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Arc'Teryx Setup for East Coast Skier

post #1 of 9
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I'm looking for suggestions for an arc'teryx setup (shell/midlayer).  I mainly ski on the east coast with one trip out west during the year.  Looking for great waterproofness and the setup needs to be warm, keeping me comfortable in the weather conditions typical on the east coast (NH, VT, ME).  Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Thanks in advance!

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Hey kdaffy,


Ill tell you straight up that I do work retail and sell arc'teryx products. That being said, I'll give you my two-cents worth...


I would say that your best bet for an all round skiing jacket from arc would be the new vertical jacket - gore-tex pro shell, lots of pockets, adjustable / helmet compatible hood, and a snow skirt.


under this you can layer up with a next to skin base layer, and an insulator layer on top of that.


the jacket is a bit pricey, but provides ample protection both here in the east and out west - great all round jacket.


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agreed that the vertical is a great jacket, but the colors are not my style.  thanks for the input.

post #4 of 9


Sounds to me like you should pick the colours you like then check if the warmth is adequate.



Or were you trying to justify going directly to a Fission SV without passing 'Go'?



Originally Posted by kdaffy View Post

agreed that the vertical is a great jacket, but the colors are not my style.  thanks for the input.


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hi - not really keen on an insulated shell. was thinking more along the line strato midlayer and a hardshell...just dont know how to pick between all the shell options - alpha, beta, sidewinder, theta, etc, and the SL, SV, AR, SV, etc. I think im in between the Alpha, theta and sidewinder SV, but not sure where to go between the 3.  I guess I need to try em on and see what fits/works best?  


Any insight into all the differences is appreciated. 

post #6 of 9

How big are you?  Body type?

post #7 of 9
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my apologies. 6' 180, pretty athletic i guess.

post #8 of 9

IMHO  You are looking at the right brand. I bought a Stingray last year. It has been put to the test many times by me since then. The ability to layer up and down is a great thing. Please narrow your search to the shells with a powder skirt. I used mine quite a bit last year. When I didn't think I would use it at all.


I just picked two Arc mid layers.Apache and Convert. I could have used some of what I already own. But Arc stuff is designed (almost engineered) to work together. With less bulk and an ease of extreme movement.


It all starts with the high quality materials and components they use. Then the ergonomic cut or tailor of the piece. All followed up by the way it is sewn together with a close attention to detail.


People complain about the price of Arc. OMG!  That's crazy!  etc.


If you can afford it. Remember!  Your not going to have to replace your purchase for many years.


If you can't afford it. Look close at it. Notice the materials, cut and the way it is assembled.

Find something in your price range that comes close to the Arc.


I have the Patagonia main store near me. Some of their top line now looks like Arc with the same prices. They too know about Arc.





post #9 of 9

I'm thinking you'll be a large, depending on your preference for fit.  I'm 6'4" and 210lbs and my XL jackets (Sidewinder and Stinger) are slightly large on me.


Choosing a jacket with a powder skirt just makes sense.  After that it comes down to personal preference between hard shell and soft shell, the number and location of pockets, whether you want the hood to stow away or not, and the weight of the fabric ... not forgetting which jacket can be had for a smoking deal.


SV jackets have the one weight of cloth, AR jackets have that same fabric weight on harder wearing areas (shoulders etc.) and a slightly lighter weight in other areas - still a 3 layer fabric, but lighter in weight.  I wasn't interested in the lighter (LT) jackets, and haven't read anything about them.


Some people find the Sidewinder's offset zip annoying, others like it.  The relatively high collar on the Stinger provides some protection in serious weather.  I've read a lot of reviews of the Stinger jacket and one (just one) person mentioned that the back of their helmet had worn away at the top of the collar behind the neck.  I suspect they had a sharp edge back there somewhere on the helmet.


Good luck.



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