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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.

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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...

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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!