The women’s Arc’Teryx Stingray shell stands out as one of our favorites. Sure it is a bit on the pricey side, but it is built with the high quality you’d expect from a high end jacket. This starts with the N70p Gore-Tex shell that is built to keep the weather out. Even on snowy and wet spring days, the Arc’Teryx Stingray will have no problem shedding snow and water. The Stingray also has fully sealed seems, and water resistant zippers, further protecting you from the elements. A brushed polyester backing ensures that you not only stay dry, but comfortable as well. I find this extremely important because sometimes shells can feel a bit too “plastic” for lack of better term. Not only does the lining provide comfort, but it also adds a bit of warmth to the jacket as well. The Arc’Teryx Stingray still won’t be as warm as a heavily insulated jacket, but the extra warmth is noticeable when compared to thinner shells. Get warm easily? Fear not. The Arc’Teryx Stingray is also quite breathable, and with two large pit zips, it was easy to dump heat quickly. The Stingray also comes with all the features you’d expect in a technical shell including an adjustable hood, powder skirt, Recco reflector, and an array of pockets. The only thing I found wishing for was more pockets. I really like to use my chest pockets for my phone, camera, and snacks, and the Stingray doesn’t have these. This wasn’t a deal breaker, but I’d to see more pockets. What makes the Arc’Teryx Stingray stand out over the Arc’Teryx Sentinel was the fit. The jacket is still longer than most, a feature that we really like, but it has an aathletic (standard) fit instead of a relaxed fit. The one thing we didn’t like about the Sentinel was that the arms seemed quite baggy and loose. This is much less of an issue with the athletic fit. The torso, chest, and waist are a bit tighter, but still have the articulation and gusseting that allow for a decent range of motion. The only downside to being tighter, is that you don’t have as much room to layer, although we still found it fine for a base layer and light mid layer. The Arc’Teryx Stingray is still true to size despite the different cut. I was right one the line between a small and medium, and opted for the larger to allow for more layering. Overall, we really like the Arc’Teryx Stingray. It’s a durable jacket that has great waterproofing, decent breathability, moderate warmth (for a shell), a great fit, and all the technical features you’d expect in a high end jacket. I’d like to see a few more pockets, but this was definitely not a deal breaker. I’d recommend this jacket to any serious resort or backcountry skier in the market for a high tech shell. If you want a similar jacket with a more relaxed fit, check out the Arc’Teryx Sentinel.
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.