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amazerwrote a review of on January 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a nicely designed jacket-- not bulky (substantial, but not too heavy material). Windstopper makes it a decent shell for cold days, and the excellent pit zips let you ventilate when needed. The hood is quite large, so it can accommodate a helmet; without a helmet it is still workable, thanks to adjustment clips. The inside zip pocket is smaller than I anticipated-- not quite big enough to hold a wallet, but plenty roomy for a few credit cards and a key. The two outside pockets are quite capacious, tho.

The lining appears to be a high-quality, short-nap fleece, almost like the felt on a pool table. If you are wearing any sort of a flannel or fleece sweater, it is grabby when you try to slide your arms into the sleeves. Not a huge deal; on the plus side, the lining adds a bit of warmth without being at all bulky.

I am 5'11" and 198 lbs with a 36" waist. Was gonna get a Large, but decided to go XL so I could wear a sweater and lightweight down jacket if needed. Glad I did! Even with just a shirt on, it is not over-large at all (though the sleeves are 2-3 inches longer than my 36" arms need; the velcro straps at the end solve that issue), yet I have enough room to add layers if I need them. The Large would have been too tight.

Some companies' XL sizes are huge, but not so with Acr'teryx.





amazerwrote a review of on December 18, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Let me first say that this is one hell of a cool-looking jacket, nicely constructed and designed. It seems to be a good weight-- not too heavy, but more substantial than the light Cloudveil serendipity softshell that I've been using for backcountry skiing and winter hiking for the past 8 years.

The Elementalist is certainly more water and wind-reistant than the Cloudveil, and warmer too. I can't say how well it breathes since I never wore it outside and ended up returning it.

I liked the high hand pockets and the velcro closure at the wrists. I am 5'11", weigh just under 200 lbs., and wear shirts with 35" sleeves. My only other Marmot jacket is a Goretex hardshell, Large size... and it fits me like an XL (almost too spacious).

So I ordered the Elementalist in Large, expecting it to also be roomy. The sleeves were certainly long enough; they would have easily fit someone with 37" or 38" arms, but the velcro made that a non-issue. However, the body of the jacket was surprisingly snug-- about all I could wear under it was a long sleeved t-shirt and perhaps a light pullover.. and that would have been almost too snug.

This is obviously quite a departure in fit from the older goretex shell. I considered getting an XL, since I really liked the design, materials and weight of this jacket, but the sleeves on the XL would no doubt be at least 6" too long for me (assuming they'd be 2-3" longer than the Large). I've since ordered an Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody in XL, which hope will fit me better.

I rated this 3 stars, balancing the fit (0) with the fact that if it did fit me, it would be perfect (5). As usual, averaging out extremes sheds little light on anything!



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