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When you’re headed into the backcountry to climb an epic granite splitter, to get a fresh shot of fluffy pow, or stab up a fat gnarly ice floe, zip up the Arc’teryx Venta SV Jacket for breathable, fully windproof protection thanks to Gore Windstopper fabric. This heavy-duty softshell features a helmet-compatible drop hood for protecting your melon, and a hip-length cut with a drop back hem for wearing with a harness. Full pit-zips let you breathe on the strenuous approach or skin-track up the hill, and fully taped seams and an interior zipper wind flap increase protection from icy gusts.

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Solid Softshell

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this for my pops to replace his 5+ year old Arcteryx softshell that's starting to delaminate. It is everything that he was hoping for! The fit is spot on- he's a Large in all other ArcTeryx tops (5'11, 160lbs) and the Large fits perfect. He's barely taken it off since I gave it to him... He wears it to the mountain, around town, touring, etc- and it's a good match for all of it. In particular, he wanted something with vents for touring, and these do a good job of dumping excess heat. All in all, it sounds like this is a 6-star jacket, he'd recommend it!

What is the center back length of a medium?


Nice feel

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

I've been very pleased with the Venta SV. It has a very soft and comfortable feel. This jacket seems to be the perfect weight for late winter and early spring temperatures here (35 - 60) without any significant layering underneath. Expect it to be fine at cooler temperatures with some layering. Inside pocket is perfect to hold a cell phone.



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

I was initially very impressed by the quality construction. For financial reasons I wouldn't even own one without the big discount I found on a XXL closeout on another site, putting it in the sub 150 range. It is larger than I need but cinches up well enough at the waist and hood. (6' 4". 220 lbs). I have used it with various baselayers and I find the breathability to be marginal even with a light wicking layer, but the large pit zips are useful as you can put your arms completely thru them. The zips leak in a rain but are very smooth running. It isn't all that warm in cold conditions without a puffy layer. I find that I choose a more breatheable softshell without the windstopper or my dry Q elite in harsher conditions over this. My use has all been hiking and xc skiing.


One of two jackets you will ever need.

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

This has been my go too jacket for the past 6+ years. I have worn this with a down layer in -40 winters in northern Maine to those slightly chilly summer nights.

The breath-ability is great. Mine is nearly 7 years old and has no armpit zip vents and I don't miss them. I have worn this jacket on many hikes and works splendid when worn with layers.

The wind protection is perfect even after nearly 7 years of heavy use.

The rain protection is my only complaint about this jacket.It is good for a drizzle or being caught in a brief rainstorm. This jacket was not intended for rain and if worn for prolonged periods of rain, you will get wet.

The fit is great. I am 5'8' and 140lbs and a small fits great. Just big enough that my down base layer fits and is not compressed by the jacket. The hood is big and a ski helmet fits well. If you need the hood when not wearing a helmet draw cords tighten it down well around your noggin. More draw cords around the waist to...well draw the waist of the jacket to your waist.

i was looking at the venta sv vs the venta...

i was looking at the venta sv vs the venta mx. was wondering what the major differences were, i.e. warmth, breathability, etc. also, why the the mx is more expensive than the sv? thanks

Check out the Outdoor Gear Lab's comparison of softshells. They compare the SV and MX with many other jackets.

A couple of key differences are the drop hood on the SV versus the storm hood on the MX, a 1" longer center back length on the MX, pocket configuration, and most importantly the windstopper fabrics they use. While both are going to be tough enough for some serious weather conditions, the SV utilizes three different Windstopper fabrics and has a slightly more substantially lining. Overall the MX will be slightly more breathable (though neither is great in that dept.) and the SV will be a little warmer.

Would climbing skins be able to fit into...

Would climbing skins be able to fit into the pockets?

Best Answer

Yes you should be able to get 1 into each pocket. Might be a little tight if you have some huge powder boards but for most average skins you should be fine. I was able to get my Dynafit Speedskins for my Stokes (173) in no problem.


Great Softshell. If Layering Size Up

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

I recently received this jacket from a BC affiliate and am very happy with the purchase. Since I just got the jacket and have only worn it once (on a cold rainy summer night in Denver) my familiarity is limited. I am a big guy 6'3, 240 Lbs, 40" waste, most the other Arc'Teryx garments I own (Sabre Shell and Pants) are XL but relaxed fit.. Because this jacket is an athletic fit I got a XXL so I can layer under it. The XL would fit with a base-layer/shirt but not much else so I am glad I got the XXL so I can throw a down or synthetic mid-layer for cold days.


Favorite Softshell

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This past winter was one of the coldest and driest on record for northern Utah. I'm glad I had this jacket for the winter because it was perfect. For this climate this jacket is perfect. Keeps me protected from the elements so I can enjoy the outdoors!

How warm is Venta SV vs Gamma AR, Kappa...

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.


Best Answer

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:


Great all round jacket!

  • 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...

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?

I would stick with a medium, especially if you have wider shoulders.

Does this have a removable hood?

Does this have a removable hood?

Negative. This features the Helmet compatible drop hood.


Looking Good So Far

  • 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...

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?

Best Answer

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.


It's important to note that Arc'teryx fully tapes Gore Windstopper pieces (see photo.) I have a Venta SV and love it - it's kept me dry in all but the harshest storms and is a frequent go-to piece.


It's important to note that Arc'teryx fully tapes Gore Windstopper pieces (see photo.)  I have a Venta SV and love it - it's kept me dry in all but the harshest storms and is a frequent go-to piece.

One thing to note, the embroidered logos both on the arm and on the chest are NOT seam taped. So, while this jacket is otherwise pretty waterproof, those two spots will start to leak after about 30 minutes in moderate rain. Breathability of this jacket is not as good as I would like it to be, but I run hot.

the zippers are not waterproof either. I tested it in the rain and noticed more leakage there. but what sweet sliding zippers they are....



    What's awsome:
    -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.


    What a jacket

      Great jacket. Won't ever doubt that Arcteryx price and quality go hand in hand.

      What a jacket


        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.

        About how long are the pit zips?

        huge and easy to put your arms entirely thru.

        Wondering what size I should get. I'm...

        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...

        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...

        Best Answer

        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.