User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Gamma MX Jacket
There is no better soft shell on the market. Period. The Gamma MX (Hoody) has taken me through almost every kind of weather and performed to the level of my expectations (which is pretty high). I have weathered 70 mph gusts and foot an hour blizzards in the Wasatch and the Gamma never gave me problems. In addition to its impenetrable nature from the the outside (except heavy rain) moisture moves out of the jacket extremely well. I have spent many days skiing, hiking, and climbing in all kinds of variable conditions while staying warm and dry.
Some people have complained that this jacket isn't that warm. My response to them is: you're not working hard enough. This jacket is designed to be a shell that offers a little insulation. If you want a warmer jacket throw a fleece on under the Gamma or look for a different jacket. This is a highly breathable practically impenetrable performance piece.
In addition to its performance features, this jacket is amazingly durable (what else would you expect from Arc'Teryx?). I have worn this jacket hard for two years (200+ days a year) with almost no signs of wear. I have even taken a couple falls skiing where I have ended up on rocks (ouch is right) but my Gamma didn't even have a scratch.
No one will pretend like this is a cheap jacket, but it is worth every penny.