Price US $550

Arc'Teryx Scimitar 2015 Review by A Better Ski

If you’ve looked at any of our other Arc’Teryx reviews you’ll see that we really like their outerwear. All of the jackets that we’ve tested have been constructed with high quality materials that offer great protection from the elements. Sure, they’re expensive, but the quality of their jackets always seems to be pretty spot on. I know some folks don’t like the idea that not all of their goods are produced in British Columbia anymore, but if the product still does what it’s supposed to do, we’re not going to fault Arc’Teryx for that. What we’re concerned about most is how the product performs! That being said, the Arc’Teryx Scimitar is another high quality bombproof jacket that we absolutely love. The Arc’Teryx Scimitar is a hard shell with N70p GORE-TEX Pro that is tough enough to hold up to a bit of abuse. GORE-TEX pro is also highly “waterproof” and very breathable. GORE-TEX fabric is already highly “waterproof” and we don’t notice a huge difference with PRO, but where this material stands out is breathability. GORE-TEX is good when hiking to your favorite stash, but GORE-TEX PRO is more specific to the backcountry skier. If you plan on spending a lot of time skinning or hiking for your turns, then a jacket with PRO is about as good as it gets. Like most high end shells, the Arc’Teryx Scimitar has fully sealed seems, and water resistant zippers to maximize the effectiveness of the GORE-TEX waterproofing material. The hood of the Arc’Teryx Scimitar fits well, and does a great job covering your face too. The powder skirt has a Slide’n Loc feature that enables you to interface it with Arc’Teryx jackets. The two handwarming pockets are large, and the chest pocket is a nice bonus. The sleeve pocket is good for a pass, but it’s not very big. The Arc’Teryx Scimitar has an expedition fit with an articulated e3D patterning. What does mean for you? We found the jacket to be true to size and slightly relaxed. It didn’t seem quite as relaxed as the Sentinel jacket, but it still has quite a bit of material underneath the arm. The e3D patterning is basically articulation at key points to aid in movement, and again we found that we never felt restricted, but be aware that is seems to have a lot of extra material in certain areas. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it does bunch up a bit, especially in the sleeves. The length on the Arc’Teryx Scimitar is below the waist, which we really like. It offers plenty of room for layering, without being too overly loose without layers. I was between a small and medium in the Arc’Teryx Scimitar and opted for the small since I like my jackets a bit more conforming. It still offers room for layering, but the sleeves didn’t seem quite as loose. That being said, the torso and chest were a bit more restrictive so keep that in mind when sizing up or down. Overall the Arc’Teryx Scimitar is a fantastic, high quality bombproof jacket with all of the features you’d expect in a high end shell. If you want a jacket that will last, with great protection from the elements, awesome breathability, and high technical features the Arc’Teryx Scimitar is worth a look. Just remember it’s only a shell (not super warm), has a high price tag, and a relaxed, articulated fit.

Jacket Size – S

Cindy’s Specs:
Normal Specs – 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body – 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body – 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam,  26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Oh and of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants.  The jacket should stay in place!

 

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Type

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Gore-Tex Membrane

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Articulating

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Average