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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
I spent a long, long time looking for just the right jacket. I tried on every jacket at my local REI at least 3 times. I spent hours scouring the internet, reading reviews, looking at pictures, and watching Youtube clips. I finally settled on the Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody in Heron, and I couldn't be happier.
Let me just preface this review by noting that the interior of the jacket and the elastic band around the hood are a sort of lime green, not a yellow color as it looks in the picture.
I live in Georgia, so I don't have any great need of super warm jacket. Up until now the only jacket I've had is the fleece Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech, which true to it's name does a great job of cutting the wind, but doesn't provide much insulation. I decided that I needed something more this winter, even though GA winters are mild the Windstopper just wasn't cutting it. I tried on a lot of nice jackets, but most of them were either too heavy, or just didn't quite suit my needs. I'm very active outdoors, primarily rock climbing, camping, and hiking so I wanted something durable and warm, but light enough for high output activity. The Atom LT fits the bill almost perfectly.
-Warm enough for any southern winter. I've worn it with just a short-sleeve T in freezing temperatures
-Cool enough for any southern winter. I've worn it when the temps are in the high 50's and not been uncomfortable
-Super lightweight and compressible
-The best cuffs I've ever seen. Seriously, this may seem trivial but it was a major point of contention for me. Most cuffs are either the bulky velcro style, or an elastic band that doesn't really fit my arm. The cuffs on this jacket are kind of an elastic neoprene material and are tailored perfectly. My hands slip right through them, they are never in my way, and are snug all around sealing in my warmth.
-The zipper is all plastic, but it's incredibly easy to start and to raise or lower. This is big for me as one handed operation can be important when you need to vent some heat on the face of a cliff. Also, I tried many other jackets on which were just a pain to get started. The last thing I want to do is spend time fiddling with my zipper.
-Hand pockets are great. They under the insulation, and exterior face is lined in the softest fleece I've ever felt.
-Looks fantastic! The medium fits me perfectly, and the grey and green colors contrast outstandingly. I can wear this jacket to my corporate job with no concerns, but it still looks very stylish.
-Overall quality is outstanding. You're not going to find loose stitches or stray threads here.
-The hood has no cinches or adjustments. It's fine for most purposes, but it doesn't really snug down to your head so wind can easily get in under it and potentially take it off.
- The pockets are a little shallow. There isn't a lot that could have been done here other than starting the pockets just a little further around to the sides. I can't quite get my whole hand in without balling it.
For reference on the fitment, I'm about 5'10" 190lbs with short arms and the medium fits perfectly. I have just enough room to layer a heavy sweater or a couple of layers underneath, and the sleeves for once are not too long.