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Top Shelf: Arc’teryx’s Versatile Sabre AR Jacket

Getting ready to pull the Sabre AR's StormHood™ up. Arc'teryx Photo.

Arc’teryx has long established themselves at the forefront or pinnacle of outdoor gear. Take your pick which one. The company was founded in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains and they’ve always produced high-quality, technical products inspired by their environment. Alongside their athlete team, who are constantly testing and giving feedback, Arc’teryx has cracked the combination to produce gear that stands up to anything. Nowhere is Arc’teryx’s commitment to functionality more apparent than in their men’s Sabre AR jacket.

That color is apparently called Yugen and looks sharp. Arc'teryx Photo.

The Sabre AR jacket is designed for big mountain ski and snowboard terrain. It comes with a warm flannel liner and helmet compatible StormHood™. Nonetheless, the jacket has excellent touring capabilities due to Arc’teryx’s AR or All-Round designation. The Sabre AR weighs in at only 700 grams. The jacket has great freedom of motion and incorporates breathable GORE-TEX so you don’t get too hot on the uphill or while traversing. For extra climate control, each jacket also has WaterTight pit zips, which provide rapid ventilation.

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When you reach the top of the ridgeline and the wind is blowing, the proprietary StormHood™ cinches securely around a helmet giving added warmth while not sacrificing visibility. Additionally, both jackets have easy to reach pockets, which make a big difference when wearing a pack. For the downhill, the Sabre AR jacket comes with a great fitting powder skirt but can attach to Arc’teryx’s corresponding line of pants to create a snowproof system as well.

The Sabre AR jacket is the latest in Arc’teryx’s expansion of the popular line. Look no further for a do it all solution to any alpine environment.

Check out the Sabre AR jacket here.

Integrated powder skirt coming in clutch. Arc'teryx Photo.

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stash member MacGregor Beatty

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Cant imagine spending $600+ on a jacket. I’m sure it’s great though.

Arc’teryx is all image and horrific quality/customer support.  I shelled out a pretty penny for one of their shells two summers ago.  Day 1 of skiing last year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was my first day on the hill in the thing.  I brushed past a pine tree, and the sleeve literally exploded along all the “glued” seams.  Took it back to the resort store.  They sent it in for me.  Arc’teryx completely refused to stand behind their product and charged me an additional $150 to repair it.  Not only that, but they took all of ski season to finally get it back to me.  This Thanksgiving, I took it out for a hike on the Pass in a wet pre-season snow shower, and their “repair” leaks.  DO NOT BUY ARC’TERYX.  It is a phony brand with terrible product support.  I have never had an issue with my Patagonia shell, but if I did, I know they stand behind it 100%.