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Andessa Insulated Jacket

You want to forget about freezing chairlift rides, lodge breaks to warm up in, and endless bulky layers. Plus, you've booked a room on a cruise to Antarctica, which is hardly known for its sunny beaches and mild climates. With the Arc'teryx Andessa Insulated Jacket, you can ski all winter long in luxurious warmth and take that same cozy coat with you on the cruise to stay warm when you're watching polar bears and spying on penguins.

The aggressive warmth that the jacket provides comes from 750 fill European goose down and Coreloft insulation. Coreloft is placed in areas that are more prone to moisture such as along the hem, hood, and underarms as unlike down insulation, Coreloft retains its thermal properties when wet ensuring that you'll stay warm even if you work up a sweat or take a few tumbles in the snow. The Gore-Tex membrane, DWR treated face fabric, and fully sealed seams ensure that you'll stay completely dry and protected from the wind as you plow through powder or explore a windy glacier.

Even though this jacket only weighs in at under a pound, Arc'teryx didn't skimp on the features. To ensure you can move around freely on the slopes or on the deck, e3D patterning works with gusseted underarms and articulated patterning so you aren't restricted or the fabric doesn't tug when you reach up for a high pole plant. When you've really worked up a sweat, because deep powder is a workout, underarm vents open to dump excess heat so you won't get too sweaty. If on the lifts, or on when scouting for penguins, the wind decides to pick up, throw on the helmet compatible DropHood without losing your peripheral vision. After a few runs on the resort, a powder skirt snaps back when you're enjoying a post-powder beverage and comes off entirely for your cruise.

  • Resort specific ski jacket to keep warm on the coldest slopes
  • 3 layer Gore-Tex is waterproof, windproof, and durable
  • 750 fill European down provides cozy, luxurious warmth
  • Coreloft insulation in areas prone to moisture retains heat
  • Lightweight and packable without sacrificing any warmth
  • Underarm zip vents allow heat to escape during activity
  • DropHood is helmet compatible and moves with the head
  • Arc'teryx is built on the principle of precise design and production
  • Item #ARC00U5

N40p Gore-Tex (3 layer)
750 fill down, 60g Coreloft Compact (100% polyester)
Waterproof Rating
fully sealed
Center Back Length
insulated, adustable, helment compatible DropHood
[exterior] 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered lower sleeve, [interior] 1 zippered chest, 1 mesh dump
zippered under arm vents
Powder Skirt
detachable, snap closure, gripper elastic
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Possibly the best ski resort jacket

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 5"
125 lbs

I took a risk buying an article of clothing for my wife. She actually loves this jacket. She won't stop wearing it actually.

>Rating: 4

Excited to really test this

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 7"
150 lbs

I haven't had a chance to wear this out in arctic temperatures just yet, so I cannot speak to how warm it is. I can say that the color is nice and light and the fit is on par with the rest of the Arc'teryx line. Depending on the type of jacket I'm getting, I range between a medium and a large. I ended up with a large in this option because I can add some layers under for the really cold days.

>Rating: 4

Fantastic in the Montana Cold

I've used it several times
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 5"
105 lbs

I get cold easily and needed a new jacket. I had tried shells but prefer my insulation to be built-in. So far, this jacket stands up to the test in Big Sky's frigid winds above the treeline in snow/15+ degree temperatures. I was able to wear just a fleece and long underwear underneath. I wish the color selection was a little more fun, but the purple looks great with my hot pink or electric blue pants. Love the pockets (1 at left wrist, 2 hand pockets- 1 with clip), underarm zips for dumping heat with mesh inserts, and zip-off powder skirt. The hood doesn't stay put over my helmet during high wind or at high speed. Even when I adjusted the bungees to the max (at the loss of my head's mobility), the hood flew off. This has been fine so far but won't be ideal in spring ice-rain conditions. Other than the helmet compatibility issue, this jacket has been fantastic!

>Rating: 2

Core-loft instead of down = NOT WARM

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 5"
122 lbs

I wanted to love this jacket. I am desperately seeking to replace Cloudveil's Koven+Down, which they no longer make. (I've actually been looking for years.) I had HIGH hopes for the Andessa for my go-to mid-range winter jacket for 20-40 degrees, which is where I spend a lot of the ski season. The Andessa actually has more loft than the Cloudveil and I expected it to be equal in warmth. It certainly is in the body. But Arcteryx's UNFORTUNATE decision to use Core-Loft in the side body area around and below the pit zips means that coolness comes in immediately along your sides. You can feel the difference in the insulation effectiveness in the parking lot, when you pick up your skis and walk with one side of your torso exposed. How's it going to be on the hill, when your arms are away from your sides all day? ARCTERYX: PLEASE USE ALL DOWN IN THIS JACKET. NOTHING IS A WARM AS DOWN, NOTHING. I realize you are trying to allow venting, but that's why you have the pit zips. Lowering the quality of insulation along the sides of the body VASTLY LOWERS the warmth of the jacket. And you're designing this for those of us who ski hard, and get hot (hence the zips) but also get really cold. Otherwise we'd be fine with mid-layer and a shell, like everybody else. This jacket would fit my warmth needs perfectly if it were all down. I had the EXACT same problem with the Lilloette: Warm everywhere except along my sides. So I quickly became cold everywhere (on a 15 degree day, which is common in VT). Please, Arcteryx, strive emulate the gold standard of the now-defunct Cloudveil Koven +Down (which has achieved cult status among those seeking it). Please make an ALL DOWN 650-700 fill jacket, with pit zips and a waterproof shell. If it's right, I will buy several.

Yeah, kill more geese so people can stay warm doing non essential activities. Because people matter and animals don't.

Thank you for your detailed comment! I have been on the fence about the Andessa... I have wanted it for a long time but didn't want to spend $900! It's on sale now, still pricey but I don't want to get it if I will still be cold. I would have the same problem as you! I mainly freeze on chair lifts and walking back in the parking lot while carrying my skis!


I'm thinking of trying this jacket in a size large in crimson, which I know is the 2018 model. Does the 2018 version have a removable hood? I know the 2019 version does.