- November 18 2011
By far the best Jacket in the market for cold weather. Its a great fit, looks good, keeps you warm with a simple tee shirt underneath. Plenty of good quality pockets, with waterproof zips. It doesn't matter how I treat it, the next morning, it simply looks good. This is exactly what makes Arc'teryx different from others.
- September 11 2011
Great All Around
Jacket fits well. Cannot really say as to warmth as we have not had cold weather yet, however, Thinsulate insulation is probably same as had in previous ArcTeryx jacket and was just right. Fit is good, however, collar is somewhat high. I guess this is due to having a hood that would cover a helmet. would recommend this jacket.
- August 5 2011
Perfect Jacket for a Bigger Guy
Being a bigger guy around 230, I wanted a windproof, waterproof and lightweight jacket with a longer cut as well as room for a possible under layer if need be. The XL is just perfect for this! I also made the pick for the stow away hood which comes in handy when out skiing on days it isnt snowing. A coolness factor about the insulation (prima loft sport) is that it is waterproof and retains its ability to trap heat after being wet. My favorite jacket!
- April 9 2011
A teriffic jacket...but
I bought this Fission AR because I have a Fission SV and love it, but wanted the lighter version with the hide-away hood. Well, I got what I wanted- mostly: The xl AR jacket weighs 896g compared to the xl SV jacket at 1100g and the hood does hide in the collar. When the hood is zipped into the collar though, it makes the collar stiff and bulky and it won't lay flat, nor can you move it away from its position against your face. The remedy is to keep the hood OUT of the collar and then it feels OK. Otherwise it is every bit the jacket that the SV is, less about 200g and less $100... it is just as warm, just as waterproof and just as comfortable. BTW, I usually get black but I could not in this case and bought the "Dusk" color, which in this case is a beautiful and subtle dark blue. I like it better than black. I'm not going to complain about the high cost of these items--- they ARE pricy and they may not perform better than lesser priced competitors, but they last longer and the higher quality workmanship and materials are totally obvious.
- April 2 2011
Just what I wanted
I have several very warm, very heavy Gore Tex jackets/parkas. I have been looking for something Gore Tex but lighter with some kind of lining. The Fission AR is exactly what I wanted. The jacket is perfect for 20-50 F. Fit is very accurate. I'm 5" 11" and 165#. Large fits great and I can easily put a fleece under the AR if I want more warmth (for extended times below 30F). I wish it had two more zippered pockets but the interior mesh pockets are very handy.