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Gear Review

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Sabre vs. Crossbow vs. Stingray

Had all 3 Arcteryx jackets to try on and went with the Sabre in the end.

Fit: I'm 5'6", 165 lbs, 40 inch chest. Athletic frame, but not slim. The Sabre small worked best with me. Even though it's a relaxed fit, I sized down to get a bit more athletic fit while still having enough room for a mid layer. The Crossbow small fit similarly. The Stingray small ended up a bit tight around the hips (and the medium was too much room). All jackets seemed to have somewhat long sleeve lengths (which other reviews note), so I deduct a star here for not having short versions. I most likely will have the sleeves altered. I found the range of motion with all to be great (gusseted arms).

Material: The Stingray and Crossbow's material felt similarly soft, and a notch softer than the Sabre. I did notice that the Sabre's more rigid material left a less wrinkled look, so it ended up more appealing to the eye. I figured the increased durability of the Goretex Pro shell isn't a bad thing either. The Sabre also has a really thick and nice feeling front zipper, really gave me confidence of the solidity of the jacket.

Value: They're all expensive (deduct another star), but they all feel high quality and like they'd last a long time.

Overall, it came down to the Crossbow and Sabre, and I picked the Sabre because it simply looked better. It was down to the Crossbow in blue ray and Sabre in tobiko (two tone orange). I would have liked the softer fabric of the Crossbow, but I get more durability with the Sabre, so hard to complain.

I'm waiting for next season to use this on the snow, but around town, I've found it totally windproof / waterproof while still never leaving me feel even close to too warm. I'm very pleased with this purchase and have bought other Arcteryx pieces as a result. Delighted with the simple / conservative design and high quality.