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I am just going to echo what most of the posters have already said; cut is roomier than other Arcteryx jackets but makes for great layering; really warm with a down sweater underneath. Collar could be higher; nice if hood could detatch but those are minor quibbles. LOve the powder skirt and armpit zips. I am 5'9" and usually take a small in this brand; at 1/2 price with only medium left, it was a steal and I am still comfortable with the size, especially with the extra room I have to layer. Bought the crocus color in Canada...it is gorgeous! So far, in a cold and windy Canadian spring, this jacket has won my heart on my 10 k rambles with dogs.
Already a devotee to the brand, I picked up this shell to fill the last slot in my already well-rounded hardshell collection. Having skied in both the Beta AR and SL, I was skeptical about how much a difference this jacket would make to my on- and off-piste experiences.
Let me tell you, this baby is pretty spectacular. The fit is quite a bit roomier than the Beta, being designed for mucho layering. The brushed lining actually does add quite a bit of warmth, but still breathes and regulates temperature as well as I would hope. I snapped the powder skirt together on a particularly blustery day (-13F before windchill) and was pleasantly surprised at how well it helped to keep drafts out of the jacket (not to mention the powy-wowy I was knee deep in).
The color is fabulous and vibrant, and the styling everything I have come to expect from Arc'Teryx.
Fit: I am 5'3", 115lbs - I purchased the XS
- roomier than the other shells I own from Arc'Teryx, similar to an expedition fit (lots of room for layers without looking sloppy on its own)
- nice long sleeves for full wrist coverage
- longer length for more coverage, similar the the Theta cut
- the collar is smaller than I would expect. Solution, I leave it partially unzipped so that it doesn't jab me in the chin while wearing a helmet
I would totally suggest this jacket to my fellow powder hounds!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This jacket keeps me dry, warm, and happy! One of my favorite jackets ever!
Love, love, love this jacket! Windproof yet breathable, sturdy yet fashionable. This jacket has NEVER let me down. Pricey, but well worth the extra $$$.
-fit (flattering but can also fit some layers)
-length is great (longer for blizzard conditions and powder)
-color (peacock is really pretty without being obnoxious)
-perfect for backcountry skiing in variable weather conditions
-I wish the hood was removable
-I wish the collar was taller. When it is all the way zipped up, it jabs underneath my chin. I have decided to leave it unzipped a little and just wear a buff/bandana on cold days to cover my chin.
This shell lives up to the Arc'teryx reputation for sure. It comfortably fits layers in -6 temps, and vents beautifully for warmer days on the mountain. I've worn this shell in Jackson Hole powder and in east coast slush and stayed warm and dry in both. I'm 5'11" and the jacket has awesome length in the body and arms. The hood fits my over my snowboard helmet, and the pockets are easily accessible and pretty big. I bought the Peacock color, and its bright and awesome. Buy it.
Is this jacket sized to accomodate layers? For instance, will it be slightly large as a simple shell or do I need to upsize to allow for layers? It's a gift, BTW, and not for me.
Dave - this jacket is sized to accommodate layers. Check out the video below, the one and only Brandini Couloirlile is wearing an Atom LT Hoody and Phase AR base layer under his Stingray (no upsizing on the Stingray)
The fabric in this jacket is a great alternative to scratchy gore-tex proshell. It still has the gore-tex inside but the outside layer is a softer fabric. Arc'teryx calls it "soft shell" but they do not mean stretchy jersey fabric "soft shell". What they mean is waterproof shell that is soft.
I made this purchase because my insulated ski jackets were too hot for learning bumps in 30 degree+ weather. I would sweat and then freeze on the lifts. I ended up wearing with several layers underneath in Vail in February in minus 0 degree temps and was quite comfortable. It snowed 5 days straight in Vail and no moisture whatsoever got into the jacket.
One thing to bear in mind is it does not have any insulation other than one layer of fabric inside to help you get it on and off over fleece. That one layer means it probably would be too hot for a summer raincoat but its definitely not a stand alone jacket for placid alpine pursuits like watching hockey outside. But its perfect for very active outdoor activities in the cold cross country skiing, hiking, ice climbing or bump skiing.
I got it in the camellia color and got the pants to match. My husband now calls me "Violet" and one ski instructor called me "the popsicle" but another ski instructor could not stop complimenting me and I skied by a random dude on a bump run and he shouted "Looking Good!" so take that for what its worth.
If you can't take the teasing generated by the monochromatic magenta, the jacket would also look nice with the navy blue Arc'teryx pants (I was afraid I'd be hot in such a dark color) or generic black pants. In terms of color, the camellia is two toned and the lighter color is a darkish pink while the darker color is magenta like the other magenta colors Arc'teryx produces.
Instructors were all exclaiming that I was very easy to see in the snow which is a good thing because when visibility is low you don't want to be hit or get lost. But its not a "highlighter" glowing color like an orange or lime green might be. Also while its not a color you would see on a guy I don't think its severely "girly" because its more of a dark pink/purple. Plus if you wear Arc'teryx its pretty obvious you care more about function than fashion.
I would not call this an athletic fit but rather a relaxed fit; however it is slimming especially with the single color scheme. I've got a thick Arc'teryx fleece and an Arc'teryx coreloft hoodie to put under it and they all fit really well together.
The hood on the jacket fits over my ski helmet but I didn't find I could move my head very well due to the google strap rubbing inside the hood. It may just be time to buy a helmet and google combination that will do away with the strap in the back so I can use the hood.
Finally, I don't regret buying the camellia but if you will feel weird or dated in camellia in 2021 then maybe consider a color that is more generic. I expect this entire outfit will last pretty close to forever.
I have been wanting this jacket for nearly a year, and I just got one! It is now my primary ski jacket and have used it several times already.
-Awesome goretex, including tapped seams (even in sloshy, wet snow I was dry underneath)
-Great length and fits a slender form
-Hood is helmet compatible
-Large pockets (bigger than you would think for this coat)
-Powder skirt and pit zips
-All around quality (of course! It's Arcteryx!)
-Cuffs are smaller than I was hoping. I'm not able to fit them over my gloves. Gloves must go over cuffs.
-On chilly days, it is hard to fit my face underneath my coat when I zip it all the way up.
Other than those things this is an awesome coat that I would definitely recommend. I plan on using it for backcountry travel as well. I imagine I'll have no problem fitting my beacon along with all my layers under the jacket.
My wife got this jacket just in time to stand outside in the lines for black friday shopping (Northern Utah) (2010) and didn't feel an ounce of cold weather. I know she wasn't climbing the Swiss Alps or bombing a run at Snowbird but that goes to show that you can still wear it on you down time and feel just as good as when you're in the wilderness.
So I'm going on my third season with this jacket and it's still top notch. (Granted the newer colors are super rad so I might need a new one anyways!) I've done everything in this jacket- on piste and off and it never fails. It's a 3L shell that has pit zips for warm days, a stowaway hood for those super-windy and snowy days. Just layer appropriately for the weather and this shell will keep you dry, happy and ready for anything.