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Tester wrote a review of on March 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I am 5"10 175lbs and the medium fits me fine. I can get a base layer and light fleece and still be comfortable. This jacket is not designed for many layers, for that something like the Alpha SV would be better. This is a light shell and comes with a stuff sack. Hood is awesome, has 3 adjustments to make it fit with or without a helmet. I recommend this shell.

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Tester wrote a review of on January 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Westcomb is a pretty good brand and this jacket is pretty awesome. I am 5"10 175lbs and the medium is a perfect fit with enough room for layers. Sleeves are perfect and the hood is one of the best in the industry, even tops arcteryx. Overall awesome shell for the price.

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Tester wrote a review of on January 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

This jacket is pretty nice but once again the fit is horrible in the neck and chin area. The hood fits over my head perfectly but the neck come up so high, about an inch higher than the arcteryx alpha sv and that makes it counter functional. Also the neck area is so tight when zipped all the way up. I do not recommend this jacket to anyone. Overall quality is good and sleeves are perfect but none of that matters if the sizing and fit is bad. Btw I sized up from a medium to a Large and it was still tight in the neck area when zipped.

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Tester wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

5"10 175lbs broad shoulders and the Medium SV fits like a glove. This shell is just awesome, I already took it out 2 times with wind and snow coming down. With the hood on, I felt totally protected and nothing got in. I love the hood and the platinum color is really different. Overall the jacket is as others described, just awesome. Keeping this and the Theta as I will use them for different purposes.

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Tester wrote a review of on December 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Out of all the arcteryx shells I really like the drop hood on this one. The fit is athletic and there are hints of the alpha sv within this theta. The cuffs and the n80px material are all from the alpha sv. This jacket has pockets which is huge and I really like the N40rx vs the new n40px fabric. I took this jacket skiing and it was bombproof with just a montane alpha guide hoody under. It fits a little longer in the back then I would like but its not a big deal at all. Great jacket and great quality.

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Tester wrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I love Arcteryx and I have to say I bought this because I had a credit and figured why not, its using the new Alpha insulation. This jacket is amazing. Its so comfortable and SO warm. Montane really makes an awesome jacket here. I got the Large since all UK brands run small. Love it.

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Tester wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I got this jacket in both medium and large and kept the large. The medium was too tight around the chest area for me. The large fits identical to a Medium alpha LT. The key differences for anyone comparing the two are:

1. Beta LT uses thinner/lighter vislon zipper
2. Beta LT has 1 less hood adjustment
3. Beta LT brim is less bulky than the Alpha LT
4. Beta LT has No pit zips
5. Beta LT logo is not stitched and its made in China

I like the Beta LT over the Alpha mainly for the pockets and the fact that I never ever used the pit zips in any of my shells.

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Tester wrote a review of on December 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

So now I have the thorium ar in medium and the cerium lt in a large. I'm 5"10 175 with broad shoulders and chest. The large cerium fits a little bigger than the medium thorium and is definitely not trim in that size for my weight. Lots of room to move and I can layer under it. I like everything about the cerium better accept the zipper. It's honestly really cheap and you can tell they saved on costs there. I'm debating which one to keep but leaning towards the light cerium. It's literally half the weight of the thorium even in large. Another note is the chin piece in the thorium comes up higher to cover more of your face. I don't know, both are awesome and if it wasn't for that cheap zipper with no flap then the choice would be simple.

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Tester wrote a question about on December 8, 2013

Would it be safe to say that a large cerium lt should fit like a medium thorium ar? I am 5"10 175lbs and my shoulders and chest are broad. I tried the beta lt in medium and it was too tight around the back and shoulders... Should I size up in a cerium to be comfortable?

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Tester wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought the Thorium AR for two reasons. 1. The zipper is vislon, with the plastic teeth which is just awesome. The Cerium does not use that. 2. I also prefer a 40D nylon over the 20D that the cerium uses.If you have ever seen them in person, 40D although not that durable is way way stronger than the 20D. Both jackets fit under my Alpha LT hardshell but the thorium is a better stand alone piece. I dont notice much warmth between 850 vs 750 fill down. Only thin about the Cerium that is nicer is it has a hood adjustment but the trim fit and short length really make it a layering piece. I am 5"10 175lbs and a medium fits me perfect. Feels simliar to an ATOM SV.

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Tester wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I swear these UK companies have the most stupid sizing on the market. I am 5"10 175lbs and not big by any means. I The medium has a really stupid fit. The arm holes are tiny, there is no articulation in the elbows and the chest is so damn tight. There is no way to layer this thing. Its not a trim fit, its not athletic, its just stupid. The body fits perfect, the sleeve length is perfect The hood is perfect, its just the chest and overall arm holes and sleeve size. You cannot layer this thing. This makes me so mad...screw this company . I could have tried a large but that must makes no sense. The sleeves would be too long. Are all these Europeans build stupid in the chest? Do they seriously like to layer and restrict their movement by 100%? Idiotic sizing by all means. The actual quality of the jacket is awesome and so is the hood. If they made this for Americans it would be better.

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Tester wrote a question about on November 12, 2013

For everyone that got last years model with the n80p-x upgrade, can you compare the difference with this current shell? I know there is new gore-tex, does that really make a difference? Sizing? Any input would be cool as I could get last years model for 50% and not sure if this years is totally worth the full price tag.

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Tester wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Fit: Runs large

So I got this jacket just to see and guess what? It's the best arcterux shell I have seen! I am 5"10 175lbs and sized down to a small. The small fits must like an alpha sv in a medium. If I was to get a medium I would be swimming in it!! The material and attention to detail is just awesome and the shell just feels good even with layers on. The hood is also amazing with that extra long brim

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