User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Gamma MX Hoody
Fabric: Polartec Powershield Lightweight
Price Paid: $450 CDN
I have owned and used the Gamma MX Hoody for three ice climbing seasons and can't say enough about its utility. The standard DWR on the jacket has proven quite durable and the face fabric has resisted piling despite constant abuse when I rock climb, ice climb, mix climb, hip belay, etc.
The best feature of the jacket is the design of the wrist sleeves. It's stretchy enough to tuck your liner gloves under but resists water really well too. I find the Polartec Powershield Light fabric perfect for high exertion activity but probably a little to impermeable if you are sweaty but NOT moving. The thing is, if you are ice climbing and the belayer it works because you are stationary and the extra windproofness of the fabric is welcome. Windstopper is more windproof but like wearing Gore-Tex in terms of condensation. The location of the pockets is perfect for climbers (harness doesn't get in the way). There is no softshell jacket out there STILL that matches the quality and utility of this one.