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The Arc'teryx Men's Solano Jacket is a softshell styled for bike commuting and urban traveling in windy weather. It features the new Infinium membrane from Gore-Tex for rugged windproofing, comfortable breathability, and durable water-resistance that sheds light moisture should the winds bring wet weather. The softshell has a four-way stretch for mobility, and it's air permeable to begin breathing the moment you put the jacket on, as opposed to standard breathable garments that only breathe until after you start sweating. A brushed lining adds softness and light insulation for subtle warmth suitable for the shoulder seasons. Arc'teryx shaped the Solano with a regular fit and gusseted underarms to ensure freedom of movement when you're on a bicycle.
- Technical softshell suitable for commuting and urban traveling
- Gore-Tex Infinium shell is windproof, breathable, and water-resistant
- Four-way stretch fabric is air permeable for enhanced breathability
- Brushed lining wicks moisture and adds softness
- Regular fit with articulated patterning for freedom of movement
- Item #ARC00XP
- [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Infinium (2-layer), [face fabric] 50D polyester
- fully sealed
- regular, gusseted
- Center Back Length
- 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal
- Claimed Weight
- Recommended Use
- casual, commuting
- Manufacturer Warranty
- limited lifetime
What do you think about this product?
August 2, 2012
only if you're lonely and need the delivery
Well, my kids say I have a jacket for every 5 degrees of temperature. But this jacket now sits on my coat rack, waiting for its ideal time and temp. Yep, it looks good, as Arc'teryx jackets do. And, yep, it fits well. But my rain jackets (PacLite & Hoodini) give me all the weather protection I need. It is clammy and funky-feeling against the skin, sports only 2 outer pockets, isn't long enough in the back to be an efficient cycling jacket. But current BC pricing in good, so if you don't get much mail, and want a new jacket delivered to your house or P.O. box, go ahead and buy this one. It will look good on the coat rack, and maybe you'll find just the right weather for it to perform. So far, it hasn't done much for me.
April 26, 2012
My beer belly and this jacket were a bad combination. Drop hem in rear but very short cut in front. My Gamma MX and Atom LT flatter; this one fatter! Return.
January 27, 2012
Feels like you are not wearing a jacket!!!
I wouldn't choose this functional garment for any heavy duty use but for day to day usage, especially in the South, you can't beat it. Very comfortable, warm enough and light as a feather. I have had this jacket for about a year. I have washed it a few times and it looks good as new. I would definitely purchase it again.
January 13, 2011
Good looking but not for serious use
I'd only consider this as a light urbanwear jacket. It's not a serious softshell for outdoor use. I've also had the cuff stitching come lose. I've never used this jacket with gloves, so that's not the cause. Nor have I ever used this for any rugged activity. It doesn't affect the function of the jacket, but it should not happen on a $200 piece of clothing. The outer fabric was easy to tear- I walked into a door handle and freakishly managed to tear a hole in the sleeve. So I would never use this jacket for climbing. The lack of a lining in the sleeves is good for layering over long sleeved shirts, but it makes the jacket unsuitable for cooler temperatures or for aerobic activity over a t-shirt as the sleeves won't wick moisture- they just get clammy.
November 30, 2010
Great, great jacket
I wear this nearly everyday bike commuting in the PNW. I find it to block all wind and I only add a shell in constant rains; this jacket handles mist and light rain excellently. The fit is nice and trim (5'5" 125# wearing a size small). I also really like this jacket as light insulation on a ski day - I wear it touring when I don't need my shell. My cuff stitching is coming undone similar to ferrantech I suspect, but from all the glove/cuff interaction it has been through I am not surprised, however, the elastic is still fine, just some random stitch is loosening - not a functional problem at all. The "recommended use" section to the right includes cross country skiing - unless it is below zero you will sweat way too much in this skate skiing.
William C Clark
December 1, 2009
This is a very thin jacket that does well in the wind. It would keep you dry during a brief shower, but not in a steady rain. The polyester lining helps to keep your torso warm, but it's really nice that the sleeves don't have it (so that it's relatively easy to put on over a long-sleeve baselayer). Really, this is a high-quality, breathable, no-frills windbreaker. I gave it 4 stars primarily because it has only the two hand pockets (no chest pocket, and no internal pockets). It's fit is fitted (slightly more than the Gamma AR or MX) so there's not much room for layering.
October 14, 2009
Love this jacket
This is just a fantastic jacket. It weighs next to nothing, blocks the wind very effectively due to the Windstopper material, breathes just enough, and it's thin enough to wear as a mid-layer on colder days. It also looks great when you wear it, which is something that Arc'teryx always seems to get right. For me this is the perfect jacket for DC where I live, because it rarely gets frigid here, and I hate wearing heavy jackets. This feels like wearing a comfortable shirt and I can wear it a good 7 months out of the year. I also got it on Sale at Hudson Trail Outfitters in Rockville, MD for $150! Can't beat that!
Evan D R.
August 24, 2009
A really great jacket to have.
After being somewhat disappointed with some of Arc'teryx latest offerings (don't they make anything in Canada anymore?), I can definitely say that this is a must have jacket. The athletic fit is like having a 2nd skin and it does keep the wind out. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars was the lack of a pocket up near the chest area (either inside or out) to carry an iPod. Well Done Arc'teryx!
February 16, 2009
Great running jacket! Beats Nike / Asics
This is great running jacket for winter time. I tried Nike, Asics, and ended up with Arc. I run in the city road maybe 3~5 time /wk, and needed something solid to wear during winter training season (read as off season). This jacket keep wind out, and has good enough warmth. The only downside is the material making noise while running, I guess that's the windproofing. I'd also hope that they will add an extra pocket on bicep or chest to carry a MP3. Oh, and pricing was VERY good, even compare to mass produced Nike or Asics....can't belive I spend more than $20 for running jacket. Haha.
May 12, 2008
First off, the jacket blocks wind like a champ. In San Francisco, the wind gets pretty strong in some places and I haven't felt bothered by the wind while wearing this jacket at all. The material is very light and packable. It does tend to get chilly on cold dry days, but I don't think this jacket was meant for those days. Carry a layering sweater and you'll be fine in the city. The sizing fits perfectly and true. It is cut slightly shorter in the front about an inch.
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