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Arc'teryx Procline Review

This softshell jacket isn't enough for harsh winter storms, but it's a great choice for warm and sunny spring weather
Arc'teryx Procline
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Price:  $499 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Breathable, comfortable, great pockets
Cons:  Not warm or weather resistant
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 30, 2021
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  • Warmth - 20% 2
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 4
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 9
  • Ventilation - 15% 10
  • Style - 15% 6
  • Features - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Arc'teryx Procline is a fully-featured softshell jacket that excels in warmer and dryer weather on the ski slopes. The softshell material is extremely breathable, making aerobic skiing and riding comfortable. The pocket design is very user-friendly. Its style is subtle and classy, and doesn't stand out too much in a crowd but does look good once noticed. On the downside, this jacket isn't very warm nor weather-resistant, but it's not designed for the coldest and wettest conditions. The Procline is a great choice for skiers and riders who already have a hardshell jacket, or who don't spend much time in stormy weather.

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Pros Breathable, comfortable, great pocketsExcellent performance in every category, durableStrong value, highly versatile, warm, loaded with ski-friendly featuresWeather resistant, good vents, plenty of featuresVersatile, inexpensive, warm
Cons Not warm or weather resistantMore snug fit than other optionsHeavy, poor ventilation in combined figurationHanging liner makes it a bit warm for a shell, fit isn't perfectBulky, basic fit and styling, limited weather protection
Bottom Line This softshell jacket isn't enough for harsh winter storms, but it's a great choice for warm and sunny spring weatherThis excellent resort ski jacket nails all performance aspects to deserve a spot at the top of your wish listThis versatile and reasonably priced jacket helps you customize your layers, whether you prioritize warmth, weather resistance, or bothA high-performance shell at a great priceA versatile and very affordable jacket for the occasional skier or snowboarder
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Procline Helly Hansen Alpha... The North Face Ther... REI Co-op First Cha... Columbia Whirlibird...
Warmth (20%)
2.0
8.0
8.0
4.0
8.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Comfort And Fit (20%)
9.0
10.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
Ventilation (15%)
10.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
Style (15%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
3.0
Features (10%)
7.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Arc'teryx Procline Helly Hansen Alpha... The North Face Ther... REI Co-op First Cha... Columbia Whirlibird...
Main Fabric Four-way stretch 70D nylon 2-layer stretch polyester 100% nylon 2-layer Gore-Tex Nylon
Insulation None LifaLoft synthetic 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester Recycled polyester lining 80g MicroTemp synthetic
Pockets 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 sleeve, 1 internal zippered security, 2 internal dump 2 handwarmer, 2 chest, 1 internal chest, 1 internal mesh, 1 sleeve Shell: 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest,1 internal media, 1 internal goggle, 1 internal zippered sleeve. Liner: 2 hand 2 handwarmer, 2 chest, 1 internal chest, 1 sleeve Shell: 3 external, 1 internal. Liner: 2 external, 1 internal
Weight (pounds) 1.74 lbs 2.56 lbs 2.86 lbs 1.76 lbs 2.94 lbs
Water Resistance Gore-Tex Helly Tech Professional DryVent 2L Gore-Tex OmniTech
Hood Adjustable Adjustable and removable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable
Pit-Zips Yes Mesh-backed Yes (shell only) Yes Mesh-backed (shell only)
Cuff construction Velcro Interior stretchy wrist gaiters and external velcro cuffs Velcro Velcro Velcro
Powder skirt? Yes Yes Yes Yes, removable Yes
RECCO? Yes Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

As a softshell jacket, the Procline excels with its comfort and breathability, which is highly valued during high-output activities like bump skiing, inbounds hiking, and backcountry ski touring.

Performance Comparison


The Arc'teryx Procline jacket is a great choice for when the skies...
The Arc'teryx Procline jacket is a great choice for when the skies are blue, and when comfort and breathability are more important than warmth and weather resistance.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Warmth


Warmth is not the Procline's strong suit. It is made from a relatively thin softshell fabric that keeps out most wind, but still allows the strongest breezes through. The material has very little insulation value, so if you want to be warm, you'll have to layer underneath. On the coldest winter days, this jacket isn't enough to keep you warm and happy, but during sunny weather or spring dayson on the ski hill, this jacket is perfect. It's also a good choice for ski touring in good weather.

The Procline's Gore-Tex Infinium softshell fabric doesn't have much...
The Procline's Gore-Tex Infinium softshell fabric doesn't have much insulation value, and it also allows the strongest winds to penetrate into the torso.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Weather Resistance


The Procline uses the relatively new Gore-Tex Infinium softshell fabric, which is wind and water-resistant, but not waterproof. While we generally look for waterproof characteristics in our ski jackets, we don't need a waterproof hardshell every day of the season. For sunny or overcast days, and even days with light snow, a softshell jacket offers plenty of weather resistance. But if the storm turns warm and wet, this jacket won't be enough to fend off the elements. It has a powder skirt, drawcord-adjustable hem, and velcro wrist cuffs, as well as a full-coverage hood, but it lacks a waterproof shell and waterproof zippers.

The Procline's hood provides great coverage for windy conditions.
The Procline's hood provides great coverage for windy conditions.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Comfort and Fit


While softshell jackets lack weather resistance for wet conditions, they excel in their comfort. The Gore-Tex Infinium fabric is light and stretchy, allowing for a more comfortable range of motion compared to hardshell jackets. The fabric is soft to the touch and doesn't sound "loud" like more plasticky hardshell jackets. This jacket is easy to wear all day long. The fit is well-tailored but roomy enough to layer underneath.

The Procline is contoured gently to fit the curves of the body...
The Procline is contoured gently to fit the curves of the body, which makes for a comfortable fit.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Ventilation


The Arc'teryx Procline features two long, zippered armpit vents that open completely to the interior of the jacket. The vent zipper pull tabs are easy to grasp with a gloved hand, which makes dumping heat easy. The jacket material itself is very breathable, allowing for serious comfort when bootpacking or ski touring. This jacket is among the most breathable ski shells we have tested, and if you are looking for a well-ventilated jacket for aerobic skiing in good weather, this jacket fits the bill.

Long armpit vents allow with large pull tabs allow you to dump heat...
Long armpit vents allow with large pull tabs allow you to dump heat quickly.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Style


Arc'teryx is known for its sleek, understated, yet tailored style, and the Procline is no different. It is well-contoured to the curves of the body, which creates a custom, high-end look, and the color options are classy and understated. The jacket looks good from the ski slopes to the apr├Ęs bar to the office elevator.

The Procline's style is sleek, understated, and versatile.  Our...
The Procline's style is sleek, understated, and versatile. Our testers think it looks great.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Features


Even if it isn't storming on the ski hill, we still need places to stash our gloves, wallet, keys, snacks, and ski pass. The Procline doesn't skimp on useful features. It comes with two large external hand pockets that aren't blocked by a backpack waist strap, as well as a roomy external chest pocket and a ski pass pocket on the left sleeve. On the inside, it has two mesh stash pockets for skins or goggles and one internal zippered mesh pocket that is useful for storing personal items like phones, credit cards, and keys. The jacket also comes with a powder skirt, though we don't reach for this jacket when it's dumping outside.

Two inner mesh stash pockets and one internal zippered pocket...
Two inner mesh stash pockets and one internal zippered pocket provide plenty of storage space.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

Value


Lacking warmth and weather resistance, the Procline is a specialty piece, and won't be anyone's go-to ski jacket for stormy winter weather. But for users who already have a protective hardshell jacket, and who also own mid-layers to provide warmth, this softshell jacket fits a niche for warm and sunny days or backcountry ski touring. For the price, there are much warmer and more protective jackets out there, but if you are looking for a softshell ski jacket, this is the best on the market.

Conclusion


The Arc'teryx Procline softshell jacket delivers excellent breathability, all-day comfort, and tons of ski-specific features in a stylish package. It doesn't provide much warmth or weather resistance and is best used in good weather by users who know how to keep themselves warm by layering. For backcountry skiers and aerobic downhill skiers, this jacket is a great choice for a softshell, but for everyone else, a hardshell jacket is preferable.

The Arc'teryx Procline in early-season testing conditions in the...
The Arc'teryx Procline in early-season testing conditions in the Colorado Rockies.
Photo: Jackie Kearney

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