I’ve come to expect a lot from Arc’Teryx. The company is known for high quality gear, although it usually comes at a high price. If I’m going to pay $600.00 for a jacket, it better be worth my money. I can say that for the most part every Arc’Teryx jacket that I have owned or tested has been pretty solid. Is the Arc’Teryx Rush worth $600.00? Well that depends on your budget, and what worth means to you, but I can tell you that the Rush is a very well built and solid ski jacket that is good in both the backcountry and at the resort. The big thing I noticed with Arc’Teryx is the tech that they build their jackets with. First is the Gore-Tex Pro fabric used for waterproofing and breathability. The Arc’Teryx Rush has N40p-X Gore Tex Pro throughout the jacket with the N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro in the hood and shoulders. I’m not entirely familiar with the difference between the two, but since Arc’Teryx suggests the N80 is more resistant to abrasion I would suggest that it’s a difference in denier. Either way I can tell you that the overall feel of the jacket is quite rugged and well built. Gore-Tex Pro fabrics are designed to be highly waterproof and very breathable, and I can tell you that they are just that. We stayed dry in a very wet heavy late spring storm in Colorado that had a lot of my friends jackets soaked through by mid-day. Although I haven’t had the chance to test in the rain, I’d feel pretty confident this jacket could handle a light to moderate rain fall, and definitely long days in heavy and wet snow. Then there’s the breathability. Gore-Tex Pro isn’t rated as high as the Gore-Tex Active, but I can tell you that on long hikes on warm days I had very little moisture build up. The jacket breathes very well, even on warmer days. The pit zips are also quite big on this jacket and dump heat really well. If you’re looking for a jacket to keep you dry and cool, the Arc’Teryx Rush fits that niche well. The next feature I really like about Arc’Teryx and Arc’Teryx Rush in particular is the e3D patterning that allows for a better range of motion. The Arc’Teryx Rush has an Expedition Fit. This gives you a bit more room for layering, but even when you have enough underneath to feel like a marshmallow, the e3D allows you plenty of movement in key areas. This is the perfect jacket if you really like to control your temperature with base layers, and still be able to move when you have a lot on underneath. Fit is pretty true to size and even with the small I had enough room for layers (although I do like my jackets a bit more snug) Medium would have fit as well, but would have had a little extra room for more layers. One downside is that the material doesn’t feel super soft. If you don’t wear any layers underneath it’s not the most comfortable, but this wasn’t a big issue since most of the time I had at least a long sleeve base layer. If the bombproof construction wasn’t enough, Arc’Teryx also adds in a great powder skirt, fantastic hood that fits great and covers my cheeks, fully taped seams, and highly water resistant zippers. The biggest downside for me was the lack of outer chest pockets. I really like these for my phone or camera, so not having one was a bit of a bummer. The hand warming pockets are quite large though, and they are positioned a bit higher and can be used with a pack on. The Pass pocket on the arm is also a nice addition. So, is the $600 worth it? Again, I can’t say for sure, but the Arc’Teryx Rush is definitely built with the bombproof construction you’d expect from Arc’Teryx, and it has some great tech to go along with it. It’s highly waterproof and breathable, and the fit is really nice. The only downside for me was the lack of a chest pocket, and the material feels kind of stiff. Otherwise the Arc’Teryx Rush is a fantastic and bombproof high tech jacket that is great for backcountry or resort riding.
Jacket Size – S
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. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort