I've had mine and used it for exactly that purpose for about  4 years now. This is the original SV version, but it works so well I can't justify upgrading just because of the color.  As in my original review, my only problem is that you almost have to have the jacket completely zipped up or the larger side of the collar will slap the heck out of your face!

Best Shell I've Owned

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

It's rare for me to give 5 stars to anything, but this shell deserves it. I usually wear a soft shell or fleece on mild days, and a shell in storms, wind, and/or extreme cold. I ski a lot in the Eastern Sierra and it is known to be very windy. 60+mph on the ridge lines. I've never owned a shell as windproof as the Sidewinder. Absolutely amazing. This is probably due to the GoreTex ProShell, so any shell with this material would be a good one to consider. During moderate mid-season whether (28-35 F) the breatheability of the shell was top shelf. While skiing aggressive lines there wasn't a drop of perspiration on the inside of the shell (I usually wear a base layer and a 1/4 zip underneath in weather above 25 F). Even on the rare occasion I'm wearing it on a blue bird day (34 F) the breatheablity and the pit zips make it very comfortable. I contemplated buying this shell for 2 seasons but held off because of the cost. Let's be honest, this thing is obnoxiously expensive. It sounds cliche, but I wish I bought it sooner. I'm 6'1" 185lbs the the L fit me well and has plenty of room to layer. I'm a advanced /expert skier and I didn't feel restricted once. If you are considering this shell, and your current gear is letting you down, spend the money. My previous shell was North Face. I'll never touch HyVent again. Nowhere close to the same ballpark as the ProShell Gortex in the Sidewinder. I promise you, after the season, you won't remember the cost of the shell, but you'll be satisfied with your investment and not freezing on the chair, during high winds, while wet.

Best Shell I've Owned

If it's not zipped all the way up, does that collar flap around some?

GREAT review.

Yes, absolutely. No question.....if you're riding Mach 5 and don't have the jacket fully zipped, it will let you know. Especially riding regular. The larger side of the collar is toward the front, so it "whips" you in the face more. Not as bad riding switch (goofy).

Thanks dude. Might be getting back into skiing...don't know how it would effect. Maybe not as bad.

What size do i get.. If i am 5"7 and 155 weight for ski. What should I wear this size?