Let me start by saying I originally bought this and returned it, only to circle back after a large search and buy it again. The reasons for me coming back were because this jacket actually has the most features and best fit for its type. I flip flop between Arc and Patagonia depending on the gear, but mostly buy Arc for the fit and finish. This jacket is top notch, and he polartec pro is really slick. The best part for me is the way it plays nice when layered with my other patagonia stuff... Which means I can use it in more temperature variety. The pocket placement is great, with the hand pockets being a huge benefit for me around town. Basically I was between the gamma mx and this for a high activity shell/warmer weather shell, and the knifeblade offers the whole package.
This a great piece, even at full price. Typical patagonia construction, with a nice fit. Not too baggy, and the sleeves are long enough. I'm replacing an Arc'teryx vents AR, a while this jacket doesn't quite compare its function is the same at a fraction of the cost. I would say the Adze edges out the vents slightly with adjustable cuffs and an internal pocket. If on sale don't hesitate!
The glove is nice, but has minimal leather on fingers and a very small gauntlet. It is not the full featured ski glove I was looking for, but that really isn't what it was advertised as. Fit and construction is great, just decided to go with the alpha sv
The windproofness of the Venta will be warmer than the Gamma hands down. That being said, for high output activities, the Gamma is better. An example would be skiing... I feel the Venta would be too much for the swear, as windstopper is not truly that breathable. The gamma would be colder on the lift, but would regulate the sweat more on the downhill. Proper layering is key, but the Venta can stand up to more on it's own in my opinion.
This jacket is a real gem, its likely the most versatile piece in my closet. In temps of 40 to 50 I can wear it on it's own, anything warmer and this might be too warm. If it gets colder, I can still live with it, but a layer would be necessary. Where I think this jacket really shines is in the windstopper element, its much warmer for its weight than it appears, despite a lack of real insulation as it blocks the wind 100%. This windstopper also creates an insulative property when active, as it will not breathe like the Gamma MX, if extremely active it can be worn in cold temps. The only thing I miss would be a chest pocket, but realize that is an alpine minimalist piece so there arent even adjustable cuffs. Sleeve length is generous, and the fit of the jacket overall is close. I've worn this for any time I am going to be out in the cold temps with wind, and possible light rain.... the DWR and nylon outer fabric work great. The windstopper itself is actually quote waterproof, but the seams are only finished with finishing tape, so its not seam sealed for water. Compared to the Venta SV this is much trimmer jacket fit wise.
I would say large as well, I am 6'3" and 185 lbs, but opted for the XL as I am long in the torso. This jacket in large would fit me almost perfectly, but it was difficult to slip on and off for casual use.
I understand these are labeled as relaxed, but they are so straight and baggy it was a joke to me. I really like the cargo side pockets, as well as having two hip pockets. The belt is good, but supplying your own would be a good idea. I could not live with the fit of the pants overall, just not even remotely good looking or practical to me. Not to say someone wouldn't like this, just my opinion.
I managed to get this jacket for $200 on web specials, which made it a no brainer, but even at closer to full price it's pretty nice. The pro shell is super light weight, so it definitely isn's really durable feeling. It's light as a rain shadow almost, but has 3 layer gore tex waterproofness. Fit is pretty tapered, I'm 6'3" and wear an XL... just a little baggy, but not box cut. Hood is not quite as nice as Arc'teryx stuff, but it gets the job done. Pocket s are a tad small, but its a light and fast piece. Styling is pretty clean and it looks great. Overall, if you need a super packable but top of the line gore piece this could be it.
These have all the features of the heli, but with a gore tex insert... enough said. Removable liners are not an available on these, but that is not an issue in my mind. Go with the gore tex, you won't be wet or disappointed.
Let me start by saying the massive quantities of reviews don't lie, these are great gloves. They are a lot of glove for the money, and the quality is top notch. Fit for me was right on at a 9, which is a men's large... I guess the thoughts that they run small might be true, as some other brands in a large are too big for me. I think it's like anything, different brands fit different people. I think dexterity in my size is decent, especially considering how insulated they are. They keep your hands warm, but with anything that is not expedition weight, you might need a liner when the mercury drops. The one short coming is that these are not Gore Tex... most people will agree, if you can get gore tex, get it. The guarantee for waterproof, and two warranties justify the extra cost.
There is no reason to mention cost and quality with Arc'teryx... As always both are high. These gloves are basically the same as last year's model but with an improved cinch and wrist leashes were added. These two features were what sold me, in addition to the other salient features. Firstly, the gore tex construction of these gloves makes them very simple and bombproof. I looked at all brands and could not find a comparable gore tex gauntlet, with wrist leashes... With skiing these are a must. The cuff cinch is great, large coverage gauntlet style. The general cinch is really just OK, I prefer Hestra's Velcro. These gloves beat out Hestra by being completely waterproof, where hestra was just a coating and not even under the palm. I also look forward to being able to swap liners in, but have not had a chance. So far I like them, and and the fact you can set your hand cinch and since its elastic you can pull the gloves on and off. I measured to a large as usual, and they fit perfectly fine. I suppose dexterity is good, but honestly they are severe weather gloves... It can only be but so good.
This new version of the sidewinder is a great update for a couple of reasons. One, the new fabric is much softer and less noisy than the older Gore Pro Shell. Secondly, the jacket has some features merged into it from other shells and now makes one complete package in my opinion. Previously, the sidewinder didn't have a goggle/gloves drop in mesh pocket, but the new version has that as well as a zip internal pocket. The sleeve pocket also ditched the clear patch, which I think just improves the overall appearance. Overall this jacket combines what I liked about the Rush jacket, with bomber fabric and cut of the sidewinder... you can pretty much take anything you need on the slopes and have a place for it.
This is a really well thought out pro shell. It's cut right, not too baggy and has a supple feel. Has a storm hood, which can be cinched nicely without a helmet. This will be my go to for anything short of skiing.
This is a really nice jacket that just falls short of being great. Those few shortcomings killed it for me, but it was really hard for me to return still.
Firstly, the sleeves are ridiculously long, even for a guy like me who always thinks sleeves are short. They cover my entire hand, to the point where I can't grab stuff without them getting in the way. Beyond t.nat fact, gore performance shell is nice, but it's Devi Italy not as light as pro.
The things I loved about this jacket were the cut, minus the sleeves. It isn't too baggy in a large for me (6'2", 185 lbs), the length was great... Not too short or too long. Think right between the Arc beta and Theta. Also, the channel blue color is awesome looking. The two chest pockets are amazing in addition to the hand pockets.
I'm gonna try the super pluma, but will miss the two chest pockets sorely.
I should mention right off the bat, that it took me 3 tries to get a jacket without broken threads... after finally doing so, I can say its a pretty nice piece. Overall it is a very light, but good at blocking wind and light rain. It has a great fit, and the chest pocket is something similar jackets in other brands don't have. It's more packable than an Arc Gamma LT, and has an additional pocket... all at almost half the price (initial quality issues withstanding).
The new 2012 Rain Shadow made a nice change to the main zipper, now it's only one way and much easier to pull up. The jacket remains pretty unchanged otherwise, but why fix what isn't broken. The fit is roomier than the torrential, but slimmer than the new paclite model. This is one seriously light jacket, and balls up to the smallest size.
The 2012 version of this jacket updated the features I didn't like on the previous models. The fit is longer, and the collar is taller. The older models fit like a belly shirt on me in the front, now it fits perfect. The collar is also said to taller, but more importantly to me it doesn't dip in the back like the old model... The knew jacket just fits like it should to me. It's a great soft shell for its niche, being just a woven fabric, but it feels tough and not too heavy. It's like a spring and cooler summer jacket, but now can be layered since it will actually be long enough to cover layers now.
This jacket is basic, but that's what makes it great. It's got tough as nails feeling materials and construction and a well thought out fit. It's a pretty short cut jacket all said and done, I could honestly us another inch in front and back length... The sleeves and chest fit perfectly. I'm 6'3" and 185 so take that for what it's worth. The drop hood is great, since unlike the storm hoods you can pull it on without unzipping the jacket.
This is a unique design from Arc'teryx, that delivers a great fit with great features. The zipper runs smooth and closes up a high collar with good protection. The hood is a tad small compared to other Arc shells in the same size, with a helmet it's a little hard to get on and off. The arm pocket is large enough for my iPhone and you read the screen through the clear panel a bit. I wish it had a mesh pocket inside, but it looks like that might make it into next years. Overall I think it's great, the drop hood lets you zip up fully without the hood getting in the mix
This jacket has all the Arc features of the white line that make it a well thought out ski shell. The goggle pocket, large side pockets and storm hood all set it up for a well appointed shell to hold your stuff. My only complaint is the cut of e sizing... I have worn a lot of Arc shells and this is very trim fitting, not to the point of being too tight to zip up, but I'm between a large and extra large and am leaning towards xl on this model. I normally comfortably fit in a large in their shells, at 6' 3" 188 lbs... It's just misrepresented as being loose fitting, in my opinion it's the grimmest fitting Arc shell I have tried on. One other thing of note is the two textures of Pro Shell... The 480 is in the high wear areas, and the 410 is in the majority. The 410 is incredibly supple compared to the 480, which really has to be felt to understand. It's arguably a nicer wearing denier than 480's crunchiness but I perceive it as less durable feeling too.
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