Just picked up this jacket in preparation for the upcoming ski season. I am big into backcountry skiing and was looking for a new shell that was light and pack-able but still provided enough protection for those blower pow days we get here in Utah!
I have yet to use the jacket, but my initial impressions are very good. The quality is top notch, as you can expect from anything from Arc'Teryx and Gore-Tex. The fit is spot on and as advertised it has a long (31 in) center back length that fully covers my butt. The powder skirt is actually really nice and doesn't ride up as I move around (though we shall see how that goes on the mountain). I am 6' 190 lbs and am able to comfortably fit a medium puffy underneath the size Large. The pockets are also really big and should be big enough to fit my skins on those days where sticking them in my pack would lead to them freezing.
I have yet to test of the waterproofing and breathability, but I am confident that it will exceed my expectations seeing as it is made with Gore-Tex Pro. Here is a little clip from Gore about their Pro fabric:
"The fabric’s construction keeps your body dry by reducing the accumulation of sweat, so you remain cool during aerobic activities and warm during cool-down. Made to meet the high demands of (ski)mountaineers, freeriders, mountain guides and serious outdoor enthusiasts, garments made with 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric are engineered with added durability to withstand abrasion in rugged environments while protecting against extreme and unpredictable conditions with frequent work-rest cycles."
I am super excited to put this jacket to the test on the mountain and will post an update once I have some real world experience with it.
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