Gear Review: Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody
Hands down our favorite peaces of gear this winter. If you have ever wanted a jack that balances around town versatility and backpacking dependability than look no further.
Hands down our favorite peaces of gear this winter. If you have ever wanted a jack that balances around town versatility and backpacking dependability than look no further. The Atom LT Hoody is built mountain tough with materials that include:
✮ Luminara™—Nylon weave fabric with wind and water repellant coating
✮ 60 gm/m² Coreloft™ insulation
The blending of multiple design elements creates a micro puff/soft shell hybrid that’s all topped off with a wind and moisture resistant outer shell that extends stand-alone usability. This ultra trim hybrid hoody is designed as an active-use insulation layer, providing vital core warmth with liberal mobility and breathability. We have tested this jacket out all day in knee-deep snow with the temperature hovering around 10ºF and this jacket performed perfectly (wish I could say that about all our my gear that day). One of the great features is the oversized hood that accommodates for thick beanies and climbing helmets. While climbing, our helmets fit perfectly under the Atom’s hood while still allowing from mobility.
The Atom series is a great alternative to a fleece and down because:
- it is more compressible
- wind resistant
- Coreloft™ dries faster
- Coreloft™ keeps you warm even when wet
Down is great when used in parkas and sleeping bags and fleece is great when it’s not windy but Arc’teryx’s choice to use Coreloft™has the undeniable advantages.
Get ready for the compliments, this jacket will generate more prying eyes than any other single piece of gear. People have gone as far as to ask in public if they could try it on, and of course we let them. The breathable nature combined with the weather resistant outer creates a well balanced micro climate for all active movement. Top the jacket off with a hardshell and you have
a perfect layering system for any backpacking or back country excursion.
Our only negatives for the jacket:
- The hood interior material is a little noisy when worn with out a good beanie over your ears
- The hood isn’t adjustable in the LT model.
- The articulating armpit material sometimes retains smell.
The pros on this jacket far outweigh the cons making it one of our number one gear picks of all time!