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If you're beside yourself between the Venta MX & SV ,the SV has better internal installation and when ice climbing in my opinion that's a major plus.
It seems companies are developing so many different kinds of jackets for everyday weather situations. However, I find myself a little lost in all these new technologies coming out every season and they all appear the same to me (personally). But, I must say the the Arc'teryx SV stands alone in the gear race. The jacket's fit is perfect, weight is perfect, weather protection is perfect, range of motion is perfect, and the manner has a simple rustic look.
How warm is Venta SV vs Gamma AR, Kappa Hoody and other 100g+ insulated jackets?
Sorry for the stupid question but I am looking for an all around winter jacket (out most layer) for 40~10�F weather in New York with wind up to 30/40mph
General use would be everything from going out office to buy lunch to brisk one hour walk home to six hour moderate hike to standstill and talking to people.
Normally I have short sleeve cotton shirt + long sleeve button down shirt under the jacket for work. Cotton shirt + sweater + (if really cold) light fleece vest for outdoor activity and take off layers as necessary.
The Kappa Hoody is warmest of the three and is a great option for you. I wear my Kappa around town through the winter and ski in it on storm days. It's very warm and is highly water-resistant. If you're looking for a completely waterproof option check these out:
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a nicely designed jacket-- not bulky (substantial, but not too heavy material). Windstopper makes it a decent shell for cold days, and the excellent pit zips let you ventilate when needed. The hood is quite large, so it can accommodate a helmet; without a helmet it is still workable, thanks to adjustment clips. The inside zip pocket is smaller than I anticipated-- not quite big enough to hold a wallet, but plenty roomy for a few credit cards and a key. The two outside pockets are quite capacious, tho.
The lining appears to be a high-quality, short-nap fleece, almost like the felt on a pool table. If you are wearing any sort of a flannel or fleece sweater, it is grabby when you try to slide your arms into the sleeves. Not a huge deal; on the plus side, the lining adds a bit of warmth without being at all bulky.
I am 5'11" and 198 lbs with a 36" waist. Was gonna get a Large, but decided to go XL so I could wear a sweater and lightweight down jacket if needed. Glad I did! Even with just a shirt on, it is not over-large at all (though the sleeves are 2-3 inches longer than my 36" arms need; the velcro straps at the end solve that issue), yet I have enough room to add layers if I need them. The Large would have been too tight.
Some companies' XL sizes are huge, but not so with Acr'teryx.
Sizing Question - I'm 5'8, 170 lbs with broad shoulders. Gamma MX in Med. fits me perfectly, but I know this fits a little larger(longer too?). Should I size down or go with M?
Does this have a removable hood?
Negative. This features the Helmet compatible drop hood.
- Gender: Male
Just received this jacket today in Nightshade after looking at it for several months. I am 5'5" and 145lbs, 40'chest. After reading several reviews, I ordered the small and it fits perfectly with the right amount of room to move. The Nightshade has a little tinge of deep blue to it where I thought that the jacket was more gray on-line, all good though. This jacket replaced an old workhorse Patagonia jacket of the wind blocking variety, and I can say that I already like the lighter weight of this jacket better.
Either way, the fit was spot on and the construction of the jacket looks correct. (read a lot of negative reviews about the fabrication in China and some disappointment) The seam taping is on center and stitching is tight. The tail of the jacket does drop about 3" from the front, but that is fine by me if I am sitting on a skilift. The light weight and brushed inside gives the feel of a lighter shell, which is what I was looking to get. Arm movement is not restricted and the cuffs synch up nicely. I will test drive this over the next couple of weeks and see what happens.
Is the gore windstopper membrane more breathable than the gore-tex membrane? Is the windstopper more stretchy? Aside from being cheaper, is there any other advantage to a jacket with gore windstopper over something with gore-tex?
Yes, the windstopper is not fully waterproof so it allows more breathability. It is slightly less stiff than gore-tex but I would still not consider it 'stretchy'. Windstopper material is lighter than gore-tex. However, if you're looking for something bomber and waterproof for heavy storms, get gore-tex.
Connor, thanks for your answer. I looked into further and this is what I found: The windstopper membrane is more or less waterproof, but garments made with it aren't required by the Gore company to be seem taped like they are with gore-tex jackets, so water could leak in there (as noted above, the Venta SV is seam taped) . Also, body oils or other substances (i.e. sunscreen) if embedded in the windstopper membrane can compromise the waterproofness of it - the main reason why it isn't marketed as "waterproof".
Gore-tex on the other hand, has an additional PU coating to the membrane which keeps body oils and other such stuff from interfering from the waterproofness guaranteeing it will remain waterproof indefinitely. This PU coating makes it less breathable, however. Lacking the PU coating also makes the windstopper lighter and more flexible.
-the jacket is completely windproof
-keeps out snow and all but the worst downpours.
-hood is truely helmet compatible, and can be forgotten easily if you want due to design of drop hood.
-breathable. Pit zips give you added control over your temp.
-cuffs cinch down nicely without bunching up and getting uncomfortable.
- included pockets are good sized and well placed.
- material is soft and flexible and downright comfortable.
- fit is really nice throughout body, unrestricted arm movement
-zippers move real smooth, even pit zips.
-Drop hem is very pronounced, could lessen the difference in length between front and rear hem.
-exterior chest pocket would be nice
Lots of weather protection and a solid set of features with spot-on fit. Good luck finding a better softshell.
Great jacket. Won't ever doubt that Arcteryx price and quality go hand in hand.
I have had this for a season and what has been a blip of a season on the east coast in 2012. I basically ski no off piste so no need for the powder skirt etc etc.
I ski in this with an icebreaker 200 or 260 long sleeve and a t-shirt underneath. If it looks like being particularly bitter I will add a fleece. I have never been cold. The breathability is magnificant too.
I am 5'10 and 190lb and I got the medium. Maybe a snug fit for some but after spending time in europe that is how I prefer it. If I used for climbing I would maybe have gone bigger.
I went the blue and could never believe at the time that I spent this much on a jacket but its great.
Wondering what size I should get. I'm 5'5" about 155 athletic build, pretty broad shoulders. I wear a small in the Theta AR rain shell but a medium in the Gamma MX and Solano. Does anyone have any advice on whether I should order a small in the Venta SV or a medium?
Go Small for the Venta. It's typically worn without too much underneath and has a fuller cut than the Gamma MX.
Anyone know how to clean salt stains or other smudged on the jacket? Just trying to brush it off will not work and using water and a towel seems to take the DWR off.
Hey there Tester, your going to have to wash the jacket following the mfg's washing destruction's on the tag... I have scrubbed the face fabric and removed some stains/debris, but in the end you will have to wash it... the DWR can be replenished after the wash by lightly drying in the dryer or by using a DWR replenishment...
To detail Dean's answer which is spot on. You can and should wash all your tech jackets like this: Use a Tech wash like grangers or nikwax, not regular detergent, and use the extra rinse setting. A warm dryer for 20 minutes will help revive the DWR treatment, and you can use a spray-on (not wash in) treatment if you feel the orignal DWR treatment is diminished. Spray this on after washing, let it dry for a few minutes and pop it in the dryer on med heat for 20 minutes.
Can someone please post pictures of the inside of this jacket? I want to know more about the thickness of it. Also the inside material, is it smooth like when you put a mid layer on? The zion keeps on sticking to whatever I wear as the mid layer and it takes forever to adjust it. If this jacket is smooth without clothes fighting it and bunching up then I am going to get it
Its fleece backed. I can post some pics tomorrow if someone doesn't get to it first. It sticks to fleece midlayers like your zion. Most softshells use a fleece backer.
I have been looking for a good softshell jacket that will be very breathable, pretty warm on its own (35-40 degrees), waterproof and windproof. I have not seen the venta sv anywhere. So here is my opinion and question?
1. North Face Kishtwar. I bought this and returned it because it has ZERO insulation and is really just a cheap shell that leaks water. I tested it out.
2. Mountain Hardware Dry Q elite Kepler jacket. Ill be honest, I really liked it but the hood was a deal break for me. IT WAS HUGE. The overal fit of that jacket was perfect, it has a liner but its really not too warm.
3. The Marmot Zion. I bought this jacket and currently have it now. I really really like it accept the sleeve is way too long on it. I guess I can live with that. Now the Zion is a hefty jacket, with taped seams and zippers and also has a pretty thick lining. I wear it in 35 degrees with a t-shirt and its perfect.
So how does the venta compare to say neoshell or dry Q? I feel its not as advanced for $$
I own the Venta SV and have tried the Zion (cant speak for the others mentioned). The Venta series are nice jackets, however Arcteryx missed out on making the perfect softshell. These are completely windproof, somewhat waterproof (taped seams are not a gore product so it cannot be considered waterproof), and breathes well enough (esp. with pit zips open). Here's what its missing for a $400 softshell- waterproof zips!A watertight vislon front zip and watertight pocket zips would have made this the perfect jacket. Water soaks the pocket zippers and gets your inner contents damp. The front zip is air permeable so when the wind is blowing hard you can feel a touch of air inside the shell. A watertight Vislon solves this problem as the polyurethane coating enhances the windproof properties and makes it waterproof (ish). The Zion does things better than the Venta series (I have asked arcteryx why they didnt do these extra features). If you already the Zion and are relatively happy keep it- I think its a more versatile shell for the money. Save your money and buy the Marmot ROM shell ( It does everything the Venta does and less than 1/2 the price). sadly I expect more from a $400 softshell
Hope this gives you some insight
Do you know if the Venta MX is better than the Venta SV? its 50 bucks more, wonder why? I am really spinning my wheels here because Arc'teryx is awesome...just think its kind of high priced for what other brands offer you know? I will think about it a couple more days, so far I have been wearing the marmot and it feels great.
Venta MXis very similar to teh SV. It uses slightly different weights of fabric and has 2 watertight zips on the chest (no watertight front zip still). The hood configuration is another major difference. Its no really better by any means just another version of the venta that they can charge a few extra bucks for. Dont get me wrong these are great softshell- its the price point that is the problem (for $25 more than the Venta MX you can get a sabre SV which has tons more featuers and is fully waterproof).
So I got the Venta SV , returned the Zion. As far as the feel, and comfort, this is a much more thought out jacket. The hood, although pretty big can be adjusted to fit your head which is pretty cool. I like the outer fabric a lot more than any softshell and same goes for the fleece. Now for the zippers!!!!! They are plastic dude. No wonder they are so easy to open and close. I almost get a feeling that they are really cheap but that just cannot be the case. This is Arcteryx after all. I tested this jacket in some wind and did not feel any cold air which is great.
My last question is about the waterproofabiliy of this jacket. I know the zion is completely waterproof. Is the Venta sv ONLY waterproof because teh DWR coating? Will the winstopper fabric itself not soak in the water or will it? Thats my only concern.
Tester - Windstopper is quite good at keeping the water out, although it is not waterproof. The DWR is going to be what causes the water to bead up like any other jacket. While the WindStopper membrane will leak eventually under severe conditions, this is one of the few Windstopper jackets with taped seams so you should be good in most conditions save a serious extended downpour etc. In which case a rain shell would be called for.
By far the best soft shell I've ever owned. I'm a jacket junkie and this is truly my favorite one. It's super light, great fit (I'm 5'9" 145 lbs) medium, soft and bombproof. It's looks and feels great. The temperature was 30 degrees and some wind and I wasnt cold at all. Wasn't warm either but I had a loose knit, very thin long sleeve on underneath(you can almost see through it), practically like wearing nothing underneath. I didn't give zippers much thought until I put the venta sv on. Super easy and fast and started noticing why people keep mentioning how great the zippers on this thing. All around a perfect jacket. No wonder it was awarded the editors choice soft shell by outdoors gear lab. Highly recommend and worth every penny!
I am looking for a ski jacket. I want a soft shell that I can layer and use all season. If I layer this with my Atom LT will this jacket be warm in single digit temps? Also, I am 5'7" and 150lbs - what size would l need if I want the option to layer?
The Venta is not really a ski softshell. The Vislon front zipper is quite air permeable (it does not have the waterproof coating) so you may get a chill when bombing down a run. It is more of an alpine jacket. If you want a 4 season jacket that doubles a an outer shell for skiing you should probably look at getting a hardshell (possible even the new FL series of jackets from arcteryx) which is totally waterproof and breathes almost like a softshell.
I love this jacket! The fit is great and leaves ample room for layering underneath. But there is one major flaw. The sleeve cuffs do not have elastic on them. They are very large, to leave ample room to fit over gloves, but when I wear it without gloves I have to tighten the cuffs with the Velcro. Maybe its my awkward wrist size, but in order to take the jacket off i must undo the Velcro first (or my hands get stuck and I end up looking like an idiot with an inside out jacket eating my arms) . It would be nice if there was a bit of stretch in the cuffs to allow for easy takeoff. I am just going to sew some elastic in the cuff to solve this problem. Overall awesome jacket!
Are all or some of the zippers on the Venta SV waterproof? If not all which ones are?
The Venta SV doesn't use the Watertight zips that are on the Gore Proshell jackets. They are quite resistant to snow,however, but might get a tiny bit of water through in an extended downpour.
When early season ice climbing in VT I busted through and opened up a hose on myself halfway up a pitch...directly on my chest and front zipper. Didn't notice any moisture inside the coat whatsoever, and I can guarantee that any other soft shell's I've owned would have wetted through. Absolutely BOMBER piece, overkill for most scenarios, but when you need it you'll be glad you had it.
What other shells are similar in material to the Venta SV or Marmot ROM? I like the material a lot but wanted to see if there are any other options.
Both jackets are made from "WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell". You can search that term on backcountry.com to find jackets of a similar make or on the WINDSTOPPER® website.