Vertical Jacket 5 Stars
This jacket replaces my Arcteryx Stinger jacket, which had more than 120 days and much abuse (still very functional). I wanted a similar style and bought the Vertical, which I just took out for a weekend of skiing. I'll compare this jacket to the Stinger and also comment on new features. The short verdict: Arcteryx just killed it. Their new jacket had everything I wanted and was even better than the formidable Stinger. As has been true for all my Arcteryx purchases, the construction is bomber. The new jacket has much improved front pockets (all four of them), which hold more and look much better when doing so. (No Michelin Man effect.) The zipper design is also greatly improved and much less prone to accidental opening. The powder skirt on my old jacket was too loose, but this one has two settings and is nice and snug. When I measured the two jackets I could not see much difference in the length. But the first thing I noticed is that the Vertical did not have a tendency to ride up, as the Stinger did. Overall the Vertical's fit seemed better, in fact flawless for me. The collar is nice and high which greatly helps those like me with cold necks. (Seems similar to the Stinger collar, which is great in deep stuff.) Clearly the Vertical slays it in the white room.
finally a ski jacket
been waiting for arc'teryx to make a jacket with a hood that disappears. the hood actually rolls up and stows in a zippered collar. I do not like wearing hoods, but it is there for those dumps.I am 160 lbs 5'8 athletically built and the small fits perfectly since it is an expedition fit. I use a hot chilies for a base, my favorite Patagonia zip tee with Patagonia's down sweater for final layer. zip on the vertical jacket and you will be set. the 3 layer gore tex pro is wind and waterproof, making this jacket bomb proof. looks great with my Arc'teryx Stinger Bib Pant. the materials and workmanship are excellent. sorry, made in china. I have them all, kjus, helly hansen, outdoor research and this jacket is fast becoming a favorite.so, if you want a real ski jacket, I don't care where on the mountain you happen to be, this thing will deliver.
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