amazerwrote a review of Arc'teryx Venta SV Softshell Jacket - Men's on January 3, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a nicely designed jacket-- not bulky (substantial, but not too heavy material). Windstopper makes it a decent shell for cold days, and the excellent pit zips let you ventilate when needed. The hood is quite large, so it can accommodate a helmet; without a helmet it is still workable, thanks to adjustment clips. The inside zip pocket is smaller than I anticipated-- not quite big enough to hold a wallet, but plenty roomy for a few credit cards and a key. The two outside pockets are quite capacious, tho.
The lining appears to be a high-quality, short-nap fleece, almost like the felt on a pool table. If you are wearing any sort of a flannel or fleece sweater, it is grabby when you try to slide your arms into the sleeves. Not a huge deal; on the plus side, the lining adds a bit of warmth without being at all bulky.
I am 5'11" and 198 lbs with a 36" waist. Was gonna get a Large, but decided to go XL so I could wear a sweater and lightweight down jacket if needed. Glad I did! Even with just a shirt on, it is not over-large at all (though the sleeves are 2-3 inches longer than my 36" arms need; the velcro straps at the end solve that issue), yet I have enough room to add layers if I need them. The Large would have been too tight.
Some companies' XL sizes are huge, but not so with Acr'teryx.