For a while I was using my Arcteryx Beta AR uninsulated hardshell pants for all things alpine. Saw these one day and figured I'd try them out. I never realized exactly how versitile they were.
So fit specs first. I'm 6'2", 170lbs. 32" waist. Medium in these pants fits great for everything (supposedly M is 33" waist). Though on the fit chart they state the inseam as 30.5", but IMO it fits more like it has a 32-33" inseam based on my work slacks.
Before this, for regular 3-seaon hiking I'd use my Mountain Hardwear hiking pants, which are pretty great. For alpine I'd layer my Smartwool long underwear with my Beta ARs. Gaiters on top and the Beta ARs unzipped on the sides as much as possible until things got too cold or windy.
Now: I use these for three-season hiking unless shorts are called for. They're just so durable and breathable. And if it rains, they're really solid there, too.
For alpine conditions, there is enough room to layer under the Smartwool long underwear and if the weather calls for it, the Smartwool and my REI Polartec fleece pants. Gaiters on top of these. I'll keep my Beta ARs in the pack and if things get too hairy, quickly layer those over everything.
It's been great because these breathe much better than the Beta ARs, obviously. They're been extremely comfortable and so far pretty durable, though I've only used them a season so I can't speak to long-term durability. However, if they're like anything else Arcteryx, they'll last forever.
The price is pretty high, but I think it's worth it, especially if you are planning on picking up a pair of softshell pants or a pair of nice hiking pants anytime soon as these would replace both of those and help offset some of the initial cost.
I have both the Subzero SL Jacket and the Subzero SL Parka. Purchased the jacket for Mt. Washington and then later the parka for Rainier and Denali.
Now I have two down coats sitting around!
I plan to hold onto the parka as I will be using it on future trips. Any reason to also keep the jacket around? As far as I can tell, the parka is just a longer version of the jacket (and I like the side pockets much better!).
Thanks a lot for the response. I already own the Venta AR and really love it, but need a softshell with a hood for a climb that's coming up. Sounds like the Dragon might be the way to go for this particular adventure. Thanks again!
Does anyone know how this compares to the Mountain Hardwear Dragon jacket? They both are hooded softshells and both weigh practically the same amount.
Great for running, biking, or other aerobic activity. I LOVE mine. I am 6'2" 210 and the LARGE fits me perfectly.
The attention to detail is what makes this jacket. The material is very comfortable and put together well. With a light base layer and a long sleeved shirt underneath, I have been warm in around 20 degree weather. This is assuming that I'm doing aerobic activity though. It's probably too light for that cold if you're not being active.
the pockets. Not only are there three (two sides and one napoleon), but the way the outside side pockets are designed creates two more pockets on the inside. The fabric pockets that create the pockets from the outside are sewn on the inside in such a way to create large non-closing pockets on the inside. The inside pockets are akin to water bottle sleeves and can actually each hold a full 1L nalgene water bottle. Of course, it looks ridiculous with two 1L naglenes zipped into your light hoodie, but that gives you a good idea of the size.
The napoleon pocket is more than big enough for any mp3 player and has a hole on the inside to allow for headphone cords to pass through. Very well thought out.
The thumb loops are perfectly placed and makes it so the sleeves cover up to my knuckles. Perfect!
I also like the reflectors. Not very noticeable usually until the light is reflected. I'm not a huge fan of having company logos all over me so this is pretty stealth. The jacket I have must be slightly updated from the picture. The differences I see are that there is no MH Logo on the chest and the reflectors over the collarbone are no longer visible unless they are reflecting light and rather than being solid, the reflectors are made of smaller circles.
Things I don't like:
Nothing. Jacket is true to size and is perfect for what it's designed for.
I use it for cycling. Works fantastically and I don't look like an overly-serious goon wearing one of cycling jerseys. You need a layer underneath for cool weather, but otherwise is perfect for cycling.
I use this for all outdoor aerobic activity. It is ridiculously light. Blocks the wind, blocks the drizzle, and has cool reflectors. I took it on a 30 mile bike ride today in 30 degree weather with a couple midweight smartwool layers underneath and was perfectly comfortable. I also use it for running and it works quite well.
The jacket looks cool too. Get lots of compliments on it's look. It's cut very athletically.
I have about five Arcteryx jackets and this is my favorite.
My ONLY recommendation for improvement would be to make the mp3 player pocket on the sleeve slightly larger. I would typically use my iphone for listening to mp3s and this pocket won't quite hold something that size. Given the prevalence of iphone-sized mp3 players, it just makes sense to have the pocket accommodate something of that size.
For fit, I am 6'2", 210lbs and wear a 42 Long sized suit and the MEDIUM Accelero works perfect. I can fit a couple layers of medium-weight smartwool underneath this jacket all zipped up without issue or tightness. I feel like a large would be a little baggy, which would seem to undermine the purpose of this jacket.
Awesome shirt. For years I have been wearing Arcteryx or Brooks wicking shirts like this. However, I was always a little unhappy with how they looked and their thickness.
I am very happy with this shirt. The thickness is perfect, it's as thick as a normal cotton t-shirt. It's not super thin like many athletic shirts. Additionally, it's very low key. No weird designs or alternating colors. It's a solid color and doesn't have that "shiny" look, just looks very close to a regular t-shirt.
But it is incredibly comfortable! This is the most comfortable shirt I own. It dries very quickly and doesn't seem to pick up odors easily. I like where the seams are as well. They're placed in places where the shirt doesn't rub against you. Not a huge deal, but a great touch.
In short: I LOVE this shirt. Will definitely pick up some more.
I use this jacket often for things like running and rowing crew. It is incredibly breathable and really lightweight.I'm 6'2" 185 and the medium size fits perfectly. I like how the back is longer than the front.
However, this jacket is pretty no-frills. There are no pockets aside from the arm pocket (which isn't big enough for an ipod touch). There is no drawcord around the hem, no hood, nothing but stretchy material around the cuffs.
However, the jacket looks fantastic. I feel great running in it. Fits like a glove and I've gotten more compliments on this in the last few weeks than on my Alpha SV, Venta AR, and Theta AR combined. So far no water has gotten through it, but I've only worn it in fairly light drizzle. The water beads off of it pretty well, but it is nothing close to waterproof I'm sure.
The thing about this jacket is that it is geared for pretty specific stuff. If you can justify to yourself buying a jacket that is not waterproof, has no pockets, but breathes great and fits perfectly, go for it!
I have about nine jackets; everything from an ultralight Marmot Mica rain jacket, to an Arc'teryx Alpha SV ice climbing/storm jacket, to a Mountain Hardware Subzero SL jacket for bitter cold and this Accelero jacket is easily my favorite overall, even if it's not my most practical or expensive jacket.
Awesome jacket! I originally got the OR Helium jacket, which is very similar, but decided to return it for this because of a few things I liked better. Namely the velcro cuffs and hand pockets. Although the Helium jacket was about 6.75oz. (lighter), it only had the one napoleon pocket. Aesthetically on the Helium jacket I didn't care for elastic around the cuffs or the fact that the inside was white while the outside was a different color, but these are nitpicky and just preferences. The Helium both seemed to be a stronger fabric (more durable) and lighter at the expense of an additional pocket.
I have several jackets for everything from ice climbing (Arc Alpha SV) to skiing (Arc Stingray) to wearing around town (Arc Venta AR). But I wanted something that was super lightweight to stay in my backpack. This is 7.25oz. in size large, I'm 6'2" 190lbs and it fits perfectly.
Waterproof, elastic draw cords around the bottom hem and the face opening, velcro on the back to hold the hood down while you're running with the hood down. It has an athletic fit and fits very similarly to my Alpha SV. I don't think I could really layer under this. One of the pockets even turns inside-out to store this bad boy like a stuff sack and is complete with a carabiner loop.
Definitely happy about this purchase.
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