Arc'teryx Theta SV Review 2013/02/12
Completely unaware wearing it but totally reassured and confident
with it on. This is the mark of a great waterproof. One that goes
unnoticed but provides all the protection you need. This review will
be on a top of the line premium waterproof the Arc'teryx Theta
SV. Let's check it out with a full review.
The Arc'teryx Theta SV Pro Shell Jacket is a thigh length, high-end
waterproof. Featuring a super tough face fabric and aggressive hood
design. It has a relaxed winter fit designed to accommodate layers
beneath in all seasons. I normally wear my Arc'teryx Theta SV Jacket
with an Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody beneath, the two work so well together.
Having a hard shell is essential when out and about. It separates you
from the elements which will protect you from the chilling effect of
getting cold and wet. There are waterproof jackets that will keep you
dry in most situations and these are not hard to find on the market.
What is much harder to find are jackets that impart a sense of
confidence to the wearer in the harshest of conditions. The Arc'teryx
Theta SV is one such jacket.
Firstly, the face fabric. One of the toughest for Gore Pro Shell you can
find and as a result is not designed for super fast and light pursuits
as its heavier than regular Gore Pro shells. For a bushcraft hiker and
photographer this is perfect. I always appreciate more durability.
Moreover there is nothing wrong with carrying slightly more to be able
to face the worst when the weather changes. The fabric also holds a DWR
well through consecutive days of rain. This is the first jacket to keep
beading water throughout an entire multi day hike. The face fabric
appears to be really durable and has held up excellently to the abuse I
have taken the jacket through. For example putting packs on, brushing
through forest, being packed into a stuff bag and lots of general use.
The Arc'teryx Theta SV jacket has become my benchmark for waterproof
The length is absolutely spot on with the thigh high cut covering the
rear without getting in the way of moving uphill or walking quickly. The
hem and waist adjustment allows for a really snug fit and prevents the
extra material getting in the way when putting on a rucksack or just
moving about if you are wearing it without a lot of layers underneath in
warmer months. The hood is amazing at keeping the rain, wind and snow
out of your face and feels so solid when its being worn. Its helmet
compatible hood has four adjustments. Two on the front and another two
at the back. They all work together to make the hood grip your head and
shut out the elements. This is one of the Arc'teryx Theta SV 's stand
out features for me.