Definitely Small for you. I have about a 37 chest and weigh just under 140. I actually found this a little big all around compared to the Arc'teryx Atom SV. It's a really nice jacket, but I just found it to have a bit too much room for my liking. I wasn't looking to layer a lot under it, though, so that would make a difference.
There is no mention in the BC description of a very important fact--these shorts have no fly. Arc'teryx says they have a "zipperless gusseted fly." Bypassing the temptation to make jokes about a gusseted fly or the presence of drain holes in pants that have no fly opening, I'll simply say that this feature was the deal breaker for me. The fit is also slightly smaller than typical for Arc'teryx and the stitching on the front is a little goofy looking. Fabric seems nice, though.
I found this to be tight in the pit zip area. I think it's a combination of being improperly tailored for the body and of the stiffness of the pit zip material. I'm scrawny, yet it still felt tight under the arms and around the back.
I have some older lines of Salomon (Minim, X line of jackets, Cosmic) that I'm very impressed with, both in quality and because they fit my slender frame. But recent attempts (Tournette, Joly, Darbon) have been disappointing, mostly by being too roomy. (Even the Tournette, which is tight in the upper body, has sleeves that seem too generous.)
I'm skinny (5-10, less than 140) and usually find Salomon to have some of the best-fitting clothes for my slender body type. Not this one, though. It's baggy in the body and sleeve with long sleeves. Looks like a nice top, but I found it to run large.
I really love the Caliber cardigan and pullover. I was excited to see a hooded version, but I'm disappointed in its fit. It seems baggy around the upper body (of which, I admit, I have little) and midsection. If I extend my arms upward and outward it looks and hangs great, but how long can I stay like that? The material is nice, but seems different than the standard Caliber. The inner hood is lined with a smooth material. I probably use my Calibers more than either the Covert or Delta LT because they occupy a niche between the other two, but this version struck me the wrong way. Soapstone is a very nice dark gray, though.
A little too weird for me, so I'm returning it. I love all things Phase. The body of this is just like the Phase beanie, and it has a soft, scrunchy brim attached. It's hard to know whether it's fish or fowl. The beanie part makes you want to pull it down over your ears, but then it looks a little odd to have a bill on it. Or, you can wear it like an engineer's hat with the body of the cap above your ears, but that looks a little odd, too. However, I probably would have kept it anyway except that I wear glasses, and the brim is so short that I don't think it would provide any protection for them--so I might as well just wear the beanie I have or go for a full-fledged cap. Interesting idea, well-executed, and all the usual Arc'teryx superlatives, but it didn't seem like it would serve a purpose for me.
Would have kept it but decided that the Patagonia R-1 Hoody that I already have does essentially the same thing. I have a slight build and often find clothes too roomy, but this TNF fit snugly, a big plus. Best part was the hood. It fits close and comes down completely over the forehead to the eyebrows. Sometimes I have to wear a beanie in extreme cold because a hood won't cover that far. It also zips up to the nose go give good overall face coverage. Nice jacket if you are out in the cold more often than I am and if you have the niche for it.
I also have the hoody and wasn't sure I needed this, even though I found a good deal on one. I wore it one time on a run and I'm sold on it now. Even though it's meant more for winter sports than running, it's basically for being active in the cold so it works either way. It really does seem to breathe well. I'm skeptical of such claims, but this kept me between warm and cold when worn in 39 degree weather with a light wind. It is air permeable because I could feel the slight breeze when running into it, but that helped keep me cool. The cut and fabric are so tremendous that you almost don't realize you have it on. It's like a shell that levitates slightly above your body to regulate your temperature. The collar is the perfect height and the perfect fit for your neck. By the end of the run it was drizzling slightly but that's no problem for the Acto. It's a little tech-geeky for casual wear (the similar Epsilon is better for that) but it's right on for being active in the cold.
For running, I'd say the Acto for sure. It breathes well but still resists weather. The Gamma MX might be more resistant, but rare is the runner who will be out in bad weather for hours. Breathability and comfort are more important. Although the Acto is less form-fitting than the Gamma MX, less of a pliable material, it nevertheless moves incredibly well with your body. I feel very comfortable with it while running (or running errands), and I imagine skiers and snowshoers would agree. I think Arc'teryx has done a superb job of tailoring this jacket for active use. It's a great jacket!
I picked up a couple when they went to 70% off because I liked the colors. I figured for that little money, I could do that. But it's not even worth keeping them at that price.
Now, if I didn't already have a couple of good anoraks, I might make a different call, esp. at such a low price. I can't say I've even used them, but there just isn't enough good about them to warrant giving them a try.
On the bad side, the material seems too stiff. Also, like many others have said, the rubber wrist closures are a joke. If you cinch them a lot there seem to be enough rubber bumps on the closure to grip the velcro. But the wrist openings are pretty small so not many people will need to cinch them down much.
On the positive side, since the wrist openings are small, you can just do what several others have said and cut off the silly rubber wrist tabs. The garment is slim-fitting. A skinny guy likes me sees that as a welcome change, but I can imagine that a fair number of people would want to go up a size unless only planning to wear a light layer underneath.
If you're looking for an anorak and find these at rock-bottom price, it's probably worth a shot. Nice colors! But otherwise, stick with what you have.
I'm a Phase fan. I love the shirts so I got a Phase AR Hoody when they came out. Fantastic! Then I had to try the beanie. A couple of days after getting it I took it out for a little spin (26.2 miles). It was great. Large enough to cover the ears. Great for cool and cold weather aerobic activities because it provides warmth but you don't overheat easily. The construction is interesting. The stitching and four darts form a U-shape open at the forehead. Not sure exactly what that is designed to accomplish. Even with it pulled snug the darts tend to form little points, but I don't have any hair to fill it out, and it's certainly not as goofy looking as the 6-dart Rho LTW construction. I'm square in the Medium size range and bought a S/M; it seems slightly tight at times, but having it any looser might be a mistake. Slight qualms about the looks and sizing aside, it's a superb beanie because it's so light, is stashable anywhere, and, most of all, provides good temperature regulation.
I love Arc'teryx, I love merino, and I love the color Deep Dusk, but I couldn't keep this. It's light, flexible, non-itchy, versatile, but the six-dart construction makes it look like a half-a$$ed jester's hat, or, if it's pulled snug , as if I had six nipples protuding from my head. I just couldn't get past that and returned the hat. I much prefer the Vestigio, which has a simple bowl shape and is about as soft, despite having a different texture.
I echo all the positives that other people have written. Very nice fleece that seems like it will be really warm when the cold weather hits. It equals the Narvik Warm3 Fleece for coziness. It has a great fit for active people; I wouldn't consider sizing up unless you're in between sizes.
A note on color: Ebony is dark gray. It's similar to the picture on this web site, except you might think the picture is a slightly washed out image of black but, if anything, the picture is slightly darker than the color of the actual fleece. It's a nice color, but you should know you're getting gray instead of black. I'm really impressed by Norrona.
This is a great running jacket. I wrote a long review that was erased for being too long. Grr. I like the jacket so much I'll bother to do it again. Fit is trim, as it should be (unlike Celeris, which is supposedly trim, too). I'm 5-10, 135 and Small is wonderful. Long enough to keep the mid-section warm. Sleeves ample without being long and bunchy. Asymmetrical cuff is brilliant--keeps outside of hand/wrist warm. Half-elastic cuffs work well. Blocks a breeze well. Haven't experienced any rain yet. Ample mesh panels under arms, along sides, and along underside of upper arms enhance breathability. Short stand-up collar is just right. One pocket on the side goes backward to make reaching in easier. Zipper of pocket catches occasionally on the cuff during arm swing, and unzipping doesn't help because the pocket gaps and causes the same problem. A second minor irritant is that I sometimes feel the hem cinch toggle. Personally, I don't need a hem cinch for a running jacket because I'll rarely face awful weather. But those are two extremely small quibbles for what is a brilliantly designed lightweight running jacket. Well done, Arc'teryx!
Tremendous hoody. I've used it for running in cool temps. Fit is trim, as it should be for a base/sole layer. I'm 5-10, 135 and the Small is comfortably snug. (I had a little trouble with chafing initially but some well-placed lubricant took care of that.) Arc's update to the Phase material does make it feel better against the skin, although the previous version would only bother me for about 4 seconds before I forgot about it. The hoody is warm but breathable. It's long enough to keep the chill off your mid-section. Sleeves are ample in length without being ridiculously long. Wouldn't have minded thumbholes, but they're not a must. The neck construction is very nice--material drapes to keep the chill off, but doesn't feel constricting. Hood is superb--good volume, close-but-not tight fit to balance warmth with air flow, and it stays on your head while running. This is a stripped-down garment--no pockets, no hood adjustments, no hem cinches. Only what you need. (Not sure the anti-stink treatment works, but maybe that's my fault.)
I'm lovin' 'em. I have already used merino boxer briefs and loved them, so I was happy to see these on SAC for warmer weather when I didn't want so much coverage. Great next-to-skin comfort with all the benefits of merino underwear and cooler because of the cut. They run true to size.
I'll admit I haven't used it yet because it's too hot (this is a superb deal on SAC, by the way), but since there aren't that many of these available, I thought I'd post some observations about this garment. From the perspective of fit, feel, and look, it's fantastic. I'm 5-10 and 135, so many Smalls are too large for me, but Mountain Hardwear usually comes through with Smalls that fit like Smalls, and this is no exception. It's not a tight fit, since it's meant to be thrown over a shirt as needed, but it's pretty trim. Sleeve length seems very good for ordinary use. I have slightly short arms balanced by being a little tall for my size category, and the sleeves on this fit just great. I like the elastic cuff. I have tried on the Onata (made of a heavier version of the same fabric: Chockstone) and the sleeves are too long with no way to adjust them. I could see the sleeves on the Chocklite Anorak being a little short for climbers who reach a lot. The hood is a balance between snug and roomy. The fabric isn't clingy (as on the old hooded Chockstone jacket), yet the hood stays pretty close. Overall the fabric has a nice hand and drapes well. It's light and yet feels durable. The garment in my experience that is the closest to this is the Rab Boreas. The material of the Boreas is feels thinner and stretchier, but the overall weights of the garments are similar. The colors of the Chocklite Anorak are all nice. If you can't decide, get them all! I can see this being a favorite for many technical and non-technical uses.
I have some Thrive shorts and love the fabric. I was looking forward to these shirts but they're really small. I have no upper body, being 5-10, 135 pounds, with about a 36" chest, and the Small was very constricting. I've put on lots of Smalls that were too big, but almost never one that was too small. I tried it with two different shirts, too, so it probably wasn't just a fluke. To add to my perplexity, I scanned the reviews again and didn't see anyone claiming that these were cut too small. But I found them very constricting around the shoulders and the shoulder/arm seam was up on my shoulder bone rather than falling off my shoulder like it should be.
A minor thing is that if you don't look closely at the picture, you'll be surprised to find that the second snap from the top is in a contrasting color, which might not be the look you want.
Feels and looks great, but not at all trim (see my similar quarrel with the Celeris). I'll admit to being scrawny at 5-10 and 135, but I'm swimming in a Small. Please, Arc, make this truly trim or beginning producing X-Smalls. I'd love to own this jacket if it fit.
What you'd expect from Arc'teryx in terms of quality and looks. I feel the need to comment on the fit--in my eyes, it's not "Trim" as they say. I find the fit comparable to the Squamish, which is listed as "Relaxed." I found the fit of the Celeris to be roomy in the body and the sleeves, and the sleeves to be too long (my arms are a little short, but not that short). The sleeves adjust with velcro, but the velcro adds some ungainly weight to a featherweight jacket. This misses the mark for a superlight running jacket, which you'd likely be wearing over a thin layer (the old MH Geist (can't speak to the current Apparition) gets this just right, by contrast). If you get the fit right, though, or use it as emergency protection over layers, it's what you'd expect from Arc'teryx. Olympus Blue is a fantastic color.
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