MADE IN CHINA!!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought this jacket for my wife because she needed a good solid jacket that she could go snowshoeing in but then still look classy, and this jacket definitely delivers. Right out of the box the jacket is much different than your standard soft shell. The outer material is very very flexible, almost feels and moves like a sweatshirt. The zippers and pockets seem pretty sturdy and the thick fleece on the inside was actually much thinner than we were expecting. It's almost like a short shag carpet, but it actually does a great job keeping her warm. The DWR coating seems to do its job, she's been in a few drizzles and the water beads and then rolls off.
There are a few big flags with it though, the main one being the huge "made in china" tag on the inside. This would actually be a huge deal breaker for me if I had ordered this jacket, but my wife seems willing to give it a go. It's not as though it seems like a shoddily sewn jacket, but Chinese produced goods never seem to hold up nearly as well as American made, and to shell out hundreds of dollars for a jacket it better hold up.If it wasn't for arc'teryx's fantastic warranty I would have sent it back regardless of what my wife thinks. We do plan on putting this jacket to the test if anything just to see how their Chinese produced goods hold up. Also the sizing is a tad off, at first we ordered the medium, and while it fit around the waist, the arms were almost ridiculously short. We bumped up to a large and the sleeves were ok but she had a lot of room in the waist (she's 5'9" 155).
All in all a decent jacket, we'll just see how it holds up to a little wear and tear