Arc'teryx Theta SL Jacket
Price Paid: $239+tax
I just bought this jacket today. The temp's 21 with windchill. I wore this shell with a t-shirt, thin fleece long sleeve, softshell, and then the Theta SL outside. I was lightly sweating just standing around, and walking the dog.
I'd want to go with less layers and something with more of a goose down or pullover Patagonia sweater on the inside over a t-shirt. I can say that this doesn't breath well, but it's been my experience of gortex that they never quite "breath" as well as they say they do.
I have never had a nicer made jacket, and I've had several military gortex jackets and pants in the army.
All that being said I'm 6'1" and roughly 190 or so, and an XL is perfect in the arm length, yet slightly long in the torso area.
Fabric: Goretex XCR / Paclite
Fill: Not Insulated
Price Paid: $170
I have had this jacket for about a year and a half now and use it primarily for backpacking and skiing.
The jacket is WATERPROOF. I live in Juneau, Alaska, and in wet years Juneau has more than 250 days of precipitation, so this jacket has been tested quite a bit. I bought this to replace an 8-year-old North Face shell that I absolutely loved. The fit is good, esp. if you want to climb with it because the cut accommodates a harness well. The hood is stowable but is not too thin to actually function.
I was a little disappointed with the cut of the body because Arc'teryx generally has an athletic fit, but this jacket has a lot of extra material in the body. Doesn't seem to vent as well as I would think for Gore-tex. When I am done skiing, I am generally wetter on the inside than the outside. Pit-zips generally help this, but I don't have this problem with other shells that I own.
Overall I like this jacket a lot, but would never shell out retail price.
Fabric: 2.5 layer Gore Paclite with XCR reinforcements
Price Paid: $325
I bought the Theta SL for one reason, lightweight DURABLE protection form the elements, and it simply delivers. It has become the standard by which I measure all my other gear. It was the lightest 3ply GTX shell I could find when I bought it one year ago, and so far it has performed up to my expectations.
The construction, as usual for Arc'Teryx is perfect, seriously perfect, and the design is darn near perfect. They have the best hood design I have ever worn. The only way it could be better would be to make it from stretch fabric, and add just a little bit of elastic at the cuffs. That is the only reason it gets four stars, and really that should be like a 4.8, but not 5, it's not that perfect. At this point though, the new Alpha SL looks even better, hence you cannot get the Theta SL anymore. Great jacket, great company.
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The Arc'teryx Theta SL Jacket provides lightweight, waterproof performance with enough toughness to withstand the abuse you dish out in the wilderness. Two fully waterproof-and-breathable Gore-Tex fabrics combine to strike a balance between packability and durability.
Free Shipping. Arcteryx Men's Theta SL Hybrid Jacket DECENT FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Theta SL Hybrid Jacket Constructed with lightweight Gore-Tex fabric with Paclite technology in the body and reinforced with Gore-Tex 3L fabric in high wear areas WaterTight pit zippers vent rapidly Stowable, low profile Stow Hood Two hand pockets with laminated WaterTight zippers Laminated drop back hem with adjustable hem drawcord The SPECS of the Arcteryx Men's Theta SL Hybrid Jacket Weight: (M): 13.0 oz / 370 g Fit: Athletic, hip length N40p Gore-Tex fabric with Paclite product technology N40r Gore-Tex 3L This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
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