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Arc'teryx's toughest jacket with the longest cut.

An unexpected storm hits the mountains on your day off, and you're stoked because you have the Arc'teryx Men's Theta SVX Jacket to keep you dry while you ski through the fluff. A waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Pro membrane, fully taped seams, and WaterTight external zippers shrug off the wet, and the nylon shell is so durable that you'll ski in this bad boy for many seasons to come. The Expedition e3d fit leaves plenty of room for layering if that blizzard brings the chill, and a longer length extends coverage when you fall right on your ass in the slippery parking lot.

The Theta also features a StormHood that slides over your helmet with ease, and an extra long StormBrim rotates with your head for total visibility on the slopes. Arc'teryx laminated the hook-and-loop tabs at the cuffs so snow doesn't stick to them, and they seal out that nasty cold front. A drawcord at the hem prevents blustery winds from breezing up your body, and the laminated chin guard won't rub your face raw.

  • 2-layer Gore-Tex Pro membrane, fully taped seams
  • 80D nylon shell with DWR finish
  • Expedition e3D fit, thigh length
  • WaterTight external zips
  • Helmet-compatible StormHood with StormBrim
  • WaterTight center front zipper with double flap back
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs with elastic, drawcord at laminated hem
  • Laminated chin guard

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5 5

The BEST!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This is by far the best jacket in the market for outdoor activities. The fit is roomy, but I wouldn't call it relaxed, Arcteryx calls expeditions fit, it has articulated elbows, a bigger hood, longer cut, it's simply a perfect fit for me. I got size small and I'm 5'5" / 148. This is my best jacket and I use it exclusively to ski, it's the perfect storm day skiing jacket. The cuffs are amazing if you like to use under the cuff gloves, it has elastic in 1/2 of the cuff which makes it really easy to put them over gloves, I can move freely with this jacket and the hood goes over my medium smith maze helmet easily. I like the waist and hem drawcords which helps dialing in the fit when wearing a pack, the big chest pocket is great to store anything you want. The hand pockets are not very pack friendly but they still can be used. The new gore pro shell seems pretty light for a 80D fabric and I like it, I still haven't hit any tree branches or anything like that so I can't comment on durability. If you are skiing powder I like to wear this jacket with bibs, since it doesn't have a powder skirt and even though it's pretty long cut I prefer the extra protection of the bibs. This jacket is the perfect piece to pair with Arcteryx stinger bibs. I got color heron and different from the blue color I'd say the picture is pretty true to the color.

Pros:
big hood
longer cut, long pit zips
articulated, easy to move
light, this jacket is only 550g, little over a pound
drawcords and hood easy to adjust wearing glove
usual arcteryx quality and it's made in Canada

Cons:
price, it's pretty expensive
the stash pocket could have been a little bigger
hand pockets are not 100% pack friendly

A comment about the size, I've seem reviews suggesting to size down, I wouldn't suggest that. This jacket definitively has a bigger fit, but it's smart bigger fit not just a crazy relaxed fit. I'm a size small on all jackets flylow, patagonia and also other arcteryx rush, caden and happy with the small

Hi I'm 6'2'' 240 pounds with a chest size...

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Hi I'm 6'2'' 240 pounds with a chest size of 47". I want to be able to wear a large down jacket like a TNF Nuptse or fleece underneath.

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This jacket is made with extra room for layering so there is a chance that it might work for you in the XL but I hold slight reservation and am worried that it wont be enough room to fit you comfortably. You are at the cusp where I would really suggest trying that XL on to be sure of the fit.

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Hi, I'm same size and facing same dilemma, did you tried? Thanks

is the most suitable jacket for skiing ...

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is the most suitable jacket for skiing or is it more suited to ice climbing and trekking?

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The main skiing-specific feature this jacket doesn't have is a powder skirt. Otherwise it's perfectly acceptable for skiing. The Theta SVX offers the most weather protection available within the line. It has a long cut, tall caller and high volume Storm Hood with an extended Storm Brim.

Arc'teryx website calls this GORE-TEX�...

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Arc'teryx website calls this GORE-TEX� three-layer construction but it's labeled here as 2 layer. Which is it?

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It's a 3-layer.

5 5

Superb Shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

First of all it's the best shell I've ever tried. Period.
Attention to details, materials, fit, features, everything is first-class quality.
Most comments state the jacket runs large and should be sized down. It does run large. But should it be sized down? Not sure. Theta SVX is intended to be large. It has an expedition cut that should be slightly larger and longer in order to accommodate layers, give more protection and be an ultimate all-around shell. Off course it depends on personal preferences.
Personally I prefer it not too slim but not baggy. I am 185cm, 85kg, 105cm chest, and fall between medium and large in Arcteryx size chart. I followed recommendations and sized down to M. The fit was good but it was definitely slim-fit. I was also expecting it to be longer to cover my bottom ham and I prefer it to be slightly larger. I've changed it to L and it's perfect. It is exactly as it was intended by designers.
So unless you totally prefer slim-fit or, for some reason, want this specific jacket to fit like Alpha SV, I'd recommend going for your regular size.
Btw, Large is not too much bigger than Medium, but by just the right amount. I felt a little too snug in medium, but in large it feels just right. The bottom part is right length and radius, the waist and chest feel good, and collar much much better that medium, which was too tight and literally scratched my chin or nose.
The colors might look different in different light conditions. While in studio photographs it looks blue, it can be totally different in real world. I've ordered Heron color. It appeared to be very nice in real world. Pretty close to the photo, a little bit darker.
Thalo Blue completely differs from its photo on any picture I saw. It is considerably darker, not popping at all. I would call it a storm ocean blue. It has shades of green in some lighting. But it is mostly blue in bright conditions.
Backcountry video below is probably the best demonstration for both fit and color.

5 5

Perfect shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

A have been using this shell for a week in -20C temperatures for skiing and hiking. The material and quality are great and everything is where you would expect it and deep pockets. Combined with the hooded down liner, it is incredibly warm and at the same time light and flexible. The hood is also great for pulling over a helmet. One of the best pieces if gear I have ever purchased. Highly recommend it.

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Hi,

What is the middle layer you've used? Will Arcteryx Atom LT be enough in -10 to -20C conditions?
Did hooded mid-layer feels uncomfortable with hood down and inside the jacket? It should create some bulk on behind.

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Hi Mark,
I am using an Arc' Cerium LT down middle layer, and mountain hardware base layer. The hood is no prob since it compresses and fits within the shells large hood. Your boots will get cold long before this setup does. If the temps drop further, just add a fleece vest.

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The conversations below made me!

  • Fit: Runs large

So I got this jacket just to see and guess what? It's the best arcterux shell I have seen! I am 5"10 175lbs and sized down to a small. The small fits must like an alpha sv in a medium. If I was to get a medium I would be swimming in it!! The material and attention to detail is just awesome and the shell just feels good even with layers on. The hood is also amazing with that extra long brim

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So you actually recommend it?
It does seem very appealing and only the price tag makes me hesitate here.
Comments like yours actually helping me a lot with the decision.
Unfortunately I have no option of checking it physically before ordering on the internet, but I got a pretty good deal on ebay and think going for it.
I am 6"1, 187lbs, 40" chest. I usually go large on every other brand, but here I think going medium. What do you suggest?

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Oh, just to add to my previous comment, I am going to wear both with heavy layering and with the lightest one. So again would medium be sufficient here.

Another question, is the color looks like on the picture or it's actually darker/lighter in real world?

Thanks for your help

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Hey Mark. No joke, best Arcteryx shell I have ever tried on. Definitely keeping it and totally worth the money. If you plan on layering heavy then get your normal size. I think without the layers the large is going to be huge though. Its really big in the chest and shoulder area and the size small has perfect sleeve leanght for me. The chest size on the small is 38". I cant stress enough how awesome this shell is. I have had almost all their shells and returned a lot due to no physical stores to try them. This one is a keeper with every single arcteryx feature built into it. The color on the thalo blue is literally turquoise, and i didnt like it at all. I got the heron and its pretty close to the picture, maybe a tiny shade lighter.

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Thanks! You really help me with the choice.

I will most likely layer with base sweatshirt like Phase AR and Atom LT as a mid layer. Guess medium will be okay. Or not?

You really struck me with a "turquoise". So it's like some kind of greenish? DId you see it in normal lighting conditions?
I actually hoped it would be more like on the backcountry video, a little darker than on the official picture.
Will think about getting heron now.

Thanks again!

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I ordered the alpha LT in thalo blue and it was really turuoise. I honestly didn't like it and blue is my favorite color. The heron is by their best in my opinon. I still think medium is the way to go in this cut.

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Thanks, you're really very helpful!

I'll write here my impression after I get one

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I am 5"10 175lbs with an ideal sleeve of...

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I am 5"10 175lbs with an ideal sleeve of 33.5cm

Trim cut medium beta LT = too tight for me in the shoulders and chest
Athletic cut medium alpha LT = is pretty good, not tight at all, more on the loose comfy end

Theta SVX medium or small? This is expedition fit and I am not sure, should I just size down to a small in this?

Why this jacket is the most expensive on...

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Why this jacket is the most expensive on Arcteryx line?
I understand this is the full N80p-x gore-tex etc., but there are more jackets with the same features and even more that cost less. For example Caden jacket is exactly the same. Same fabric, same fit, same pockets and even one additional chest pocket that theta svx doesn't have. In addition Caden features a powder skirt and recco reflector. And still it's $100 less in price.
Do I miss something here?

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The Theta SVX is a new jacket that offers the most weather protection in the line. It is not exactly the same as the Caden.

The Theta SVX has a longer cut, taller collar, higher volume Storm Hood with an extra long Storm Brim and finally a double back flap behind the zipper to help ensure weather protection. The extra cost is due to extra fabric/materials. This jacket is designed to help protect you in extremely cold, wet and windy environments.

The most expensive jackets are the Macai and the Andessa.

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Not sure you're right Stephen. The cut is the same expedition fit cut, so they should have the same length. Neither theta svx nor caden don't have any collar at all as they both feature storm hood. Collar exists in jackets with the drop hood.
I think you're right about the double back flap and storm brim.

Anyway, the Theta line features the AR model as well. Which one would you choose for skiing, hiking and around town use?

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I would pick the Theta AR for almost anything in the Theta line. The SVX is seriously overkill unless you live in the mountains and totally need a shell that is this burly. I looked at the caden jacket and honestly picking between the svx or caden I would go with caden. The caden jacket is also thigh cut where the svx is hip cut and the svx is lighter.