Arc'teryx Fission SV Jacket
Price Paid: $448.95
I hate the cold-like when I'm walking the dog on a bitter winter night and she takes forever to "go"-or when I'm sitting in the cold cold car waiting for it to warm up. NO MORE. Not with the FISSION SV. I'm actually liking the cold now.
I put on the SV -pull over the hood and I've got my own portable heater surrounding me. It's amazing how lightweight a jacket can be so warm. What I like is that I can not be moving in this jacket and still feel warm.
Went snowshoeing today and was downright hot even with low teens windchills. The seams and materials are first rate and at 5 10/180 the Large fits perfect allowing layers underneath if needed.
THE CHINA PROBLEM. The SV is made in China. I also have the FISSION SL made in Canada. There is NO difference in quality. The seams-density of materials-workmanship is at least equal.
I asked someone in the clothing field which jacket they thought was better made-she picked the SV. I have a premier down jacket (also made in China) from another high-end outdoor clothing company and this jacket is far superior- much warmer and looks far better and the exact same price.
Few things at this price are worth the money-this jacket is.
I am a pretty tough grader and don't give a lot of 5-star ratings. But this is an excellent piece; perfect for lift skiing or other cold-weather pursuits that don't generate a lot of heat.
I bought it for lift skiing after many years of using a shell-and-layer system and sometimes finding myself colder than I would have preferred while sitting on the lift.
It is excellent. It kept me very warm (too warm, actually, because I tend to run warm. I was using it at Whiteface in temps in the teens/20s; would have been perfect in the single digits or below zero), and it is very comfortable.
Lots of pockets (kudos to Arcteryx on the pocket design: I inadvertently left the chest pocket with my wallet and car keys open during one run -- !! -- and when I got down to the bottom, after a moment of panic, I found everything was still in there...).
It's pricey, but it is a great piece. Very pleased with it. Highly recommended.
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The Arc'teryx Fission SV Jacket uses maximum warmth in a GORE-TEX garment that is waterproof, windproof, durable. New GORE-TEX face fabric has a softer touch and moves quietly. Reinforced panels in the hood and across the shoulders, chest area and sleeves address areas of high use and sustained abrasion. Lightweight, radiant Coreloft insulation is stitched into place and delivers exceptional warmth that is almost weightless. Lighter weight insulation is used in the underarm gusset to reduce bulk and aid with ease of motion.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
An all-around winner, the Arc'teryx Fission SV Jacket can handle any winter condition. Fully waterproof, and insulated with synthetic Coreloft(TM), this jacket is virtually unstoppable. From the groomed runs to the backcountry, this jacket will become an active winter staple. Waterproof, Breathable, and Insulated One-hand adjustable drawcords Articulated elbows Insulated Helmet compatible Drop Hood(TM) Integrated fitted collar panel for added warmth and comfort Laminated chin guard WaterTight(TM) external zippers WaterTight(TM) Vislon front zip Zipper garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain Die-cut Velcro(R) cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off Drop back hem Adjustable hem drawcord Laminated hem Full seat coverage Two hand pockets with laminated zippers Two chest pockets with laminated zippers Two internal mesh pockets Reinforced shoulders, arms and hips
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
The warmest, fully waterproof, synthetic-insulated jacket in the Arc'teryx line, the Arc'teryx Fission SV jacket with insulated hood offers outstanding warmth and all-mountain protection. Fission SV is engineered for cold and wet conditions; it's ideal for trekking or the stop-and-go pace of skiing and riding. GORE-TEX(R) shell fabric breathes while blocking wind and water; all seams are sealed for 100% protection with tiny GORE seam tape. Micro seam allowances cut down on weight and bulk. Shell offers a soft touch and moves quietly; it's reinforced in high-wear areas, such as shoulders, arms and hips. Jacket is insulated with Coreloft(TM) 140 in the body, where it's needed most; and Coreloft(TM) 100 in the arms. Coreloft insulation is lightweight, breathable and thermally efficient, with excellent loft retention and compressibility. Articulated elbows provide a natural fit and movement. Helmet-compatible, insulated and adjustable hood features a laminated brim. Integrated fitted collar panel adds warmth and comfort. Zipper garages protect zipper closure from snow and rain. Features single-hand-adjustable drawcords at hem and hood, and laminated die-cut rip-and-stick cuffs. Dropped back hem provides full seat coverage. Includes laminated handwarmer pockets with water-resistant zippers, 2 chest pockets and 2 large, internal, drop-in mesh pockets. The Arc'teryx Fission SV jacket is cut in an expedition fit to accommodate multiple layers.
- REI refers to the men's version
You never miss a ski day regardless of the conditions, and the Arc'teryx Men's Fission SV Insulated Jacket is the reason why. A Gore-Tex membrane, fully taped seams, and WaterTight external zippers keep you dry in the wettest weather, and Arc'teryx added Gore-Tex Pro reinforcements in high wear areas for long-lasting durability. Coreloft insulation brings the warmth without the weight, and it leaves the jacket with exceptional breathability so you stay comfortable during intense ski sessions.An expedition fit with e3D patterning leaves plenty of room for layering without restricting your movement, and a longer length covers your butt even when you bend over. Articulated elbows give the freedom of movement you need when you ski through trees. The insulated DropHood rotates with your head for total visibility, and adjustable cuffs and hem seal out the cold and retain all that wonderful warmth.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version