I love this as my mid-layer when its not super cold, or on days with a lot of dynamic activity. The jacket is very light, soft to the touch, and fits well. Its not the warmest jacket, and its not suppose to be. Its well made, and slightly stretchy, highly breathable and looks great. It seems to bead water sufficiently to keep you dry in the fog and drizzle but run for your stingray when it pours. The two main pockets are mesh and large enough to stow a small child. This jacket would get five stars if two things were different. First, the cuffs in my opinion, need adjustable Velcro, so that you can keep the wind out and keep the jacket tight on your wrist. Secondly, the pocket on the sleeve is not large enough for my iphone. When i bought the jacket, I wanted to put my phone in my sleeve, now I'm searching for a smaller mp3 player. I've owned numerous jackets from The North Face. The initial differences between manufacturers was minuscule. After a little use, you can tell this jacket is of the highest quality materials, and workmanship. I understand why people shell out the money for Arc'teryx, and the Epsilon SV is no exception. I'm 6'1" and about 255, a XXL fit me loose and baggy.
What can I say? Its another quality manufactured product from Arc'teryx... This jacket has replaced my daily hoody... I like the fabrics; they breathe extremely well and offer a minimum of 50% wind blocking... Its not meant to be a softshell; so blocking 100% of the wind and being 90% waterproof do not apply here... the DWR is still holding up after much abuse and the face fabric is so far snag free even after a crash on the bike through a Russian Olive tree grove! The sleeve pocket is great for change, and the cuffs are growing on me. I am 6'1" 220lbs and the XL is loose but not baggy. The hood is NOT helmet compatible, in the sense of their other jackets... you might be able to fit some climbing helmets under, but a ski/bike helmet? Doubtful, the back would be riding up to much...
After a year plus of use, this piece works fantastically with my layering system for backcountry skiing. I wear this for the skin in/up, usually with just a t-shirt underneath. I move fast and this blocks enough wind and snow, allowing me to stay warm and dry. During breaks, or for the ski down, I throw on a synthetic puffy and let 'er rip. Once I'm ready to climb again, stuff the puffy and I'm on my way - simple is smooth, smooth is fast. It breathes really well, although I occasionally have to unzip the front.
The piece is well made and well thought out - very minimalist. I'm 6' 180 lbs and the medium fits like a glove. The hood is warm and highly adjustable, but not helmet compatible. (I've never found myself needing a helmet compatible hood, however.) This piece easily gets 5 stars.
This jacket breathes incredibly well and is clearly deigned for ski touring. The front pockets are raised so they can be accessed while using the hip strap from a backpack. It fits well, is lightweight and comfortable. Don't buy this jacket if you're looking for something warm, it's a good jacket for wearing around town when it's about 40ºF outside. When it's colder than that, it's not a practical jacket unless you're exercising. After hiking to the top of the run, I throw a technical shell over it to ski down.
warm, water resistant, great hood. I'm 5'11 and 150 lbs, a medium fits well. leaves enough room for a warmer layer underneath, as well as a thick hat. Stuffs down small for travel. I've had it for about 4 years, the only problem has been the laminate over the cord on the bottom has slowly pulled apart from the inside of the jacket, leaving the pull-cord exposed. not a big deal since I have it pretty taught all the time, but still kinda annoying.
Really Cool around town jacket. Of course, around town is San Francisco and Big Sur. 182 lbs, athletic, large size, no hood - collar is sharp. In particular, the stiffness adds to holding the look, Deep Dusk is their best color.
Arc'teryx makes some amazing gear, and their quality is beyond excellent, so I was expecting something exceptional with this jacket, and it just doesn't deliver. It has the designation SV (severe), yet is not particularly warm, is not very wind-resistant, and the bonded hardfleece they use doesn't breathe as well as softshell and isn't as weather-resistant. This is essentially a very thin fleece that's slightly wind and water-resistant that has a 100% markup because it's made by Arc'Teryx. Arc makes great stuff, but they need to try again with this one. Look at the Millet Super Touring Softshell as an alternative to this, because that is what this jacket should be.
I have this jacket for 2 years now and wearing it mainly around town. This jacket is sufficient for my purpose but if you are looking for something technical, go elsewhere. The fabric is made from polyester with a thin layer of fleece backing. I find them neither very wind nor water resistance. The fabric is also stiff compare to my other jacket using the Windstopper fabric.
On its own, this is a good looking jacket but when you consider the price, there are other jackets with better features. If Arcteryx is your thing, save the money here and go for one of their more expensive jackets.
I have many Arcteryx jackets. This is one of my least favorites because of it?s lack of versatility. I almost returned it but it looks nice on for around town use. It is not very warm, wind or water resistant so the use is very limited. Want a great Arcteryx versatile jacket? Get the Atom lt.