Gear Review

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extreme alpine touring Verbier SWZ

wore for ten straight days in freezing mist,snow wind; everyingthing from all out exertion to huddled subzero on frozen peak; most breathable jacket I'ver ever had c/w (Northface,Marmot,MtHardware) Absolutely best shell performance I've had in 30 yrs of heavy outdoor recreation; bad news...Hood is great w/ helmet a little clunky to adjust w/o a helmet;badly,badly needs an inside gear pocket strange and irritating oversight; I'm looking for a custom guy to put a mesh pocket inside

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Yeah, I totally hear you on the lack of a mesh interior pocket. If I'm going to buy this jacket for skiing, alpine, etc, it's got to have one. Arcteryx always espouses minimalism yet when you move up to the more expensive jackets such as the Theta SVX, there's a mesh pocket. People rave about how great Arcteryx jackets are, and I own two--Beta AR, Venta SV, but costs of manufacturing/design influences the lack of features on many of their jackets, IMO.