Arcteryx Fission AR Jacket - Gear Review

September 13, 2008

Why own 5 jackets when you can just sport the fission that takes care of it all? If you look in any gear nuts closet your gonna see an artillery of coats for ALL occasions. Clean out the closet and take a peek at the Arcteryx Fission AR. First off if your gonna shop Arcteryx you have to understand the lingo. Alpha LT - Alpha = Hardcore shell. LT = Lightweight. Gamma AR - Gamma = Softshell. AR = All around. Fission SV - Fission = Insulated. SV = Severe use. I have had my Fission AR for about 6 months now and compared to my shells, softshells, and even down jackets this thing absolutely rules it. Why? The waist doesn't come down very far like other jackets Arc makes. For climbing this makes a big difference when putting on a harness and being able to move around. Plenty warm for winter climbing, this is coming with me on my next Rainier trip no doubt. Gore-Tex XCR anyone? I love throwing this in my pack because I don't have to string along my rain jacket. Hard to imagine an insulated waterproof jacket but Arc nailed it with this one. The insulation is great for warming up in the morning and skiing without feeling like the marshmallow man on Ghostbusters. Cuffs that represent. Do you ever get bugged with velcro and tight cuffs? The cuffs on the AR went with a lycra opening so its not a tight uncomfy fit and yet keeps you secure. Genius. Fission AR Key Specs Waterproof zippers Primaloft sport insulation, SV jackets have a warmer rating. 200 g/m2 to the 133g/m2 on the AR. Weight size medium - 27 oz. Stowaway hood for the bar afterwards. TAKE IT HOME: Pick it up at for $314.96

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