Arc'teryx Men's Sidewinder Jacket

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Arc'teryx Sidewinder Jacket
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Arc'teryx Sidewinder Jacket -

Arcteryx Sidewinder Jacket - Men's:  Tough waterproof hardshell jacket with Storm Hood, Slide 'n Loc snap system on the powder skirt to keep snow out of your pants on that snorkel day.  Equipped with an enhanced GORE-TEX fabric with a softer face, the sidewinder is as delicate as the cold smoke that was bellowing over you during your shred fest. Sidewinder front zipper curves away from your face allowing better breathing opportunity.

Technical Features.
Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight.
DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface.
Taped seams for added weatherproofness.
Generous cut for easy layering.
Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility.
Hood Configuration.
Helmet compatible Storm Hood™
Stealth hood adjusters.
Collar Configuration.
Chin guard.
Zippers & Fly Configuration.
WaterTight™ external zippers.
Pit zippers for easy venting.
WaterTight™ contoured Sidewinder™ front zip—the zip contours to one side for added comfort.
Zipper garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain.
Micro webbing zipper pulls.
Cuff & Sleeves Configuration.
Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off.
Hem Configuration.
Adjustable hem drawcord.
Laminated hem.
Pocket Configuration.
Internal chest pocket with laminated zip.
Sleeve pocket with WaterTight™ zip.
Internal mesh pocket.
Chest pocket with laminated zip.
Two high-volume hand pockets with WaterTight™ zippers.
Note: Our WaterTight™ zippers are highly water resistant, but not waterproof. We do not recommend keeping items in your pockets that may be damaged by moisture.
Snowsport Features.
Powder skirt with gripper elastic and snap closure.
Lift pass loop.
Slide 'n Lock® snap closures on powder skirt enable jacket to be fastened to specific ski pants to prevent snow entry.
Hidden Recco® reflector.


  • Helmet-compatible Storm Hood™ and generous collar protect you in inclement weather without sacrificing your peripheral vision


  • Waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex with lightly insulated backer

Weather and Wind:

  • Offset, lightweight WaterTight™ Vislon front zipper prevents windchill and snow entry; quick-drying chin guard protects soft skin from zipper abrasion
  • Waterproof breathable N80p-X Gore-Tex 3L blocks the nastiest winter storms while remaining breathable so the inside of your jacket doesn't become a sauna
  • Handwarmer pockets, chest pocket and sleeve pocket all have waterproof zippers
  • Adjustable powder skirt with snap closure keeps out cold air and snow; slide-and-lock snaps attach jacket to compatible pants (sold separately)


  • Arc'teryx Sidewinder jacket also features 2 laminated internal pockets and radio pocket


  • A relaxed fit and articulated sleeves allow for a maximum range of movement during aggressive descents
  • The fixed StormHood is designed to fit over a helmet so you can protect your noggin and keep it warm too


  • N80p-x Gore-Tex fabric with 3L lo-loft
  • Gore-Tex® Soft Shell 3L low-loft is a rugged nylon woven face fabric bonded to a soft low-loft polyester liner; offers waterproof, breathable protection from the elements
  • The very densely woven face fabric offers exceptional long-term water repellency that won't 'wet out', and it is still soft to the touch

Lining and Layers:

  • The offset front zipper makes the Sidewinder great for layering and avoiding zipper stack


  • Low-loft liner enhances warmth without sacrificing breathability
  • Reduced quantity and thickness of seams saves weight, provides excellent abrasion- and snag-resistance and enhances breathability
  • WaterTight underarm zips allow you to vent out when things start to warm up
  • Pit zippers allow easy and efficient ventilation; WaterTight™ zippers do away with bulky zipper flaps


  • Hand pockets, internal mesh dump pocket, sleeve pocket, chest pocket


  • Flannel backing on the inside boosts your warmth up a notch
  • Embedded RECCO® reflector enhances radio signals from search-and-rescue RECCO detectors to speed location acquisition in an avalanche
  • Comes with a RECCO reflector in case you wander a bit too far from the beaten path
  • Articulated elbows, roomy underarm gussets and forward-leaning articulation ensure easy movement
  • Powder skirt is equipped with a stretch panel and new Slide’ n Loc snaps so you can keep your torso warm and dry and put the powder in its place
FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Sidewinder Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Sidewinder Jacket.

Although soft to the touch and subtle in appearance, the redesigned Arc’teryx Sidewinder Jacket is poised to strike the fiercest conditions you throw at it. With its relaxed fit, articulated sleeves, and offset WaterTight front zipper, the Sidewinder fits and feels like a second skin. The only difference is that this skin has perfectly evolved to feast on the nastiest winter conditions available.


One of the most durable snowsports-specific jacket Arc'teryx offers, the tough Sidewinder jacket delivers maximum weatherproof protection for logging vertical footage.


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Also available for: Women
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):29.75 inches
Fabric:Nylon / nylon blend
Fit:Expedition with e3D
RECCO Detector:Yes
Shell fabric:Nylon
Shell lining fabric:Polyester
Type of waterproofing:Gore-Tex 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate
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Arc'teryx Sidewinder Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

It's rare for me to give 5 stars to anything, but this shell deserves it. I usually wear a soft shell or fleece on mild days, and a shell in storms, wind, and/or extreme cold. I ski a lot in the Eastern Sierra and it is known to be very windy. 60+mph on the ridge lines. I've never owned a shell as windproof as the Sidewinder. Absolutely amazing. This is probably due to the GoreTex ProShell, so any shell with this material would be a good one to consider. During moderate mid-season whether (28-35 F) the breatheability of the shell was top shelf. While skiing aggressive lines there wasn't a drop of perspiration on the inside of the shell (I usually wear a base layer and a 1/4 zip underneath in weather above 25 F). Even on the rare occasion I'm wearing it on a blue bird day (34 F) the breatheablity and the pit zips make it very comfortable. I contemplated buying this shell for 2 seasons but held off because of the cost. Let's be honest, this thing is obnoxiously expensive. It sounds cliche, but I wish I bought it sooner. I'm 6'1" 185lbs the the L fit me well and has plenty of room to layer. I'm a advanced /expert skier and I didn't feel restricted once. If you are considering this shell, and your current gear is letting you down, spend the money. My previous shell was North Face. I'll never touch HyVent again. Nowhere close to the same ballpark as the ProShell Gortex in the Sidewinder. I promise you, after the season, you won't remember the cost of the shell, but you'll be satisfied with your investment and not freezing on the chair, during high winds, while wet.

Dan Mc at on 09/19/2013

I have owned a number of the previous versions of the sidewinder jacket. The side zipper is definitely not for everyone. At times I find myself at odds with the zipper and find it awkward. However when zipped up you never really notice it.
The new YKK Aquaguard front zipper is a big improvement (what took arcteryx so long to use it). It is more waterproof and seems less air permeable. I love the 3 pocket design plus arm pocket. the bellowed napoleon pocket is perfect for stashing a variety of gear. Inner pockets are a nice size to hold goggles and wallet.
The fit: I had to size down to a small to get the right fit (5'10" 165 lbs). I am usually a medium but it felt way too big all around even with a generous mid layer on. the arms are a perfect length for people with longish arms and articulated elbows move nicely during activity.
Overall Great design and fit, with well thought out features.

PAUL UDOVIC at on 03/24/2013

Great Jacket

Got it just recently so can't comment on durability yet, but it definitely feels like a jacket that will last for a long time.
Purchased it just before a ski trip to the Swiss Alps and test drove it there, it was great. Temperatures ranged from just above freezing down to the lower teens (F) with and without wind, and throughout this temperature range I had only one very thin thermal base layer under the jacket and could easily regulate the temperature using the vent zippers and stay super comfortable, not cold and not sweaty. Allows good freedom of movement, excellent pockets and all together a great jacket. Not cheap, but great.
g hiker at REI on 03/03/2013

I got this jacket for my dad for Christmas and he absolutely loves it. I bought the "Green Light" color and it's true to the photographs (which is rare when you buy online). It's the perfect color on the mountain (easy to pick out from a crowd). Also he raves about the high-neck and it's durability & warmth.

Lindsay Simpson at on 01/09/2013

Just received my Sidewinder today. Love it. Its like liquid as far as how easy it is to move around in it. I'm going to change to a smaller size though. I'm 6'1" and 195# and got an XL which is too baggy. Otherwise looks like a winner.

sanp97042 at on 01/09/2013

Just got this jacket for xmas-2012. Used it at Snowbasin & Powder Mtn. on some really stormy days. The thing is bullet-proof, has a really nice hood and chin covering. By layering up properly underneath thisshell my body felt like I was laying around the living room!

4dlp321755 at on 01/02/2013

Negative Reviews:

So, like a lot of Arcteryx gear, this jacket seems to have taken a direct aim at fixing the problem of a minority of users. Namely, the offset top of the main zipper which some people don't like having right in front of their face when the weather is wet/cold. I can see the idea, and I appreciate it. When I was a kid in the Midwest, I got the constant chafing of a crappy zipper under the nose when skiing.
But I think solving the zipper issue created other issues with this jacket. The collar seems strangely stiff on one side if you have it zipped but don't have the hood up. If you leave it open, the flap is longer on one side and tends to flap more. And, though the offset zipper helps with "zipper stacking", it defeats any attempt to vent with a 1/4zip underlayer.
So, though I've used this one a few times, I helped it find a new home with a friend who LOVES it for the zipper. If he reviews it, he'll give it a 4-5 star rating.

Jason Killian at on 10/11/2012