Arc'teryx Accelero Jacket - Men's
You’ve been waiting for the gun to go off for 20 minutes now—and it just started to drizzle. Sit tight; your Arc’teryx Men’s Accelero Jacket will keep warm and dry from hectic start to photo finish. When the gun cracks and the crowd surges, you’ll move forward unrestricted thanks to gusseted underarms, mechanical-stretch hem and cuffs, and an articulated fit. Don’t sweat the miles; double-weave polyester breathes away the chilling moisture that was wicked from your skin by an inner layer of bamboo charcoal. As the finish comes into view, drop the quick-pull front zip, give one last kick in cool comfortand bust through the tape looking like a million bucks.
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Wonderful fabric, too roomy
August 21, 2012
Feels and looks great, but not at all trim (see my similar quarrel with the Celeris). I'll admit to being scrawny at 5-10 and 135, but I'm swimming in a Small. Please, Arc, make this truly trim or beginning producing X-Smalls. I'd love to own this jacket if it fit.
I have had this a few years now, and like as a light layer. Unfortunately
I have had this a few years now, and like as a light layer. Unfortunately it got a brief spell on a drying cycle (in an irritating combi washer and dryer) which has left it wrinkly. A second wash hasn't helped, and it is not meant to be ironed. Any ideas as to get it back to its smooth origins?
May 16, 2012
You might try just getting it wet and then hang drying it outside. I've had decent luck getting wrinkles out of tech fabrics that way.
By: Andrew Wike
May 16, 2012
May 19, 2010
I use this jacket often for things like running and rowing crew. It is incredibly breathable and really lightweight.I'm 6'2" 185 and the medium size fits perfectly. I like how the back is longer than the front.
However, this jacket is pretty no-frills. There are no pockets aside from the arm pocket (which isn't big enough for an ipod touch). There is no drawcord around the hem, no hood, nothing but stretchy material around the cuffs.
However, the jacket looks fantastic. I feel great running in it. Fits like a glove and I've gotten more compliments on this in the last few weeks than on my Alpha SV, Venta AR, and Theta AR combined. So far no water has gotten through it, but I've only worn it in fairly light drizzle. The water beads off of it pretty well, but it is nothing close to waterproof I'm sure.
The thing about this jacket is that it is geared for pretty specific stuff. If you can justify to yourself buying a jacket that is not waterproof, has no pockets, but breathes great and fits perfectly, go for it!
I have about nine jackets; everything from an ultralight Marmot Mica rain jacket, to an Arc'teryx Alpha SV ice climbing/storm jacket, to a Mountain Hardware Subzero SL jacket for bitter cold and this Accelero jacket is easily my favorite overall, even if it's not my most practical or expensive jacket.
How athletic of a cut is this? I wear between XL and XXL as I
How athletic of a cut is this? I wear between XL and XXL as I have 48" chest with broad shoulders which puts me in XXL but a 36-38 waist which always leaves me with a lot of room. I find I'm an XL in loose cuts like the Firee and Sabre SV. Does this run tight enough to be an XXL for me or would an XL fit? Thanks
December 26, 2011
Levi, I think you can wear an XL in this jacket. I wouldn't consider this jacket an athletic cut.
By: Gone Fishing
December 27, 2011
Best jac I've ever owned.
August 6, 2011
Breathes like nothing else. Keeps the wind almost fully of of you. Dries out in no time flat. Great for layering. Im 5"10 200 lbs with broad shoulders and athletic build and I wear a Medium. I like it to fit trim against my body. I jumped into a river with this on today and it was dry in 15 minutes. Have worn it for a year strait almost every day. I won't leave home without it.
Amazing for approaches.
**EDIT** Still going strong for two years now, everyday wear.**
I'm looking for a solid replacement for my Marmot DriClime
I'm looking for a solid replacement for my Marmot DriClime Windshirt. After 10 years, it is done. Think this is a comparable replacement.
By: PC Tele
December 1, 2011
The Accelero will offer slightly less wind resistance but much better breathability and will also be better at fending off abrasion. It doesn't have the fleece inside like the Driclime which makes it light and really packable, but not quite as warm. There is the Solano which is more similar to the DriClime, but I prefer the Accelero.
By: Brandon Carlile
December 5, 2011
Light but not much substance, also runs generous in size
October 28, 2011
Just purchased this jacket and it is very light. Unfortunately, a size "large" is too billowy for me, which is strange since I went by the size chart and usually wear large to xl in more athletic or technical jackets. So consider sizing down if you are going to use this in colder applications or for more active athletic use.
I used the jacket skate skiing for 70 minutes in 24F the other evening with a long sleeve medium weight underwear piece next to my skin and the Accelero jacket on top.
Because the jacket is too large on me, the open space it created caused some cold spots. I was exercising at mostly aerobic pace with some minor pushes at anaerobic threshold, and for the most part the jacket was "ok" it wasn't "awesome" as it didn't dry quickly at that temperature and with a little wind, I found it borderline cold for standing around in after the work-out. I don't think it would have been a very pleasing garment at that same activity but for a much longer time.
Post work-out, I just put a warmer jacket over the Accelero and drove home. It dried slightly by the time I was home, it was never soaking wet or anything, but it did seem to retain odor, so instead of just hanging it, I washed it in cold and hung it to dry. It was perfectly dry the next morning.
I went for a run this evening in similar temps in the 20s but with more wind and was very dissatisfied. I have other lighter technical jackets that keep me better insulated and I don't think the jacket's breathability is anything special. In fact, I would say unless you are doing zone 1, or light aerobic activity, this jacket is not a great piece to work out in. I was thinking the weight to warmth ratio would be much better, but it functions very similarly to a straight lightweight nylon jacket warmth wise, but not as good as nylon in wicking perspiration.
I love Arcteryx stuff and would like to try and exchange it for a warmer more technical piece, or in the least for a size medium as a tighter fit might help, but if you are looking for a light, functional and highly technical jacket, this Accelero may not be the one you want.
Does anybody have the measurments of the front and back in size
Does anybody have the measurments of the front and back in size L and XL??
September 3, 2011
Great "action" jacket
January 11, 2011
This is my multi-sport "go-to" jacket. I have used it for trail runs in cold/wind/drizzle, mountain biking, road biking, skinning, climbing, and hiking. It has been great for all of these aerobic, high energy output endeavors. It sports a near perfect balance between breathability and wind resistance. Over about 50-55F and it starts getting a little hot (while moving) and I would say it gets a bit breezy in winds over 15-20mph. When the wind picks up or it gets a little chilly, this jacket is right at home underneath another layer, either a puffy or another shell. When too warm, it unzips to dump heat, or disappears in your pack. It is lightweight and dries very quickly. As mentioned in an earlier review, the jacket is slightly longer in the back, this is great under a harness or backpack waistbelt and on a bike as well.
The only drawback I can think of would be the lack of pockets, but I can't imagine adding handwarmer pockets would be an improvement to this jacket.
I also tried the Patagonia Traverse, which is somewhat similar, but I found it to be a bit heavier and breathability wasn't quite as good.
For the fit beta: I am 6'0" (182cm) and 180-185 lbs (~83kg), I have a 41" (104cm) chest, 33" (83cm) waist, and am 48" (123cm) around the outside of my shoulders. At these measurements, I occupy a massively annoying middle ground between medium and large in Arc'teryx and Patagonia gear and I usually wind up bouncing between the two sizes depending on the cut of the specific jacket or shirt. In this piece the medium fits perfect, not too euro-slim and just enough room to comfortably fit a t-shirt and/or a midweight base layer, no more. I tried the large and it was pretty baggy, to the point of being annoying. I don't think the jacket was meant to layer much underneath it, so I stuck with the medium and I've been very happy with it.
Bottom line: This is a perfect "approach"/"action" jacket. It has worked great for me in this role in many sports and many conditions.
Photo is near the summit of Mt. Hood last August.
Hello Backcountry --- The inventory shows that there are no
Hello Backcountry ---
The inventory shows that there are no --- size small, color volcano --- in stock. Will you be getting this size/color? If not, is it an item that can be ordered? Thanks, Mark
October 12, 2010
That color/size is in stock now!
By: Ed Ayres
October 20, 2010
Good for what it is
June 16, 2011
Semi waterproof, and wind resistant -- good jacket for pre- and post-ride, as well as foggy or damp excursions.
I want to buy both Delta SV pullover and an Accelero jacket from
I want to buy both Delta SV pullover and an Accelero jacket from Arcteryx. I have a Rho LT (size L) and Tau pullover size (M). I am 170 lbs and 6´.
What size should I buy in each model? Differences between Accelero and Celeris jacket (use winter running) ?
October 12, 2010
You're a medium (Rho LT runs a bit small) in all of these. The Arc'teryx Accelero is a really breathable, medium wind and weather resistant piece. Between the Accelero and Celeris, I get much more use from the Accelero, and it works great as a mid-layer for cold weather activities under a hardshell, too.
By: Brandon Carlile
October 12, 2010
GREAT fabric, lack of pocket
June 2, 2011
I have tried last year and this year's Accelero, love the material and fit. I mainly wear it as a top layer over a wicking shirt while running 5~10 miles. The HUGE drawback is lack of large pockets and no drawstring around waist. I do like a tiny tiny pocket on bicep, but it's barely large enough for...eh, a coin? I have to carry a few keys, cash, subway card at minnimal, and this jacket force me to wear a toolbelt (not really...fuelbelt) which I don't like. Arc is very minimalistic design, and this is perfect example, but for the price, they can add a little more functions.
Does this fit more tightly, like the Atom MX, or more loosely,
Does this fit more tightly, like the Atom MX, or more loosely, like the Gamma MX? I tried both and would like to go for a really snug fit, for trail running.
I normally have arcteryx size M and it fits me perfectly, but if it was cut like the Gamma MX I'd consider size S.
October 1, 2010
Looser than the Atom MX. I would say close to the Gamma MX. It fit nicely over a t shirt or base layer (I wear mediums as well). Watch out if you go to a small as it will be cut much shorter in the front.
By: PAUL UDOVIC
October 6, 2010
May 12, 2011
Like other Arc garments, it's well made, handsome, and probably functions extremely well. But it's much too roomy for me. At 5-10 and less than 140, I have trouble finding many Smalls that will fit properly. Unfortunately, this is one of those. I wish Arc made its Smalls a little smaller; then again, I'd need another closet if they did. Although this seems intended for aerobic sports, it seems cut more for climbers. On my admittedly scrawny runner's body with admittedly shortish arms, the chest is too wide (although the stomach is decently trim) and the sleeves are much too long. If you have a well-developed upper body and long arms, or like extra sleeve length for reaching, then this will work for you. For my purposes, i.e., running with just a thin shirt underneath, it's too roomy through the body and has too much fabric weighing me down in the arms. The three stars don't reflect the quality of the piece, just my disappointment at how this is cut for its intended use--high-output activities.
Would this be good for (road-)cycling?
Would this be good for (road-)cycling?
April 26, 2010
I use it for cycling. Works fantastically and I don't look like an overly-serious goon wearing one of cycling jerseys. You need a layer underneath for cool weather, but otherwise is perfect for cycling.
January 15, 2011
I've used my Arc'teryx Accelero for mountain biking and it works great for cool, breezy days. Not totally windproof, but blocks enough to keep the chill away, while breathing well enough to keep the swamp factor out. It's a very versatile piece of gear.
By: Brandon Carlile
April 26, 2010
Great running jacket
February 14, 2011
Lightweight, breathable and very warm, this jacket is a very comfortable layer. I primarily wear this jacket while running and I don't even notice I'm wearing it. There's plenty of room to layer underneath and it doesn't hold smells.
It doesn't have many bells and whistles other than a small pocket on the left arm. I thought it was a bit pricey to have such few features, but it's still a great jacket and does exactly what it says.
My favorite features are that it's lined with bamboo and the sleeve openings have elastic to say in place on my wrists.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this jacket!
January 15, 2011
I use this for all outdoor aerobic activity. It is ridiculously light. Blocks the wind, blocks the drizzle, and has cool reflectors. I took it on a 30 mile bike ride today in 30 degree weather with a couple midweight smartwool layers underneath and was perfectly comfortable. I also use it for running and it works quite well.
The jacket looks cool too. Get lots of compliments on it's look. It's cut very athletically.
I have about five Arcteryx jackets and this is my favorite.
My ONLY recommendation for improvement would be to make the mp3 player pocket on the sleeve slightly larger. I would typically use my iphone for listening to mp3s and this pocket won't quite hold something that size. Given the prevalence of iphone-sized mp3 players, it just makes sense to have the pocket accommodate something of that size.
For fit, I am 6'2", 210lbs and wear a 42 Long sized suit and the MEDIUM Accelero works perfect. I can fit a couple layers of medium-weight smartwool underneath this jacket all zipped up without issue or tightness. I feel like a large would be a little baggy, which would seem to undermine the purpose of this jacket.
Nice but spartan
December 13, 2010
Great, super light material, good moisture management (moisture from the inside). Works well below 0°C / 30F as long as you are on the move producing heat (jacket does not really warm due to thin fabric).
Size runs big, for comparison, I (6'1" 170ish) got an Atom MX which is trim/snug fit, Gamma MX which is probably "athletic" fit and the Accelero, which is considerably bigger (all in size medium). The longer, hip length, cut is very nice, but it's also very roomy around the torso, so I had like 3cm stitched off from pits to waist on both sides to make it fit similar to the Gamma MX.
Small pockets would be nice too if you were to use it for hiking, trail running or other multi-hour/outdoorsy activities.
October 8, 2010
Owned for one season so far - great fit, I'm 185 6' and large is perfect. Used for running in cold weather (below or close freezing) and mountain biking. Holds off rain / snow for short showers. Also used for ski touring while skinning - worked great. I have the Epsilon AR as well. For comparison this is a thinner material which has taken some serious abuse with scrapes passing trees mountain biking and still looks new but might not be as burly as the Epsilon - it also feels like a closer weave and so keeps a little more wind out than the Epsilon but still really breathable - (bonus is it doesn't stink either after months of use). Very happy with it. About to buy a 2nd one.
Great Fit and Fabric
April 18, 2010
Excellent jacket- Super lightweight, fantastic fabric and a generous cut. Far too many arcteryx lightweight jacket/half zippers are short in the front of the torso. Luckily the Accelero is nice and long- it also comes with drop back hem. It has excellent breathability during aerobic activity and moves well with your body. Its a great choice for outdoor activities. The only thing keeping this from getting 5 stars is the lack of a 2 pocket. It would be perfect to have a pocket in the rear of the jacket to stash a power bar or banana while running/biking.
- Dry Web (polyester double-weave), Schoeller Dynamic GNS (92% nylon, 8% spandex), DWR coating
- Fabric Waterproof Rating:
- Fabric Breathability Rating:
- highly breathable
- critical seams taped
- Center Back Length:
- 29.75 in
- Powder Skirt:
- 1 laminated zippered sleeve
- [M] 9.1 oz
- Recommended Use:
- running, aerobic training, hiking
- Manufacturer Warranty: