Any views? I can't decide between getting something like this or a bit heavier like Mountain Equipment Shivling. I have some Arcteryx trousers which are great and good quality but not really looked at the jackets.....
Any experience or opinions greatly received...
very good...i got rid of a heavier ME jacket and replaced with this...happy with that decision.
I love mine. It’s super light and compact. I like the hood too. Breathabilty is the best for a Gore Tex shell that I’ve ever had.
Bear in mind though that it only has the chest pocket, so not as good for popping round the shops.
Really good. Light, hard wearing, keeps you dry and breathes well. Taken mine out in some really rough conditions and performed really well.
I have the AR, but believe it is essentially the same design, bar the material. I find that as the area around the face doesn't cinch in, rain can quite easily get in down your front. The lack of pockets is also moderately annoying, though I guess the purpose of the FL may make this slightly less of a grievance compared to the AR.
If you are tempted by something a bit heavier why not the Alpha AR? It's a superb jacket https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/clothing/waterproofs/bombproof_winter_mountain_shells-12364#arcteryx
It's very good as a jacket to put in your pack in case of very heavy rain when your primary jacket is a soft shell. It packs up really small and light and the Goretex Pro keeps you really dry unlike the Goretex Paclite stuff. The downside is it doesn't have nearly as many pockets as a 'proper' jacket, just one chest pocket.
Didn’t really like it, boxy American cut and weirdly short at the front meant it would lift up all the time and leave fleece/base layers exposed. I’m 6ft and skinny though...
That’s a good point about the sizing. I have a size small (I’m borderline small or medium in most clothing) and it seems to be designed to allow for layers underneath.
If I wear it over just a thin base layer, then it’s pretty roomy. It’s perfect for me in winter when layered over a base layer and insulation layer.
Its a great looking Jacket but the cost!!
I'll go back to ME for it's replacement, probably the Tupilak Atmo.
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