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As most of you already know, I've been sharing helpful guides to all kinds of Arc'teryx jackets for the last couple of years now (find full post list at the bottom).
CAUTION: Fission SV is NOT designed for high output use (lacks breathability). If you're not OK with this, then STOP READING THIS POST RIGHT HERE and go see my guide to Arc'teryx Jackets to find out the right jacket for your own needs.
Despite its minor flaws (loose collar configuration & rough zipper flow), Fission SV would still worth getting. Because no other jacket can be even nearly as warm, windproof and waterproof at the same time. In other words, it mostly has no alternatives to it out there.
Yes, these flaws can be annoying. But I don't think they're a deal-breaker (at least not for me).
- 13 Mar 2023: I've been to Pfander and floodplain forests with my Nuclei SV
- 13 Dec 2022: Arc'teryx Alpha Parka Review: The most impressive jacket of all time
- 8 Dec 2022: Arc'teryx ReGEAR: OutdoorCrunch exclusive promo code!
- 7 Nov 2022: 2023 Thorium Hoody is in - as well as the new Thorium Parka (yes, parka)
- 2 Nov 2022: Beta Insulated Jacket: Pit zips AND two way zipper!
- 7 October 2022: Proton Hybrid Hoody is live! The ultimate do it all?
- 5 October 2022: DropHood vs StormHood: Pros/cons and best uses
- 5 September 2022: Reviewing Arc'teryx Fall Winter 22/23 Gear
- 5 August 2022: 5 things all Arc'teryx newbies should know
- #A sidenote here: Arc'teryx's PDF guide to jackets is GOOOLLLLDDDDD. Absolutely check that out too if you're interested in buying one.
In Arc'teryx's line-up, the Fission SV is the warmest synthetic insulated jacket:
|Name||Est. Temp (F/C)||Review||Pit venting?||Stuffs into itself?||Two way zipper?||Type||Fill Power||Fill Weight (grams)||Fill Volume (FP x FW)||Synthetic Insulator (SI)||SI Amount||Face Fabric||Activity||Fit||Weight||Length (CB)|
|Arc'teryx Alpha (Men's - Women's)||-18/-28||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||850||296||251,600||Coreloft||90 g/m²||N30r 2L GoreTex Infinium||Climbing||Regular||805 g / 1 lb 12.4 oz||86 cm / 34 in|
|Feathered Friends Khumbu||-17/-27||No||Yes||No||Down||900||378||340,200||Primaloft Gold||200 g||Pretex Shield XT||All Round||Regular||960 g / 2 lb 2 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Ceres SV (Men's - Women's)||-15/-26||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||850||240||204,000||Coreloft||?||Arato 30||All Round||Regular||880 g / 1 lb 15 oz||86 cm / 34 in|
|Mountain Equipment K7 (Men's)||-13/-25||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||300||240,000||N/A||N/A||30D Drilite||All Round||Regular||820 g / 1 lb 13 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Rab Positron Pro (Men's)||-13/-25||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||300||240,000||N/A||N/A||40D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||740 g / 1 lb 10 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Therme SV (Men's)||-11/-24||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||211||158,250||Coreloft||60 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.072 kg / 2 lb 5.8 oz||96 cm / 37.75 in|
|Patagonia Grade VII (Men's)||-11/-24||No||No||Yes||Down||800||335||268,000||N/A||N/A||1.2 oz 15 & 20D Perfex Quantum||Around Town||Regular||743 g / 1 lb 10.1 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Firebee AR (Men's - Women's)||-10/-23||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||225||180,000||N/A||N/A||Arato 7 & 10||All Round||Regular||680 g / 1 lb 8 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Mountain Equipment Exo (Men's)||-10/-23||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||265||212,000||N/A||N/A||Nylon||All Round||Regular||770 g / 1 lb 11.2 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Arc'teryx Thorsen (Men's)||-7/-22||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||192||144,000||Coreloft||60 g/m²||90D 2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.1 kg / 2 lb 5.4 oz||91 cm / 36 in|
|Patagonia Frozen Range (Men's - Women's)||-6/-21||Review||No||No||No||Parka||700||268||187,600||N/A||N/A||4 oz 75-denier polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.253 kg / 2 lb 12.2 oz||84 cm / 33 in|
|Mountain Equipment Li. Ec. (Men's - Women's)||-5/-20||No||No||Yes||Down||700||295||206,500||N/A||N/A||50D Drilite||All Round||Regular||822 g / 1 lb 13 oz||72 cm / 28 in|
|Arc'teryx Patera Long (Women's)||-2/-19||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||74||55,500||Coreloft||60 + 80 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.1 kg / 2 lb 6.8 oz||117.5 cm / 46.25 in|
|Rab Neutrino Pro (Men's - Women's)||-2/-19||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||212||169,600||N/A||N/A||20D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||585 g / 1 lb 8.6 oz||77 cm / 30.3 in|
|Arc'teryx Dually Belay (Men's)||0/-18||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||ThermaTek||92 g/m²||30D Nylon||Around Town||Regular||705 g / 1 lb 9 oz||84 cm / 33 in|
|Arc'teryx Centrale (Women's)||0/-18||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||157||117,750||Coreloft||60 g/m²||N90p Nylon||Around Town||Regular||885 g / 1 lb 15.2 oz||95 cm / 37.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Camosun (Men's)||0/-18||Review||No||No||No||Parka||750||105||78,750||Coreloft||140 g/m²||N150p-X Gore-Tex||Around Town||Trim||960 g / 2 lb 1.9 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium SV (Men's)||0/-18||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||850||162||137,700||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||Arato 7 & 10||All Round||Regular||415 g / 14.6 oz||69.5 cm / 27.4 in|
|Arc'teryx Revet (Men's)||2/-17||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||?||N/A||N/A||20d nylon/spandex double weave||Around Town||Regular||755 g / 1 lb 10.6 oz||91 cm / 36 in|
|Arc'teryx Piedmont (Men's)||3/-16||No||Yes||Yes||Parka||750||218||163,500||N/A||N/A||Arato 10||Around Town||Regular||515 g / 1 lb 2.2 oz||82 cm / 32.25 in|
|Arc'teryx Fission SV (Men's - Women's)||3/-16||Review||No||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||90 + 65 g/m²||N80p-X Gore-Tex 2L||All Round||Regular||890 g / 1 lb 15.4 oz||81 cm / 31.8 in|
|Arc'teryx Alpha Lightweight (Men's)||3/-16||No||Yes||Yes||Down||850||117||99,450||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||Hadron 2L Gore-Tex Infinium||Climbing||Regular||540 g / 1 lb 3 oz||?|
|Outdoor Research Sup. Alp. (Men's - Women's)||3/-16||No||No||Yes||Down||800||182||145,600||N/A||N/A||30D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||825 g / 1 lb 13.1 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Alessa Long (Women's)||3/-16||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 120 g/m²||N90p 2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.015 kg / 2 lb 3.8 oz||123 cm / 48.5 in|
|Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 (Men's - Women's)||3/-16||Review||No||No||No||Parka||700||118||82,600||N/A||N/A||5.5 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.307 kg / 2 lb 14.1 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Radsten Parka (Men's)||3/-16||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||120 g/m²||NP100d Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Regular||745 g / 1 lb 10.3 oz||82 cm / 32.25 in|
|Rab Electron Pro (Men's - Women's)||5/-15||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||180||144,000||N/A||N/A||20D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||525 g / 1 lb 2.5 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Therme Parka (Men's)||5/-15||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||120||90,000||Coreloft||60 + 80 g/m²||P75d Polyester||Around Town||Regular||991 g / 2 lb 3 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Macai (Men's)||5/-15||Review||Yes, zips||No||No||Down||750||69||51,750||Coreloft Compact||60 + 100 g/m²||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Ski/Snowboard||Regular||1 kg / 2 lb 4 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Arc'teryx Nuclei SV (Men's)||5/-15||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||180 g/m2 + 90 g/m2||Arato 15||Climbing||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||81 cm / 31.8 in|
|Patagonia DAS Parka (Men's)||5/-15||No||Yes||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco||133 + 40 g||Pertex Quantum Pro||Around Town||Regular||555 g / 1lb 3.6 oz||84 cm / 33 in|
|Arc'teryx Patera (Women's)||5/-15||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||58||43,500||Coreloft||60 + 80 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Trim||867 g / 1 lb 14.6 oz||93 cm / 37 in|
|Black Diamond Access Down (Men's - Women's)||7/-14||No||Yes||Yes||Down||700||155||108,500||N/A||N/A||30D ripstop nylon||All Round||Regular||442 g / 15.6 oz||76 cm / 29.75 in|
|Arc'teryx Kappa (Men's)||7/-14||Review||No||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||140 g/m²||N70p Gore Thermium||All Round||Regular||755 g / 1 lb 10.6 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Prema Down Coat (Women's)||7/-14||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||92||69,000||N/A||N/A||Nylon||Around Town||Regular||794 g / 1 lb 12 oz||117 cm / 46.1 in|
|Arc'teryx Radsten Insulated (Men's)||7/-14||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||120 g/m²||NP100d Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Regular||715 g / 1 lb 9.2 oz||73 cm / 28.75 in|
|Rab Microlight Alpine (Men's - Women's)||7/-14||No||Yes||No||Down||700||153||107,100||N/A||N/A||30D Pertex Quantum||All Round||Regular||466 g / 1 lb 0.5 oz||72 cm / 28.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Thorium (Men's - Women's)||7/-14||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||750||140||105,000||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||Arato 30||All Round||Regular||517 g / 1 lb 2.2 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in|
|Feathered Friends Eos||8/-13||No||Yes||No||Down||900||105||94,500||N/A||N/A||Pertex Quantum||All Round||Regular||306 g / 10.8 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Thorium AR (Men's - Women's)||8/-13||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||750||130||97,500||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||Arato 30||All Round||Regular||490 g / 1 lb 1.3 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|Patagonia Macro Puff (Men's - Women's)||8/-13||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PlumaFill||135 + 90 g||10D Recycled nylon ripstop||All Round||Regular||435 g / 15.3 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Arc'teryx Macai LT (Men's)||8/-13||Yes, zips||No||No||Down||750||49||36,750||Coreloft Compact||60 g/m²||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Ski/Snowboard||Regular||855 g / 1 lb 14.2 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in|
|Arc'teryx Seyla (Women's)||8/-13||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||92||69,000||N/A||N/A||Arato 10||Around Town||Regular||507 g / 1 lb. 1.9 oz.||87 cm / 34.4 in|
|Patagonia Fitz Roy (Men's - Women's)||8/-13||No||Yes||No||Down||800||128||102,400||N/A||N/A||20D Nylon||All Round||Regular||632 g / 1lb 6.3 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Koda (Men's)||8/-13||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||N80p-X Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||720 g / 1 lb 9.4 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia Vosque 3-in-1 (Women's)||10/-12||Review||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||ThermoLite||100 g||65% nylon, 35% polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.360 kg / 3 lb||90 cm / 35.5 in|
|Patagonia City Storm Down (Men's - Women's)||12/-11||No||Yes||No||Parka||700||191||133,700||N/A||N/A||4.2 oz polyester||All Round||Regular||468 g / 16.5 oz||91 cm / 36 in|
|Patagonia Jackson Glacier (Men's - Women's)||12/-11||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||700||141||98,700||N/A||N/A||3.6 oz 50D polyester||Around Town||Regular||880 g / 1 lb 15 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Arc'teryx Sensa (Women's)||14/-10||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||120 g/m²||NP100d Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Relaxed||785 g / 1 lb 11.7 oz||86 cm / 34 in|
|Patagonia Hi Loft Down (Men's - Women's)||14/-10||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||600||177||106,200||N/A||N/A||1.4 oz 30D polyester||All Round||Regular||540 g / 1 lb 3 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|REI Magma 850 Hoodie 2.0 (Men's - Women's)||14/-10||No||Yes||No||Down||850||120||102,000||N/A||N/A||Pertex mini ripstop nylon||All Round||Regular||340 g / 13.75 oz||74 cm / 29.25 in|
|Arc'teryx Beta Insulated Coat (Women's)||16/-9||Review||No||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 g/m² + 120 g/m²||2L 40D Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Atom AR (Men's - Women's)||18/-8||Review||Yes, mesh||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||120 g/m2 + 80 g/m2 + 60 g/m2||30D Tyono||All Round||Regular||475 g / 1 lb||74 cm / 29.1 in|
|Patagonia Downdrift (Men's - Women's)||18/-8||No||No||No||Down||600||279||167,400||N/A||N/A||4.2 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.014 kg / 2 lb 3.8 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Magnus (Men's)||19/-7||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 g||N60p Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Regular||690 g / 1 lb 8.3 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Agrium (Men's - Women's)||21/-6||No||Yes||No||Down||850||117||99,450||N/A||N/A||Arato||All Round||Regular||365 g / 12.9 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia AlpLight Down (Men's - Women's)||21/-6||No||Yes||No||Down||800||100||80,000||N/A||N/A||0.8 oz 10D polyester||All Round||Slim||270 g / 9.5 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Beta Insulated (Men's - Women's)||21/-6||Review||Yes, zips||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||80 g/m²||2L 40D Gore-Tex||All Round||Regular||680 g / 1 lb 8 oz||78.5 cm / 31 in|
|Patagonia Topley (Men's)||23/-5||No||No||Yes||Down||700||172||120,400||N/A||N/A||6 oz polyester||All Round||Regular||1.133 kg / 2 lb 8 oz||77 cm / 30.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Alpha IS (Men's)||23/-5||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||65 g/m²||N40p-X 2L Gore-Tex||Climbing||Regular||610 g / 1 lb 5.5 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in|
|Rab Xenon 2.0 (Men's - Women's)||23/-5||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PrimaLoft Silver||60 g||30D Pertex Quantum||All Round||Regular||385 g / 13.6 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in|
|Patagonia Down Sweater (Men's - Women's)||23/-5||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||800||150||120,000||N/A||N/A||1.4 oz 20x30D polyester||All Round||Regular||428 g / 15.1 oz||67 cm / 26.25 in|
|Arc'teryx Ralle Parka (Men's)||25/-4||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 g/m²||2L 40D Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||735 g / 1 lb 9.9 oz||?|
|Patagonia Silent Down (Men's - Women's)||26/-3||Review||No||No||No||Down||700||109||76,300||N/A||N/A||2.2 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||585 g / 1 lb 4.7 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Therme Insulated (Men's)||26/-3||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||960 g / 2 lb 1.9 oz||73 cm / 28.75 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium (Men's - Women's)||26/-3||No||Yes||No||Down||850||113||96,050||Coreloft||80 + 100 g/m²||Arato 15||All Round||Trim||335 g / 11.8 oz||?|
|Mountain Hardwear GW/2 (Men's - Women's)||28/-2||No||Yes||No||Down||800||85||68,000||N/A||N/A||10D Ripstop Nylon||All Round||Trim||250 g / 8.8 oz||70 cm / 27.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium LT (Men's - Women's)||28/-2||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||850||102||86,700||Coreloft||80 + 100 g/m²||Arato 10||All Round||Trim||305 g / 10.8 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|Arc'teryx Nuclei FL (Men's - Women's)||32/0||Review||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||65 g/m²||Arato 10r||Climbing||Trim||325 g / 11.5 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia DAS Light (Men's - Women's)||34/1||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PlumaFill||65 g||0.8-oz 10-denier Pertex Quantum Pro||Climbing||Regular||320 g / 11.3 oz||77 cm / 30.5 in|
|Patagonia Micro Puff (Men's - Women's)||36/2||Review||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PlumaFill||65 g||Pertex Quantum||All Round||Trim||298 g / 10.5 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia Isthmus (Men's)||36/2||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||ThermoGreen||60 g||4.2 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||895 g / 1 lb 15.6 oz||70 cm / 27.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Proton LT (Men's - Women's)||37/3||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||80 g/m2 + 60 g/m2||Fortius Air 20||Climbing||Trim||375 g / 13.2 oz||75 cm / 29.4 in|
|Patagonia Nano Puff (Men's - Women's)||37/3||Review||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco||60 g||22D Polyester||All Round||Regular||363 g / 12.8 oz||71.5 cm / 28 in|
|Arc'teryx Norvan SL Ins. (Men's - Women's)||39/4||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||Gore-Tex ShakeDry||Running||Trim||270 g / 9.5 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in|
|Patagonia Nano Air (Men's - Women's)||41/5||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||FullRange||60 g||33D Nylon ripstop||All Round||Trim||318 g / 11.2 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Atom LT (Men's - Women's)||43/6||Review||Yes, mesh||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||60 g/m²||20D Tyono||All Round||Trim||375 g / 13.2 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium SL (Men's - Women's)||43/6||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||850||58||49,300||Coreloft||40 + 100 g/m²||Arato 7||All Round||Trim||215 g / 7.6 oz||69 cm / 27.2 in|
|Arc'teryx Proton Hybrid (Men's - Women's)||46/8||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||Fortius™ Air 50||All Round||Trim||365 g / 12.9 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Proton FL (Men's)||48/9||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Octa Loft||94 g/m²||Fortius Air 20||Climbing||Trim||323 g / 11.4 oz||77 cm / 30.4 in|
|Arc'teryx Atom SL (Men's - Women's)||52/11||Review||Yes, mesh||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||20D Tyono||All Round||Trim||245 g / 8.6 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|REI Stormhenge Hybrid (Men's - Women's)||Testing||Yes, zips||No||No||Down||850||?||N/A||N/A||40D + 80D||All Round||Regular||900 g / 1 lb 15.75 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Monitor Insulated (Women's)||Testing||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 100 g/m²||40D 3L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Oversized||645 g / 1 lb 6.8 oz||93 cm / 37 in|
|Arc'teryx Coelle (Women's)||Testing||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||40D 2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||460 g / 1 lb 0.2 oz||93 cm / 37 in|
View full table at https://outdoorcrunch.com/best-arcteryx-jacket/.
If you're confused now and don't know which jacket best corresponds to your own needs, then follow the advice given in https://arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/jacket-finder/.
The temperature ratings in this list are intended to represent the lowest temperatures you can wear each jacket without feeling uncomfortably cold.
Keep in mind that these are only approximate values, assuming:
- worn over a shirt only and no shell over,
- during daily use (strolls, power walks etc at most - no high output activities),
- with light wind,
- and when it's dry out.
These values applicable to your torso only. Your hands, legs and feet are still subject to their own additional insulation.
The best practice is usually to use this table for comparing each jacket to one another, rather than pinpointing their ratings.
Also, ratings will best respond to males. As most women tend to run colder than men, for women, shifting these ratings a bit is recommended.
Always opt for the warmer option when in doubt. For jackets with Atom AR level warmth and beyond, recommended is almost always the hooded models.
- Also see: Arc'teryx Shells
|Name||Bottom line||Activity||Review||Breathability||Weather Res.||Durability||Packability||Temp (F/C)||Pit zips?||Two way zipper?||Stuffs into itself?||Hood?||Face Fabric||Fit||Weight||Length||Measurements|
|Alpha FL (Men's - Women's)||Climbing||4/10||5/10||6/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||StormHood||Hadron 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||209 g / 7.4 oz||76.5 cm / 30 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Alpha SL (Men's - Women's)||Climbing||3/10||4/10||6/10||9/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||StormHood||N40p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||326 g / 11.5 oz||77.5 cm / 30.5 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Alpha AR (Men's - Women's)||Go-to climbing harshell.||Climbing||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||4/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N40d & N80d Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||430 g / 15.2 oz||79.5 cm / 31.25 in||[Men's]|
|Alpha SV (Men's - Women's)||Strongest climbing hardshell.||Climbing||Review||8/10||10/10||10/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N100d Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||510 g / 1 lb 2 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in||[Men's]|
|Alpha IS (Men's)||Climbing||7/10||5/10||5/10||8/10||23/-5||No||Yes||Yes||StormHood||N40p-X 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||610 g / 1 lb 5.5 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in|
|Beta (Men's - Women's)||All Round||5/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N30p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||300 g / 10.6 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta Long (Men's)||All Round||Review||5/10||8/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||441 g / 15.6 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Beta Coat (Women's)||All Round||7/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||Yes||No||StormHood||3L Gore-Tex||Regular||320 g / 11.3 oz||?||[Men's / Women's]|
|Beta LT Hadron (Men's - Women's)||All Round||5/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Hadron 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||255g / 9 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta LT (Men's - Women's)||Beta AR alternative.||All Round||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||5/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N40d 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||395 g / 13.9 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta Insulated (Men's - Women's)||Best insulated shell.||All Round||10/10||4/10||4/10||2/10||21/-6||Yes||Yes||No||StormHood||N40d 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||680 g / 1 lb 8 oz||78.5 cm / 31 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Beta Insulated Coat (Women's)||Beta Insulated alternative.||All Round||7/10||4/10||4/10||2/10||16/-9||No||Yes||No||StormHood||N40d 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||?||[Men's / Women's]|
|Beta AR (Men's - Women's)||Go-to all-round harshell.||All Round||Review||8/10||8/10||8/10||4/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N40r-X & N80p-X Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||460 g / 1 lb||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta SV (Men's - Women's)||Strongest all-round harshell.||All Round||Review||8/10||10/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p-X Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||495 g / 1 lb 1.5 oz||79 cm / 31 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Alpine Guide (Men's - Women's)||All Round||8/10||10/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80d-X Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||480g / 1 lb 0.9 oz||?||[Men's]|
|Gamma SL (Men's - Women's)||A trimmer Gamma LT.||All Round||Review||7/10||2/10||6/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Fortius 1.0||Trim||310 g / 10.9 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Gamma LT (Men's)||A fleeceless, trimmer Gamma MX.||All Round||Review||7/10||3/10||7/10||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Wee Burly||Regular||545 g / 1 lb 3.2 oz||76 cm / 30 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Gamma MX (Men's - Women's)||A softshell with a fleece.||All Round||Review||6/10||4/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Fortius 2.0||Regular||555 g / 1 lb 3.6 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Rush (Men's - Women's)||Go-to ski jacket.||Skiing||Review||8/10||9/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p-X & N100p-X 3L Most Rugged Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||590 g / 1 lb 4.8 oz||79.5 cm / 31.25 in||[Men's]|
|Sabre (Men's)||Alternative to Rush.||Skiing||8/10||8/10||8/10||2/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||705 g / 1 lb 8.9 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Sentinel (Women's)||Skiing||8/10||8/10||8/10||2/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||370 g / 13.1 oz||?|
|Macai (Men's)||Go-to insulated ski jacket.||Skiing||Review||10/10||8/10||9/10||1/10||5/-15||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||1 kg / 2 lb 3.3 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Macai LT (Men's)||A lighter Macai with StormHood.||Skiing||8/10||7/10||8/10||1/10||8/-13||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||855 g / 1 lb 14.2 oz||?||[Men's]|
|Andessa (Women's)||Go-to insulated ski jacket.||Skiing||10/10||Testing||Testing||1/10||8/-13||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N40d 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||869 g / 1 lb 14.7 oz||?|
|Andessa Shell (Women's)||Non-insulated Andessa.||Skiing||5/10||Testing||Testing||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||560 g / 1 lb 3.8 oz||?|
|Theriss Down (Women's)||Skiing||8/10||6/10||7/10||2/10||Testing||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||709 g / 1 lb 9 oz||?|
|Rush IS (Women's)||An insulated Rush.||Skiing||5/10||Testing||Testing||9/10||16/-9||No||No||Yes||StormHood||Gore-Tex Infinium||Regular||515 g / 1 lb 2.2 oz||?|
|Sentinel IS (Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||21/-6||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||?||[Women's]|
|Ski Guide (Men's - Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N80d Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||570 g / 1 lb 4.1 oz||?|
|Micon Heather||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||NP100-d 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||685 g / 1 lb 8.2 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in||[Men's]|
|Micon (Men's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||685 g / 1 lb 8.2 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in||[Men's]|
|Cassiar (Men's)||Skiing||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||820 g / 1 lb 12.9 oz||74.5 cm / 29.3 in||[Women's]|
|Cassiar LT (Men's)||Skiing||Review||6/10||6/10||6/10||5/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||605 g / 1 lb 5.3 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in||[Women's]|
|Ravenna (Women's)||Skiing||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70s-4 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||725 g / 1 lb 9.6 oz||69.5 cm / 27.4 in||[Men's]|
|Ravenna LT (Women's)||Skiing||Review||6/10||6/10||6/10||5/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||540 g / 1 lb 3 oz||69 cm / 27.2 in||[Men's]|
|Procline (Men's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||720 g / 1 lb 9.4 oz||76 cm / 30 in||[Women's]|
|Shashka Stretch (Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||670 g / 1 lb 7.6 oz||71 cm / 28 in||[Women's]|
|Sabre AR (Men's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||7/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||700 g / 1 lb 8.7 oz||79 cm / 31 in||[Men's]|
|Sentinel AR (Women's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||7/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||590 g / 1 lb 4.8 oz||72.5 cm / 28.5 in||[Women's]|
|Sabre LT (Men's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||8/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||660 g / 1 lb 7.3 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in|
|Sentinel LT (Women's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||8/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||565 g / 1 lb 3.9 oz||73.5 cm / 29 in|
|Incendia (Women's)||Skiing||Review||8/10||9/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||NP100d 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||610 g / 1 lb 5.5 oz||79 cm / 31 in||[Women's]|
|Indencia IS||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||?||78 cm / 30.75 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Norvan LT (Men's - Women's)||Go-to running jacket.||Running||5/10||5/10||8/10||6/10||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||N13p 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||190 g / 6.7 oz||?||[Women's]|
|Squamish (Men's - Women's)||Trimmer, lighter, packable running jacket.||Running||Review||5/10||4/10||7/10||9/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||StormHood||30D Tyono||Trim||140 g / 4.9 oz||77.5 cm / 30.5 in||[Women's]|
|Norvan SL Ins. (Women's)||Running||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||39/4||No||No||Yes||Standard||Gore-Tex ShakeDry||Trim||270 g / 9.5 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in||[Women's]|
|Cita (Women's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||5/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Lumin||Trim||120 g / 4.2 oz||67.5 cm / 26.5 in||[Men's]|
|Cita SL (Women's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||4/10||10/10||N/A||Yes||No||Yes||Standard||Permeair 20||Trim||65 g / 2.3 oz||61.5 cm / 24.2 in||[Men's]|
|Incendo (Men's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||5/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Lumin||Trim||125 g / 4.4 oz||?|
|Incendo SL (Men's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||4/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Permair 20 & Canim||Trim||80 g / 2.8 oz||73 cm / 28.75 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Norvan SL (Men's - Women's)||Running||Review||7/10||6/10||8/10||8/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||120 g / 4.2 oz||77 cm / 30.4 in||[Women's]|
|Trino SL (Men's)||Running||Review||8/10||5/10||7/10||6/10||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||340 g / 12 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Trino SL Anorak (Women's)||Running||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||7/10||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||290 g / 10.2 oz||65 cm / 25.5 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Nodin (Men's - Women's)||Running||8/10||5/10||5/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||20D Tyono||Trim||155 g / 5.5 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Solano (Men's - Women's)||Around Town||Review||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Relaxed||355 g / 12.5 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|Venda Anorak (Women's)||Around Town||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex||Relaxed||255 g / 9 oz||75.5 cm / 29.7 in|
|Zeta FL (Men's - Women's)||Hiking||4/10||6/10||4/10||6/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N20r 2L Gore-Tex||Trim||221 g / 7.8 oz||76 cm / 30 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Zeta SL (Men's - Women's)||Hiking||Review||3/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||2L Gore-Tex||Trim||310 g / 10.9 oz||77.8 cm / 30.6 in||[Men's]|
|Zeta LT (Men's - Women's)||Hiking||5/10||7/10||8/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N40P-X 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||335 g / 11.8 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in||[Men's]|
|Zeta AR (Men's)||Hiking||7/10||8/10||7/10||4/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||3L Gore-Tex||Regular||425 g / 15 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
In most cases, Fission SV can be a great option for stationary use in quite cold (think below 10 deg F's (-12 deg C's)) AND wet AND windy conditions.
The loose collar configuration might let in a little bit too much cold for you. Shift these temperature ratings accordingly if that's you.
This degree of warmth is really great, but isn't something we aren't used to. There are equally warm and even warmer jackets out there. Hell, this bad boy *slaps jacket* from the LEAF neighborhood keeps you warm out at degrees as low as -40 deg F / -40 deg C!
You don't need me to tell you that this is crazy.
So, as you see, the warmth capability isn't really what makes the Fission SV special and irreplaceable.
So let's move on to take a look at other things.
As you might have realized, the Fission SV is advertised as "fully waterproof" by Arc'teryx.
Now this isn't wrong.
Combination of N80p-X GORE-TEX 2L face fabric and a DWR coating repels the water perfectly well. It prevents the water from getting soaked into the fabric, too.
DWR is a coating.
It's basically sprayed on to the surface of these jackets as a finish. It stands for Durable Water Repellent - which means that water will be repelled under wet conditions instead of soaking into the fabric.
DWR also decreases dry time.
It's a good thing these jackets are coated in DWR, but pay attention to the fact that DWR is a coating - meaning that it will wear off over time.
Which is why you might want to invest in a DWR spray such as this one for after treatment.
As you see, there's a strong correlation between FP x FW and temperature ratings, but not more than, say, 80%. I explained why this happens here in this post of mine.
The job it does in this department is actually even better than the Fission SV's warmer synthetic insulated alternative Dually Belay (hence the higher price tag).
Hell, I can even say that it'd be very, very, difficult (or maybe impossible?) to find a more waterproofing outerwear than the Fission SV.
Having said that... Just a heads up:
Waterproofing is NOT black and white. There is no fully "waterproof" textile out there, and won't be in the near future.
Some clothing materials are more waterproof than the others, and vice versa. Given the right amount of time and intensity, all clothing materials will soak water in.
The advantages and superiority put forward in the waterproofing department for the Fission SV goes the same for windproofing as well.
It offers incredible windproofing capabilities.
Poor breathability is actually a result of this very intention.
When you intend to make a jacket fully windproof, you inevitably end up having to sacrifice breathability in return.
Now having mentioned all these facts around waterproofing and windproofing...
We still didn't find an answer to our question as to why the Fission SV has no alternatives (because although the Fission SV is top notch in these areas, there are jackets with comparable capabilities out there).
Offering warmth & weather protection at the same time
This is the answer we're looking for here.
This, actually, can only be achieved with synthetic insulated jackets (since down mostly tend to lose its insulating capability under damp conditions).
Offering warmth & weather protection at the same time is what makes the Fission SV so special.
I've yet to find a jacket that offers the same (or nearly as much) amount of warmth, waterproofing and windproofing as the Fission SV.
Actually, please do reach out to me and let me know if you do come across one.
Like I said, the zippers might feel fiddly for some of you. They don't slide as easy as some smooth, non-technical jackets.
Additionally, it's a little bit difficult to insert the main zipper into the bottom slider. Can be annoying, but I don't think it's a deal-breaker - at least not for me.
Lastly, here's the product video: