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    One jacket for all of your active winter pursuits.

    Make the Arc’teryx Men's Venta AR Jacket your go-to jacket for cold-weather cragging, winter ski tours, or gusty days around town. Thanks to three different kinds of Gore Windstopper fabric, fully taped seams, and an interior zipper wind flap, you get full protection from the wind along with stretch and breathability. No-Lift gusseted underarms don’t pull up the jacket when you reach for that next hold or plunge your ski pole, and two hand pockets and an interior chest pocket hold your camera, lip balm, and energy bars.
    • Item #ARC0690

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [body] N72s Windstopper 3L (low-loft), N72s Windstopper 3L (hi-loft), N70p Windstopper 3L (hi-loft), DWR coating
    Waterproof Rating
    water-resistant
    Breathability Rating
    guaranteed breathable
    Windproof Rating
    windproof
    Fit
    athletic
    Center Back Length
    27.5 in
    Hood
    no
    Pockets
    2 hand
    Venting
    core
    Powder Skirt
    no
    Actual Weight
    Black, M: 482g
    Recommended Use
    alpine expedition, climbing, skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Have questions about this product?

    Well...I love it!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I have had mine for I would say at least three years. It washes up well after getting dirty and the DWR works again and again. The windstopper makes this very utilitarian. It is not the warmest coat. It is fleece lined, but the fleece is very thin and not all that warm. None the less, I wear this coat three seasons of the year regularly, and sometimes in the winter with a Atom LT or Ghost Whisperer under it. I find it to be a great cycling coat as well as long as you have a layer underneath that has a chest pocket to hold music devices. This coat does not have a internal pocket to hold you phone or mp3 player.

    Hands Down Favorite

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

    I have had my Arc'teryx softshell for 3 years now and still going strong! By far my favorite jacket. The fit is absolutely brilliant! Full movement without feeling baggy or constrained even while climbing. The Gore-Tex outer is awesome and keeps even strong cold winds out, while the interior material is soft and comfortable to the skin. I have worn this jacket up several multi-pitch climbs on rough granite, lots of hikes, and almost everyday during the winter and I have yet to notice any wear. The DWR treatment however has worn out in high wear spots (which is normal) but reapplying is supper easy and will easily bead off the average California showers. Not the greatest at insulating if standing still in cold conditions, but for everything else this is my go to jacket.

    I'm a taller guy and with a slender torso and the large is perfect for me (even long enough arms!) and can easily fit a base layer underneath. This jacket made me a HUGE Arc'teryx fanboy!

    Hands Down Favorite

    Go-to Softshell

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This is my go-to insulated softshell. It's warm, water resistant, and extremely durable. It fits me perfectly, but runs slightly small.

    Potential downsides, depending on your uses:
    1) Doesn't really pack well. Doesn't condense or compress, doesn't zip up into its own pocket, etc.
    2) Does NOT stretch. Fortunately, the design/shape/cut allows for completely unrestricted articulation... just make sure you get the right size.
    3) Probably short for people with a long torso. I have a normal torso; the front reaches 2" past the top of my pants/belt, while the tail goes down to the middle of my butt. I prefer this for more everyday, normal use, but for strong wind conditions I throw a hardshell on top. There just isn't enough coverage to keep the wind out from the waistline.
    4) Shoulders may be narrow for broad-chested people. I usually wear a 38 to 40 in a suit jacket, which puts me somewhere in between Small and Medium according to the size chart, and this fits perfectly.

    Runs Small, Thin on the Sides

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:Runs small

    I picked this up to try to replace my 10-year-old Mountain Hardware Windstopper Tech jacket which I can wear alone in anything 20+ degrees. Prior to purchasing this, I looked at the Marmot Prodigy, Marmot Front Range and Patagonia Down Sweater. This was the most solid option.



    I am 6'2", 205 lbs and this was short on me. The waist hit just at or above the waist of my pants, offering me very little wind protection since it would rip up into the jacket, even when cinched. I would strongly recommend getting a size up.



    Note that this jacket is meant for ACTIVE use. I was looking for an all-in-one jacket that I can wear commuting in NYC and then take on the trail. This jacket is not that. Arc'Teryx has taken an "angel wing" approach by not including insulation on the sides, under where your arms hang. The Windstopper material is still there but the thin layer of (surprisingly warm) insulation is not. I imagine this is to allow you to vent some heat as you ACTIVELY do things like climb, hike, ski, etc. Unfortunately, this caused my sides to get cold very quickly in 32 degree weather with strong winds during my walk to the subway.



    I strongly recommend this jacket, 1 size up, for anyone looking for an active jacket and so I still give it 4-stars. If you are looking for something to keep you warm in non-active states like commuting & every day use, I'd recommend looking at the Mountain Hardware Tech Jacket, Patagonia Down Sweater or similar offerings.

    Great light weight jacket

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

    This is a great jacket it has all you need in a softshell. I wear it all the time. It keeps me warm and dry, it wicks moisture away from body. Fit is athletic, good room in shoulders and tapers nicely over torso.

    simply amazing

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

    i bought mine n june n couldn't wait for the weather 2 turn so i could wear it. so far this has been my go to jacket for everything hiking,fishing,yard work and favorite star bucking . the jacket looks good with jeans and dress pants .i had the patagonia version and this jacket blows it away. its more fitted than the gamma ar which is ok and u can still wear a patagonia r1 under it and ill be warm into the 30's

    Great softshell

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

    I have been searching for the perfect softshell to replace a well worn Marmot Dri-Clime. The Venta AR may not be perfect, but it is not far from it. It is quite warm and windproof for its thickness and weight. And a great option for the sidelines of fall soccer games or more active pursuits. So far, I have just two complaints: I wish that there were more than the two hand-warmer pockets (one chest pocket would be ideal); while the material has a little stretch/give, it is not quite enough at the cuffs (a small gap of stretch and a velcro closure would make this jacket even better).



    It is a very worthwhile purchase.



    At 6' and 165lbs, the large is a great fit.

    Good all arounder, warmer than GammaMX

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I bought the Venta AR to replace my old worn out Gamma MX (which I loved). I thought about just getting another Gamma MX, but decided to go with something a bit warmer.



    It's got a little bit of stretchiness to it, but nothing compared to the Gamma MX fabric, although on the flip side, the exterior is a bit burlier, and I wouldn't worry about it snagging on anything. The breathability is also noticeably less, which conversely means the wind blocking ability is noticeably more. This is great when you're not doing something really vigorous in the cold/wind, but not so great when doing something like trail running in the cold (which is where the Gamma MX would shine, keeping you warm, but generally not overly hot and clammy). As such, it can function well as a warmer insulation layer beneath a hard shell. The temperature comfort range between the two jackets has a large overlapping mid-range with a difference of about 10*F at either end, with the Gamma MX slightly better suited towards warmer conditions, and the Venta AR slightly better for colder conditions.



    Also worth noting is that despite being made in China, and all the negative connotations with that, it's still very well built, with no noticeable quality differences to my older Canadian made pieces.



    I think the one downside is that the cuffs aren't adjustable/stretchy. When zipped up, and I move my arms about, I can feel warm air being pushed out and lost through the gap between the cuffs and my wrists. An adjustable strap or stretchier material there would help greatly.

    Great for smaller folks

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    When my old North Face soft shell (size S) died after 7 years of use, I was in the market to replace it. Of course I checked out the current offering from TNF but noticed they've made it a lot bigger. The arms were too long, the chest was baggy, and the entire body was stretched out. I checked out all of the other soft shells out there from different brands and the S size of this one was the best fit for me. I had to order it online and cross my fingers, but I was very happy with it. I would say the only one smaller than this out there is the Patagonia Men's XS Adze (the only soft shell with XS as of this writing I'll note) but that was a bit too small and wouldn't fit another layer like a sweater under it. Note that I'm not tiny, but I usually wear small or extra small shirts from most name brands. So, this one was the winner when it came to fit.



    As for quality, it's an Arc'teryx so you're going to be paying quite a bit. However, it really does amazing things in blocking even strong winds, and I haven't needed to put a sweater on under it for weather above 40F yet. I couldn't be happier with it.

    Good but there are better

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I owned an Arcteryx Venta AR Jacket for over a year and in many ways it was a great windproof jacket -- it was light, nicely cut, had a burly outer fabric, and its fleece backing added warmth so I could wear it on its own with a tshirt to the high 40s. However, it also had a lot of issues with it -- 1) the face fabric does not stretch so it's hard to layer more than one long sleeve top underneath 2) the arms taper to the handcuffs which make it even harder to layer 3) it's a very short jacket -- sure it's windproof, but it barely covers my hips which leaves my crotch a bit too cold. These issues together made me consider how well my money was spent on a jacket this expensive!



    I finally sold this jacket one day after I tried on the Patagonia Adze in stores, as I found it better than the Venta in most aspects. It's similar in that they're both windproof jackets with no hood and a light fleece backing. However, the Adze has a super stretchy face fabric which makes it MUCH more comfortable, it has hand cuffs = easier layering, and it is slightly longer -- about 1 inch -- which helps cover my sensitive areas while still maintaining an athletic fit for backpack wearing. The only downside of the Adze is that its fabric is softer and likely less abrasion resistant than the Adze. But, the Adze costs less than half of the Venta retail!



    The Arcteryx Venta is a very hard sell considering how awesome the Patagonia Adze is; while the Venta is a good jacket, there are certainly better out there at better prices.

    Leaving the styling aside, I guess it comes down to GORE vs Polartec and whichever jacket fits your own body right.

    The Adze looks boxy to me compared to the more trimmed Venta. Also, I would presume the Gore would be more abrasion resistant than the Polartec, if your usage involves backpacks, harnesses or contact with rocks or branches.

    But the price difference does hurt…

    Probably my favorite Arc'teryx piece

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This jacket is a real gem, its likely the most versatile piece in my closet. In temps of 40 to 50 I can wear it on it's own, anything warmer and this might be too warm. If it gets colder, I can still live with it, but a layer would be necessary. Where I think this jacket really shines is in the windstopper element, its much warmer for its weight than it appears, despite a lack of real insulation as it blocks the wind 100%. This windstopper also creates an insulative property when active, as it will not breathe like the Gamma MX, if extremely active it can be worn in cold temps. The only thing I miss would be a chest pocket, but realize that is an alpine minimalist piece so there arent even adjustable cuffs. Sleeve length is generous, and the fit of the jacket overall is close. I've worn this for any time I am going to be out in the cold temps with wind, and possible light rain.... the DWR and nylon outer fabric work great. The windstopper itself is actually quote waterproof, but the seams are only finished with finishing tape, so its not seam sealed for water. Compared to the Venta SV this is much trimmer jacket fit wise.

    solid jacket

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I am 6 foot 2 190 pounds, and I got a large. I have super long arms so I appreciate the length of this jacket's arms. It does have a slim fit and is very short (most non-technical fleeces hang out the bottom). I have used this jacket so far skiing, walking in a rainstorm, and out about in the city. Windproof is excellent, water repellant is excellent, high collar is the perfect height to be able to snuggle into on the chair lift or in the rain.



    Note that the pockets are set higher than you would expect, which is designed so you can carry a pack with a waist strap and still access the pockets. Awesome for hiking, a little awkward trying to walk around the city with your hands in your pockets.



    Also, I know this jacket says it has one interior pocket, but I have not been able to find it. A little weird that there is no wallet / chest interior pocket, but it means the jacket lies flat and looks great.



    I bought this jacket to replace a beloved 10 year old Marmot softshell, so far it has worked great. Wind resistance is definitely better than my old softshell, and the only (tiny) complaint I have is the lack of an interior pocket. The only other complaint is that it doesn't come in bright red, but the grey isn't bad at all.

    Extremely High Quality, Stylish

      If you want a very good looking softshell that protects you from the wind and rain, look no further than this jacket.

      Not only is it technologically perfect, it is one of the best looking jackets to wear around town. But like all soft shells, it can only keep you so warm.

      If the outdoor temperature range is 32+-50 degrees then this jacket by itself and a knit long sleeve cotton shirt does the trick. Anything colder then a light mid layer fleece is necessary.

      So this jacket plus a mid layer fleece is all you need to cope with freezing cold winter to mild spring weather. If you have to sit in the football stands freezing with light drizzle then this jacket + mid layer + hat will keep you as warm as any combination.

      In colder weather, a down jacket works equally well, but only if there is no rain. I recommend this jacket for anyone who appreciates quality, functionality, and great looks.

      Finally with sizing... I am between a medium and a large (42" chest, 32" waist) Mediums fit my lower torso but they are always a bit tight under the armpits. So the way for me to go with 99% of the jackets is large. No way you want your jacket pinching in the back.

      The ONLY exception is Patagonia Brand. Patagonia sizing is slightly larger for all sizes and they are generally cut generously through the mid section. Therefore, a large size in Patagonia makes me look like Santa Claus. It is huge in the mid section. To avoid this, I am forced to buy medium for better fit and so that the jacket captures heat.

      Not an ideal solution, because all Patagonia medium jackets are tight in the back and in the armpits. Anyone who is in between sizes will have to choose between ballooning fit, or slightly tighter better insultated fits with Patagonia. Arc'teryx does not have this problem.

      Awesome as an all around jacket

        I bought this to replace my 6 year old Gamma AR that has been to hell and back. I was hesitant to buy this because I really like the stretchiness of my Gamma (made of the old polartec material) and this jacket has almost no stretch to it. But I found it on sale in black for under $200 locally and it fit me pretty well so I bought it anyway.

        I'm 5'7" and float between 174-182 (muscular/athletic) with broad shoulders and this jacket in a medium fits me very closely with a T-shirt, polo, or other thin layer under it, which is what I was going for. I used to layer my Gamma (size L) over a hoody for cold days, but this jacket is to trim for that. The fit and style is clean and sharp, which is great for wearing around town.

        It's thin and light, but deceptively warm but breathable. I've used it for running hills in 28-30degree weather, warming up for tennis in 50degree weather, and I even wore it watching a baseball game in sunny, 70 degree weather last weekend. I could probably use it for drier days on the ski slopes, but I have other jackets for that so I probably won't.

        This is my 5th Arcteryx jacket (and my 2nd China-made one), and the construction is second to none, as always. Just like everyone else, I was disappointed when they moved their manufacturing to China, but I have seen no evidence that quality has suffered as a result and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another China-made Arcteryx jacket.

        Awkward Sizing

          I returned it promptly so I can't tell you how warm, windproof, or water resistant it is but I can help with sizing. I originally got a large and it was quite baggy on me (6'0" 170lb) in the chest and arms. It was also quite long in the sleeves. I swapped it for a medium and the sleeve length is perfect and the fit is much more 'athletic'. However, it is abnormally short in the torso. My T-shirts stick out of the bottom. It's longer in the back but I wish it was that length all the way around. Makes me look pretty goofy.

          Deceptively warm, Not too stretchy

            This jacket is my bread and butter. It has so many uses in different climates and is truly all around.

            I am 5'8" 125lbs. and wear a Mens small.

            For low exertion hikes, I wear a thin crew base underneath. This works great for long hours in the city too especially when the coffee shop blasts the ac nonstop over my head.

            With a midweight base underneath the Venta keeps my temps stable down to -5C, provided I'm on the move and have the drawstring pulled. The tight wrist is great for keeping the wind out provided you are of average build; for my thin wrists I get about an inch of opening so this doesn't work out very well but I'm sure for most of you it's snug, if not constricting.

            The jacket doesn't pack down much and I can't tell where it actually stretches enough to notice while worn.

            I do appreciate the different material thicknesses at various spots but the effect seems more for thermal effect rather than stretch. The whole jacket does stretch, ranging from 1-2cm of expansion. The stretch ends abruptly so the impression on use is that the jacket is static and the stretch only manifests with tight fit and wide motions.

            Overall cut is smart. The jacket has surprising room underneath for both a base and insulating layer but is still fashionably acceptable on my rather skinny frame.
            Either the Atom LT or the First Ascent Microtherm down shirt fits under this without much change in shape. I personally can't stand so much insulation so I usually wear the Venta AR with just a baselayer and adjust the weight and material of that instead.

            For me, any temperature or activity level that the Venta + heavy base cannot handle, I replace the Venta with a First Ascent Downlight sweater or Atom SV instead of layering due to breathability issues.

            An Alpha SL pullover goes over this for those rare times when I don't want my hat totally saturated from heavy snowfall or rain. I personally wouldn't recommend having both on at once for very long unless idle.

            The DWR is ok, though not as durable as a hardshell for reasons I cannot deduce. The area where I put my watch over the sleeve as well as underneath both sleeves seem to have areas where water will not bead well, areas where I guess the rubber watch strap and other things rub against.

            I have washed once and treated with Grangers XT but the sleeves remain a trouble spot, even more so than the shoulder where the pack straps rub. This is just nitpicking because the total area of soaking is probably less than one square inch, and I do wear this very often and rub against tables (probably oils and other contaminants on the table)

            On the whole, this jacket in my opinion provides good value for the amount of use it gets and the deceptively high protection it provides in situations I couldn't have imagined possible upon casual inspection of the garment.

            arc'teryx venta ar

              I love this jacket with a passion, I really have used it for almost anything that i can think of: ice climbing, rock climbing, mixed climbing, hiking, walking around, being bored, cooking and what i mostly use it for is being happy. See i like being happy and this jacket allows for that very thing. Once you get to know this jacket(its limits, when it over heats, its dwr repellentcy etc...) it is like a leather hiking boot in how it just gets better and better. The pockets are out of the way, so i can always use it, harness or backpack. On the out sides of the jacket(neck, shoulders, arms) the fabric has some spandex in it compared to the insider fabric, but has the same amount of fleece. This allows for more durability, and in my opinion, comfort. The fabric on the torso sides is very thin and has almost no fleece whatsoever. There is one problem that i have had with it, and that is that the cuffs very quickly pilled, I was a little disappointed in it ,but it is only the cuffs, no big deal. I gave it 4 stars because it was not extremely great just really great. I didn't have the extra cash to by dwr wash ,but i have only washed it once in the time i owned it, it made the jacket more soft and it just worked better, my ignorance for not accomplishing this early. Overall great jacket , just don't forget to wash it after every, say,30 good , not crazy, days of use. Hope this helped someone.

              arc'teryx venta ar

              Brilliant All-rounder

                Hi - have worn the Areteryx Venta AR in somewhat mild conditions (5 C - 20 C) during a weekend of holidaying and a week of work in South Africa (winter) - I found that while the Venta is not as warm as an insulated jacket, it worked well on early morning safaris in Kruger, but also worked as a functional evening jacket when going out casually in J'oberg for dinner with colleagues. Highly recommended. Fantastic material, well constructed. An inner pocket would have been an excellent addition, but hey, you cant have it all - right?

                Awesome for miniature golf

                  Sorry! I know that isn't the intended use for this guy, but I just picked it up on spring clearance. The best I could do was playing miniature golf with my son in 50-degree weather with 20+ mph winds. My hands were cold, but my body didn't feel a thing. Worked perfectly to block the wind. Also, the gusseted arm design really let me crank up my putt-putt backswing. It moves easily, drapes well, the fleece interior feels great. Looks classic. This is really a fine jacket.

                  The only thing I don't like about it is that it's oversized for a scrawny (5-10, 140 lbs., wearing a Small) guy like me. Both this and the Gamma MX say "Athletic fit" but this is much roomier. It's not so bad through the body, even for me, but I found the upper arms to be huge and the sleeves to be too long. This jacket is light enough to be worn even in mild temperatures, but I can't pull it off without at least two layers on to fill it out and take up some of the slack in the sleeves, so it will be strictly a cold-weather coat for me. I've seen complaints about the narrow wrists. A stick-wrist like I am doesn't have much trouble with them, but there is a severe taper in the forearm. What you gain from that is no velcro wrist closure, just a snug-fitting elastic.

                  If they made an XS I'd buy it and wear it twice as much. Really a first-rate product.

                  Unanswered Question

                  Lost a lot of weight, would have probably worn an XXL in the past. Now wearing an XL base layer. Had the specs from Arc'teryx on sleeve length and chest size for both, but most have deleted the email. Could anyone give me those specs for both XL and XXL for Venta AR? I'm guessing XL as I continue to lose weight. Thanks.

                  which is warmer? the gamma mx or venta?

                  which is warmer? the gamma mx or venta?

                  Is this jacket lined with anything like...

                  Is this jacket lined with anything like fleece or something soft? Or does the burly weave outer fabric just come through on the inside?

                  Hey guys, sizing question. I'm looking...

                  Hey guys, sizing question.

                  I'm looking forward to by this jacket, and wear it with fleece or sweater under it. I'm 6.1 , 190 pounds, athletic build - should I go for large or xlarge? Thanks

                  I am 5'11, 165 lbs, and wear 34 shirt...

                  I am 5'11, 165 lbs, and wear 34 shirt sleeve length
                  I need to be able to wear a light/mid weight fleece underneath
                  Can anyone give me some sizing guidence

                  Hi, I'm looking at the Venta AR and the...

                  Hi, I'm looking at the Venta AR and the Gamma MX jackets. Wanted to know which would be warmer between the two?

                  Having owned both a Gamma MX and another Arc'teryx jacket made from the same material as the Venta AR, the Venta will be warmer. Gore Windstopper softshell has a thicker layer of inner pile than the Fortius used on the Gamma. It's also designed to be 100% windproof, where the Gamma is supposed to let in about 2% of the air for breathability.

                  The windproofness of the Venta will be warmer than the Gamma hands down. That being said, for high output activities, the Gamma is better. An example would be skiing... I feel the Venta would be too much for the swear, as windstopper is not truly that breathable. The gamma would be colder on the lift, but would regulate the sweat more on the downhill. Proper layering is key, but the Venta can stand up to more on it's own in my opinion.

                  i had to send my arcteryx katabatic in for...

                  i had to send my arcteryx katabatic in for repair, unfortunately it cannot be repaired so they want to send me the Solano, which i'm not entirely enthused about.
                  What i liked about the katabatic was the wind stopping ability, since i biked to work in cooler conditions in it, and the soft fleecy inner lining which kept me warm. I could wear this and a t shirt down to -15C or so and be warm. The jacket just bottled in the heat somehow.
                  I'm thinking the Venta AR might be a better replacement. i'd like an inner lining and would prefer the die cut velcro sleeves, also it's got to block the wind (and light rain to a lesser extent). I don't need a hood either.
                  Would this be a suitable replacement or is there something better roughly in this price range?
                  Thanks for the help.

                  Best Answer

                  Hey Graison, I think you are on the right track... I have the Venta SV, basically same jacket just with a hood, and think it will be right up your satisfaction alley as a replacement... it has taped seams (help block wind and makes seams lay flat), has a little bit of inside insulation built in due to the material used on the inside, and uses 3 different windstopper textiles (for mobility, abrasion, etc)... this is the Venta line so it runs a little larger then the other Arc'teryx models by design, for layering... might want to experiment with the sizing if you want it to fit snug...

                  The Venta AR would be a good replacement. It doesn't have velcro cuffs, however, and, if I recall, the fleece is quite a bit thicker in the Venta. Another jacket to take a look at would be the Visio Comp. It is also a taped seam Windstopper, and while it doesn't have the fleece liner, it uses a knit backer that adds just a touch of softness and warmth. It might not be as warm in bitter conditions, but I bet it will have a broader range than the Venta. Good luck on the hunt!

                  Is this a warmer jacket than the Gamma MX?...

                  Is this a warmer jacket than the Gamma MX?

                  It weighs less, but the descriptions suggest it's warmer.

                  Best Answer

                  Yes, it is. The Venta is Gore Windstopper and has a fleece lining. The MX has no lining, but the Powershield breaths better when used as a mid layer. Of the two, for a stand-alone outer piece, go with the Venta. Another thought would be the Hyllus.

                  Hi All, I am about to purchase an Arc'teryx...

                  Hi All,

                  I am about to purchase an Arc'teryx softshell Jacket and I'm wondering what is the warmest Softshell that I can get. I want something that I can wear under my Alpha SV without it being too bulky and still somewhat lightweight. I was thinking either the Venta AR or the Gamma MX. Any help is appreciated.

                  I saw Matt Jesperson's answer below though perhaps things have changed?

                  Thanks in advance :)

                  Jesse - no doubt the Venta AR is a great jacket. However, and opinions do vary on this, generally it is not recommended to wear two windproof layers like gore-tex pro shell and gore-tex windstopper together as part of your layering system. If your intended use is to use this primarily as an outer layer, then the Venta AR is probably the right jacket for you. However, if you anticipate using this frequently as a mid-layer, you might want to consider something more along the lines of the Hyllus jacket, which isn't as windproof but also has a hi-loft fleece lining on the inside. It will be warmer as a mid-layer than then Venta AR and it will breathe better at the cost of not being as windproof. The Hyllus is definitely designed more with layering in mind.

                  Is this made in Canada or China?

                  Is this made in Canada or China?

                  Hi gurus! i'm 5' 9'' 200 pounds,wich size...

                  Hi gurus! i'm 5' 9'' 200 pounds,wich size should i get.l or xl? thanks!

                  It really depends on how you carry your weight and how you want it to fit. If you are middle of the road kind of guy the L will probably fit best. If you have a broad chest or are thicker around the middle you might go with XL. What you should do is measure you chest and arms and see where you fit. Also keep in mind Arc'teryx have a slimmer athletic fit, so if you want it to drowned you or need it to fit over any Budweiser tumors you might want to size up.
                  ______S________M_________L__________XL_________XXL
                  Chest--38in(97cm) 40in(102cm) 43in(109cm) 46in(117cm) 50in(127cm)
                  Sleeve-33in(84cm) 34in(86cm)_ 35in(89cm)_ 36in(91cm)_ 37in(94cm)

                  How would the Venta compare to the Mountain...

                  How would the Venta compare to the Mountain Hardware Dragon in terms of breathability? One of the guys at the local MH shop says he uses the Dragon on his bike rides to work in cool weather and says he loves the breathability. I tried one on and it is very stretchy and seems like it would let the moisture out while still keeping me warm.

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                  From what I know of the MH jacket, the breathability would be identical. What differentiates this would be face fabric quality (Venta uses tightly woven fine filament nylon-smooth and durable) and construction (finish taping adds weather resistance, durability, and makes super clean seams)and the great fit that Arc'teryx is known for. The Venta LT would be a more breathable option, but not as warm, due to less fleece internally.

                  I am 6'8 and 210lbs will the Venta AR...

                  I am 6'8 and 210lbs will the Venta AR Jacket be to short for me (with regards to the waist and sleeve length)?

                  Is this jacket true in size? Regards

                  Is this jacket true in size?

                  Regards

                  Arcteryx jackets have an athletic fit, so take that into consideration when choosing your size. For instance, I have a 46 inch chest. If I want to wear anything more than a baselayer under the soft shell, I need to go with a XXL because the XL is tight.

                  is there any way to cinch the wrists on...

                  is there any way to cinch the wrists on this jacket? what about the hem around the waist?

                  Venta Ar or Gamma Ar?? I want to get an...

                  Venta Ar or Gamma Ar?? I want to get an under layer for the Scorpion shell. Which would be a better mid- layer. Thanks Alot.....

                  if you're deciding between these two, the Gamma AR will be much better as a layering piece. You should look at the Hercules, though, which is ideal as a layer, and a medium protection outer softshell.Edit (Jersey Hiker):Keep in mind that an underlayer with a smooth face fabric (hercules, Tau or Rho ar) will slide smoothly under the Scorpion. Regular fleece layers tend to bindPersonally, I would steer clear of any jacket with a wind membrane as an underlayer for a waterproof shell - it's unnecessary and can kill the breathability. In my opinion, the Hercules could be overkill since you already have some insulation on the Scorpion, but if you run cold then maybe that's ok with you. I would go with a more conventional fleece with an open face fabric.I agree 100% with the previous answer. I have the Scorpion and use the Rho with it or Ether Comp jersey.

                  The Gamma AR is the better one for use as a midlayer. The Gore Tex softshell Scorpion jacket you have doesn't breathe as easily as ProShell or Paclite, so I think you would be creating problems for yourself by layering with another breathable membrane. Unless you are taking lazy laps, you will probably overheat. The AR will layer better since it is a bit more flexible, it will breathe quite a bit better, and it will still provide you with a thermal layer. Go with the Hercules if your hill is a -30-on-a-sunny day icefield. The high-loft fleece Hercules, as a midlayer, will keep you warmer, breathe even better, and, thanks to that high-loft, provide a little extra padding if you catch an edge and bellyflop onto blue ice.

                  Of the Arc'teryx softshells, is this the...

                  Of the Arc'teryx softshells, is this the one best suited to alpine skiing in the spring? How does this jacket compare to the Gamma MX?

                  This is one of the most weather-resistant of the soft shells. the Gamma MX is more breathable and stretchy, but still has great weather resistance. I prefer the MX for spring skiing if you're doing a lot of climbing, otherwise, for spring skiing on lift service, the Venta AR is superb.