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Looking to buy some gear now that its the end of the season.  I have an arcteryx fission sv.  Love the jacket.  But looking at a thinner shell to layer for some west coast skiing.  Wonder what the opinion is on the arcteryx stingray vs rush vs sabre vs. alpha sv vs beta ar.  I understand the first two are ski specific.  I'm very interested in this new gortex "softshell" and if its any more softer than the gortex pro or if its just a gimmick.  Being completely waterproof to the point I need to stand under a waterfall dry is not a must, but I'd like it to be tough enough to withstand branches, rocks, etc

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There are so many shells out there, its hard to pick one. This late in the season, you may be looking for something that is sold out. If you like Arcteryx then google the shell, and find out who has them.

 

Or just start hit'in up the local ski shops and see what's left at 50% off. Lots of stuff in the shops around the mountains. I was at Killington on Friday, after skiing hit a few shops, lots of stuff out there.

 

For me I have a hard time buying something this important without trying it on first. 

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I'd do a google and purchase off the internet as well.  Many stores have put the winter stock away and the ones that have not will still command an arm and a leg for it.

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Looking to buy some gear now that its the end of the season.  I have an arcteryx fission sv.  Love the jacket.  But looking at a thinner shell to layer for some west coast skiing.  Wonder what the opinion is on the arcteryx stingray vs rush vs sabre vs. alpha sv vs beta ar.  I understand the first two are ski specific.  I'm very interested in this new gortex "softshell" and if its any more softer than the gortex pro or if its just a gimmick.  Being completely waterproof to the point I need to stand under a waterfall dry is not a must, but I'd like it to be tough enough to withstand branches, rocks, etc
I can give you some feedback on a few arcteryx I'd been on this past season.

Rush - amazing hardshell jacket, light, good fit, ski specific features like powder skirt, helmet compatible hood. One negative is that it doesn't have a chest pocket which I'd like for trail map, snacks, and easy to grab stuff. The fit is very particular, it's not the longest jacket around, it will fit a little shorter but not too short, this might be a problem if you are tall and slim and would go with a small/medium size, which might end being too short for you.

Caden - more generous fit compared to the rush, and longer, but heavier it's 80D only while the rush is 80D/40D, also amazing hardshell, the big flaw for me were the 2 tiny chest pocket, impossible to grab something using gloves, they both are even too small for bare hands! in general a little roomier than the rush

Sabre - relaxed fit bigger than both caden/rush for the same size, the fabric is a touch more comfortable but it's too heavy and too warm with the fleece like interior, the jacket feels bulky compared to the others.

theta svx - this is for me the best shell around! It's ligther than all the above, roomier, longer, bigger hood, taller collar, large pockets! To me it's the perfect shell! It's not a ski specific so no pow skirt, but I don't care for a skirt! the problem is that it's pretty expensive and hard to find on sale, I got mine on stp but even with a ruge discount it was pretty expensive but worth it!

I also really like the patagonia powslayer! great jacket and attention to detail, only wished the hood was bigger!
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