Arc'teryx Procline Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Breathable, comfortable, great pockets
Cons: Not warm or weather resistant
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|Pros||Breathable, comfortable, great pockets||Excellent performance in every category, durable||Strong value, highly versatile, warm, loaded with ski-friendly features||Weather resistant, good vents, plenty of features||Versatile, inexpensive, warm|
|Cons||Not warm or weather resistant||More snug fit than other options||Heavy, poor ventilation in combined figuration||Hanging liner makes it a bit warm for a shell, fit isn't perfect||Bulky, 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 weather||This excellent resort ski jacket nails all performance aspects to deserve a spot at the top of your wish list||This versatile and reasonably priced jacket helps you customize your layers, whether you prioritize warmth, weather resistance, or both||A high-performance shell at a great price||A 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...|
|Weather Resistance (20%)|
|Comfort And Fit (20%)|
|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|
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 après bar to the office elevator.
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.
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.
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.
— Jeff Dobronyi
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