jus5100137 wrote a review of Arc'teryx Venta SV Softshell Jacket - Men's on February 27, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
This has been my go too jacket for the past 6+ years. I have worn this with a down layer in -40 winters in northern Maine to those slightly chilly summer nights.
The breath-ability is great. Mine is nearly 7 years old and has no armpit zip vents and I don't miss them. I have worn this jacket on many hikes and works splendid when worn with layers.
The wind protection is perfect even after nearly 7 years of heavy use.
The rain protection is my only complaint about this jacket.It is good for a drizzle or being caught in a brief rainstorm. This jacket was not intended for rain and if worn for prolonged periods of rain, you will get wet.
The fit is great. I am 5'8' and 140lbs and a small fits great. Just big enough that my down base layer fits and is not compressed by the jacket. The hood is big and a ski helmet fits well. If you need the hood when not wearing a helmet draw cords tighten it down well around your noggin. More draw cords around the waist to...well draw the waist of the jacket to your waist.