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xtekianwrote a review of on April 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just got it in today -- stand is very sturdily built and fits my Salsa Mukluk with Surly Nate 3.8" tires no problem. Love the minimalist style, it doesn't interfere with the cassette or rear derailleur and makes my bike look like it's in a showroom. Only caveat is that there is only about 0.5" of width leftover, so a bike having 4.8" tires might be too tight a squeeze.

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xtekianwrote a question about on February 4, 2014

Two part question. Firstly, I'm 5'7, 135lbs with 35" chest. Would a size S fit? Would it fit a long sleeve top underneath? Secondly, how does a jacket like this compare to the Gore Xenon 2.0 AS Jacket in terms of waterproofness, breathability, and fit? What about compared to the Sugoi Neoshell Jacket? Thanks!

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xtekianwrote a review of on February 1, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I owned an Arcteryx Venta AR Jacket for over a year and in many ways it was a great windproof jacket -- it was light, nicely cut, had a burly outer fabric, and its fleece backing added warmth so I could wear it on its own with a tshirt to the high 40s. However, it also had a lot of issues with it -- 1) the face fabric does not stretch so it's hard to layer more than one long sleeve top underneath 2) the arms taper to the handcuffs which make it even harder to layer 3) it's a very short jacket -- sure it's windproof, but it barely covers my hips which leaves my crotch a bit too cold. These issues together made me consider how well my money was spent on a jacket this expensive!

I finally sold this jacket one day after I tried on the Patagonia Adze in stores, as I found it better than the Venta in most aspects. It's similar in that they're both windproof jackets with no hood and a light fleece backing. However, the Adze has a super stretchy face fabric which makes it MUCH more comfortable, it has hand cuffs = easier layering, and it is slightly longer -- about 1 inch -- which helps cover my sensitive areas while still maintaining an athletic fit for backpack wearing. The only downside of the Adze is that its fabric is softer and likely less abrasion resistant than the Adze. But, the Adze costs less than half of the Venta retail!

The Arcteryx Venta is a very hard sell considering how awesome the Patagonia Adze is; while the Venta is a good jacket, there are certainly better out there at better prices.

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xtekianwrote a review of on January 3, 2013

3 5

Was excited about getting this shoe cover since it blocks the wind at a decent price. I got the size L for a size 43 shoe. Unfortunately when I received it, I had a really tough time putting it on the shoe -- Mavic made the rear zip very small ,and didn't think about how hard it would be to put on shoe covers on bike shoes with speedplay cleats. Returned it because (1) I didn't want risk ripping the shoe cover while putting it on since it was such a tight fit, and (2) I don't want to spend 5 minutes putting on the shoe cover every time the weather's cold enough for it.

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xtekianwrote a review of on March 11, 2009

4 5

I loved my Gamma SV so much that I wanted to try out another Arc'Teryx softshell. After some shopping I ended up with this jacket in Tarragon as it seemed to provide a different set of technical qualities than the Gamma (windproof, warmer weather). Basically, after wearing both these jackets for the fall and parts of the winter, here are my conclusions: The Venta jacket is usable in a more diverse set of conditions. Tarragon is a beautiful dark greenish color, I absolutely love it (my Gamma was in drab black). The cut of the Venta SV is slightly roomier than the Gamma (but still athletic) and slightly longer, allowing for better layering. Taped Seams makes the Venta much more comfortable to wear over just a baselayer.

Now here is the one thing I do not like about the Venta -- the Windstopper fabric has almost no stretch. This is usually ok since the cut is roomier -- however the jacket is stifling at the wrists! There is almost no way I can check the time on my watch when wearing this jacket. The wrists are so tight that I cannot layer anything more than a long sleeve shirt and maybe a thin fleece, and putting on gloves under the wrists is really a pain (especially with a watch). This problem is made worse since whenever I put on my Gamma I realize how stretch yet durable the Powershield material is. Perhaps it would have been wise for Arc to provide gussetted wrists on this one.

So yes, almost perfect, and should be fully deserving of five stars... but the lack of 4way stretch takes this jacket one notch down. I would still buy this jacket in a heartbeat!

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xtekianwrote a question about on December 13, 2008

I'm pretty small - 5"7, 130lbs, ~36" chest and 30" hip (i wear 29x30 jeans). I've tried on the North Face triclimate jackets (Shaka, Expansion, Vortex), and while the liner fit for Men's small, the shell were all gigantic for me. Does anyone know whether this jacket runs a little smaller/tighter than the medium-end triclimate series? Also, can anyone suggest any brands or specific snowboarding jackets that run tighter (i.e. athletic fit)? Thanks a lot =)

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