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Mike C

Mike C

Mike C

Mike C wrote a review of on February 16, 2012

3 5

My first Arc'teryx product and it wasn't very impressive. The stitching and quality of the material is great, but the fit just isn't what I expected from such a high-end clothing company, with such a huge retail price tag.

The arms / sleeves are extremely baggy and 2-3 inches too long. The cuffs are wide and loose. I wouldn't have a major problem with the sleeves and cuffs if there was a way to seal the cuffs or at the very least, tighten it so wind and cold air doesn't enter. It's as if this jacket was made for body builders that has gigantic biceps, wrists, and long monkey arms. The cuffs doesn't even have an elastic band that is practically a standard found in most outerwear. What's the point of this jacket if cold air shoots right up your sleeves? No clue what Arc'teryx designers were thinking when they made these flawed design decisions.

Even though I like the feel of the material (I have the 2010 model with Polartec Power Shield), both inside and out, the shell gets dirty very easily. It takes many wipes with water to finally get light scuffs and/or stains out. Practically every little stain and scuff shows up on the black jacket, so you gotta be extra careful when wearing this jacket.

The Powershield fabric is water resistant, and seems very durable. You can't wear this in heavy rain or snow, but it will do a good job keeping you dry in light precipitation (keep in mind, the seams are not taped). This model is VERY wind resistant. I was in 30+ MPH cold wind and didn't feel a thing. Also, Powershield on the Gamma is quite stretchy and I like it a lot.

This jacket definitely isn't "worth" the crazy retail price of $275. It's made in China, the fit of the sleeves and cuffs is way too loose and long, and it's not Polartec Power Shield PRO. However, this jacket feels nice and looks very sleek and sharp. If the sleeves and cuffs weren't so baggy and loose and if the shell didn't get dirty so easily, I would have rated this 4 or 5 stars.

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