Materials: N40p 3L GORE® Fabric Technology, Fortius 1.0 softshell,
Features: Taped seams, composite construction for backcountry performance, Arc'teryx Nu water repellent treatment, helmet compatible StormHood, WaterTight Vislon front zip with chin guard and wind flap, laminated die-cut Velcro cuff adjusters reduce bulkBuy Here
I love my resort jacket. It's warm, soft, has lots of pockets for gadgets and do-dads and it’s super cute. It sits high on a proverbial pedestal above other gear I've accumulated over the years to maintain a favored position which means it sees more days on snow than most of my other gear, combined. But as much as I love it, it isn't the right "fit" for the backcountry (it's not you, it's me…) and it took only one adventure in the Arc'Teryx Procline Comp Jacket to shed some light on my other favorite jacket's shortcomings and end my blind love affair with it.
The Procline series is built for serious mountain adventures—ski alpinism, to be specific. It bridges the gap between backcountry skiing and alpine climbing, like a well-oiled machine that does it all. Technical ascents and the descending turns that follow are two different beasts that, in the past, wearing only one jacket for both would mean being uncomfortable on at least half of your objective. With this in mind Arc'Teryx blends waterproof, breathable, Gore Fabric Technology with Fortius 1.0 softshell material in spots extra stretch and heat transfer are key. That means when your climbing your way to the top and sweating, moisture easily finds its way out to keep you cool but, when its time to step into your skis and start making turns, you aren't left to fend for yourself when weather turns cold and snowy.
Ergonomic 3-dimensional patterning gives you extra space to move where you need it, but keeps things slightly fitted in general so a climbing harness easily fits over it without getting in the way. Two roomy pockets sit high and centralized on the front of the jacket offering plenty of room for your favorite snacks or GoPro, and helps keeps pockets clear of pack straps so you're not distracted when the pucker factor goes off the charts. Pair it with the Procline Hybrid Hoody for a little extra breathable insulation and you might forget about your other favorite jacket altogether.
Skiing Hot: Like having two jackets in one.
Skiing Not: Don't give away your favorite resort jacket yet, the Procline Comp doesn't do much in the way of warmth on its own.
PHOTO: Crystal Sagan