User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Theta LT Jacket
Fabric: 3-ply Gore-tex
Price Paid: $400 US
This jacket is brilliant. I don't know how Arc'teryx came up with the waterproof zippers but, having tested them in a heavy downpour, I can attest to their reliability. And, as they're no longer needed, it's amazing how much the absence of storm flaps improves both the jacket weight (a little over a pound) and the accessibility of pockets and pit zips.
Another nice feature is the jacket's length : more than long enough to cover your backside if you decide to sit down in the rain. The shoulders and elbows are both reinforced, so you needn't worry about leaving the trail. Also, the three-way hood adjustments equaled or bettered any other jacket I tried on.
The color choices are few, and the ones that are available are basic, but if you're interested in owning an extremely well-designed piece of technical outerwear - and not just looking to make an urban fashion statement - that won't matter to you, will it?
As Arc-teryx isn't a particularly well-known brand name, outside of the climbing world, I suspect the price mark-up on this jacket is a lot less than on certain high school status symbol jackets. It was a nice feeling to feel as if I had invested in $400 worth of jacket - as opposed to $200 worth of jacket and $200 worth of obnoxiously oversized North Face label.