Arc'teryx's warmest ski jacket for challenging conditions.
There you are, taking the lift up in the midst of sideways snow, but you're not worried; you have on the Arc'teryx Men's Macai Jacket. It's one tough and sporty son of a gun. This is a waterproof, down-insulated jacket for cold weather days in bounds or charging peaks in general. It's the first down-filled ski jacket from Arc'teryx; it gets the most out of this wonder insulator with its Down Contour Construction and Down Composite Mapping technologies. 750-fill European
goose down lines the core and sleeves where warmth is most needed, while slim Coreloft Compact 60
insulation, which retains warmth when wet, is placed along the hem,
collar, sleeves, and underarms, because these are the areas prone to
more constant contact with moisture.
A three-layer Gore-Tex shell surrounds this smart insulation, featuring the proprietary, tightly-woven N40p-X face fabric that includes a DWR treatment to slough off snow and rainfall. This premium waterproof, windproof, breathable protection plays in tandem a WaterTight external zippers, fully taped low-bulk microseams, a high collar with the insulated DropHood, and adjustable cuffs and hem to seal out the elements.
Arc'teryx had functionality in mind when it built the Macai. An athletic fit with anatomical shaping, articulated elbows, and no-lift gusseted underarms gives you mobility as you ski and climb, and the hip length provides ample coverage no matter the conditions. The adjustable, insulated DropHood is helmet-compatible and is made to provide full visibility. A detachable powder skirt with gripper elastic and snap closure gives you options. As you work up a sweat skiing, you can dump excess heat out of the mesh-backed PowerGuard underarm vents while not allowing snow into the openings. Keep your compass, maps, pocket tools, and snacks organized in the generous amount of pockets; there's an internal chest pocket with laminated zip, two hand pockets with WaterTight zippers, a sleeve pocket with WaterTight zip, a chest pocket with flap and snap closure, and an internal mesh pocket.
- Gore-Tex N40r-X fabric
- 3L tricot technology
- 750-fill European goose down
- Down Contour Construction and Down Composite Mapping technologies
- Coreloft Compact 60 insulation
- Insulated DropHood compatible with helmet
- Removable powder skirt
- WaterTight front zip
- Mesh backed PowerGuard underarm vents
- Item #ARC3672
- Q & A
Pros: warm, stylish, light. This is a very warm ski jacket. I took off all my layers except a wool shirt and was very warm. It is very good at evaporating moisture but if you are riding hard you will sweat. The cut is great. I liked it way more than the fissile. It's the classic ski jacket cut. Finally, it's very light and quiet. This entire jacket is lighter than my previous shell. It's also way quieter. CONS: the pockets are ridiculous. The chest pocket doesn't hold anything. I'm not sure what it's for. It's dumb. The arm ski pass pocket is awkward. The zipper doesn't always wanna work. The inside pockets are also lacking with only one big pocket and one small zip media pocket.
This is a great jacket. I just got done riding for a week in it at Revelstoke. It is very warm, light, and stylish. However, it does have a few issues.
The warmest jacket. Ever.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
Goretex. Down. Perfection.
The warmest jacket I've ever had. More comfortable than layering a down jacket under a hardshell...the perfect combination of both. The powder skirt is fantastic and functional. The goretex works like goretex should. The pit zips keep you cool when things warm up. The hood is great, with or without a helmet. It's expensive. Really expensive. On the other hand, I'll have it forever. It's an investment piece. I love it. I wear a medium in just about all Arcteryx. 6' tall, 155#. Medium fits me perfectly.
Purchased last winter
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
Love this jacket, its worth every penny. Was in Jay Peak VT and snowboarded all day in under 0 degrees. Jacket does run small maybe because of the insulation but would def size up! Highly recommend this
Warmest Jacket I've Ever Owned
I've been skiing with this jacket in Vermont this season and it is the warmest jacket I've ever owned. I really like the gore-tex fabric and the absence of any leakage during high winds. I tried using it without the powder skirt but at high speed down the hill I would get the occasional shot of cold but not a big deal.
The hood is the best part of this jacket. Freezing cold on the lift and pull that hood up and over and you're in a gore-tex tent. Super nice.
It is hard to tell that it is an Arc'tery jacket since the label is very faint, but some people might not like that.
What are the principal differences between the Macai and Beta AR jackets?
The biggest difference is that the Macai is already insulated with down/coreloft. The Beta AR is just going to be a shell, so you will need to layer up more underneath for the cold weather. The Macai also offers a removable powder skirt, while the Beta AR does not. In general the Beta AR is more of a minimalist design!
I have the Fusion SV (insulated)which probably has just about all of the same features as the Macai at half the price !
Down insulation for the Macai, Coreloft for the Fission. You can layer insulation under the Beta, but the Macai is warmer and more comfortable than layering.
Is this too warm for walking around town in winter in northeast US like New York or Boston?
It really depends on what you are wearing underneath! But I'd say this would be an awesome jacket for that kind of humid cold climate! It does have a lot of tech features that make it great for skiing and other cold weather activity - Coreloft insulation in critical zones enhances breathability (plus zippered vents), 40D nylon ripstop face material, GoreTex guaranteed waterproof/breathable, etc. Let me know if you have any questions! Lfeasler@backcountry.com
No. Not too warm. The pit zips make it perfect for just about any winter conditions.
What is the center back length of a medium?
Should i have size S? 164cm,5'5" tall...
Should i have size S?
164cm,5'5" tall ,145lbs weight. DO u think it is loose for me?
As i have a softshell+fleece jacket size s ,it runs a litter lossely for me
unfortunately, you can't really determine using those measurements. if you would measure your chest, waist, and hips and then compare to the sizing chart, you would get a more accurate size.