User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Gamma MX Hoody
Fill: fleece laminated
As the equipment coordinator for a Search and Rescue team I was faced with buying up to 50 "fleece" jackets for my team members. Based on my experiences with Arc'Teryx (see my review of the Alpha SV Jacket), I decided on the Gamma MX. I chose the hooded version for added warmth when a toque just won't do.
I have not regretted this purchase, and I continually get feedback from the team members on how much they like this article of clothing. Believe me, when I buy something they don't like they are the first to complain. We've had the jackets for about a year and a half (since winter '03) and we have not had a single warranty or wear issue.
The Gamma MX and the Alpha SV shell compliment each other well. The hoods on each can be worn at the same time and a helmet will fit over the Gamma MX hood, and under the Alpha SV. When it rains, snows or blows hard, you just need the shell to keep the weather out.
There was one memorable weekend last winter when the temperature dropped to -20 Celsius, with a corresponding wind chill. I was skiing, wearing only Schoeller pants and the Gamma MX jacket. It was completely confortable as long as we kept moving.
This has very quickly become my favourite piece of clothing. I wear it more often than the gore-tex shell because it will often do the job when it's not blowing or raining.