Price US $850

Arc'Teryx Macai 2015 Review by A Better Ski

When I think of Arc’Teryx I usually think of the bomber hard shells that they have in their line-up, but they also have some pretty amazing insulated jackets. For those of you that want that same bomber construction of the hard shell in a warm insulated jacket should take a look at the Arc’Teryx Macai. The Arc’Teryx Macai has a decent amount of synthetic insulation in areas that are prone to getting wet, and aren’t as key for core warmth. Then the core and arms of the jacket are filled with 750 fill goose down to ensure you retain heat even when the temps dive. This is one seriously warm jacket, but it still offers that rugged protection you’d expect from a high end technical shell. The Arc’Teryx Macai has a 3L Gore-Tex shell that offers great waterproof protection. All of the zippers are water resistant as well, helping to ensure you stay dry. Gore-Tex is also pretty breathable, but the Arc’Teryx Macai is still a warm down jacket. Don’t expect it to breathe the same as the Rush or Sabre. I run warm, so for me even the lightest aerobic activity had me heating up quickly. Good thing there are relatively large pit-zips, but with the mesh backed liner they don’t release heat as well as other Arc’Teryx shells. Like most of Arc’Teryx jackets, the fit of the Arc’Teryx Macai was pretty true to size. It has an athletic fit that doesn’t cater to large guys, so some folks may have to size up to fit certain areas. I like the slimmer look, but it can also hinder mobility a bit. Arc’Teryx remedies this with articulated areas of the jacket, but don’t expect it to be as loose as a relaxed fit park jacket. I never had issues with range of motion, but some may find it a bit restricting. A lot of Arc’Teryx jackets tend to have ab it tighter upper body, and really long arms. So the small may be too tight, but the medium looks like monkey arms. I was on the edge of small and medium, and would probably opt for the small since I will never need layers underneath this jacket. But if you have broad shoulders, you may be forced to the larger size. I love that the Arc’Teryx Macai also has a decent amount of pockets. Some of Arc’Teryx jackets sacrifice pockets for weight or that clean streamlined look, but I like pockets. I have a lot of things I like to bring with me when skiing, so having a place to put them is important to me. The chest pocket is a bit small, but at least it’s there. If you want to save weight, the powder skirt is removable, but this is another feature that I don’t like to be without. The hood fits well and covers a decent amount of my face. It also has synthetic insulation to make sure you stay warm if the weather is nasty.  The Arc’Teryx Macai wouldn’t be my go-to jacket for backcountry travel, but for resort riders who are always cold, this is a great option! It’s a very warm insulated jacket with the same technical features you find in many of Arc’Teryx shells. It’s a great jacket for those who want the extra warmth without having to layer. Sure it comes at a price, but it has bomber construction that will last. With the Arc’Teryx Macai there will no need for another warm insulated ski jacket.

Jacket Size – S
Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.

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Type

Fully Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Gore-Tex Membrane

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Down

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Excellent