Arc’teryx Women’s Sentinel Ski Jacket | Review

The Arc'teryx Women's Sentinel is a proper jacket for proper mountain exploration

Why we chose the Arc’teryx Sentinel AR Jacket: Technical, protective, durable and made for proper mountain exploration. It’s also got that minimalist Arc’teryx aesthetic.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, on a moon that’s orbiting Jupiter, you’ll no doubt already be familiar with the quality of Arc’teryx’s premium outerwear products. Usually stationed at the pricier end of the ski jacket spectrum, this one has an RRP above £500 for example, the gear of Arc’teryx really is the postman when it comes to quality (it always delivers). Take the Sentinel AR Jacket as a case in point. It’s been made to handle the most vertical aspects of big mountain skiing, as well as the highly active nature of freeride touring, and is properly decent in all the ways you’d want it to be. 

“It’s been made to handle the most vertical aspects of big mountain skiing”

With their headquarters situated in the coastal mountain wilderness of North Vancouver, it should come as no surprise that the designers at Arc’teryx have once again been able to serve up a product superbly equipped to handle the extremities of the backcountry. They’ve been doing it since David Lane founded them 1989 (they were originally called Rock Solid). With next level terrain on the doorstep, there’s arguably no brand in the world better placed to satisfy the needs of ski tourers. For women who live to explore mountains in winter, the Arc’teryx Sentinel AR Jacket is probably as spot on as it gets.


With the Sentinel AR Jacket, you’re looking at an N70p 3L Gore-Tex set up. In short, this means a durable nylon plain weave outer face with a moisture-wicking brushed-knit polyester liner. There’s also, as to be expected, a DWR finish. What does this mean for you, the potential purchaser, exactly? Well, you already know what you’re dealing with when it comes to Gore-Tex. This is a jacket made for getting out in extreme terrain, and extreme conditions, and the highly technical nature of the materials used reflects that. Good waterproofing, good breathability, good stuff; it’s a good jacket, this.


This version of the Sentinel AR Jacket is a women’s specific cut. It has anatomical shaping, articulated elbows, and showcases a thoughtful, genuinely intelligent, approach to design throughout its being. The no-lift gusseted underarms, the laminated brim, the helmet compatible StormHood, and stealth hood adjusters all speak of a jacket that wants to get out and about; wants to get down to business in the worst kind of weather. It’s a jacket that loves the idea of battening down the hatches, a jacket that relishes being under siege and going to battle with the elements.

The protective and durable nature of the product is reinforced further by the taped seams, the WaterTight Vislon front zip and WaterTight pit zippers. There’s also some really nice velcro cuff adjusters, an adjustable hem drawcord, and stretchy powder skirt to help keep all that powder and wet weather out. The Slide ‘n’ Loc attachment, in this regard, is also excellent. It cleverly links up with the Sentinel AR Pant to create an impressively snowproof system, one that works as a single unit.

Arc’teryx is a brand that’s built its reputation off the back of a smart approach to minute details. Never people to just put blindfolds on and randomly stick features on a jacket, the pockets here provide security for your essentials and have been positioned in such a way that they’re accessible when you’re wearing a ski touring backpack. 


You don’t need us to tell you that Arc’teryx makes good, technical, jackets for the big outdoors. The Sentinel AR Jacket though really is excellent. It’s technical, functional, durable and will more than hold its own on the upper echelons of the mountain. 

“It’s technical, functional, durable and will more than hold its own on the upper echelons of the mountain”

If you’re a casual, one trip a year, skier or tend to spend the majority of your winter adventures shredding up the piste then you’ll want to look at some lower price point options. If, however, you’re the type of person who watches ski films on your lunch break and thinks about backcountry touring from sunrise to sunset then this jacket is the one for you. It will, like the best kind of sentinel stand guard, watch over, and protect.

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