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.
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.
|Back length (in.):||29.75 inches|
|Fabric:||Nylon / nylon blend|
|Fit:||Expedition with e3D|
|Shell lining fabric:||Polyester|
|Type of waterproofing:||Gore-Tex 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate|
|Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV Jacket||$401.95 - $649.95|
|Arc'teryx Sidewinder Jacket - Spring||$422.74|
|Arc'teryx Sidewinder Gore-Tex Jacket||$401.95|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.