Originally Posted by SunnyDee
I have several questions:
How well does the Gore-tex hold up, considering that its such an expensive jacket I would probably be keeping it for quite a long time and would hate for the jacket's Gore-tex to fail easily. I am 170pounds and 6,2. What size should I get and where would the sleeves and bottom end up on my body. How durable is the jacket. I've heard very good stories about this jacket and would love to buy it for next season; but I wouldn't want to buy a $800 + jacket and it doesn't hold up well. How is the breathability and fit; most likely I'm going to buy a Atom LT mid layer ( for very cold days) to go with this jacket and would love to have some great breathability and enough space to move around without any troubles. One final question, how is the powder skirt. I'm probably going to purchase a pair of Arcteryx Stingers as well, and would love to have that feature with this gear.
Ooh. These are questions I can't answer for you. Do you have a store nearby that carries Arc'teryx so you can try them on? Failing that, you could order one from Moosejaw.com and return if it doesn't fit.
Be aware Arc'teryx has multiple fit styles, so make sure you try on a jacket with a similar sizing.
As for holding up - okay, well, here's my experience. I contacted Arc'teryx about a 5 year old jacket that was no longer repelling water. They said that if I tried using the special wash + spray-on and it still wasn't repelling, to let them know. But the special wash + spray on did fix the issue.
Then I ripped a huge hole in a pair of pants I'd only worn a few times, and had bought on clearance. I contacted them and sent the pants in. They said the repair would have cost $80, but since they didn't have the materials on hand in the correct color - I should just choose a color from the current lineup, and they'd send it to me for $80.
Neither of these transactions required any kind of proof of purchase, receipt, etc.
What I take from this and others' stories is that this is a company that stands behind its products. If there is a problem, they fix it. Even if it's a self-inflicted problem, they still are amazingly helpful.
What I infer from these stories is that Arc'teryx has to make a quality product that holds up. Because a company can't afford to provide that kind of service unless their defects are very rare.