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With a burly face fabric and features to take on horrible weather, the Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV Jacket helps you get through any day of backcountry skiing.

Gore-Tex Pro fabric makes the Arc'teryx Men's Sidewinder SV Jacket tough as nails and provides it with the ability to take on nasty backcountry storms. Underarm zips help you stay cool as you skin in the pre-dawn darkness toward your couloir of choice. The Sidewinder SV Jacket's powder skirt and hook-and-loop cuffs keep out the snow when you drop in for some fresh pow turns. When the weather turns ugly, just pull up the helmet-compatible hood and close the offset WaterTight front zipper to seal yourself into this Arc'teryx jacket as you skin back to the trailhead.

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4 5

Sweet jacket

This is a unique design from Arc'teryx, that delivers a great fit with great features. The zipper runs smooth and closes up a high collar with good protection. The hood is a tad small compared to other Arc shells in the same size, with a helmet it's a little hard to get on and off. The arm pocket is large enough for my iPhone and you read the screen through the clear panel a bit. I wish it had a mesh pocket inside, but it looks like that might make it into next years. Overall I think it's great, the drop hood lets you zip up fully without the hood getting in the mix

Extremely comfortable in wind, low temps. Excellent.

Extremely comfortable in wind, low temps. Excellent.

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Now I understand why Arc'teryx has a cult-like following.

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I recommend a bright color. Although orange is not offered for this year's model, after skiing through clouds, fog, and heavy snow I definitely see the value of bright colors. On my last ski trip a group of us skied through clouds several times and my friends could only see me and our guide (he had orange pants on).

1 5

Sorry to say but horrible service

When I first got my Sidewinder, in the two years following I probably would have hit the 5 stars, it was amazing coming from a 15 year old North Face that never let me down. But my disapointment soon set in after that. The inner liner started to simply wear right through, and then about a year later the zipper fell apart and no way did I put it through even close to what the old North Face went through!

So I said, "well maybe they ran into issues, at least it got a lifetime warranty" and had it sent back. This is when the real disappointment set in. Arc'teryx claimed they were out of stock, and they can't have the store give me one, it has to come from them. Ya, winter was coming and I had no jacket, nor could they return mine. I had to buy something else and I need wind-proof like the Sidewinder so it wasn't cheap, yet costs less and had retractable hood!

Store called me up about a few months ago, and they are telling me no stock, check back late fall. This will be more then a year now.

5 5

Bullet Proof!

Great shell, I have paired this bad boy up with the Atom lt and on the coldest of days I have no problems! I have also been snagged by a few trees and this shell broke the limb off and left the jacket in perfect shape! Lets just say I have never been wet or felt the wind when wearing this guy!

5 5

A Truly Outstanding Shell

This is by far the most expensive shell I own, but it's also the Best. It is bombproof, stylish, and functional. I've skied in freezing rain in this bad boy, and was having a blast. I have the large which fit's a little bigger than some other shells I own, but the better to layer with...

Kept snow out

Kept snow out

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Practicing easy style, obviously not so easy for me.

4 5

Good, simple features

Overall it's a great jacket. Does what it is intended to do and is lighter than TNF's Free Thinker. When comparing the two Free Thinker has better seals on the zippers, but those zippers are harder to zip. The zippers for the pit zips have a very small gap between the two zippers, I doubt very much snow will ever get through but it is there. I like the offset zipper.

The cut is roomy enough for a few layers: 320 weight Ice Breaker wool base and Montbell Ex Light 900 fill down insulating layer, for those really cold days on the mountain (medium and I'm 5'7" 185, not skinny, but not fat... husky athletic type, 42-43" chest). There's probably room for another layer, but it would start to get restrictive.

The Sidewinder is lighter and easier to pack. It doesn't have as many pockets, but to be honest the Free Thinker has too many pockets.

The hood is great; fits around my noggin or around my noggin with a POC Receptor+ wonderfully.

Is it worth $600? That's debatable, but I don't regret the purchase. $400 seems a bit more reasonable considering what you're getting, a waterproof shell.

4 5

Sidewinder SV is almost perfect

Size/Fit: I'm 5'8" and 170 lbs. The medium is perfect for me, with enough room for some serious layering, but its not baggy at all. The waist is cut below the hips on me, but it doesn't hang down too low.

What's awesome: The Pro shell is bomber! Even in the wettest, snowiest conditions I haven't had any concerns about water seeping in. Maybe I sweat a lot, but I don't think that this jacket breathes great, but it does breathe enough. Pockets are all well positioned and I like the smaller inside pocket that is perfect for a pocketknife. All of the zippers work well and seem to be waterproof. The pit zips are easily reached and help vent on warm days or when skinning up the hill. The hood fits over my medium helmet and adjusts nicely to be snug on the days when I don't wear my helmet.

What I don't like: the see through window sleeve pocket isn't great. The season pass scanner can't scan through it, so you can't keep a pass in there. And the stuff that I like to keep easily accessible in that pocket isn't really suitable for that location. I'm also not too fond of the collar. When I have the jacket zipped up all the way the collar catches on my helmet chin strap and makes my helmet shift when I turn my head... this is super annoying and I've never had this issue with any of my other jackets. I don't have a problem with the side zipper, but it doesn't do much for me either.

Trying to figure out if I need a size...

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Trying to figure out if I need a size Medium or Small. I'm 6'1" and about 160lbs. Looking to fit 1-2 layers underneath without the jacket being super baggy. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

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I bought the Sidewinder AR in a Medium (I'm sure the fit is similar), but at 5'9" and 160 lbs I have plenty of room underneath for a couple layers of varying degrees of thickness. I've even gotten so warm I've had to unzip the pit zips. I'd recommend a Medium for you.

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your arms are prob. too long for a medium. i've got the sidewinder and beta ar in med. i'm 140lbs. 5'8".

Sledding at Molas Pass in Colorado

Sledding at Molas Pass in Colorado

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Sidewinder SV in action

Sidewinder SV in Colorado Snow!

Sidewinder SV in Colorado Snow!

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This is the best shell ever.

Skiing in Interlaken, Switzerland

Skiing in Interlaken, Switzerland

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Photo taken wearing my Arcteryx Sidewinder SV on top of the Schilthorn outside of Interlaken, Switzerland. My Arcteryx held up extremely well during my four week trip. I wore the coat every day through snow, rain, and cold weather!

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is this jacket coming back in any other...

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is this jacket coming back in any other sizes or colors? its been XL/L Everglade only for a while now.

5 5

The top of the line

I was between the sidewinder SV and the sting ray, and I after trying both I ended up keeping the Sidewinder. This jacket is worth the extra $100 for the extra little touches it has over the stingray. First off, the stingray collar was way to low, and let cold air in while skiing. The sidewinder has a collar that goes all the way up to my chin, and allows me to zip up and keep out all the cold air and snow. The cut is a little boxier than the stingray but not by much, and its largely due to the nature of Pro Shell vs. Gore Tex Soft Shell. Don;t le the off center zipper deter you at all, it doesnt look out of place when you wear the jacket. I also haven't noticed the larger side flapping too much when not all the way zipped,its not as pronounced as some reviews make it sound. My only complaint is that the color never matches with the advertises picture, but that is the case with all Arc stuff. The color everglade is more of a pea soup color if that helps, while different than the yellow it looks like, its not at all unappealing. The overall feel of this shell is that it is bombproof, but its also got a stylish cut and plenty of pockets compared to the other white line jackets. I know its minor to some, but the front chest pocket adds so much useful space in my opinion, as the other jackets just have two alpine style pockets.

Will the blue in a medium be available...

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Will the blue in a medium be available anytime soon?

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There is no blue in this years Sidewinder SV line. There was a blue 2 seasons ago (see backcountry's pics). There is a Miro blue in the Sidewinder AR model if you want to spend $100 less. slightly different cut but pretty much similar jacket.

5 5

Must have shell

Took this jacket a a number of winter accents of Wasatch Peaks. It snowed most of the time and I was completely dry. This shell is bomb proof. brushing up against branches and the sidewinder wasn't even phased. The off set zipper gives you a lot of room in the neck when open and is super tight and does its job when fully zipped. Pit zips also came in handy cooled me down quite efficiently .

5 5

BOMB proof

This thing has been everywhere with me. I use it in the winter time for snowboarding in Colorado and the Black Hills, SD. Its been to Montana and Spent an entire winter in the Pacific Northwest. Also, this is the shell I take with me for early spring and late fall camping trips. You cannot hurt this thing. This is the jacket that I know will keep me dry when my life depends on it.

I am intensely debating between the...

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I am intensely debating between the Sidewinder SV and AR models. I really like the stowable hood option on the AR.
1) What are your take on the two jackets?
2) Is there a big difference besides the stowable hood?
3) Is the AR shorter than the SV?

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Both are great jackets. You certainly will not be dissapointed with either one. I own the current AR model and have had an SV model from previous years. I always keep the hood outside in case the weather gets bad. It does feel a little stiff when rolled up in the collar.

The SV uses the heavier face fabric throughout the jacket. The AR uses a mix of the heavier fabric and a lighter denier fabric- I have never noticed much of a difference in durability between the 2.

Besides the Hood. there is some slight variation in the tailoring of the jacket. The AR uses the forward lean design- which is supposed to be ergonomic when your body is in its natural skiing /boarding stance, as well as not ride up. The SV is about an inch longer cut in the front and back.

Just depends if its worth the extra $100, and if you prefer one color scheme to another. Good luck!

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forgot to mention- The collar on the SV is a bit taller the AR.

You should also check out the STINGER model if you prefer a straight zipper

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Paul summed it up perfectly. Nice work man

5 5

Kick Ass Jacket

This is baddest of all jackets/shells. It is completely waterproof and windproof. I bought this to replace my TNF Guide jacket, which I used for 6 seasons.I used the Sidewinder SV all winter in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, skiing, snowmobiling, and just messing around in the big winter of 2009. Take in mind that it is NOT insulated or lined, however with the proper layering you will stay dry & warm. I am 6ft-195lbs 7 the large fits well.
It does not show any kind of wear & still looks new after on season, I highly reccomend it even though it is very pricy.

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