- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
This is my first Arc Teryx product and I am very happy with it. I got the red, which is a bright, almost orange-red (but still red). I like that it is very fitted because it is unique and more feminine that the other down vests I own. Especially nice is the way the arm holes are quite fitted, which keeps it warm and reduces bulk when worn under another jacket. The red looks really good worn on top of a red base layer shirt, or contrasted with black.
I expected it to be warm for the cost and the brand. Indeed it is as warm as you can expect for a garment without sleeves. It keeps the core warm and is usually too warm for a down jacket on top (while winter hiking). The best thing is you can go without a jacket since this vest keeps you warm. Also when you are not active, this is a warm middle layer.
The zipper seems small and possibly fragile but I guess that is to keep the weight low.
This is now my favorite vest. I wish I could get the other color as well but $$$ my budget must be spread amongst other key gear items.