The Arc’Teryx Sabre Jacket is a relaxed-fitting ski-specific shell jacket designed to keep even the wettest Cascade snow dumps at bay. It’s made of GORE-TEX Soft Shell, a material that is not really a soft shell at all (who named this stuff, anyway?) but is instead an excellent 3-layer hardshell material for ski-slope use, with a distinctly smooth and supple snow-shedding face and just a whisper of fleeciness on the inside.
The fit of the Sabre is quite relaxed to accommodate all of your layers – if you were to wear it on its own, it would probably feel a full size larger than what’s written on the tag. It’s longer than most mountaineering-oriented hardshells, and it features a very roomy Storm Hood that easily accommodates a ski helmet. A powder skirt, RECCO reflector, and all of the other usual ski-related goodies are present and accounted for.
Did we mention that it’s also incredibly good-looking? This jacket stops people in their tracks as they walk through our men’s department. The tags fell off one example we had due to excessive handling and had to be reattached. What you can’t see in the stock Arc’teryx product photo is the large bird logo on the sleeve, which is a gorgeous iridescent purple in the Tungsten colorway and a reddish color in the orange Tobiko. The front of the jacket, meanwhile, is totally clean and so, so classy.
Bottom Line: An exquisite, fully-featured hard shell jacket for resort skiing and riding.
Feature list from Arc'Teryx (there are quite a lot of them):
- Lightly insulated
- DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface
- Soft, brushed lining adds light insulation
- Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
- Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm)
- GORE-TEX® three-layer construction
- Laminated high-strength hanger loop
- Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness
- One-hand adjustable drawcords
- Generous cut for easy layering
- Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
- Gender specific patterning
- Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility
- Articulated elbows
- No-lift gusseted underarms
- Helmet compatible Storm Hood™
- Laminated brim
- Glove-friendly hood adjusters
- Stealth hood adjusters
- Laminated chin guard
- Larger neck opening increases layering comfort
- WaterTight™ external zippers
- Molded zipper garages
- Pit zippers for easy venting
- Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab
- WaterTight™ full length front zip
- Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off
- Large cuffs to fit over gloves
- Laminated hem
- Adjustable hem drawcord
- Internal chest pocket with laminated zip
- Sleeve pocket with WaterTight™ zip
- Two 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
- Powder skirt with gripper elastic and snap closure
- Lift pass loop
- Hidden Recco® reflector
- Non-chafing label
- Heat transfer logo
- Adjustable elastic waist drawcord
Ever since their founding in Vancouver in 1989, Arc’Teryx has been producing products that demonstrate their philosophy of evolution in action. The company’s mascot, Archaeopteryx Lithographica, was the first reptile to sprout feathers and free itself from the constraints of the horizontal world. LikeArchaeopteryx, Arc’Teryx is constantly pursuing new innovations that allow you to do the same.
GearX.com customers often ask why Arc’Teryx items are comparatively expensive. The answer is that unlike other brands which try to hit many different price points for many different customers, Arc’Teryx goes all-out in design and materials on every item they make, whether it’s a mountaineering shell or a cotton t-shirt. This uncompromising commitment to making the best items possible is the true value of the brand.
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