Alf Alderson reviews the Vancouver-based company’s flagship backcountry shell.

Arc'teryx Rush Jacket RRP £570

Another one of our 17/18 favourites, the Arc’teryx Rush is a fine, lightweight shell that looks great and performs just as well. It utilises hard-wearing N80p-X 3L Gore-Tex Pro fabric which sheds snow and wind, but is breathable enough to be comfortable when skinning up, or on warmer days.

The helmet-compatible hood provides excellent protection, particularly from the storm visor, but has minimal impact on peripheral vision. Articulated patterning throughout the Rush provides ergonomic freedom whether you’re climbing or descending.

All the jacket’s outer zips are watertight, and the two chest pockets are huge, whilst there’s additional storage in an internal security pocket and stash pocket along with a lift pass pocket on the left sleeve. Naturally on a jacket designed for freeriders there are also watertight pit zips too.

The Rush is rounded off with a powder skirt, Velcro-adjustable cuffs and adjustable hem to keep the elements at bay, and it’s easily one of the most comfortable and user-friendly jackets we’ve used this season.

FOR Great fit – one of those ski jackets that just ‘feels right’
AGAINST N80p-X 3L Gore-Tex Pro fabric is quite ‘noisy’

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What Arc'Teryx say:

Built for big mountain realities, the Rush Jacket delivers waterproof, windproof protection with comfort and durability. Hardwearing N80p-X 3L GORE-TEX® Pro sheds snow and wind, but is breathable enough for comfort on ascents. A helmet-compatible StormHood™ provides coverage with minimal impact on vision, and articulated patterning elevates ergonomic freedom on uptracks and descents. WaterTight™ pit zippers aid ventilation, pockets are secure and accessible, and a powder skirt seals out snow.