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Arc'teryx Mountain Guide Jacket Review

Review By Terry Ralphs
ISM Mountain Guide. IFMGA

Last winter Stuart McAleese and I had a few days free from guiding for the International School of Mountaineering, Leysin, Switzerland so we decided to put our newly acquired Arc’teryx “Mountain Guide” Jackets to the test. Our objective was a steep sustained super classic Swiss ice climb “Crack Baby” which is on the Breitwangflue near Kandersteg.

On first acquaintance with the jacket I could feel the high quality of the material, it felt very robust, yet light, and I am sure that it will take a fair amount of abuse before losing its waterproofness and have confidence that in extremely wet weather this jacket will really perform and keep the user dry.

Comfort and performance are always important for any mountain clothing but when you are climbing or guiding on technical routes there are also safety considerations. A jacket that is too snug can be restrictive and hinder the climbers movement making the route harder to climb than it need to be and conversely a garment which is too baggy can snag and obscure the climbers view.

We both found the Mountain Guide jacket roomy enough to allow a full range of movement yet cut to fit with good visibility around the harness and feet. Spare  gloves, and cameras etc. could easily be stowed in the inside of the jacket so to keep the camera battery and gloves warm when ice climbing.

Simplicity is key to performance and to design a jacket to work as it should without any added complications takes a lot of experience which clearly Arc’teryx has. The generous hood allowed a full range of head movement whilst wearing a helmet, but by using the draw cords it could be cinched  up to give good visibility when not wearing a helmet. The padded rolled hem at the bottom of the jacket and having the back of the jacket slightly longer than the front was great for stopping the jacket riding up and out of the harness.

The two outside chest pockets work very well. The left one has a two zip access (vertical zip and horizontal zip) and an internal hole so that a radio aerial can fit inside, I found this a real benefit when on mountain rescue call out and exercises. The right hand chest pocket has a simple single vertical zip and there is also a smaller internal pocket for keys/wallet. I was pleased to see that the bottom of the jacket was uncluttered and gave a clean sleek fit as it didn’t have any pockets.

The pit zips have two way sliders and it is easy to vent or close. The Velcro cuffs work really well and gloves can be worn with the cuffs inside or outside.  Breathability of the jacket is very good also being Gore-Tex pro and having a good cut.

The jacket is a high visibility mustard yellow and as a guide it is always good to be easily identified on busy slopes or when skiing in poor visibility.

So for me the jacket was a real hit and it is the one that I choose to wear if conditions are going to be difficult in terms of bad weather or technically demanding.

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International Federation Of Mountain Guides Association

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American Mountain Guides Association

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British Mountain Guides

International School of Mountaineering

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British Columbia Search And Rescue Association

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American Institute For Avalanche Research and Education

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