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Arcteryx STINGER VS Sidewinder AR

post #1 of 9
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I cannot decide between these two jackets. I think I like the Stinger slightly more but I am concerned about the front zipper. It is wind proof like the front zipper of the Sidewinder? I would think it would have to be as Arc's highest end skiing shell. But it seems like its a regular YKK zipper. Anyone have a clear answer on this?
post #2 of 9
"• WaterTight front, pit, and pocket zippers " from http://arcteryx.com/product.aspx?Stinger-Jacket# (click features). I'd assume if it's watertight it's going to be wind-proof.

Either that or email Arc'teryx!
post #3 of 9
The Stinger has the weather proof zipper. If you go to their website and look at the black jacket you can see it better. Great jacket!
post #4 of 9
The Sidewinder AR is made in China if it matters to you. The Sidewinder SV is Canadian made.
post #5 of 9
^^that's a good point
post #6 of 9
I had a Sidewinder SV and hated that asym zipper. Don't like a hood you cant stow away either but I guess you can on the AR.

I now have a Stinger which I love. The high collar is the best in cold nasty wind.

Just my two cents.
post #7 of 9
I just got the Stinger (black).... and have tried it once on a cold 7 degree, windy, ski day. Firstly, it is a shell and has almost no insulating value. I wore two layers underneath. Not enough. I needed one more layer.

I was concerned about the high collar, but got used to it real quick. and it covers the back of the neck gap between helmet and coat nicely. The inside collar has a soft fiber lining and a slight overlap on the inside of the upper zipper. So, there is comfort for the chin.

I got this for protection on wetter days, so we'll see.

I was surprised when this item was delivered to my home - it just came in shipping bag, so compact and light.

The Sidewinder, while kind of cool looking, I didn't really like the offset zipper when I tried it on...

You really have to try these coats on... they are cut somewhat trim and it can be a subtle difference between a good fit with room for layers and a fit that is too large. I am 5' 10", 210 lbs, bigger in the chest than in the gut... I got size large. Extra Large didn't fit well with the hardshell material. But size Large doesn't leave a lot of room for layers. About three layers would pretty much fill it out.

Because the local shop really didn't have the model I wanted.. I found a jacket from Backcountry thru Amazon that had about $200 knocked off the list price. I don't mind supporting my local shop, but was perturbed that they didn't have more to choose from. It was more of a climbing shop than a ski shop... so I guess the Stinger didn't quite fit their model.
post #8 of 9
Just used my Sidewinder AR for three days at Steamboat. The offset zipper has got to be the best idea ever on a jacket. Never got cold, was wearing a light smartwool base layer, marmot wool jacket as a mid, followed by the Sidewinder. Top of Storm Peak & Morningside on Saturday was easily -30 to -40 wind chill...no issue with being cold.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by gtop View Post
The Sidewinder AR is made in China if it matters to you. The Sidewinder SV is Canadian made.
Maybe this year's AR is made in China, but up until last year they were made in Canada. Mine is the 2007-2008 version and made in Canada. Lot's of last years still for sale if the made in China thing scares you.

Mike
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