Gore-Tex XCR. Arc'teryx. Ridiculously low price. Need we say more?
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Pros: The quality and performance of this jacket is indisputable. Built to last, and you could wear it in a hurricane and stay warm and dry. Great fit, great style, and some useful ideas like the off-center zipper and stretch back panel.
Con: The 'fit and finish' of the jacket is pretty weak for something that retails for over $500. You do get what you pay for, since the jacket is a great weather barrier...unfortunately, there isn't much else to it. Few pockets, no soft collar around the neck, and the hood is small for most helmets.
Looking for a great performance shell? Buy the sidewinder, but buy it on sale.
Amazing jacket for backcountry boarding. pockets are huge and well placed. I really like the stretchy back! The hood fits over my helmet (red hifi size m). I can't tell you how comfortable I've been in howling winds with this on.
The reason why I didn't give it 5 stars though is the crappy powder skirt. It is completely useless as it rides up all the time. This is not too important though if you've got a pack on since the waist belt keeps your jacket close.
It is expensive but so so worth it. I am a L/XL so hard to fit in most jackets. Both the Large and XL fit fine. Went with the XL for the length (snowboard so when sitting on the deck), but a large would have worked. Nice cut for a shell and great quality. Breathes well
The neck and the hood are separate, so when the hood is adjusted properly, the hood turns with your head. If the side zipper is a concern, forget about it. You are using this shell to be out in the most gnarliest conditions, so every part is going to be zipped and tied down. That is why I bought this jacket, because I like to be able to ski in a blizzard!!!!!!
Great, met my expectations. Due to the Europe sale instructions it had to be send to a US first and then to Norway. Took some time, but ok now. Really liked the jacket!
Not only is the Sidewinder SV one of the strongest jackets I have ever worn, it is also incredibly steezy. I would have to give praise to Arc'teryx for making such an excellent garment. I have worn it on both extremely cold and extremely warm days and it provides superb temperature regulation.
very breathable, but not as wind proof as I thought it would be (it was gusting up to 30-35 mph, and I had only the sidewinder and 2 light base layers on). kept me dry even as i was digging myself out of waist deep powder after a spill.
This is my second attempt at adding some feedback for this jacket...hope this one gets through. Like everyone else, I'm in agreement that this is the best ski jacket ever, but wanted to provide some additional info about the fit and the hood for those considering the AR versus the SV. After exchanging some emails with the Arc'teryx customer service I was informed that the SV has a slimmer fit than the AR which explains the need for the stretch back panel. It still has plenty of room for layering, but is just a much better fit than the AR. I am 5'10 170 lbs and bought a medium in the SV. Also, the hood in the SV is more roomy than the AR and fits easier over helmets. I wear a Giro G10 Large which is a pretty bulky helmet. The SV hood fits snuggly, the AR doesn't work for this helmet. Hope this helps.
expensive, but im writing this so i bought it and it was definitely worth the money. I layed in a puddle of water changing a flat tire in the rain and shirt did not get wet unlike pants. Also skied 4 feet of powder and its a great ski jacket too. Its a shell so base layers are still a need but great for all around use. Very breathable and conveniant. Chest pocket is a favorite.
So warm I went riding in minus 9 and I only had a mid layer on. Its breathable, fully taped and fantastic. Also I look damn good in it. If you can afford one. get it.
I love this Sidewinder SV shell. My only concern is with the see-through compartment on the arm built for season passes. The material is shaded too much for the pass to be able to be scanned. They should have used a clear material instead of the shaded material. It is kind of a bummer to have a jacket that costs this much and not be able to utilize the pass holder.
First the fit. This was my biggest worry when ordering this jacket off the net (since it's so expensive!). I'm an XL and the XL fits me perfectly. L is just too small. Next, the build quality. Awesome. The only bad part about it is the elastic bit that you pull on to tighten the powderskirt sticks out...but it's not really a big deal. Being a snowboarder, I was worried that this jacket might be too 'skier-ish' for me, but no, it looks really good and doesn't hurt my snow-cred. This jacket is real expensive but oh, so worth it, so since you're taking the time to read this you know you want it! Just pull the trigger!
Arcteryx's quality is undeniable, but I think that they are for climbers 1st, and skiers 2nd or so. I'm always digging in my jacket for something, and I found the sealed zippers to be a problem. They are hard to manipulate, especially with gloves on. First, the main zipper would stick where it angles. This might be due to my neckgator, which I always wear. Second, I found that there weren't enough internal pockets. Third, none of their products have a mesh liner to save weight.
This jacket has everything. Let me start with the color. The online pictures do not accurately represent the true color. I have the 2007 blue Sidewinder SV jacket. I was originally going to purchase the maroon jacket because I thought the blue jacket was a light powder blue or skyblue. Since my wife bought the jacket for my birthday, she thought I wanted the blue jacket, and that is what she ordered. I really like the blue jacket. It is more grey blue, understated. I love the color, and am glad I have the blue jacket. My understanding is the maroon jacket is orange with dark maroon highlights. Still very nice, but a little louder.
Great pocket locations, even the one on the sleeve. At first I thought I would use the sleeve pocket for my Garmin Edge, but when the GPS is in the sleeve pocket you cannot read the display. So instead I'm going to put the Garmin in my backpack and use the side sleave for my Treo 650 phone. The Treo display can be read through the window, and it is easy to manipulate the buttons. I have a Giro 9 helmet with earpad speakers. Skullcandy has a way to attach your mp3 player and phone to the earpad speakers. Right now the phone and mp3 player are hardwired to the ear pad speakers. Skullcandy plans to release a bluetooth unit in January to connect the phone to the earpad speakers and hardwire to the mp3 player. I'm looking forward to that, since it will be an easy way to make and receive calls.
Overall the jacket is very high quality and worth the price.
Superb piece of kit. Light, tough, incredibly well constructed and completely waterproof.
I'm 6'0" and 154lb. This jacket fits me well in a 'ski jacket' sense. Theres enough room to fit several layers underneath without feeling constricted. The length is perfect and not too long as the parka I used to use skiing. I like the reinforced fabric on the lower sleeves and body. All the zips are easy to find and operate with gloves on. The hand pockets are huge and can easily fit a camera or water bottle. The chest pocket is also of a good size as it can fit a 2-way radio. Of course so does the arm pocket, but I find talking through the window on the pocket does not work that well for me (I can use the arm pocket for the trail map). The pitzips are nice and long and extend down into the body of the jacket. For example, you can even reach into them to the pockets of the fleece jacket you may be wearing underneath. The inside chest pocket is rather small, though made of stretch material, don't expect to fit anything larger than an energy bar or iPod into it. I also do not find that wearing a ski pack interferes with any of the pockets or pitzips. The hood is rather large, though not large enough to fit over a helmet (not that I feel that is a requirement). I do wish the hood zipped off as I never wear it. I wish the powder skirt was made of something other than taffeta as it appears to deform easily when adjusting it for my waist. I also notice that the jacket will ride up when you raise your arms over your head. This will cause the powder skirt to flip upside down when you bring your arms back down. Not that one does this movement often, but occasionally you may flag down a friend and find you have to re-adjust the powder skirt. I too find the waterproof Sidewinder zipper to be a little tough to operate just at the top bend, but not difficult enough to detract from not having to deal with a storm-flap. I do wish there was another or larger inside pocket but all of these are minor complaints. This is an excellent jacket and utilizing Gore-Tex XCR fabric only adds to its remarkable attributes.
Just back from two days at Killington, Vermont. 15 degrees below zero, and windy. The Sidewinder SV is an outstanding shell. So lightweight, you don't even feel like you're wearing it. Bad-ass look to it, as well. I'll be sure to get the matching Theta SV Pant next season! Spend the money, and know that you have the best. Worth every penny.
I looked and researched for a long time before deciding on the Sidewinder. Recently, within the last year or so, I've gone all Arc Teryx. Leaving North Face and most Mountain Hardware gear behind. It is simply the best gear.
This past month I skied in the Sidewinder while in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and a little at Grand Targhee and it worked flawlessly. I stayed dry in the warmer conditions that should have soaked most of my gear. (Have the Minuteman pants by Arcteryx too)
This jacket has overcome anything that I have thrown at it including the usual cold winters in Michigan. It still looks brand new and doesn't seem to have any of the dirt accumulation or used look.
It is a stiff fitting jacket with very tight zippers which may be a little hard to pull, but that's how you know they're water tight.
The only thing that I can say bad about this jacket is every time I wear it to the mall or the store, it sets off the door alarms as they must reflect off that damn "Recco" avalanche reflector.
That's all there is to say. This is one tank shell. Aside from the hood being kind of big (which is great if you need to wear a helmet, but I usually don't), I'd say it's about the best thing available. Kudos once again to Arc'teryx for their innovation and style. Every piece of gear I own is from these guys, and I won't be complaining any time soon!
I like my new sidewinder. Plenty of pockets in the right places, bomb-proof, the hood fits over my helmet and it's an overall great ski jacket!