My go to Jacket
This is by far the most versatile 3-layer Gore Tex Pro Shell Jacket i have ever used. This jacket sits right in the middle of the current jacket lineup Arc'Teryx offers. I will go over some key features I really like;
Im a 5'11" man and weigh about 165 lbs. This jacket fits nicely and still has ample room for layering underneath. I can use it as a everyday bomb proof rain jacket or as a serious skiing shell. It is a torso length fit which i like since i want the upper part of my bottom covered but not the entire thing. The hood does take some finagling, but once you fit it correctly it fits like a glove to my head.
The use of 3-Layer pro Shell was a no brainer, giving it an ideal weight and amazing waterproofness. The pockets are plenty big for my hands and i can store my phone and wallet with ease in each respective pocket. The small laminated packet inside which is adorned with the Beta greek symbol and 'AR' i found most useful for carrying very important information or things. Best of all, it works great with ski passes that work through a sensor system, it can scan right through the jacket and is at scanner level. I personally like how the chin cuff of the jacket is separated from the hood, thus allowing chin protection with the hood down. Also the pit zips make it easy to let off some heat without sacrificing waterproofness in an intense summer storm. I have a 2011 model and sadly, it is made in china, like most other of Arc'Teryx's sub $500 jackets.
Personally, this is my idea of the ideal bomb-proof rain jacket, that can also have some fun on the slope in the icy east or the powdery west. Spending half my year in the harsh rain and snow of new england and the other half of the rich snow of Durango, CO, this is my go to 4 season jacket. I will wear anything from nothng but a t-shirt underneath in the summer to the Atom SV underneath in the winter.
Overall 2 thumbs up to Arc'Teryx for this one, this jacket can be used in almost every situation and is comfortable and looks damn good as well.