This elegant, flattering jacket was the belle of the ball with our girlfriends whether we were wearing it at the mountain or sporting it around town, we got a lot of compliments. The Arc'teryx Tiya is a high performing piece that will keep you warm high functioning at the ski hill but comes with a hefty price tag. It has high-quality features like flexible GORE-TEX shell materials and the RECCO reflector technology and all the ski features you need like a powder skirt and helmet compatible hood.
Arc'teryx Tiya Review
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The ladies loved this comfortable, slim fitting insulated jacket on and off the mountain.
The Tiya's shell materials are tough and will withstand any moisture that is thrown at whether it is sleet, rain or heavy powder. It has N70p 3L GORE-TEX® fabric and professionally seam taped seams to keep it all out, very similar to the Patagonia Primo Down. We did not detect any cold drafts getting in through the zipper and the hood fit nicely over our helmet for extra protection. The shell material did not feel quite as thick and durable as the Flylow Billie Coat, or the Patagonia Untracked, but both of those jackets have a stiffer feel and are a bit louder when moving around.
Although the Tiya's shell materials are supposedly breathable, we have found that GORE-TEX sometimes is not the most ventilating of fabrics. However, the Tiya does have pit zips to help with increased airflow for those days when you're working hard in the deep powder or crud. Much like the Primo Down the Tiya has mesh lined pit zips to keep the powder from getting inside your jacket if you take a tumble. We appreciate this feature but think the mesh limits air flow, and prefer the gaping pit zips of the Arc'teryx Sentinel.
The Tiya has synthetic insulation meant to keep you warm even if you get it wet, which is an advantage over down insulation like in the Primo Down. Because the profile of this jacket is somewhat form fitting there is not a huge amount of insulation in this jacket. It is a similar warmth to the stylish Orage Nina, it will keep you warm on most days, but you may want to add an extra layer on the colder days or if you're skiing in colder areas like the North East. We like that the Tiya's hood is also lined with warm synthetic insulation and its cozy microfleece-lined hand warmer pockets.
This high performing jacket is loaded with useful ski features. It has a powder skirt to keep drafts and snow from getting up your back if you take a tumble, and the hood will fit over most ski helmets. Unfortunately, we find the hood's drawcord system very difficult to use with gloves. The pull cords to tighten the hood are located inside the collar and almost impossible to find with gloves and goggles on. We greatly prefer hoods with drawcords outside the collar like the Billie Coat and Patagonia Untracked jackets.
Other features we love on the Tiya are all the functional pockets including a sleeve pass pocket and interior zip and goggle drop-in pocket.
If you're looking for an insulated ski jacket that is also form-fitting and flattering, this is for you! We think the Tiya has a simple style that is timeless and won't be dated. We received many compliments when wearing this jacket, especially about the Baja Blue color. We do wish that it came in a few more color options.
Comfort and Fit
The supple shell material with a slight stretch makes this jacket very comfortable to wear. The Tiya does fit on the small side and is Arc'teryx's "Trim Fit" style. We've noticed that Arc'teryx products fit on the smaller side. Our classic medium-sized testers felt the medium fit ok, but you couldn't put extra layers on outside of a thin mid layer. The Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1 had the roomiest fit of the bunch and was quite comfortable. The Orage Nina's stretchy softshell materials fit true to size for our medium testers.
The Tiya is a great pick for wearing to the ski resort. It will keep you comfortable in most climates with its light insulation. It can also double for an all-around winter jacket and apres ski or around town piece as well because of its simple, tailored design.
Here is the major drawback of the Tiya - it costs $800! There are other products in this review, including our Editors' Choice award winner the Primo Down that retail for less and are a much better value. If you're looking for a fancy jacket, that people will know you paid a premium for because of the Arc'teryx label, this is for you.
This simple and classic ski jacket is high quality, high performing and comes with a high price tag. It is comfortable and warm and fits like a glove. It is not bulky and will give you a tailored silhouette, but doesn't leave much room for layering unless you size up.
— Jessica Haist