Arc'teryx Fission AR Jacket
Fabric: gore-tex pro shell
Price Paid: $325
Ok let me start out to say that I just bought the -current- version of this jacket. I owned the first or second version that came out, back when regular gore-tex was used (as opposed to the current gore-tex pro shell) A few things have changed since I originally had this jacket back in 2002:
- updated, more breathable gore-tex pro
*not tested yet*
-cuffs changed from smooth-knit to velcro
*according to the salesman, knit cuffs stretch over time,
my fission LT has smooth-knit cuffs which have stretched a bit, but not enough to be an issue. Maybe this will be a concern for folks larger than my skinny self.
- 2 inner drop in mesh pockets added.
*this is wonderful, a welcome addition! (large enough for gloves, nalgene etc)
-hanger loop added. not quite sure what the hell this is lol
-water tight zipper smoother /easier to operate
*the older versions were sticky at first, this one is as smooth as butter
Now on to the things that have not changed:
-warmth: 5 of 5 stars for it's weight(very light weight), excellent level of warmth. I recall wearing my original Fission AR into the teens if not colder, with a light 100 wt fleece p/o and mid weight base-layer.
-water/wind proofness: 5 stars on both points! Fully windproof , and the gore-tex is "guaranteed to keep you dry". Winds kickin' at 30+ , nothing came through.
things I'd change:
-add one chest pocket , I find these very useful for chapstick, and other small items.
-add a drawcord at the neck, which I find a bit large, but my neck is on the skinny side.
Over all , based on my previous experiences this is the usual Arc'teryx fit and quality that I've come to love over the years. If you aren't familiar, Arc'teryx products are designed for the athletic build, not casually cut like The North Face products. All Arc'teryx items have extra long arms , low volume chests and long torsos. there are some exceptions to this. Like their ski specific shells are larger in volume.
*I bought this jacket for every day mountain (Himalayas, cold and dry, wet and windy!), at home use (usually not so wet here but windy and cold at times), and for belay. I purchased a size larger than my usual, only one left on sale.
The extra butt coverage is welcome for all my uses. A little loose round the waist, the draw cords have to be pulled fully to seal it. I will come back and update this review when this point is tested*
If you're in the market for a warm , light, water-proof, do-it-all jacket..look no further!
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The Fission AR Jacket takes adventure as seriously as you do. Fully insulated and completely waterproof, this jacket provides unparalleled weather protection. A generous athletic cut and a collection of features make this a must-have backcountry piece. Waterproof, Breathable, and Insulated One-hand adjustable drawcords Articulated elbows Reinforced shoulders and arms Non-insulated helmet compatible Stow Hood(TM) Laminated brim Hood rolls away into the collar Integrated fitted collar panel for added warmth and comfort WaterTight(TM) external zippers Laminated die-cut Velcro(R) cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off Drop back hem Two hand pockets with laminated zippers Two internal mesh pockets Note: WaterTight(TM) zippers are highly water resistant, but not waterproof. We do not recommend keeping items in your pockets that may be damaged by moisture
The Arc'Teryx Fission AR jacket offers toasty warmth for cold camps and frigid winter temperatures where both warmth and protection from wind and water are crucial. A warm fusion of Gore-Tex(R) and laminated Coreloft(R) insulation makes the Fission AR perfect for any day in the deep freeze. Three different deniers of sealed Gore-Tex fabric shed wet precipitation and are arranged to capitalize on efficient protection, durability and comfort. Laminated Coreloft synthetic insulation is soft and compressible and continues to insulate when wet; non-quilted construction increases efficiency of insulation. Helmet-compatible hood features a laminated brim and 2-way drawcord adjustment; hood zips up inside the collar when not needed. Watertight, full-length front zipper features an insulated interior draft flap. One-handed hem drawcords and rip-and-stick adjustable cuffs seal in warmth. The Arc'Teryx Fission AR jacket includes hand pockets with watertight zippers. Two interior drop-in mesh pockets.
Strong gusts of stormy winds blow snow all over the ski resort, but you couldn't care less since you have the Arc'teryx Men's Fission AR Insulated Jacket wrapped across your body. Falling temps are no longer an issue with 100g Coreloft insulation warming you up, and a Gore-Tex 2-layer membrane with fully taped seams wraps up that insulation with guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection that keeps you dry and comfortable while you shred those snowy slopes. Plus, Arc'teryx reinforced the shoulders, elbows, hood, collar, and other areas of high use with Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer fabric for long lasting durability.An athletic fit pulls the Fission AR close to your body without restricting your mobility on the mountain, and articulated elbows enhance your freedom of movement. The laminated brim on the hood helps keep wetness off your face, and you can roll the Stow Hood in its collar when the sun pokes out. WaterTight external zippers increase this jacket's waterproof protection in ways that most jackets don't. Laminated hook-and-loop cuffs seal out those blustery blizzards, and the drop-back hem adds more coverage across your backside even when you bend over to strap on your bindings.
Free Shipping. Arcteryx Men's Fission AR Jacket DECENT FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Fission AR Jacket Constructed with waterproof/breathable N40r Gore-Tex 2L, reinforced with N80p-X Gore-Tex 3L Lightweight, resilient Coreloft insulation Non-insulated Gore-Tex Pro Stow Hood zips into collar Two insulated hand pockets with laminated zippers, two internal mesh dump pockets Adjustable hem drawcord The SPECS of the Arcteryx Men's Fission AR Jacket Weight: (M): 27.2 oz / 771 g Fit: Athletic, upper hip length N40r Gore-Tex 2L N80p-X Gore-Tex 3L This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.