Hello, sorry another question on Theta AR...
Hello, sorry another question on Theta AR or SV jacket as a year all rounder 4 season jacket. Which is better and why? How's the Theta AR or SV for a single go to all year round jacket. Snowboarding, hiking, rain jacket and around town use. Will be paring it with the either Atom LT Hoody or Patagonia hoody down sweater in cold days. Would a lack of powder skirt be a concern for skiing or snowboarding?
I go with the SV on this one. It's durable and it will do anything you ask of it. As far as the powder skirt, I think you have to judge how much time you spend yard sailing on the mountain. The more you wipe out, the more a powder skirt is going to matter. I'm always skiing with a pack, so the waist strap helps keep snow out.
I had to make a similar choice, and had only tried on the AR. It fit perfectly for a hiking/backpacking jacket. I was torn, but decided to go with the SV, because I wanted to use it skiing.
I've had a few shells tear while tree skiing, so I think going with the SV is a wise choice. Plus, I find that in sideways conditions the Storm Hood on the SV protects my face and cheeks far better than the AR.
That being said, the AR Drop Hood looks better when not in use.
Also, the SV is cut to accommodate layers, whereas the AR is more athletic. If I were to use it as a primarily warmer season shell, I would go with the AR.