M Arc’Teryx Fission Belay Parka REVIEW
by Don Wilson
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The Arc'Teryx Fission Belay Parka has both a waterproof/breathable shell and high loft synthetic insulation, features unique among the jackets in our review suite (although the MEC Magma is close to waterproof with its Gore Dryloft shell). This combination provides outstanding storm protection and significant warmth. The Fission is designed for climbing in difficult conditions and its hood and fit are well suited to keeping you warm and dry in alpine conditions. It includes typical Arc'Teryx features such as watertight zippers, a functional and highly adjustable hood, and superb quality construction. This combination of features and quality also carries a high price tag at a suggested retail price of $475. Hold the jacket up to its own standards and it fares well. Compare to the rest of the jackets in the review in the context of the Review Summary article, however, and you may think that there are more practical and higher performing pieces of gear on which to drop five C-notes - overall the Arc'Teryx Fission Belay Parka scored relatively low.
- In Brief
- Garment Style
- Fabric Description
- Insulation Description
- Other Features
- Model Year
- Storm Resistance
- Recommendations for Improvement
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