The Women’s Arc’Teryx Sentinel shell is a fantastic and well-built technical ski jacket for those women who love to spend time on the mountain no matter the weather. The Arc’Teryx Sentinel is built with a 70D 3 layer Gore-Tex construction ensuring that you’re going to stay dry when the snow is really starting to fall hard. The Arc’Teryx Sentinel also has fully sealed seams, and water resistant zippers, both helping to increase protection from the elements. The Gore-Tex fabric also breathes pretty well, and when you’re hiking to your favorite stashes of snow, you can ensure that the jacket will keep you dry from the inside. If you do find yourself getting a bit warm, the pit zips do a good job of releasing heat quickly and cooling you down. Being a shell, the Arc’Teryx Sentinel isn’t the warmest jacket out there, but it offers plenty of room for layering underneath. It also has a soft inside liner and with 3L construction it’s warmer than some shells. Although I used to be a huge fan of insulated jackets to keep me warm, I have found that I am starting to prefer shells more. Sure shells aren’t extremely warm on their own, but with a solid base layer, and warm mid layer, they can be just as warm as any insulated jackets. The best part is that when the temps are quite warm, or I want to hike to a new stash, I’m still able to use the shell and just remove layers. The fit is a bit relaxed and relatively true to size. The chest and torso fit great, while the waist was a bit tight. The Arc’Teryx Sentinel also tends to run a bit longer, which I definitely appreciate when trying to keep the snow and cold out. The small was a bit tighter throughout the torso, and if I was planning on using a lot of layers underneath I would definitely size up to the medium. The only thing I didn’t like was the articulated elbows and gusseted underarm. Don’t get me wrong, this allows for much better range of motion, but it also made the jacket feel a bit more “balloony”, especially in the medium. If you don’t mind the jacket being a bit loose, and you want a lot of range movement then you’ll like the articulated elbows. It’s just not my style. The other things I don’t like about the Arc’Teryx Sentinel is the lack of pockets. It has two handwarming pockets and pass pocket, but I really like to have at least on chest pocket. I like how tough the 70D fabric feels. It’s not the softest jacket on the outside, but it does have a soft liner on the inside, and it still feels quire comfortable. The hood fits well over my helmet and does a decent job of covering most of my face. The powder skirts fit well, and I really like the Slide‘n Loc feature that you can use to connect to Arc’Teryx pants. Overall, the Arc’Teryx Sentinel is fantastic jacket and I could definitely see it becoming my go to jacket all year long. It’s built with the high quality you’d expect from Arc’Teryx. The waterproofing and breathability is top notch, and with a relaxed fit I have plenty of room for my warm mid layers. The articulated elbows make it feel a bit roomy, and there are not a ton of pockets, but neither one of these things would be a deal breaker. If you’re looking for a roomy high tech shell that is highly waterproof and breathable, then the Arc’Teryx Sentinel is a great option.
Jacket Size – S
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. Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill. 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! Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.