List Price US $525
Arc’teryx Sabre Jacket Review
Type Soft Shell
Primary Waterproofing Gore-Tex Membrane
Outer Layer Waterproofing
Insulation Type None
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers Yes
Hood Type Contoured
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Venting Pit Zips
Meshed Vents
Layer Count 3 Layer
Waterproof Rating Above 20k
Breathability Rating Above 20K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Excellent
Breathability Great
Warmth Poor




Arc'teryx Sabre 2016 - 2015 Review by A Better Ski

To me, Arc’teryx has always been synonymous with high quality, and high performance. Yes this does come at a high price, but at least with Arc’teryx you can usually be pretty sure you’re getting a good product. The Arc’teryx Sabre is no exception. It’s a pretty bombproof shell that has N80p-X GORE-TEX 3L to keep you dry no matter the conditions. This fabric is also pretty breathable, and combined with underarm vents you’ll stay dry on the inside too. The fit of the Arc’teryx Sabre is a little loose. I normally like a jacket that has a bit more active fit (tighter), but a longer jacket that fits below the waist. I went with the small in the Arc’teryx Sabre and there is still plenty of room for a base layer and thick mid layer. It’s only a shell so you will definitely want to layer if you’re skiing when it’s really cold. The Arc’teryx Sabre length is pretty standard, sitting just below the hips on me.  What makes this jacket stand out for me is all the features. Not only is it highly waterproof and breathable, but has everything you want in a ski jacket. The powder skirt is adjustable, and allows you to keep the snow out no matter where you are. The hood is helmet compatible, and fits pretty well. It has waterproof seems, waterproof zippers, jacket-to-pant interface, adjustable hem, and the list goes on (Check the specs for more). Overall the Arc’teryx Sabre is a fantastic bombproof shell with all the high end materials and features you would expect at this price. The one drawback for me was the sizing. Definitely fits a bit loose, but for some people that may be exactly what you want. Also remember the Arc’teryx Sabre is not insulated, so you will need to layer in the cold.

Jacket Size: S

Matt’s Specs:
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.

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