Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
146 g / 5.2 oz
Gossamera™—100% Nylon ripstop fabric with water repellant coating
I now have two of these, the older and less waterproof…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $104
I now have two of these, the older and less waterproof version circa 2011 and the 2015 one. It's something I use daily.
- Lightweight—5 oz. on my scale
- New version is more water resistant
- Breathable as heck
- Stretch lends to feedback and this prevents me not ripping it.
- Not deluge waterproof, but what is?
- I'd prefer a mini bungee adjustable cuff for heat regulation
- Wish it was a pullover with a deep zipper (below sternum)
This compact and light piece of reassurance is something that travels with me daily to work, the beach, and the mountains.
The hoody acts like my temperature regulation unit. Wearing this (old version) on winter 4K summits in the East has surprised me since I've expected to be much colder in my layering system. In fact there have been at least two times that I've worn a merino base, an REI Airflyte Hoody, and the Squamish in subfreezing temps with wind above treeline and I was feeling warm, but could tell that moisture was dissipating from me in the process (warm breezy). In fact that's why I didn't pull the trigger on the Atom LT (same material).
So far little to no signs of wear, and very happy with the single zip stow pocket. The only change I'd like to see is a micro bungee and cord-lock on the cuff so that I could expose/cover my wrists on the fly better instead of fussing with the Velcro tabs.
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!