As you know, an additional Arc'teryx Sabre shell scored around two months ago: Sabre AR Jacket.
Actually, it might be a little bit inaccurate to say that Arc'teryx just got this one out there - this is actually an update to the jacket known as Arc'teryx Sabre (without any two letter modifier) before. With this update, Arc'teryx now decided to add the AR modifier and ultimately name it Sabre AR.
This means that there are 2 different Sabre jackets out in the shelves now: Sabre AR and Sabre LT. You can check out their side-by-side comparison here on Arc'teryx's own site.
They have 2 main differences:
- Internal flannel liner of AR: Increases comfort and warmth, but compromises breathability. LT doesn't come with one and instead is equipped with Gore C-Knit which offers a very pleasant, smooth internal surface
- AR comes with a baggier cut: More room around the torso helps with under layering and mobility while also implicitly increases warmth
- AR is heavier: 630 g (1 lb 6.2 oz) vs 700 g (1 lb 8.7 oz)
That's why it's called the AR - which stands for All Round.
N70p of Sabre AR should have been less durable against the N80p of Sabre LT, but the AR comes with an internal fleece in addition, so it competes.
Ultimately, LT is a little bit more breathable and lighter, and AR is a little bit warmer, but that's not noticeable for the vast, vast majority of us.
When you're stuck between the Sabre AR and LT, it really is a toss up, so I'd focus on their cut - the most noticeable difference between these two jackets.
- You can layer the Sabre LT with a low loft mid layer like the Proton or Atom LT.
- Whereas you can layer the AR with something loftier such as the Cerium LT, or a low loft mid layer PLUS a thick fleece.
Being able to under layer more isn't necessarily a good thing all the time. A trimmer cut like that of LT can feel better during high output activities.
Considering all these differences, I'd say the Sabre LT is more suitable for skiing & snowboarding, whereas the Sabre AR is more suitable for a more all round use such as hiking, skiing, casual outwear etc.
That said, I wouldn't recommend getting either of these jackets if you'll be using them for climbing because their sleeves are really too long for that. Instead, I'd recommend you to check out something like the Beta AR.
Lastly, both Sabre's come with a RECCO reflector. If you're unaware, it's a tiny, battery-free transmitter that helps the professional mountain rescue teams to locate your whereabouts in the event of an avalanche.
Both are also DWR coated.
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.
I hope this review was helpful for you to understand which jacket would be the best choice for your needs. Feel free to ask me any questions and/or provide feedback and I'll be happy to respond in the comment section below if it's within my knowledge.
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