jacketjunky wrote a review of Arc'teryx Micon Jacket - Men's on December 23, 2011
I own a lot of jackets from a variety of companies. From Arcteryx I have a Beta AR and a Venta SV.
I just received this jacket, having also recently received the Helly Hansen Enigma Jacket a few days earlier. The HH jacket goes for about 100 less. Other than weight, the Helly Jacket is far superior in almost every way--just check out the dual ventilation, balaclava, interior pockets/features, removable hood, outside pockets, collar adjustments, wrist gaiters, etc.
Arcteryx genuinely deserves some criticism for this jacket, especially at this price. The jacket isn't bad in all respects but it is certainly way short of a good value, even for Arcteryx high-priced standards. I believe Outside also registered a similar criticism about price, in a review. It's true.
Let's start with the little things: for 800 and a jacket made in China you get a screened on logo (on the sleeve) rather than a sew-on logo. For anything such as skiing there are two outside hand pockets, but no outside chest pockets, and one small arm pocket. Are the two hand pockets even hand-warmer pockets? No, pure shell inside and out...that will keep your hands warm (!). Please don't tell me that for 800 that this is some sort of "minimalist" design philosophy. Skip on a few pockets/features, screen on the logo, make it in China, and you are saving money. There is always something missing when comparing features of Arc jackets to others in the same category. The Fission AR lacks pit zips (I suppose these skiing people--see their reviews--never overheat) and I could go on with others.
Design flaw/execution: inside of the jacket, along where there are pit zips, you can feel a conspicuously raised bulge of jacket/insulation along the entire inside length of the pit zipper, and especially at the bend where it hits your arm pit. There has got to be something wrong here. Not just noticeable but seriously uncomfortable. And with an insulated jacket you don't always have a thick midlayer on to absorb this feeling/bulge. I've had jackets from Cloudveil (older CLV), Helly, and Patagonia, which are insulated but with a smooth interior along the pit zips. I'm hoping that this was a manufacturing mistake on my particular Micon jacket.
Unless you enjoy smoking the Arcteryx weed, I would suggest that you really examine what you are getting here for the money.
The Blue Ray color is awesome, however.