The Arc’Teryx Stingray Shell is a high quality technical shell that is geared a bit more towards resort riding than some of Arc’Teryx other shells. It still has a highly waterproof Gore-Tex fabric for solid wet weather protection, but has slightly less breathability. It has a standard athletic fit, and all the features you’ll need at the resort.
Arc’Teryx Stingray Shell Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Arc’Teryx Stingray Shell has a Gore-Tex N70p layer that will provide great wet weather protection. Gore-Tex is really the standard for high performance waterproofing, and will do a good job at keeping you dry in wet conditions. This Gore-Tex layer is also breathable, but not quite top of the line in this category. Still, the Stingray breathes relatively well, and should offer plenty of moisture management for active resort skiers.
Warmth: The Arc’Teryx Stingray Shell is not insulated, but does have a brushed liner on the inside. This won’t add a lot of insulation, but will make the Stingray feel slightly warmer than a non-lined technical shell. With the right mid-layer, the Stingray would be fine as a cold weather jacket, but alone the jacket isn’t very warm. Still, I love the versatility a shell offers, and I think a lot of skiers will find the Stingray good in a lot of different conditions.
Fit: The Arc’Teryx Stingray Shell has Arc’Teryx standard athletic fit. This is a tighter fitting jacket that is articulated for a better range of motion. I really like this standard fit as it feels a bit more form fitting without being restricting. In the video I’m wearing a small, and find that it almost the perfect fit for me. Arm length is a little bit on the long side, but I definitely don’t find that a deal breaker. It does offer more room than the Trim fit, so I can fit a few more bulky layers underneath on really cold days. The fabric is not stretchy like that of the Cassair, but I feel like I have a bit more room with the Stingray (even in the small).
Features: The Arc’Teryx Stingray Shell has all the features you’ll need at the resort. This includes a removable articulating hood, attached storm skirt, fully sealed seems, waterproof zippers, small non-mesh pit zips, and a RECCO reflector. In addition the Stingray has well placed hand warming pockets and an internal media and goggle pocket. It doesn’t have as many pockets as the Cassair though.
Bottom Line: The Arc’Teryx Stingray Shell is a fantastic resort shell for serious skiers in need of a technical shell. It has very solid waterproofing and breathability in a standard athletic fit. It’s much better suited to larger guys that find the trim fit (Cassair) to be a little on the tight side.