User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Atom LT Hoody
Price Paid: $150
This has replaced my fleece jacket. Before, my standard ski gear/cold weather hiking would consist of a wool base layer, a fleece jacket and a shell layer. But I would often overheat, get sweaty, feel clammy and later during the day freeze up. Here I'm talking about in bound skiing where you don't ofter change layers, for hiking and mountaineering you have more time to adapt to different exertion levels.
Have done a lot experimenting with layers, soft shell, down or extra base layer, but nothing parallels the Atom so far. It works great under a hard or soft shell in cold conditions. It provides this airy, soft and non constrictive feeling without being too warm, and still stays warm if damp as compared to down. The hood is great and works well over a helmet.
It is not very wind proof, but still works well as stand alone in cold conditions with light wind. This is mainly due to the ventilation panels under the arms. It also has nice material around the cuffs which is really nice at sealing up glitches between jacket and gloves.
Also it is a very nice jacket to wear in the city. The hood is nice when the wind picks up or there is a light drizzle. The best midlayer/outer layer jacket I have tried so far.