Price US $299

Arc'Teryx Venta AR 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Arc’Teryx Venta AR is a light-weight softshell with a touch of insulation. Part of the All-Around (AR) collection, the Venta could be used as a mild weather ski jacket, a climbing jacket, or as a casual around town jacket on a cool fall day.

Arc’Teryx Venta AR Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: L

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR has three different types of Windstopper fabric. This is great for protection from the wind, and still has some decent breathability. Unfortunately it’s only water-resistant, but a solid DWR will help to keep you dry if a light snow does start to fall.

Warmth: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR does have a micro-fleece liner that provides a small amount of insulation. It’s definitely not designed for extremely cold weather, but with the right mid-layer you could use it on some pretty cold days.

Fit: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR has an athletic fit that is true to size. The Athletic fit hugs the torso a bit more than a standard fit, but feels easy to move in thanks to articulated arms and gusted underarms. Although wearing a large in the video, I’d probably opt for a medium if I were to buy this jacket for myself. You probably will want a little bit of room underneath for layering.

Features: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR offers solid windproofing and a DWR for water resistance. It does breathe pretty well, and would make a good piece for backcountry skiers. The inside is brushed with a soft liner, and does add a little extra warmth. The arms are articulated, and the underarms are gusted for better mobility. The Venta AR lacks a hood, and powder skirt, but does have a drawcord hem, and two large hand warming pockets.

Bottom Line: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR is a technical softshell with good protection from the wind, and moderate breathability. It would be a good option for those who want a light-weight ski jacket for mild weather, and won’t see a whole lot of wet snow or rain. The Venta would also make a good around town jacket for mild days.

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