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Sidewinder SV Jacket

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Considering picking one up, anybody have one? Do they run long? Just going off the picture they appear to be longer than the other jackets.
post #2 of 27
Buy the jacket!! You will never regret buy anything from Arc'teryx. Quality is spectacular. I've been using only Arc'teryx for about 7 years now and I truly love their products.

As for the Sidewinder being longer...to what jacket are you comparing. It is not a parka length but not waist length either. Pretty much a hip length jacket like several others. The sidewinder zipper will spoil you to all other jackets. Seems simple but not having that zipper right under my chin is awesome!
post #3 of 27
Based on trying on a couple of their other shells, I don't think they run particularly "long", at least in the sleeves. I didn't try the Sidewinder jacket specifically, though.

It's frustrating that almost all their pants come in tall sizes... but none of the jackets do.
post #4 of 27
I have the Sidewinder AR and the arms do run pretty long. I'm 6', 190 lbs, and wear at 34/35 dress shirt yet I fit well in the Medium Sidewinder AR.

You will never ever be disappointed in Arc stuff like the Sidewinder that is still made in Canada. Some of the other models are now made in China and the quality isn't quite as good. Not poor quality, just not as outstanding as the Canadian made stuff.

Mike
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post
I have the Sidewinder AR and the arms do run pretty long. I'm 6', 190 lbs, and wear at 34/35 dress shirt yet I fit well in the Medium Sidewinder AR.

You will never ever be disappointed in Arc stuff like the Sidewinder that is still made in Canada. Some of the other models are now made in China and the quality isn't quite as good. Not poor quality, just not as outstanding as the Canadian made stuff.

Mike

FYI - I was not able to find a Sidewinder AR made in Canada...every one that I laid my hands on was made in China. Looked at multiple reputable independent shops as well as national retailers. That didn't stop me from purchasing though...
post #6 of 27
I'm looking at picking up a Sidewinder SV and am curious about sizing. I can't find a local retailer who stocks them for me to try on. I'm between an XL and XXL. My TNF jacket is XXL and is a good bit too big. I've been looking at Spyder jackets and some models are good in XL and some in XXL. I wear a size 48 suit jacket.

Could anyone let me know whether this jacket runs true/small/large? I don't want to end up with a jacket that's to small but don't want to be swimming in one either. Thanks all!
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by JadeMonkey View Post
I'm looking at picking up a Sidewinder SV and am curious about sizing. I can't find a local retailer who stocks them for me to try on. I'm between an XL and XXL. My TNF jacket is XXL and is a good bit too big. I've been looking at Spyder jackets and some models are good in XL and some in XXL. I wear a size 48 suit jacket.

Could anyone let me know whether this jacket runs true/small/large? I don't want to end up with a jacket that's to small but don't want to be swimming in one either. Thanks all!
I would think that they run pretty big. My medium Sidewinder AR fits me like a large in nearly every other brand. I wear a 42 or 43 jacket.

By the way I have a new red XL Sidewinder AR that's about to go up on eBay. PM me if you are interested.

Mike
post #8 of 27
I've had one fo two years - no poblems at all - great jacket. One weird thing - they fit kinda tight in the chest. I wear medium Arc'teryx bibs and a large jacket simply because the med jacket is too tight in the chest. I'm no bench-press maniac either.
post #9 of 27
Just a point to note - the Sidewinder AR (AR for Average) and Sidewinder SV (SV for Severe use) are cut slightly differently. The SV is a less trim fit to accomodate more heavy duty layering underneath. The SV also does not have a roll away hood and has a separate stand up collar.
post #10 of 27
I've had the Sidewinder AR for about 5 years and I love it. It's lightweight, breathable, very durable, and serves as a perfect barrier for any wind/snow/rain/etc. As far as sizing, I'm 5'10 160 and have a large, but I probably could have gone medium as well. At the time there was a good sale and large was the only one they had left, but overall it's been nice to have a bit more room for laying when needed. The AR doesn't seem any longer than any other jackets, but I'm not sure about the SV (and they may have changed the cut a bit since I bought mine)
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Castle Dave View Post
Just a point to note - the Sidewinder AR (AR for Average) and Sidewinder SV (SV for Severe use) are cut slightly differently. The SV is a less trim fit to accomodate more heavy duty layering underneath. The SV also does not have a roll away hood and has a separate stand up collar.
AR means allround
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post
Some of the other models are now made in China and the quality isn't quite as good. Not poor quality, just not as outstanding as the Canadian made stuff.
I have several Arc items from both Canada and China. I've never seen a difference in quality between the two.

CJ
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your answers guys, I was worried about it being almost parka length but it doesnt appear that it is. Now Im concerned about sizing - having never been able to try one on. Im 6'1" 180lbs, 34/35 arm length and I ordered a Large, thinking maybe I should have gone for a medium?
post #14 of 27
Thanks for the AR correction Gotama. Brain fart in my old age.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Contra21 View Post
Thanks for your answers guys, I was worried about it being almost parka length but it doesnt appear that it is. Now Im concerned about sizing - having never been able to try one on. Im 6'1" 180lbs, 34/35 arm length and I ordered a Large, thinking maybe I should have gone for a medium?
It's really a toss up at your size. I'm the same height and about 10-15 lbs heavier and I have a medium Sidewinder AR. I could also wear the large if I wanted more room for layering. Can get a midweight fleece under mine and that's enough for me, but if I wanted a heavier fleece or down jacket it would be too tight.

Mike
post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
Got the jacket yesterday and I cant get over how lightweight it is. It fits perfectly, so Im pretty excited to try it out this weekend in VT.

Ive never had anything close to comparable to this in terms of weight or without insulation, can anyone who has this shell give me an idea of what layers you'd go with underneath it on a cold day? Supposed to be around 10 this weekend with some winds. Thanks in advance
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Contra21 View Post
Got the jacket yesterday and I cant get over how lightweight it is. It fits perfectly, so Im pretty excited to try it out this weekend in VT.

Ive never had anything close to comparable to this in terms of weight or without insulation, can anyone who has this shell give me an idea of what layers you'd go with underneath it on a cold day? Supposed to be around 10 this weekend with some winds. Thanks in advance
I have one and just wear a t-shirt and a medium weight fleece underneath and I'm good to go. The thing is bomb proof. I personally got tired of always layering and just picked up a Fission AR. Wow I love this jacket. Can't go wrong with anything from Arcteryx.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Kid Eh View Post
I have one and just wear a t-shirt and a medium weight fleece underneath and I'm good to go. The thing is bomb proof. I personally got tired of always layering and just picked up a Fission AR. Wow I love this jacket. Can't go wrong with anything from Arcteryx.
Any reason why the Fission over the Titan??
post #19 of 27
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Any reason why the Fission over the Titan??
Not really. Probably cuz I could get the Fission for $230.00 CDN and it's made in Canada and not China.
post #20 of 27
In case anyone was still wondering, I just tried on the Sidewinder SV and AR, both in Medium Mens. The SV model is DEFINITELY cut BIG. I would say it fits almost a full size larger than marked. I actually thought I had misread the label. The sleeves are way too long for me and I wear a 15 1/2 / 32-33 dress shirt. It is also much baggier around the torso. I suppose it is is to acoomodate more layers, but still, why are the sleeves so long? The AR model fits very well on me and is sized the way I expect a medium-sized shell would be.

Does anyone know whethere there are any other models (jackets or pants for that matter), Stinger, Theta, Alpha, what have you, that also are cut BIG like the Sidewinder SV? Just want to avoid ordering the wrong size when one pops up on SAC or Tramdock one of these days!

I have the THETA AR bib on order as well in a medium....hopefully it is not oversized lke the Sidewinder SV.
post #21 of 27
i got the sidewinder this year and returned it. the quality just wasn't what it used to be. there were loose threads when i received it.
post #22 of 27
^^^

actually scratch that. i got the side winder softshell and didn't like that. i just saw the hard shell during lunch hour at rei and it seems like a very solid piece of clothing.. a bit long tho
post #23 of 27
Thread Starter 
Fellas just wanted to follow up, the large fits me perfectly. A little big in the chest but otherwise its great. Sleeves do run a little long but they work for me.

Tried the jacket out in 3 days of powder at Stowe last weekend. Temps from 0-15 and winds gusting around 40mph on the last day. Jacket was incredible, really outperformed my expectations. I was comfortable all weekend and it really breathes well. Thanks again for all your advice.
post #24 of 27
The Sidewinder SV upon closer inspection is actually not THAT much bigger...maybe 1/2 size up. It makes more sense when you try it on with a thicker layer under and wear the sleeves over your gloves instead of under. With cold weather layers, I'd say the Medium is still a full Medium as opposed to "Athletic". With little or no layers, it could almost pass as a Large.

I bought the Sidewinder SV, AR, and a Stingray so I could try them all with my gear. Settled on the Sidewinder AR in the end, thinking it will be heavy enough for the coldest conditions I plan to ski in...the Stingray softshell is superb as well. but I can't justify keeping it as I already have a Patagonia softshell.


I just put a Sidewinder SV , black, medium, up for sale in the classifieds BTW in case anyone is interested. Gonna ebay it this weekend otherwise.
post #25 of 27
I'm around 5'6" 155lbs and my new Sidewinder SV fits perfectly in size Medium. Seems like there is some inconsistency in jacket sizing or that different folks have different opinions on what the "perfect" fit is (snowboarding vs. skiers may have different preferences). Chest sizing is the same as my size M Stingray and torso length is longer. As a snowboarder I appreciated the added girth of the medium-sized jacket that helps mobility without the "billowing" out the back that jackets too large have. Also the additional length is helpful as well (even for a shorty like me - goes down to mid-hip). The only nitpick I have is that the sleeves are maybe a couple of inches too long (and a little billowy) but not too bad if wearing them over the gloves.
post #26 of 27

Just purchased the sidewinder SV, am excited but concerned about the sizing. I am 5'9" and 190 pounds I had ordered a medium because I had heard that it ran big but am worried about the layering issue. Any thoughts? 

post #27 of 27

I'm a little taller about the same weight and use the large in that jacket.

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