Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
146 g / 5.2 oz
Gossamera™—100% Nylon ripstop fabric with water repellant coating
The single best all round piece I have ever purchased.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $80
The single best all round piece I have ever purchased. It comes with me everywhere I go.
- Super compact
- Water resistant
I have had this piece for a year now and it comes with me on nearly every trip I do.
I run it and appreciate its weather resistance in cooler rainy conditions. The water beads off so well. And yet running I have no problems with it as it breathes so well you hardly notice it.
I climb with it and love that it's so packable it sits right on my harness with no bother, folds out when I need to cut the bite of a windy day up high.
I hike with it, and when it starts to rain I throw this on to avoid the oppressive heat and clamminess of a hard shell. It keeps the moisture and breathes like a dream. I'm normally a bit wet by the time I make camp, but within 4 hours in the most damp of conditions it's dried off, and ready to go again.
I even use this on hot mountaineering days when the sun is beating down and I need something water resistant.
This jacket is so lightweight that I always bring it even if I'm bringing a shell. It's durable, it cuts the wind, but breathes well. It just does it all. A true jack-of-all-trades.
I'd been looking for a decent hooded windshirt for…
Price Paid: £60
I'd been looking for a decent hooded windshirt for a while, and this seemed to be just the thing I was after. I have a number of softshells, but I wanted something lighter for days when I wouldn't be doing too much technical climbing but wanted something to keep the weather out.
The fabric is lightweight but windproof and showerproof. It also seems fairly tough, although it's not indestructible. I've used it for cycling, running, mountaineering and a bit of climbing. The hood, although simple, is just big enough to fit over a climbing helmet. It has a single pocket on the chest which can hold keys, topo or a small headtorch - the jacket also stuffs into the pocket and has a loop so it can be clipped to a harness.
The only reason I haven't given it top marks is that at 6'1", I find the back a little short - I feel it would be better with a drop tail design.
Otherwise I'm very happy with it - an excellent alternative to heavy softshells!