User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Gamma SV Jacket
Fabric: Polartec PowerShield
Fill: laminated fleece
Price Paid: $350 CDN
Big bucks? Yet bet. But big performance as well. Actually, the two other close competitors I even considered were Mountain Hardwear's Alchemy and North Face's Vector 2. Both the latter are good in their own right, except I did have some considerations with the Vector being made in Bangladesh. Still, the MH was great for pure functionality and the Vector's big plus was the core venting available (no venting for Gamma nor Alchemy). But in the end, I wanted something smooth and elegant as well as functional...the Gamma SV fit this perfectly. Even the laminated fleece was of noticeably better quality than any other. As a sidenote, I made a trip to MEC as well to check out a good bang for my buch soft shell; not even close. For ppl on the budget (and I do mean BUDGET), MEC is pretty decent. But their soft shells just not in the same league so I didn't mind paying the extra. Gamma SV very comfortable and stretches easily for those times when needed. May not have a collar cinch-cord, but not really needed. By far the sharpest. Great looking on the side of a mountain, nice and elegant downtown or at dinner.