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Arcteryx Sidewinder SV jacket....opinions?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

Well, I was hunting around for a rossi bandit air jacket, in a small, but my lucks run out. I can seem to find one ANYWHERE!!!!

So..now im looking at this jacket.

http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?prod=806955187519

I can get it for 400US in the colour pictured (small) but want to hear of people opinions on it. Does anyone have it, or can recommend it? Looks like an awesome jacket, and according to specs, seems like the goods. Before I part with my dosh, i want to see if anyone can give any much wanted opinions on it.

Cheers
post #2 of 19
I think that's the one I have, except in green...


I got it this season from BackCountry.com. Really like it - excellent quality, and a good fit for me
post #3 of 19
I have the Sidewinder without hood. Understand it is just a shell, no insulation. For that purpose, you can't do any better. It is absolutely fabulous.

You must use a breathable mid layer in colder temps. In spring and on warmer, or warmer wetter days, it is absolutely superb! I have had one for 3 or 4 year now.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
I think that's the one I have, except in green...


I got it this season from BackCountry.com. Really like it - excellent quality, and a good fit for me
that's what all the ladies were saying in the hot tub but the question is why did you subject that fine shell to the grotesque hot bubbly water of the hot tub?
post #5 of 19
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Who's foxier than the Fox here?
post #6 of 19
Great jackets, I have the one with the stowable hood (forget if it's the SV or what). It's extremely breathable, great if you do a bit of hiking, and it's protection from the elements can't be beat. It's overall comfort range for me beats my old full on Gortex jacket hands down.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
See, more good opinions! I think the jacket in your pic is the sidewinder AR, with the stowaway hood. The SV model hood is zip off and not stowaway, not as relaxed a fit, and the colour patters is different but pretty much the exact same though. Is that the recco feflector on the side of the arm in white/clear? (avalanche thing)??


Is it a very stiff shell, or quite soft
post #8 of 19

I think that...

WTFH is wearing in the photo is a late model Sidewinder AR...(or perhaps a TR, circa '03 or '04, this model is no longer in production). The "thing" on the side of left arm is a small, windowed pocket, great for the walkie-talkie, you can hear and talk thru' it.

It is in the late model Sidewinders, both SV and AR, that the Recco Reflector was incorporated--on the side of the right arm. Besides the trademarked(?) "sidewinder" zip, these newer jackets are designed/cut differently. I myself have an '03 Sidewinder SV, ie: it has a hood--non-stowable nor removable, but sort of "rolled-up and securable with the adjustment cord thingie".

I'm very pleased with my Sidewinder SV, it fits me well and performs admirably. The Goretex XCR material is quite soft and maleable... not stiff at all. Having said that, I actually find myself wearing my softshell (Alpha Comp) a lot more frequently... It's simply just too "unobstrusive" of a jacket to resist, and so far, it too has performed admirably. If you value comfort, depending on the conditions you typically ski in, you may wish to consider the "softshell" route. Or better yet, start yourself a "ski clothing quiver"... LIKE ME!!!...

(I'm not associated with Arc'Teryx, just happen to like their clothing a great deal... Some believe--arguably--that theirs are "the best in the world". IMHO, their designs and executions are top notch, though a bit pricey... I certainly had to excert a lot of self control, discipline and patience, and indeed shopped around for each and every one of their pieces I got.)

Happy shopping.
post #9 of 19
Well spotted, it's a Sidewinder AR bought in January 2005!
post #10 of 19
As stated her before, my son has four Arc'Teryx jackets. He says they are the best thing he has ever worn. He has a sidewinder in green from about 3 years ago the hood is always out. His orange shell he got this year is what he still wears during the cooler evenings this time of year. He also has two of there soft shells, one with hood and one without. I have worn them and I think my Northface fleeces are warmer when layed.
post #11 of 19
That's a nice jacket. I was shopping for a jacket at the end of the season last year (someone stole my jacket and season pass.. grrr..) and that was the one I wanted. Unfortunately the hood wasn't large enough to fit over the helmet, so I went with a Mountain Hardware jacket instead. But now that my new helmet has a better sealing ear cover (so I don't need to put the hood up to keep warm when it's windy), I wish I had gotten the Arc'Teryx.

I wear the Arc'Teryx Theta SK bibs, and they are awesome.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hey guys. Well, I decided on the sidewinder SV (lates one) in the dark citrus colour, same as the one that I posted the link on. I got it from moosejaw.com, got them down to 400US. Still very expensive for a jacket (well, for me anyway) but ive heard nothnig but excellent reports on the jacket.

Tell me though, its a mix between hard and soft shell. Is it very stiff a jacket? I mean, ive had a shell before, but ive got no idea on the sidewinder. Ive got it in a small, and they are more fitted than the AR model yes? The website says the AR is a more relaxed fit.

Is it more paying for the name than anything else in this jacket? I know they have a very good reputation and the XCR seems to be top notch, I just hope im going to love it for the dosh I forked out! Im sure I will though

I still havent seen a picture of the back yet. Someone was kind enough to send me shots of the jacket in the maroon colour, but not of the back and inside.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by jayjayjay1980
...I decided on the sidewinder SV (lates one) in the dark citrus colour...
Good choice!!!... You'll be highly visible EVERYWHERE (mine are the original somewhat brighter Citrus).


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Originally Posted by jayjayjay1980
...got them down to 400US. Still very expensive for a jacket ...
That's about 10% off suggested retail... not bad.


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Originally Posted by jayjayjay1980
...its a mix between hard and soft shell. Is it very stiff a jacket?...
No (it's 100% Goretex XCR, pure hardshell), and nahhh... (though not quite as soft as their Javelin SV--made of Goretex Soft-Tech--which my wife has). Don't be afraid young grasshopper... you'll enjoy the jacket.


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Originally Posted by jayjayjay1980
...Ive got it in a small, and they are more fitted than the AR model yes? The website says the AR is a more relaxed fit...
I'd try it on as soon as I get it, and would request an exchange if the fit ain't right.


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Originally Posted by jayjayjay1980
...Is it more paying for the name than anything else in this jacket? I know they have a very good reputation and the XCR seems to be top notch, I just hope im going to love it for the dosh I forked out! Im sure I will though ...
IMHO, you're paying greatly for the labour. Unlike just about every other brand, Arc'Teryx's outfits, TMK, are still ALL made in Canada...as oppossed to in China or Thailand or Bangladesh or et-al. Notice they don't advertise much nor do they have much visibility as a sponsor--both being relatively high cost activities to any brand.
post #14 of 19
By the way, Salomon owns Arcteryx, which is now owned by Amer Sports, Atomic & Wilson, Suunto & Precor's parent company
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hey, thanbks for answering my questions!!

You were saying that ill be seen everywhere with it, lol. Is it that bright? The website pic didnt look overly bright, but someone who sent photos of the maroon colour in a street, looked quite bright (and on the website looked much more dull). Thats a good thing though, but the other colour in it..it it a brown or a dull yellow colour?
post #16 of 19
Only THREE photos of WTFH?! C'mon!
post #17 of 19
It's not even different ones!
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
I got my jacket yesterday. It is nowhere near as yellow as the website says. Its more of a real dark yellow, almost greenish.

I must say that without a doubt, this is THE BEST JACKET I HAVE EVER LAID EYES ON!!!!!!!!!! The quality of this jacket is unmatched I cant get over it. The seams, design, EVERYTHING is unbeliveable. I have no problems at all forking out 400US for something like this, it is well worth it. Anyone considering buying one of these, I can recommend 100 times over!!!! That how bloody happy I am with this jacket, it just really is that awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


BIG BIG BIG grin on my face
post #19 of 19
I'm on this a few days late, but I picked up a 2005 Sidewinder SV last Feb. for a little over $200 (got a really good deal). I think MSRP on the jacket is $550.

I've been very happy with the jacket, by far the nicest piece of technical clothing I own. All seams and even the zipper are watertight, so I promise you're not getting wet. The fit is exceptional. My only gripe would be it really is designed as a severe weather jacket. That is, it's designed to be worn fully zipped and with the hood. Thus, the hood doesn't stow away or zip off, and the sidewinder zipper makes the collar look and feel funny when not fully zipped.

That said, it's kind of like driving on R-compound tires. They're probably a little overkill and harsh for day-to-day driving, but they're invaluable when you're pushing the limits. I've since bought a softshell, and figure the two jackets should have me completely covered, from blue-bird days to howling wind or rain.
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