Arc'teryx's attention to detail, quality construction, and high-end materials are apparent in the Andessa jacket. This jacket has all the little comforts and details we love in a ski jacket, such as a removable snowskirt, stretchy shell material, and Recco avalanche technology. The Andessa is super warm and comfortable and we had trouble getting it back from one of our testers, she loved it so much. The insulation in this jacket is very clever. It has 750 fill power down around the core areas for primary insulating warmth and Coreloft synthetic insulation in the areas that receive more abrasion and more moisture, like the sleeves, underarms, and zipper areas, to keep these areas warm even when the jacket is compressed and wet.
The 2016 Andessa jacket has a more form-flattering cut than the previous model we tested, but seems to fit rather small.