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View full Cart Checkout Close DepartmentofGoods.com Outlet Order History Backcountry.com Home Men's Clothing Men's Jackets Men's Softshell Jackets Arc'teryx Gamma AR Softshell Jacket - Men's - 2008 Uploaded By: Nailed It? (0) (0) Close Flag This Gamma AR Softshell Jacket - Men's 2008 Model No Longer Available View 11 Other Men's Softshell Jackets > Research other out-of-stock versions: Arc'teryx Gamma AR Softshell Jacket - Men's - 2011 > Email this to a Friend Arc'teryx Gamma AR Softshell Jacket - Men's - 2008 BCS Item # ARC0691 read reviews | Testify Be first to testify. The Arc抰eryx Men抯 Gamma AR Jacket gives you all-around performance for any active pursuit. The stretchy Polartec Power Shield fabric breathes moisture and retains body heat while allowing you to stay fully mobile. This waist-length jacket resists moisture and wind, and features no-lift, gusseted underarms so the jacket doesn抰 ride up when you reach for a handhold or tool placement. The soft brushed collar eliminates chafing and the alpine pockets can be accessed while wearing your harness. Bottom Line:Four-way stretch and breathable warmth for all-around alpine conditions. 1Image 1 Money Shot +Add Photo Money Shots No photos have been uploaded yet. Got a shot? Share it. Product Wall Show All Reviews Questions Photos Videos Talk shop with all the gear freaks out there: ask 'em questions, upload/browse photos, and give your 2¢. Write a Review > Ask a Question > Answer Questions > Add Photos > Add Videos > --> Hi, throw your review on the Product Wall to show your Gear-telligence. Hi, got a question? Ask on the Product Wall. Tried it? Review it. Got a question? Somebody has your back. Got a shot? Share it. good,but not perfect By: 6785299247 April 8, 2012 This softshell is really a nice one,but less elastic than Gamma mx,and Polartec is not so good as mx,I don't know why,but I like the color and the design with a inside pocket holding my wallet or mobilephone. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on 6785299247's review > 6'3" with 43' chest and 38" waist and 210lbs. 6'3" with 43' chest and 38" waist and 210lbs. I am after a fitted fit - would an L or XL be best? I wear an Arc Alpha LT in large and it is perfect. By: aho3738360 July 14, 2012 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer aho3738360's question > Best Soft-shell By: Brenton Cook January 16, 2009 this jacket is awesome i just received it for christmas and i have already taken it backpacking in the smoky mountains. the temperature stayed around high teens to mid twenties. i kept the jacket on the entire time with out having to remove it for getting over heated or sweetie while hiking. i was exposed on the side of a mountain for most of the trip and the Gamma did a awesome job of keeping the wind from getting to me. as for casual wear i a have also found this jacket great for going out around town or wearing on campus if you are a student. Arcteryx in General is awesome and i would suggest this jacket for any one!!! Nailed It? (4) (1) Flag Comment on Brenton Cook's review > Powered by Geardigger.com Nailed It? (0) (0) Thanks, Ian" /> Anybody out there got a pic of the everglade in real life? As Anybody out there got a pic of the everglade in real life? As the picture is wrong, apparently.Thanks, Ian By: Idtmcp5420 November 28, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag That picture doesn't show the Gamma AR. I have no idea what that jacket is. Looks like it has Polartec Power Stretch and a hood. None of which are found on the Gamma AR. By: Mike C February 16, 2012 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Zoom Here you go! One of our fellow Backcountry.com users has a photo of it in action! By: Michael Lindsley November 29, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer Idtmcp5420's question > The arms / sleeves are extremely baggy and 2-3 inches too long. The cuffs are wide and loose. I wouldn't have a major problem with the sleeves and cuffs if there was a way to seal the cuffs or at the very least, tighten it so wind and cold air doesn't enter. It's as if this jacket was made for body builders that has gigantic biceps, wrists, and long monkey arms. The cuffs doesn't even have an elastic band that is practically a standard found in most outerwear. What's the point of this jacket if cold air shoots right up your sleeves? No clue what Arc'teryx designers were thinking when they made these flawed design decisions.Even though I like the feel of the material (I have the 2010 model with Polartec Power Shield), both inside and out, the shell gets dirty very easily. It takes many wipes with water to finally get light scuffs and/or stains out. Practically every little stain and scuff shows up on the black jacket, so you gotta be extra careful when wearing this jacket.The PowerShield fabric is water resistant, and seems very durable. You can't wear this in heavy rain or snow, but it will do a good job keeping you dry in light precipitation (keep in mind, the seams are not taped). This model is VERY wind resistant. I was in 30+ MPH cold wind and didn't feel a thing. Also, PowerShield on the Gamma is quite stretchy and I like it a lot.This jacket definitely isn't "worth" the crazy retail price of $275. It's made in China, the fit of the sleeves and cuffs is way too loose and long, and it's not Polartec Power Shield PRO. However, this jacket feels nice and looks very sleek and sharp. If the sleeves and cuffs weren't so baggy and loose and if the shell didn't get dirty so easily, I would have rated this 4 or 5 stars." /> Not that great... By: Mike C February 16, 2012 My first Arc'teryx product and it wasn't very impressive. The stitching and quality of the material is great, but the fit just isn't what I expected from such a high-end clothing company, with such a huge retail price tag.The arms / sleeves are extremely baggy and 2-3 inches too long. The cuffs are wide and loose. I wouldn't have a major problem with the sleeves and cuffs if there was a way to seal the cuffs or at the very least, tighten it so wind and cold air doesn't enter. It's as if this jacket was made for body builders that has gigantic biceps, wrists, and long monkey arms. The cuffs doesn't even have an elastic band that is practically a standard found in most outerwear. What's the point of this jacket if cold air shoots right up your sleeves? No clue what Arc'teryx designers were thinking when they made these flawed design decisions.Even though I like the feel of the material (I have the 2010 model with Polartec Power Shield), both inside and out, the shell gets dirty very easily. It takes many wipes with water to finally get light scuffs and/or stains out. Practically every little stain and scuff shows up on the black jacket, so you gotta be extra careful when wearing this jacket.The PowerShield fabric is water resistant, and seems very durable. You can't wear this in heavy rain or snow, but it will do a good job keeping you dry in light precipitation (keep in mind, the seams are not taped). This model is VERY wind resistant. I was in 30+ MPH cold wind and didn't feel a thing. Also, PowerShield on the Gamma is quite stretchy and I like it a lot.This jacket definitely isn't "worth" the crazy retail price of $275. It's made in China, the fit of the sleeves and cuffs is way too loose and long, and it's not Polartec Power Shield PRO. However, this jacket feels nice and looks very sleek and sharp. If the sleeves and cuffs weren't so baggy and loose and if the shell didn't get dirty so easily, I would have rated this 4 or 5 stars. Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag 1 Comment Last Comment: July 4, 2012 by: pay5634075 By: pay5634075 July 4, 2012 Thank you, made in China is what sealed this as NO purchase. Flag Nailed It? (0) (0) Comment on Mike C's review > how does the gamma ar and the gamma lt compare? i am trying how does the gamma ar and the gamma lt compare? i am trying to decide between the two. By: tvw2977071 November 24, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Gamma AR has a fleece lining laminted to the inside, so it's warmer and also blocks about 90% of wind and sheds snow really well. Gamma LT doesn't have the liner fleece, but instead a soft fuzzy-like interior. It breathes better, blocks about 70% of wind and is just a bit more stretchy. I like the Gamma AR for a wear-around jacket and for cold weather hiking, or a layer for super cold days. Gamma LT is my spring-fall climbing jacket and also good with a warm layer under for backcountry skiing. By: Brandon Carlile November 25, 2011 Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag Answer tvw2977071's question > Tall, Dark, and Handsome! By: Andrew Burton February 24, 2010 sorry for the title but I couldn't help myself.... My Arc'Teryx is great for my longer arms (tall), the black looks stellar (dark), and the fit and finish keep my wife taking double takes (handsome). Not to mention my dogs hair brushes off sooo much easier than any fleece jacket I've owned. The only annoyance is the zippers and possibly the collar: I wish the zippers were reversed in that they zip down to close so that when you have you hands in your pockets there isn't huge openings and on my jacket the collar tends to want to stay straight up which is ok, but sometimes I just want it to lay flat. It has a slight bit of room in the torso but it's not supposed to fit like a glove there, it's a jacket! I appreciate the longer arms since my old MHW Tech was about 2 inches short when I would stretch out. Oh and for comparison I'm 6 foot about 185 lbs and the Large fits me great! Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag Comment on Andrew Burton's review > Does anybody have the measurments of the front and back in size Does anybody have the measurments of the front and back in size L and XL?? By: lar4856348 September 3, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer lar4856348's question > It is full of stretchy, warm, breathable, water resistant goodness. Fabu athletic fit, and tough as nails. In addition to working great under a wide range of conditions, it never fails to garner compliments on it's looks.I don't understand all of the hoo-ha about ArcT stuff made in China. My jacket was made there, and it's assembly is as close to perfect as any item of clothing I've ever owned (or seen, for that matter).It would be even better if it had another pocket or so to stash my glasses, cell phone and other such miscellaneous cartage, leaving the hand warmer pockets for... er... warming my hands.ArcT stuff is expensive, but well worth it." /> ArcT Delights This Tough Customer By: Mitch Stein April 27, 2009 ArcT does it again (as usual). This was my first Arcteryx piece and it instantly cemented my love affair with those design & quality fanatics from Vancouver.It is full of stretchy, warm, breathable, water resistant goodness. Fabu athletic fit, and tough as nails. In addition to working great under a wide range of conditions, it never fails to garner compliments on it's looks.I don't understand all of the hoo-ha about ArcT stuff made in China. My jacket was made there, and it's assembly is as close to perfect as any item of clothing I've ever owned (or seen, for that matter).It would be even better if it had another pocket or so to stash my glasses, cell phone and other such miscellaneous cartage, leaving the hand warmer pockets for... er... warming my hands.ArcT stuff is expensive, but well worth it. Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag Comment on Mitch Stein's review > I'm 6'5" 200 LBS, and have a Tau pullover in a Large I'm 6'5" 200 LBS, and have a Tau pullover in a Large that fits perfect and a Hyllus in XL that fits great with a midlayer underneath. What size should I get this in? By: NMUphreak June 8, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Generally with shells it's better to size up if you're between sizes. Also, Arc'teryx jackets usually have an "athletic" fit which means they will fit a little more snugly.Happy trails!" /> NMUp,Generally with shells it's better to size up if you're between sizes. Also, Arc'teryx jackets usually have an "athletic" fit which means they will fit a little more snugly.Happy trails! By: Hunter Lea June 9, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer NMUphreak's question > Made in China. By: myk3637462 January 11, 2010 Been wearing this jacket for years. Bought another one to replace my worn out one. Old was says made in Canada, new one says made in China. No way am I paying Arc'teryx prices for China. No thank you, sent it back today. Nailed It? (5) (5) Flag 4 Comments Last Comment: November 29, 2011 by: Idtmcp5420 By: pau3622370 January 19, 2010 in order to cut costs... you diminish quality... I'm with you... say no to china! Flag Nailed It? (0) (1) By: Idtmcp5420 November 29, 2011 Wait, so there are more "skilled sewers" in China than N America? And Arc is using all skilled Chinese sewers? Kinda find that hard to believe. Sorry, not trying to be a dick or anything but just trying to gain a better view as to why Arc moved production to China if it wasn't for production cost. Flag Nailed It? (0) (0) By: Brandon Carlile June 6, 2010 part of the reason Arc manufactures in China is there aren't enough skilled sewers in N. America. And if you think it's expensive now, it would be even more so, if Arc built the products in Canada from the fabric which are produced overseas. If you believe anything not made in N. America is sub-par in quality, take a look around- many high end products are made in China, like this Mac I'm typing on (true, lots of bad stuff too-can't generalize place of manufacture) Flag Nailed It? (6) (0) By: dalecombs100185326 February 22, 2010 Write your comment here...I agree,if arc'teryx wants top prices bring jobs back to north america. Flag Nailed It? (0) (0) Comment on myk3637462's review > 1) What is the difference between the gamma mx and ar?2) Is the inside of the jacket woollen like the hyllus jacket, or is it laminated?3) Roughly how warm is it if worn in the city without any wind? I know it's not meant to be used this way, but this would be a good gauge as I heat up quite easily when moving around." /> I am planning to get either the gamma mx or ar, but have quite I am planning to get either the gamma mx or ar, but have quite a number of questions and would like to seek some advice.1) What is the difference between the gamma mx and ar?2) Is the inside of the jacket woollen like the hyllus jacket, or is it laminated?3) Roughly how warm is it if worn in the city without any wind? I know it's not meant to be used this way, but this would be a good gauge as I heat up quite easily when moving around. By: Ken May 9, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag the MX uses a slightly lighter face fabric that has more stretch, but the same amount of weather protection (blocks about 90% of wind and medium precip) Also the cut is a bit different; the AR is slightly less fitted and not quite as long on the bottom hem. Then, of course, a different pocket setup. The inside fleece on both Gamma Jackets is a low loft fleece, not the high-loft like the Hyllus. Still adds some warmth and softness, but has less thermal retention.As for the "how warm" question, I'll say that both styles are very breathable, but still give some protection from weather so it makes them comfortable across a huge range of conditions. My personal preference is the Gamma MX because I like the more technical fit, the pocket configuration, and the added stretch (and I'm a big fan of hoods) but if you're primarily looking for a jacket for around town, the fit of the Gamma AR might be better for this." /> Arc'teryx Gamma MX comp to Gamma AR the MX uses a slightly lighter face fabric that has more stretch, but the same amount of weather protection (blocks about 90% of wind and medium precip) Also the cut is a bit different; the AR is slightly less fitted and not quite as long on the bottom hem. Then, of course, a different pocket setup. The inside fleece on both Gamma Jackets is a low loft fleece, not the high-loft like the Hyllus. Still adds some warmth and softness, but has less thermal retention.As for the "how warm" question, I'll say that both styles are very breathable, but still give some protection from weather so it makes them comfortable across a huge range of conditions. My personal preference is the Gamma MX because I like the more technical fit, the pocket configuration, and the added stretch (and I'm a big fan of hoods) but if you're primarily looking for a jacket for around town, the fit of the Gamma AR might be better for this. By: Brandon Carlile May 9, 2011 Nailed It? (2) (0) Flag Answer Ken's question > BACKGROUND: Over the years, I've owned many jackets from more companies then I can remember. I've always had an affinity for Arc'teryx, although the Gamma really "made me a true believer"OVERVIEW: I purchased this softshell from backcountry some years back, and after "wearing it hard" and putting it through a very wide variety of conditions - I can honestly say that I wouldn't trade it for gold.MY USE: This is my primary jacket for temperatures ranging from 20F-60F, or -7C-15C. If its warm and breezy, I wear it with a T-shirt half zipped. If its cold, I'll throw on some cold weather under armour and zip it to the top. Colder then 20F (-7C) I'll likely resort to my Steep-tech, hotter then 60F (15C) I'll likely wear either a light track jacket or no jacket.WHY I LOVE THE GAMMA: This softshell does a number of things very well and without sacrifice. It's very fast drying - never be afraid to get this jacket dirty, because within 30 minutes, it can be clean and dry again. It does not limit mobility at all. It can be warn over a sweater if thats your thing. It can be folded into a very small size for travel. It can be warn in a variety of conditions (from sunny days to snow storms) quite effectively.WHY I THINK THE GAMMA IS SUPERIOR: This softshell jacket has truly never failed me. From skiing in Vermont, to mountain climbing in Guatemala, to rainy days in Poland (where I'm working for the summer). I find the gamma to be very adaptable - it can pretty much be a go-to jacket for nearly any condition.WHAT I DON'T LIKE: I wish the Gamma had a more tapered waist. Due to my athletic build (my sholders are disproportionately bigger then my waist), the waist of the jacket is a little "roomy", but to be completely honest, I have this problem with many clothes. While the Gamma is nearly perfect, I do wish it was 100% windproof - although this is a minor complaint and only really noticeable when a strong wind hits you.CONCLUSION: Currently, although slightly faded (from so many washings + sun exposure?), my gamma is draped on my chair behind me. I use it nearly daily, and could not be happier. It's formal enough to be worn with nice jeans and a button down, yet informal enough to be warn over a T-shirt on a breezy day while climbing, running, or whatever you find yourself doing.If I can be of any further help to anyone, feel free to e-mail me at jp3489@hotmail.com!-JP" /> LOOK NO FURTHER, THIS SOFTSHELL DOES IT ALL! By: jp3489 June 17, 2010 ABOUT ME: I'm 5'10 (180 CM), 180 LBS (82 KG), Athletic build. I purchased the Gamma in a Black size Large - which I find to fit quite nicely.BACKGROUND: Over the years, I've owned many jackets from more companies then I can remember. I've always had an affinity for Arc'teryx, although the Gamma really "made me a true believer"OVERVIEW: I purchased this softshell from backcountry some years back, and after "wearing it hard" and putting it through a very wide variety of conditions - I can honestly say that I wouldn't trade it for gold.MY USE: This is my primary jacket for temperatures ranging from 20F-60F, or -7C-15C. If its warm and breezy, I wear it with a T-shirt half zipped. If its cold, I'll throw on some cold weather under armour and zip it to the top. Colder then 20F (-7C) I'll likely resort to my Steep-tech, hotter then 60F (15C) I'll likely wear either a light track jacket or no jacket.WHY I LOVE THE GAMMA: This softshell does a number of things very well and without sacrifice. It's very fast drying - never be afraid to get this jacket dirty, because within 30 minutes, it can be clean and dry again. It does not limit mobility at all. It can be warn over a sweater if thats your thing. It can be folded into a very small size for travel. It can be warn in a variety of conditions (from sunny days to snow storms) quite effectively.WHY I THINK THE GAMMA IS SUPERIOR: This softshell jacket has truly never failed me. From skiing in Vermont, to mountain climbing in Guatemala, to rainy days in Poland (where I'm working for the summer). I find the gamma to be very adaptable - it can pretty much be a go-to jacket for nearly any condition.WHAT I DON'T LIKE: I wish the Gamma had a more tapered waist. Due to my athletic build (my sholders are disproportionately bigger then my waist), the waist of the jacket is a little "roomy", but to be completely honest, I have this problem with many clothes. While the Gamma is nearly perfect, I do wish it was 100% windproof - although this is a minor complaint and only really noticeable when a strong wind hits you.CONCLUSION: Currently, although slightly faded (from so many washings + sun exposure?), my gamma is draped on my chair behind me. I use it nearly daily, and could not be happier. It's formal enough to be worn with nice jeans and a button down, yet informal enough to be warn over a T-shirt on a breezy day while climbing, running, or whatever you find yourself doing.If I can be of any further help to anyone, feel free to e-mail me at jp3489@hotmail.com!-JP Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag Comment on jp3489's review > Whats the difference between this and the venta AR? they seem Whats the difference between this and the venta AR? they seem pretty similar. How does the difference between polartec and the windstopper add up? By: Matt May 6, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Polartec is more breathable and less windproof than windstopper. The Venta has pit zips for this reason. The venta is also seam sealed and the gamma is not. They have similar cut (bit short-ish in the front with drop back hems- as well as 2 outer pockets. It will really come down to what activities you intend to use the jacket for. If you plan on using it mostly for layering go for the Gamma, If you want something that blocks the wind more and is used for light aerobic activities - go for the Venta By: PAUL UDOVIC May 6, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer Matt's question > Best ever By: Jackson January 29, 2009 This was my first soft shell ever and ever since I've compared how jackets should fit to this Gamma AR. The athletic fit (wide shoulders, triangle cut) just made me feel at home. This jacket gives you room on the shoulders and it doesn't pull your sleeves when you raise you arm. It does not have windbloc or any gore-tex so it breaths very well. Its perfect for spring or fall days. It layers very well for winter excursions. Perfect climbing jacket since it is short so that the jacket does not get caught in the belay device. I'm 5'7' 170 and I have a Large. LOVE IT. Do understand the DWR does wear off so you may need to retreat it every other year. Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag Comment on Jackson's review > How does the cut of the Gamma AR compare to the Gamma MX? I've How does the cut of the Gamma AR compare to the Gamma MX? I've found that the Gamma LT in XXL is a bit big but the Gamma MX in XL was a bit tight. Casual pieces like the Strato or Covert in XL fit perfectly. Where does the Gamma AR fit in this spectrum? By: rev February 5, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag I'll check out the XL and see how that works. Thanks Brandon! By: rev February 9, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag The Gamma AR fits more like the Covert, that is to say, a more casual cut. By: Brandon Carlile February 7, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer rev's question > Its very lightweight and has been keeping me warm in 30-40F weather just walking around town without any other layers. It vents really well, so I didn't overheat after some fairly strenuous hiking at around the same temperatures.I did not get wet with light rain, but this would not be the jacket for heavy downpours.It runs a little big. I'm 6'0 180lbs and size large felt a little loose, good with a fairly thick layer under it, but a little baggy over a t-shirt.Overall I'm pretty impressed. This was my 1st arcteryx and based on my experience so far I'd do it again." /> Good stuff By: doc3345718 November 10, 2009 I've had this about a month now and overall its a great jacket.Its very lightweight and has been keeping me warm in 30-40F weather just walking around town without any other layers. It vents really well, so I didn't overheat after some fairly strenuous hiking at around the same temperatures.I did not get wet with light rain, but this would not be the jacket for heavy downpours.It runs a little big. I'm 6'0 180lbs and size large felt a little loose, good with a fairly thick layer under it, but a little baggy over a t-shirt.Overall I'm pretty impressed. This was my 1st arcteryx and based on my experience so far I'd do it again. Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag Comment on doc3345718's review > I don't know about anyone else, but this is my issue.. I I don't know about anyone else, but this is my issue.. I am roughly 5'11", 225 pounds, very wide shoulders and a rather small waist. The reason I give those stats is because I, for the life of me, cannot find a softshell jacket that fits. Can anyone tell me if Arc'teryx or any other brand of jacket will work for my build. Not one person has ever been able to help up to this point, so I am hoping someone here might be able to help! It would be great if I could find something that fit snug, but there was still room for a layer underneath besides a fitted t-shirt or the like. Any help is appreciated! Thanks. By: Rick December 9, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag I'm 6 foot 220lbs and 32 waist and I have multiple arcteryx xl jackets that fit great. By far the best brand out there for function and durability By: john February 27, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag I'm 6 foot 220lbs and 32 waist and I have multiple arcteryx xl jackets that fit great. By far the best brand out there for function and durability By: john February 27, 2011 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Well I can't guarantee anything but I am 6' tall 185lbs and I've been told that I have wide shoulders also, and I have plenty of room with the large jacket. I think you should try it out in large and remember you can always send this back. Backcountry's returns are super easy to deal with. By: Andrew Burton December 11, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag www.beyondclothing.comGood luck." /> Rick, I don't think most companies make a jacket that will fit the way you would like (alpine), because the wide shoulders throw off the general fit at your height and weight. There is one company that does use all your measurements to custom fit, however. They have an excellent lineup of baselayers, soft and hard shells, all of which is fit to your supplied measurements, and then customized to your requirements.www.beyondclothing.comGood luck. By: Christopher Minguez December 9, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer Rick's question > The jacket is water-resistant. Effectively this means that you can be out in a light rain for a little while and the jacket will whisk most of the water away. However, I know first hand that the jacket becomes a sponge after hiking for an hour in light/medium rain." /> Great Jacket For High Mobility Sports By: wil3374785 December 4, 2009 I use it for rock climbing and it keeps me warm while I'm belaying (i.e. sitting still) when the temp is above 40F. Much colder, and I find it necessary to layer up. It truly shines when it comes to sports requiring high mobility. The stretchy fabric and breathability make it a superb jacket for climbing where it keeps you warm without making you sweat.The jacket is water-resistant. Effectively this means that you can be out in a light rain for a little while and the jacket will whisk most of the water away. However, I know first hand that the jacket becomes a sponge after hiking for an hour in light/medium rain. Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag Comment on wil3374785's review > I have the Gamma AR and love it. I get lots of complements on I have the Gamma AR and love it. I get lots of complements on it. Its a great active piece and just wind proof enough to still work well under pressure. I layer with an Atom LT but find if I'm just wearing this casualy its not enough on cold days. I've been considering the Delta Sv or the Stata Hoody. Any thoughts? By: DKS December 3, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag The Strato will layer better under your Gamma AR since it's got a bit smoother face fabric-less binding.You could also look at the Atom LT, it's a great layer, and as warm under a shell, as the Strato. By: Brandon Carlile December 4, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer DKS's question > Excellent at the SAC price By: NL January 4, 2010 The jacket is an excellent shell. Very good upgrade from the layering system using hardshells. I stayed warm with a t-shirt and this jacket at 10F, no strenuous activity. I can't imagine doing any activity in this since I would overheat in a heartbeat. It is a perfect shell and not very material is not very breathable. The chest pockets are ideal to keep your hands warm if you don't have gloves on . If you don't sweat a lot or overheat when exercising, then this will be good while hiking/backpacking. If you do sweat/overheat, you will be wet under the jacket with any activity and that is bad. For a wider range of activities I would recommend a lighter weight material for a soft shell. It isn't necessary to layer with this jacket; it is all the layering you would need unless the temp dropps down very low much lower than the 10F I tested it at, for a week. Excellent for casual use around town. It is very stylish. Show those TNF kiddies what a real jacket is. I wish I had a arm/bicep pocket.I picked up this jacket from SaC and think the SaC price is a good number. Full price, hell no... Nailed It? (1) (1) Flag Comment on NL's review > For casual use best this version or the mx?I'm 6'15 tall and 195ish, what size between L and Xl can i wear in winter with some other clothe under?thanks" /> Hi!!! For casual use best this version or the mx? I'm 6'15 Hi!!!For casual use best this version or the mx?I'm 6'15 tall and 195ish, what size between L and Xl can i wear in winter with some other clothe under?thanks By: bio761966753 October 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag I've got the large and I'm about the same size as you and I have a bit of room in it. I believe the XL will be too big, but that's just my .02 By: Andrew Burton October 31, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag The Gamma ar is a bit warmer. So if you want more warmth, go AR By: utah whatchamacallit October 30, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag For casual use I'd probably stick with the AR. I'd go with a XL if I were you. It will be comfortable for you but will have enough space to wear a fleece or something else under if you need to. By: Donald Schmit October 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer bio761966753's question > Um...uh...Everglade is barf green... By: bor4738969 October 13, 2011 Great jacket, bad color. Everglade shows up on the website as a yellow, but it's definitely not. If you like a weird green, it's fine, but don't expect yellow. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag 1 Comment Last Comment: February 3, 2012 by: rev By: rev February 3, 2012 The color of Everglade from photos on both the Backcountry and Arc'teryx sites is exactly how it looks to me- pea soup green. Sounds like someone needs to calibrate his monitor! Or, maybe you got Everglade confused with Lichen? Flag Nailed It? (0) (0) Comment on bor4738969's review > I can't decide between the Gamma AR and the Venta AR. Primary I can't decide between the Gamma AR and the Venta AR. Primary use will be rock climbing. Windproofness is my primary concern, but I also want a stretchy jacket. I know the Venta will be more windproof, but how windproof is the Gamma? Also, which has a slimmer fit? Which jacket is more weatherproof? I wear a medium, but am thin and don't want the jacket to be baggy around my stomach and waist. By: ClimberRob April 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag If you think you can live with something that is less than 100% windproof, I would strongly encourage you to look at the Gamma MX. This jacket is definitely stretchy, has a good DWR treatment, and it has a significantly slimmer fit than the Gamma AR - it is skin tight on me to the point that I have to size up to a Large to wear it comfortably. The Gamma MX is definitely a more technical jacket and will be the best for activities like climbing.Another jacket that might fit the bill perfectly for you is the Mountain Hardwear Alchemy jacket. Check it out too - windproof, lightly insulated, trim fit and some stretch - it could be a winner for you. Just make sure you read the reviews because it is also a technical jacket that is probably going to be less than ideal for more casual purposes. It sounds like you have a particular use in mind, so you should be able to determine pretty easily which one of these jackets will or will not fit your needs. Good luck!By the way - like I said, I own the Gamma AR and really like it. I'm just not sure that it is the one that will best meet your needs." /> If windproofness is your primary concern, then there is no doubt that the Venta is going to win. Even Polartec's marketing material advertises PowerShield to block about 90% of the wind, while the Windstopper fabric on the Venta will be windproof. Both the Venta and the Gamma AR are advertised as an athletic fit. I own the Gamma AR (I have never tried on or seen the Venta AR) and I can tell you that the Gamma AR in a size medium fits me perfectly - I'm 5'10" and 170ish pounds.If you think you can live with something that is less than 100% windproof, I would strongly encourage you to look at the Gamma MX. This jacket is definitely stretchy, has a good DWR treatment, and it has a significantly slimmer fit than the Gamma AR - it is skin tight on me to the point that I have to size up to a Large to wear it comfortably. The Gamma MX is definitely a more technical jacket and will be the best for activities like climbing.Another jacket that might fit the bill perfectly for you is the Mountain Hardwear Alchemy jacket. Check it out too - windproof, lightly insulated, trim fit and some stretch - it could be a winner for you. Just make sure you read the reviews because it is also a technical jacket that is probably going to be less than ideal for more casual purposes. It sounds like you have a particular use in mind, so you should be able to determine pretty easily which one of these jackets will or will not fit your needs. Good luck!By the way - like I said, I own the Gamma AR and really like it. I'm just not sure that it is the one that will best meet your needs. By: J. Troxell April 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag The weather-proofing is mostly a matter of how good the DWR applied to the outside of the jacket is. That's something that's really up to you once the initial DWR wears off.Arc'teryx tends to use a fairly slim cut for most of their clothes and the fit on the jackets is pretty similar from model to model." /> I have a jacket made out of the same material (power shield) and it's pretty windproof. Not completely, but it's about as good as the wind stopper material that the Venta is made from. In my experience power shield tends to be a bit colder in wind than wind stopper, but it's not a dramatic difference. Wind stopper is also quite a bit stretchier, from what I've seen.The weather-proofing is mostly a matter of how good the DWR applied to the outside of the jacket is. That's something that's really up to you once the initial DWR wears off.Arc'teryx tends to use a fairly slim cut for most of their clothes and the fit on the jackets is pretty similar from model to model. By: Geoffrey Buck April 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer ClimberRob's question > Pretty Nice, Not great By: John Pruitt August 16, 2011 I got a good deal on the jacket off of SAC. Ordered Everglade color. the picture looks yellow but it is more Green than yellow. The one thing I did not like about the jacket were the wrists. They were trim and they didn't have wrist closures. If you aren't going to have wrist closures then the opening should be smaller. If you do have wrist closures it can be a little more roomy. Just seemed like a bad idea for skiing. Either way loose over the top of my gloves allowing snow in or wadded up to go under my glove... Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag 1 Comment Last Comment: August 17, 2011 by: jtcash By: jtcash August 17, 2011 John is right...everglade is green and not yellow. Bad photos. Flag Nailed It? (1) (0) Comment on John Pruitt's review > I was wondering the difference between the arc teryx gamma ar I was wondering the difference between the arc teryx gamma ar softshell and the lt softshell? By: joevon March 24, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag The Gamma LT is a lighterweight jacket with a brushed-like polyester inside. The Gamma AR has a Laminated fleece inside, which makes it more insulating, a bit more wind resistant, but slightly less breathable and packable. By: Brandon Carlile June 6, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer joevon's question > I am average size - 5'8" and 39" chest - and normally wear a medium for any brand. The sleeves on this are ridiculously long. The sleeves run down to the midpoint of my fingers. The cuffs, as many others have mentioned, have no velcro or elastics so they don't stay up on your wrists (unless you have big wrists). This is such a poor design. Even for climbing, the sleeve length would be too long.The chest is also smaller than other medium sized Arc jackets, even those jackets that are supposed to be skin tight (ie - Gamma MX). It is possible that I got a poorly made jacket.I had to return this because of the poor sizing and cut. This doesn't feel like the usual Arc quality...feels more like a potato sack, especially with the long sleeves.2 thumbs down." /> Not good fit By: jtcash August 17, 2011 I hate to give bad reviews, and I have never had anything bad to say about Arc until now.I am average size - 5'8" and 39" chest - and normally wear a medium for any brand. The sleeves on this are ridiculously long. The sleeves run down to the midpoint of my fingers. The cuffs, as many others have mentioned, have no velcro or elastics so they don't stay up on your wrists (unless you have big wrists). This is such a poor design. Even for climbing, the sleeve length would be too long.The chest is also smaller than other medium sized Arc jackets, even those jackets that are supposed to be skin tight (ie - Gamma MX). It is possible that I got a poorly made jacket.I had to return this because of the poor sizing and cut. This doesn't feel like the usual Arc quality...feels more like a potato sack, especially with the long sleeves.2 thumbs down. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on jtcash's review > I have this jacket and love it. I wear it in size medium and I have this jacket and love it. I wear it in size medium and i'm 5'7" 160 lbs. Fit is great. I want to use this as a mid-layer and I was just wondering what would be a recommended hardshell for winter that would be a good pairing with this. I heard the Theta AR in medium would be ok. Any other suggestions? By: boo3655090 January 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag It's going to fit well under almost any of the Arcteryx hardshells. I've tested this under the Alpha LT and it is a very good fit, and I'm sure it would be fine under the Alpha SV and either of the Theta jackets. Since the snowsports-specific jackets (Sidewinder AR/SV and Stinger) have a more relaxed cut to them, this jacket will certainly work under them as well. The only jackets I might be a little hesitant with are the Beta jackets, and that is only because the Beta jacket has a short, waist-length cut like the Gamma AR does. By: J. Troxell January 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer boo3655090's question > Instant Classic By: Carter Chaffey September 24, 2010 This is a really good softshell, which one could probably infer from the fact that is is produced by Arc'teryx. Its got an athletic cut and high pockets which makes it ideal for climbing, and it looks great. Not too warm, but I never get cold wearing it either. The price tag is a little steep it seems but If you can get it on sale, the price is definitely right. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on Carter Chaffey's review > Is this a good jacket for a mid-layer? Is this a good jacket for a mid-layer? By: mar3341429 January 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Something you might want to consider: if you are looking at this primarily as a mid-layer, you also might want to consider the Arcteryx Zeta jacket, which uses a different face fabric (Polartec PowerShield O2) to allow it to be significantly more breathable. The flip-side is that the Zeta is not as windproof (it only blocks 50% of the wind as opposed to 90% by the Gamma AR), so I think the Gamma AR is a better option if you see using this as an outer layer more of the time." /> I personally think this was designed as part of a layering system. Its got enough room in it for a heavy baselayer but it is trim enough to go under a shell. I'll agree with what RockMynHigh said, in that jacket is not the trimmest of the Arcteryx softshells - if you are worried about this being a little too loose for you consider the Gamma MX.Something you might want to consider: if you are looking at this primarily as a mid-layer, you also might want to consider the Arcteryx Zeta jacket, which uses a different face fabric (Polartec PowerShield O2) to allow it to be significantly more breathable. The flip-side is that the Zeta is not as windproof (it only blocks 50% of the wind as opposed to 90% by the Gamma AR), so I think the Gamma AR is a better option if you see using this as an outer layer more of the time. By: J. Troxell January 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag This jacket can certainly work as a mid-layer (albeit an expensive one). The fit is slightly fitted, it's not a real long jacket, and it breathes fairly well. However, the sizing is very important. If you are very thin, then it may feel somewhat roomy/bulky, while for most people it could easily and comfortably be worn under a hard shell. By: RockyMtnHigh January 15, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer mar3341429's question > It's warm, stretchy, wind-blocking, and has long sleeves for tall people. The shell feels stiffer than the BC shift shell, I hope that will change over time because it's a bit too stiff IMO.Finally I totally agree with NL: I would not buy this full price, hell no..." /> Pretty good... By: Christophe January 7, 2010 Picked this one up on SAC in large (I'm 6'3" and 170lbs). The cut is nice, similar to the backcountry shift softshell jacket, although I like the BC one better.It's warm, stretchy, wind-blocking, and has long sleeves for tall people. The shell feels stiffer than the BC shift shell, I hope that will change over time because it's a bit too stiff IMO.Finally I totally agree with NL: I would not buy this full price, hell no... Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on Christophe's review > Hi, gurus 5' 9'' 200 pounds avarage buid,what size Hi, gurus 5' 9'' 200 pounds avarage buid,what size should i get, L or XL? thanks!! By: livenletlive December 14, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag I am 6' 208 lbs with 37" arms. I tired on an XL and it fit nicely for me, even while wearing a heavy wool sweater. The sleeves and torso fit me perfectly and would more then likely be a little long for shorter people." /> Gurus,I am 6' 208 lbs with 37" arms. I tired on an XL and it fit nicely for me, even while wearing a heavy wool sweater. The sleeves and torso fit me perfectly and would more then likely be a little long for shorter people. By: DanL January 3, 2010 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag First, there is no way I'd recommend an XL for you - the sleeves will be ridiculously long for you. I tried this jacket on a couple years ago and a size medium was tight enough that I would only be able to wear a baselayer under it comfortably (5'10 170 pounds) - I'm not optimistic that a large would work for you. From the Arcteryx lineup I'd recommend something more along the lines of the Zeta jacket or the Griffon jacket. I'm not sure that a large would work, but they are both roomier cuts than this jacket is (or at least was when I tried it on). Good luck! By: J. Troxell December 14, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer livenletlive's question > Two Issues By: xprmntl1366362 January 9, 2010 I just tried one of these from Steepandcheap, but sent it back due to fit issues. I'm 6'0". 175lb with long arms and am in reasonably good shape. I like my gear to fit somewhat trim so there are no drafty waist and arm issues. I ordered a large and found the current build of this jacket to be too big around the belly (not athletic fit) for me. I didn't like the flared sleeves with no velcro adjustment nor elastic, either. A more tailored body and better sleeve cuffs would make this a great jacket. If you have some girth or want the option of layering a lot, and wear gauntlet-style gloves with it, then it would be fine. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag 1 Comment Last Comment: February 23, 2010 by: Clay Webb By: Clay Webb February 23, 2010 You may want to try a Medium. I'm 6 ft 180 with a 34~35in sleeve length and I always wear Medium in Arcteryx. Their sleeves are cut a little longer than most manufacturers, and a medium in the body would be the right fit for your build. Flag Nailed It? (0) (0) Comment on xprmntl1366362's review > Should I get this one or the Venta AR, for occasional cold dry Should I get this one or the Venta AR, for occasional cold dry day skiing with layering underneath, or on a wet day with a waterproof shell over it? By: boris November 7, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag I'd suggest going with the Arc'teryx Gamma AR if you want to use if for layering. It still blocks about 90% of wind, but breathes, and layers better than a Venta AR, due to the stretch woven fabric, and lack of Windstopper membrane. This jacket will cover a huge range of conditions. I've skied plenty of days in light snow, and it worked great. By: Brandon Carlile November 9, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer boris's question > Great Jacket By: jlm3417831 December 14, 2009 Breathable enough to wear indoors yet great at blocking wind outside. Received multiple compliments on it at work within the first couple days wearing it. Size Large was good for me (6'3" 195lbs, athletic build) jacket is not too short as I feared it might be, do understand this is a waist length jacket though. The softshell material seems very durable, hopefully it will hold up well for a few years use. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on jlm3417831's review > 1) Debating between Gamma AR and Vanta AR. What is the difference?2) Has the sizing / fit changed since the redesign? I am 5'10" 180 and have a Gamma SV Med that fits perfectly.Thanks!!" /> I have an original Gamma SV which after 7 years of heavy use I have an original Gamma SV which after 7 years of heavy use is showing its age. I would like to replace it. 2 questions.1) Debating between Gamma AR and Vanta AR. What is the difference?2) Has the sizing / fit changed since the redesign? I am 5'10" 180 and have a Gamma SV Med that fits perfectly.Thanks!! By: Matt Levy August 13, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag The Gamma SV from years past has been revised, and is basically the same as the current Gamma AR (new one has the same fabric,PowerShield, but a slightly different pattern) The Venta jackets are made with Windstopper, which means, more wind and water resistant but a bit less breathable and stretchy.Sizing will be the same. By: Brandon Carlile August 14, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer Matt Levy's question > almost perfect- with a few shortcomings By: dmp October 25, 2009 This is a great jacket- I have had mine for about 2 years (the Canadian made version). It's warm when it is cold outside, comfortable when it's not so cold, highly abrasion resistant, sheds snow without ever wetting out. I have only 3 minor complaints: The collar is not high enough and lacks an adjustment to cinch it up when the wind is blowing. The design of the MH Alchemy's collar is far better. The jacket is just a bit short, even when considering that it is fit to wear with a climbing harness- it tends to ride up a bit. An inch or 2 more would make all the difference. And it needs one more pocket, a small one either on the left chest or on the left sleeve. I need a place to stash a pair of glasses, chapsitck or a compass without it getting lost in the large Napoleon pockets. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on dmp's review > I see the 3 have Power Shield, but I don't know which one is the warmest, and if they are equal as waterproof as well as windstopper...Also, I would like to know if thery have the same kind of fit.It's a difficult decision to pick one.Thanks." /> What are the differences between Gamma AR jacket, Easyrider jacket What are the differences between Gamma AR jacket, Easyrider jacket and Gamma SV jacket?I see the 3 have Power Shield, but I don't know which one is the warmest, and if they are equal as waterproof as well as windstopper...Also, I would like to know if thery have the same kind of fit.It's a difficult decision to pick one.Thanks. By: Ferran March 29, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Easyrider and Gamma sv have highloft fleece lining. Easyrider is a bit looser cut, and no hood. Gamma AR and SV have a closer fit. AR has no hood and lighter fleece lining. all similar in weather resistance (very)AR is best if you're using it athletically, Easyrider and Gamma SV are warmer and best for medium exertion. By: Brandon Carlile March 31, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer Ferran's question > Great Jacket By: Grant Watson October 8, 2009 I have taken this jacket everywhere. It performs every time. Whether at school walking outside or on Rainier it is breathable yet still holds its own against the wind. When combined with a good shell it shuts down the cold and wet weather. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on Grant Watson's review > Is this one (Gamma AR) the equal model? Does it has the same Polartec PowerShield?Thanks" /> I found an old version of the Gamma SV jacket without hood but I found an old version of the Gamma SV jacket without hood but it was an XL (I'm L).Is this one (Gamma AR) the equal model? Does it has the same Polartec PowerShield?Thanks By: Ferran March 29, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag This jacket basically replaced the Gamma SV. It does have the same Polartec PowerShield, but the new version, the AR, is lighter in weight that the older version. By: Taylor Yager March 29, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer Ferran's question > First love By: Lawson Bunch July 26, 2009 I got this piece about 6 years ago and put it through the wringer of daily wear and trips. Stood up to the challenge. Power shield is a great material for softshells, my personal preference is that it is the best. Mine was made in Canada, not sure how much the China production has affected it. Arcteryx is the industry standard, every other company copies them to some extent. If you have the money it is a solid investment. But it is time for mine to be retired. But for 6+ years of service it had a good run. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on Lawson Bunch's review > Does anyone know how the sizing actually compares to the TNF Does anyone know how the sizing actually compares to the TNF Apex Bionic? Sizing charts look the same... Thanks By: Christopher Short January 5, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Arcteryx jackets usually are a slimmer fit for the more athletic type. And this jacket is a better product than the Apex Bionic, so get this one. By: Taylor Yager February 26, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (1) Flag Answer Christopher Short's question > I was lucky enough to pick one up pre-china manufacturing switch + from my experience the first china run seems to be lacking in fit consistency. I tried them (canada vs china) on side by side + the china one seems to be much more baggy around the ribs + pits, which is not a good thing as far as I am concerned. Hopefully they will work thru this hiccup.Performance-wise, it will stand up to wind + water with the best of the softshells, but I can't recommend it for a deluge (which is not what its for anyway).The chest pockets are less cumbersome/awkward than I anticipated even without a pack on." /> transitions + more By: kyle_me July 17, 2009 pretty rock solid for transition month casual wear, winter activities, or layering whenever. low profile amazingness.I was lucky enough to pick one up pre-china manufacturing switch + from my experience the first china run seems to be lacking in fit consistency. I tried them (canada vs china) on side by side + the china one seems to be much more baggy around the ribs + pits, which is not a good thing as far as I am concerned. Hopefully they will work thru this hiccup.Performance-wise, it will stand up to wind + water with the best of the softshells, but I can't recommend it for a deluge (which is not what its for anyway).The chest pockets are less cumbersome/awkward than I anticipated even without a pack on. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on kyle_me's review > Hi,Does Backcountry ship out on Saturdays? I'm trying to Hi,Does Backcountry ship out on Saturdays? I'm trying to figure out if 2 day shipping will get this jacket to me in time as I fly out of town on Wednesday.Thanks! By: jam December 27, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (1) Flag Answer jam's question > Awesome By: TriDave May 7, 2009 Got this to replace my North Face Bionic after it was stolen. This is a fantastic jacket. I'd even rate it ahead of the Bionic. The material is excellent but more flexible than the NF. It keeps me warm, keeps out the wind, but doesn't feel heavy or cumbersome. The athletic cut is very nice and fit close but not cramped. Could use an extra pocket or two but overall an awesome soft-shell for mild weather. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on TriDave's review > my husband is 6'2" 225pounds. SHould I get the XL or my husband is 6'2" 225pounds. SHould I get the XL or the XXL? By: karen carvalho November 30, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag XL By: zgs2932175 July 30, 2009 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer karen carvalho's question > 8 years of Gamma SV By: cantsee May 4, 2009 I guess the Gamma AR is the updated Gamma SV. Still wearing mine from 2001. Bomber. Will not let you down in any conditions and is ready for anything: snowsports, backpacking, travel, around town, cycling, etc. After 8 years, the material has frayed around the cuffs, but the jacket is still highly functional. Pricey, but worth it. I hope the China-made jackets last as long as my old Canada-made Gamma SV. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on cantsee's review > WHAT'S THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS JACKET AND THE GAMMA WHAT'S THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS JACKET AND THE GAMMA MX AND THE GAMMA SV? By: BGKPDX November 18, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Gamma AR uses a slightly lighter face fabric, and the pocketing is configured differently. By: Brandon Carlile November 18, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer BGKPDX's question > Arc'Teryx quality By: jbm_13 April 20, 2009 The old saying "you get what you pay for" isn't always true, but in this case it is. Sure you can buy a similar jacket for less that will perform the same function...but it likely won't have the same attention to detail (perfect stitching, nice zippers) and unmistakeable style of an Arc jacket. If you get the Gamma AR in your normal size it will be close fitting and have a tailored look which is awesome...if you plan on layering anything more than a base/sweater underneath you should size up. I found size M to be perfect for me (6'1 170) in sleeve length, but borderline short at the waist... it is a climbing jacket after all. If you must stick your hands in your jacket pockets, you should get a different style..the pockets on the Gamma AR are made to be accessible with a pack strap/climbing harness, but they do zip down far enough to be handwarmers as well. (but a little high) Overall, an outstanding jacket for it's intended purpose...my Marmot Maxima (similar style) has now been given to my brother. Just be aware that the colors shown in the pics are off (as usual for BC) and the "Teak" is darker brown than it appears but still very sharp looking. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on jbm_13's review > How does the sizing run on this jacket? I'm 5'11", How does the sizing run on this jacket? I'm 5'11", 175lb and like am usually between a medium and a large. Would a medium give a good athletic fit? By: Austin October 28, 2008 Nailed It? (1) (0) Flag I'm 5'10 and 170 (41" chest) and the Large is perfect for me as this product is definitely an outerwear piece. I can wear this jacket from 25 deg F with a mid weight wool sweater underneath to 60 deg F with a t-shirt and it still fits and looks like a dream. By: Patrick Newman November 6, 2008 Nailed It? (1) (1) Flag Answer Austin's question > Solid, Solid Jacket By: Zach Branson February 2, 2009 If there was a four and a half star, I'd probably give it that. As far as a general soft shell jacket goes, it's awesome. I live in Mississippi, and the weather goes from mid twenties to high forties in a matter of hours. I've been able to wear this with no worries about either being cold or too hot, which is something I've had a hard time finding. I've taken up in the Smokies for a few trips, and it handles the cold and wind just as well there, especially with a layer or two underneath. It doesn't have a whole ton of insulation, so when it gets too much below freezing, more layers will definitely be key. One problem I have with the AR as opposed to the MX is the pocket placement. I know it's for easy access when climbing, but as far as wearing out, they feel a bit awkward. Actually, exceedingly awkward. The zipper pulls also contribute to this. However, don't let that deter you in the least. It's an awesome jacket, and should certainly be a key component in any lineup. Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Comment on Zach Branson's review > is it good for layering?thanks henry" /> what is the temp range of this jacket? is it good for layering? thanks what is the temp range of this jacket?is it good for layering?thanks henry By: tun2493148 October 20, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Temp range is really broad on this due to excellent wind resistance, and high breathability. Good as a layer, but really great as an outer piece. By: Brandon Carlile October 21, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer tun2493148's question > Get some spooning in! By: Sterling Hill November 28, 2008 No really folks.. I bought this jacket in the Inca Blue.. Wow! I went for a run in 30 degree weather. Perfect for running in fall and with base layer (like the new LIFA dry tech. from Helly Hansen and nothing else.) And this is hot Casual! I have never had so many compliments. Here's the Gnarledge on it. I'm 6'0 185bls. Perfect arm length for you usual long armed lerp, perfect chest fit I where a 44/42 inch blazer. Super Abrasion resistance. The lining has small amount of fleece in it to make it soft to the touch, just enough to wear it really holds your heat in which is AWESOMEAGE! And they added new padding in the Collar that I think is better then a heath bar on a ice cream sunday! Perfect casual piece too! Super stretchy. Little thicker than the Gamma MX. great for climbing, backpacking, hiking, and around town. even looks great with a pair of slacks. Do your self a favor. make the girl rethink why she didn't date you before. When they see you in this. You might even get a little spoonage! I did! Nailed It? (5) (7) Flag 2 Comments Last Comment: February 15, 2010 by: Andrew Burton By: Andrew Burton February 15, 2010 Why all the hate for such a great fun review?! It has actual sound review info plus some color, you haters need to loosen up! Anyway well done Mr. Hill, I enjoyed your spooning how to article! Flag Nailed It? (0) (0) By: Andrew Burton February 15, 2010 PS. What size did you buy???? Flag Nailed It? (0) (0) Comment on Sterling Hill's review > Is this the same as the old discontinued Gamma SV? Seems to Is this the same as the old discontinued Gamma SV? Seems to have the same materials and appearance By: 4032489717 October 18, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag SV jackets have hoods and hand pockets. AR have two high chest pockets.It's basically the same as the old Gamma SV, but the pattern has changed a bit for a better fit. By: Brandon Carlile October 20, 2008 Nailed It? (0) (0) Flag Answer 4032489717's question > no excuses play like a champion By: herbst831510690 December 12, 2008 this is a fantastic softshell. Its combination of performance and style is perfect. The stretch of the softshell is amazing - if you compare this jacket to lesser models you can easily feel the difference. The no lift, gusseted underarms definitely make a difference - although im not sure if this jacket will "get you some spoonage" it will definitely turn some heads. Nailed It? (1) (2) Flag Comment on herbst831510690's review > Great On Cold Mornings By: Christopher Allen December 29, 2008 The last few weeks have been cold and windy in Northern California. This has been the go to jacket on my way to work in the morning. It is not waterproof, but provides more than enough protection to get from my truck to the office. The wind-blocking qualities are amazing. The collar is very comfortable, and super soft on the neck. If you are looking for a great softshell, and don't need a hood check out the Gamma AR. Nailed It? (1) (2) Flag Comment on Christopher Allen's review > Very similar except the cuffs are now 'flared' - anyone know why ArcTeryx made this change - it's a regression IMO.That said, still like this jacket a lot and I guess I'll get used to the cuffs ;-)" /> Great but liked the old SV better By: FuyuAsha May 30, 2009 My old SV got stolen (checked luggage :-/), got this AR.Very similar except the cuffs are now 'flared' - anyone know why ArcTeryx made this change - it's a regression IMO.That said, still like this jacket a lot and I guess I'll get used to the cuffs ;-) Nailed It? (0) (1) Flag Comment on FuyuAsha's review > Casual vs expedition sizing By: Jack Luu May 11, 2009 I'm 5'8" 157lbs and I got a small. Small because I normal wear this as a casual jacket with a t-shirt or a light fleece. I have a different soft shell that's in a medium to make sure that I can have a base, insulation, and then the softshell. I do like this but now that I've had it for a few months, i would have opted for the Gamma MX which is lighter and has the option of coming with a hood. As a casual jacket, it is windproof for the most part. Of course I'm in LA and I tried it out in the Angeles Crest Mts. It was good. The zippers are hight to accomodate for the backpack and the waist band. I got merlot, beautiful color. Nailed It? (0) (1) Flag Comment on Jack Luu's review > Arc'teryx Gamma AR By: shf100406356 November 11, 2009 First off, Backcountry was great. I wasn't sure what size to order and they made it very easy to order two and return the one that didn't fit. This is my third Gamma AR. The first one I wore out after 10 years and the second I lost. The second jacket fit small even though it was same size as the first (large). The one I just order fits like the first jacket so there must have been a hiccup in their sizing at one time. Anyway, I love this jacket. Same quality as the first and the fit is great. Nailed It? (0) (1) Flag Comment on shf100406356's review > Dont know about "spoonage" By: Vern Nelson Jr. May 21, 2009 Don’t know about “spoonage” but it’s a bomber jacket! Have used this on countless cold days well below 0C and no complaints. Not totally wind proof but pretty dang close! If you are going to be climbing this is the jacket for you if you don’t need something to work with a harness there is probably better options out there. I love this jacket for climbing in the cold. Nailed It? (0) (1) Flag Comment on Vern Nelson Jr.'s review > Exactly what I expected By: Richard Susanto April 6, 2009 I bought this softshell with an expectation of being able to use it for outdoor activities. I'm not disappointed at all. It's a little bit pricey, but hey...it's arc'teryx. This jacket is made in China, however, it retains the high quality that arc'teryx maintains. Nailed It? (0) (1) Flag Comment on Richard Susanto's review > It is fine if the wind is blowing. The wind seems to cut right through this thing.The wrists openings are too wide. If I am wearing a soft shell in the mountains, I am also probably wearing my fleece gloves. The wrist openings allow a lot of wind to come right in. A velcro closure would fix this problem.I think it was fine for regulating temperature though - probably because the wind cuts through it, I don't overheat. Taking it back though and replacing with old reliable." /> Doesn't live up to the Arc'teryx name By: GW February 11, 2009 I had to replace my Sharp Point jacket because it was lost so I went with this one. I am doing a direct comparison of my old jacket because they retail within $25 of each other.It is fine if the wind is blowing. The wind seems to cut right through this thing.The wrists openings are too wide. If I am wearing a soft shell in the mountains, I am also probably wearing my fleece gloves. The wrist openings allow a lot of wind to come right in. A velcro closure would fix this problem.I think it was fine for regulating temperature though - probably because the wind cuts through it, I don't overheat. Taking it back though and replacing with old reliable. Nailed It? (1) (7) Flag Comment on GW's review > View all contributions... Be patient. It might take a while. Change me. Tech Specs: Material: [shell] Polartec Power Shield Fabric Waterproof Rating: water resistant Powder Skirt: no Pockets: 2 front Seams: no Wrist Gaiters: no Liner-Compatible: no Hood: no Weight: 17.3 oz Recommended Use: Hiking, climbing, casual Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime Sign up to get Department of Goods news, sales & deals: 100% Guaranteed Talk to Gear Experts Sign In My Account Where's My Stuff Gift Certificates Return Policy Privacy Policy (Recently Updated) Contact Us Help Center Newsletter Home Email Unsubscribe Press / Media Site Map Returns About Us Jobs Affiliate Program Advertise With Us Group Sales Follow us on Facebook © DepartmentOfGoods.com - All Rights Reserved What's Wrong With This Page? Affiliate Reference #: R999 (bigbend - departmentofgoods - layouts/one_column.html - 183.46.27.185 - VMSTqtwv - blanca - cookie=VMSTqtwv:nobody:blanca:c415f081 - 1 TB - test=)