The Venta MX Hoody is Discontinued as of December 2017Once again, the Arc'teryx Venta MX wins a Top Pick for Ice Climbing. It is the ultimate softshell for ice climbing. It's more breathable and more comfortable than a hardshell, and it's windproof and highly water resistant. The Windstopper membrane keeps you warm when the wind hammers and icicles drip. This jacket has a near perfect blend of features that make it fantastic for ice climbing. Over two years, eight people tested this jacket on trips throughout six US states. Our conclusion after scores of climbing pitches, miles of walking, negative temps, and side-by-side comparison with other jackets is: if you climb a lot of ice and have the cash for a luxurious jacket, our Top Pick winner can't be beat.
The major drawback of this jacket is the lack of breathability. For high output ventures, we typically reach for more breathable softshells such as the Editors' Choice Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody. Still, if you want a jacket that provides a little more warmth and breathability than a true hardshell jacket at the expense of weather protection, look no further than the Arc'teryx Venta MX.