As with all of my Arc'Teryx gear, this is a superb piece.
I have owned my black one for about three years and my blue one for two. They have been all over the world, through various washings, against various terrains, and put to the test. They come out ahead every time.
I like that it is very warm without being overly thick material. Some base layers feel resistant and hard to move in. This one gives me the flexibility I need from throwing up a bear bag to going for an early morning jog. The only time I don't reach for this base layer first is when I am in a muggy environment and want something with a little more breathability but with the long sleeves for protection.
They look sleek as well. I wear them for everyday wear as well as out on the trail. As someone with a very short torso it can be hard to find a base layer that fits right. This works very well and the sleeves are surprisingly the right length.
I have a few small stringers just starting to appear on my black one but after the use I have put it through over the past few years, I am hardly surprised. This will forever be my go to base layer and it is certainly worth the price.
I bought this coat back in the fall of 2009. Since then it has been through heavy backpacking in the wilds of Montana, endured torrential downpours in Turkey, and faced rough abrasions from limestone coast lines in Malta
I love this coat. Arc'Teryx makes the best quality zippers hands down with their waterproof seams. After torrential downpours many coats start to seep through at the seams but this coat is not even phased by it.
My longest day in this coat was from a 6 am wake up to an 8:30 p.m. bedtime with alternations between heavy drizzle and steady downpour. I never felt a dropof rain the entire day except when I took my hood down.
I like that the build is long in the back because when I sit down it is just long enough to cover my bum if the rocks are wet. Also the cinches around the base of the coat are really excellent for when you want to keep heat trapped inside.
This coat often serves me as both a raincoat and as another layer of insulation. In Montana we hit some pretty heavy trails in the middle of June when snow is still pretty thick. After putting on my warmer layers I top off with this and cinch in the bottom for extra heat. It not only keeps my layers dry but it also takes the rough abrasions of pines and rocks. Sap washes off easily.
While the coloring is starting to go a little bit at the cuffs where it gets the most work, the thing is still completely and utterly waterproof. If for some reason this coat ever fails me I will gladly spend the money to buy another one.
Sizing: Typically with other brands I swing M size. However the Arc'Teryx L size is better for my shoulders. Also I like my raincoats a little bigger because that way you can layer underneath them easily.
The licorice dress is a deeper black with sort of an underlying texture. The black is more of a matte black.
This is a great article of clothing to have! Not only does it fit well but it is a very flattering style of shirt. I got the coffee bean color thinking it would be brown but it is more of a greenish-brown color that I find really appealing!! It is easy to wash and dry as well.