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Arc'teryx Andessa Insulated Jacket - Women's

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    Give the cold front a quick back-hand with this warm, waterproof jacket.

    You're a fixture on the Jackson Hole ski scene from opening day to the last tram run of the season. It's time for a new ski jacket, and as you get a bit older, the cold seems more aggressive. Plus, you've booked a room on a cruise to Antarctica, which is hardly known for it's sunny beaches and mild climates. With the Arc'teryx Women's Andessa Insulated Jacket, you can ski all winter long in luxurious warmth and take the same cozy coat with you on the cruise to stay warm when you're watching polar bears and spying on penguins. The combination of 750-fill European goose down and Compact Coreloft insulation offers aggressive warmth when worn over thermal baselayers or chunky wool sweaters so lift rides and standing on the upper deck don't leave you frozen in place, and the Gore-Tex 3L technology makes sure wet winter storms won't keep you inside.
    The Andessa places down insulation where you want it most, around vital organs, and fills the rest of the space with ultra-light Compact Coreloft insulation. Your entire body stays toasty warm when January winds rip through the Tetons. Gore-Tex 3L technology guarantees water and breathability won't be an issue, and mesh-backed underarm vents help you dump heat quickly if you do get a bit too toasty. The powder skirt snaps back when you're enjoying a post-powder beverage and comes off entirely for your cruise. E3D patterning and gusseted underarms make sure you can move freely without the torso of the jacket riding up, and the helmet-compatible hood rotates so moving your head doesn't create blind spots.

    • Gore-Tex 3L
    • 750-fill European goose down in the torso and sleeves
    • Compact Coreloft 60 insulation at hem, collar, underarms
    • e3D patterning, gusseted underarms
    • Mesh-backed underarm vents
    • Detachable powder skirt, snap-back
    • Insulated drop hood, helmet-compatible
    • Item #ARC3600

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer), [face fabric] 40D nylon plain weave, [lining] polyester tricot
    [torso, sleeves] 750-fill goose down, [hem, collar, underarms] Coreloft Compact 60
    yes, helmet compatible
    [external] 2 hand, 1 sleeve, [internal] 1 mesh, 1 chest zip
    mesh-backed underarm zips
    Claimed Weight
    [M] 1 lb 12.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing/snowboarding, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Excited to really test this

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    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.

    Fantastic in the Montana Cold

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Small

    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!

    Fantastic in the Montana Cold

    Core-loft instead of down = NOT WARM

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: med

    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.