Arc’teryx Sphene Jacket review. OnTheSnow reviewed this shell jacket as part of its 2016/2017 Jacket Buyers' Guide.

Favorite Features: Extremely light, highly packable and downright durable. Arc’teryx is known for its bulletproof outerwear, a sentiment that did not go unnoticed while rifling through the many features found on the Sphene. This jacket feels as if it will outperform the most committed backcountry riders, utilizing three layer Gore-Tex and taped seams. The helmet compatible storm hood went above and beyond with its laminated brim, cinch cords and outstanding peripheral vision.

Room for Improvement: We’d like to see cable routing in the internal media pocket as well as wrist gaiters along the cuff line.


Fit: Thanks to “e3D Ergonomic 3-Dimensional patterning,” the Sphene fits exceptionally well, providing superb range of mobility. Although the athletic fit and snug bottom hem may be too tight for some, the minimalist design is a welcome departure from baggier counterparts.

Manufacturer Description: Light, packable and durable, the Sphene delivers features and GORE-TEX® Pro protection required for backcountry ski and snowboard tours, but weighs a mere 430 grams. The helmet compatible StormHood™ provides full coverage while maintaining peripheral vision, and the smartly designed powder skirt helps seal out snow. Pockets are simple and smart, WaterTight™ zippers won’t accumulate snow, and the Cohaesive® cordlocks are streamlined and efficient.