Arcteryx Fissile ReviewOctober 9, 2015
- Great fit for most body types
- Luxurious feel
The Arcteryx Fissile, is an ideal ski coat for cold weather. The only downfall to this jacket is its hefty price tag—but you get what you pay for—and in the case of this jacket, you get a warm, comfortable, and durable jacket that will last a long time.
The Fissile is cut from three-layer 70 denier Gore Tex, meaning it’s pretty darn tough. Seams are sealed and construction is up to Arcteryx’s usual standards. They claim their gear is designed for a full season of professional (read: ski patrol) use, so should last a couple hundred days in even direct alpine sun and wind and rain. This stuff rarely gets returned for defects.
The best way to keep your down coat dry is to wrap it in a shell, which is the case with the Fissile. Another great way is to do something else Arcteryx has done, which is swap out down insulation for synthetic in key areas that attract the most moisture, the hood, collar and hemline in this case. The hood is big and roomy, but cinches down beautifully with a four-point system. There’s a powder skirt, hemline cinches, and well-designed wrist cuffs to go over or under gloves. The pit zips are backed by mesh, so you can ride with them open and not worry about snow getting packed into your armpits if you wipe out.
The Fissile’s breathability is on par with other insulated jackets in this test. There are mesh-backed pit zips to aid ventilation.
This jacket has everything you want, and nothing you don’t. It has six pockets total—twin drop pockets fit gloves or even skins, bicep pocket is good for a radio or ski pass. Any more features would be overkill. It’s got Recco in case you get buried by a slide or get stuck out of bounds, or in a tree well, and the four-point hood adjustment is perfect.
Thanks to 750-fill down and the synthetic insulation zones, the Fissile is a very warm jacket that manages moisture adroitly, and seems to fit all but the most beer-bellied. There’s tremendous freedom of movement without the coat being baggy. The secret is in the roomy cut of the shoulders.