Arc'teryx Sphene Jacket - Men's
Arc'teryxSphene Jacket - Men's

Lightweight, breathable, and packable.

From tree-covered skintracks to steep-and-deep descents, the Arc'teryx Men's Sphene Jacket provides lightweight and packable protection. Made with a 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric, this jacket offers durable waterproof, windproof protection while remaining breathable during high-aerobic activities. WaterTight underarm zippers prevent you from overheating on strenuous climbs, while the lightweight powder skirt keeps you dry during snowy descents. A helmet-compatible hood provides extra protection when the wind and snow begins to blow. The Sphene Jacket's fit leaves room for layering, whether it's a long-sleeved t-shirt on warm days or heavier midlayers on cold days.

  • A breathable and packable jacket for backcountry touring
  • Lightweight Gore-Tex Pro fabric for foul weather protection
  • Fully taped seams prevent seeping
  • WaterTight underarm zippers for easy ventilation
  • Helmet-compatible hood protects head from wind and precipitation
  • Lightweight powder skirt seals out snow
  • Hidden Cohaesive hood and hem adjusters
  • Arc'teryx uses a less is more philosophy to design its gear
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Returned before using

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I returned this before I used it, mainly because I thought the Nighthawk color was going to be more black than blue, but definitely a dark blue color. But when I did just try it on, it fit great. I like my stuff a bit more baggy, and the XL was just to my liking. The shell felt super high quality as all Arc'teryx does. Would've loved to hold onto this, but was looking for a black jacket.

Bomber protection!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: xl

I have worn this shell in all types of conditions. It is super light weight but tough. You can wear with layers in the winter skiing or with out in the summer rain. I weigh between 210/220. My height is 6ft 1. The xl is a good fit but on the snug/athletic side. Size up if you have a belly.

Favorite Touring Shell

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

I use this jacket as my go to for splitboard touring. I am on my second full season with it. It is extremely lightweight and packable, yet still burly enough to handle some intense beatings. Having Gore-Tex Pro is a seller itself. I have not ever had any issues with the waterproofing, even on all day tours. In addition, the breathability on the Gore-Tex Pro is phenomenal. I run very warm, and even when I am too lazy on a short skinner back up for another lap and do not take the shell off, I am rarely overheating. If it is a bluebird day and the sun is beating down on me, I can open up the pit zips and dump heat at a very rapid rate. I found the jacket to be true to size overall. It is a bit tight in the hips area, but nothing to size differently over. I would highly recommend this jacket for touring purposes. Feel free to reach directly out with any questions!

Butt-Scooting Champ

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Have only used this Jacket for a couple of days recently when up in Tahoe area doing skiing, walking, and a bit of outside work clearing snow and such. However on just my third run skiing(still sad to miss out on all the fresh snow) I took a hard fall and injured my leg and ended up having to scoot on my butt for about 150m through approx. 9" of fresh powder. This jacket's powder skirt went full Gandalf and let me tell you, nothing passed. I was amazed to see that all the snow fell to the ground and not down my pants when I finally got vertical after my escapade. To fill the gap of skiing I worked outside and got to test the strength of the beautiful Gore-Tex this jacket is made of. There was multiple times my heart stopped after the ice axe or shovel I was using caught on the sleeves but every time I looked for the tears, there wasn't even a scratch. For the couple days I've used this jacket it has already proved itself not a purchase but an investment in one hell of a hardshell. It's strong, it's light, it works like a champ, it looks good, fits perfectly slim with room for layers, and is all around a beautiful jacket, but what else do you expect from Arc'teryx?

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I got this jacket midway through the ski season and have been able to use it a few times. My first thoughts were that this jacket was too light to be used while skiing. It feels like a rain jacket. After using it, I am happy to report that this was not the case! I was able to use this on a cold/stormy day where it was snowing all day long. I wore a base layer and mid layer underneath and found my self getting quite hot (I run a bit hot)!

The quality is superb and it is bomb-proof. No wind or snow got through any of the days that I used it. What else can you expect from Arc'teryx?

The sizing was true. I am 5'9" and 165lbs and got a size L. It was big on me, but this is how I like my ski gear, so it was perfect. If I were to get my true size, a medium would fit perfectly.

I would definitely recommend this jacket for touring, warm resort days, or cold resort days (with proper layering). I only had one problem with the jacket, the cuffs were small on for my swany mittens. Whenever I had to take off my mitten I had to wrastle the cuffs back over! However, given the nature of this jacket being a light and pack-able shell, lighter gloves would have been ideal.

Hit me up if you have questions about it!
-nijohnson@backcountry.com

Have you tried the Rush - what are your thoughts on the differences?

Hey Don, why don't you shoot me an email at nijohnson@backcountry.com and we will talk more about the differences!

Crazy light!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Just picked up this jacket in preparation for the upcoming ski season. I am big into backcountry skiing and was looking for a new shell that was light and pack-able but still provided enough protection for those blower pow days we get here in Utah!

I have yet to use the jacket, but my initial impressions are very good. The quality is top notch, as you can expect from anything from Arc'Teryx and Gore-Tex. The fit is spot on and as advertised it has a long (31 in) center back length that fully covers my butt. The powder skirt is actually really nice and doesn't ride up as I move around (though we shall see how that goes on the mountain). I am 6' 190 lbs and am able to comfortably fit a medium puffy underneath the size Large. The pockets are also really big and should be big enough to fit my skins on those days where sticking them in my pack would lead to them freezing.

I have yet to test of the waterproofing and breathability, but I am confident that it will exceed my expectations seeing as it is made with Gore-Tex Pro. Here is a little clip from Gore about their Pro fabric:
"The fabric’s construction keeps your body dry by reducing the accumulation of sweat, so you remain cool during aerobic activities and warm during cool-down. Made to meet the high demands of (ski)mountaineers, freeriders, mountain guides and serious outdoor enthusiasts, garments made with 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric are engineered with added durability to withstand abrasion in rugged environments while protecting against extreme and unpredictable conditions with frequent work-rest cycles."

I am super excited to put this jacket to the test on the mountain and will post an update once I have some real world experience with it.

If you have any questions about this jacket, or anything else on the site, please contact me directly.

Trey,

Have you had a chance to get out with the Sphene, how has it been? What about the Sphene vs. the Rush?