The Arc'teryx multi-tasker.
- DWR-coated nylon shell is wind- and water-resistant
- Coreloft insulation is lightweight, compressible, and warm
- Scuba hood can be worn under a helmet for next-to-skin protection
- Polartec Powerstretch panels under the arms for unlimited range of motion
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Delightfully warm, amazingly well-fitted jacket. I thought everyone was crazy for raving about the cuffs until I got one; the cuffs really are very well-done. The hood, however, is a big round puffy fishbowl that catches wind and doesn't move with your head, which is a shame, since Arc'x does great hoods elsewhere. If you can live with the hood, this is the lightweight syn piece to beat.
Im 6'1" and went with the large. Im always a large in Arcteryx, so this was true to normal Arcteyrx sizing for me. This is their flagship mid-layer and it rocks! I love the side panel venting especially with my Arcteryx Rush Shell. The pit zips and side vents line up nicely and allow for a lot of breathability without being exposed to the elements. Went with the olympus blue and love the color. its a little more true blue than the photo shows, but still love the color. Very lightweight and warm! Extremely packable as well. Great coat, definitely scoop this up!
This jacket is exactly what the product description says it is:" a lightweight jacket on cool days and a toasty insulated mid-layer..." The hand pockets are little, so you couldn't put skins in them, and there aren't any kind of internal drop in pockets for water bottles, etc. For that reason, i wouldn't recommend this as a "belay jacket" or a backcountry skiing puffy to put on during safety meetings. Wearing it under a shell at the resort would be great, as would just rocking it as a stand alone piece when you are lurking in coffee shops or spraying at the film festival. It is hella comfy and looks nice, so all you city slickers will dig it. It's a bit pricey for the dirtbags, but hey, we all know about your trustfund anyway.....Awesome addition to the puffy arsenal!!
this is a great layer under a shell on those in between days skiing. This also has been making a great spring jacket. cuts the wind and repels a light rain with no problem.
size-wise- I ordered a Large (i'm, 6-1 190lbs) and it's a loose fit, I would have gone with a medium which would have been probably a bit more "fitted" but I need the length in the arms.
all in all great jacket for all seasons.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Between an OR down jacket for 10* and below and an R1 or TNF fleece sweater for temps over freezing, I use the Atom/LT as a layer under my Cloudviel Koven or Arcteryx Gamma SL Hoodie. I really like the side panels for wicking and the PrimaLoft 1 is warm and superior to down for repeat uses and sweaty fun. The hood would be very warming under a helmet, but I have only worn it up at the start of winter hikes.
I am a TNF XL and an XXL in the Arcteryx athletic fit. I am pretty tightly packed into my XL in this jacket, but I have free range of motion and it looks slimmer under the shells. If I was going to wear it as a stand alone, I would probably have bought an XXL. I am a 46" long for men's suits and 6'2"and 260.
When I got this jacket I didn't think it would be warm enough for the mountains in the winter time because it is so light weight. It feels like nothing making it really comfortable. Then when I got up to the mountains it was SO warm.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Atom LT is my first Arc'teryx purchase. I'm not going to lie, I was skeptical about buying Arc'teryx gear because it is pretty expensive and I am a broke college student. However, after I wearing this jacket everyday for a month straight, I have to say that I have hopped on the Arc'teryx bandwagon.
I can't say enough good things about this jacket so Ill just list out my favorite aspects:
1. The warmth of this jacket is quite impressive. i figured that when I bought this jacket, I would mainly use it under a shell. Come to find out I can use it as a stand alone jacket with only a t-shirt on underneath and be comfortable down into the 30's.
2. The weight of this jacket is awesome. i can throw it in my day pack and I forget its there.
3. The water-resistance is actually quite impressive. One time I was caught in a downpour walking across campus and my initial thought was, "Oh great now I'm going to get soaked and then have to sit in class for an hour." When i got to class the jacket was soaked, but I stayed completely dry.
4. The Side panels allow this jacket to breathe pretty well, yet remain pretty wind resistance.
I could go on but I'll spare you the rest.
Bottom line: this jacket is worth the investment.
Just the bomb
I have used this jacket for absolutely everything. It has a great warmth to weight ratio. It fits well under hardshells as a layering piece but holds it's own in more moderate weather as an outerlayer. As some other reviewers have stated it doesn't do a great job blocking wind but it does ok with precipitation. I love the stretchy underarm panels. It packs down well and is very light. I'm 5'9" 175 and went with a medium. My only complaint is that is has a pretty weak zipper. If you don't zip it up all the way to the top it slowly works it's way open.
I had put more thoughts on ye olde blog.
If you're looking at jackets of this ilk, you're probably comparing this to North Face/Patagonia/etc. Or, if you're a sucker for Arcteryx, you're comparing it to the Hyllus. What's the difference?
The Hyllus is more water resistant than the Atom. Also, because the Atom has side breath panels, the Hyllus is more wind resistant. If you're wearing it under another jacket, the Atom is more flexible and softer--and thus easier to use. By itself in wet or windy weather, however, the Hyllus is the way to go.
How good is this jacket? So good that my wife wanted one, once she saw how much I loved it (just like my Hyllus).
Having the Atom and the Hyllus, here's how I pick:
1) Wearing it under a shell? Atom is softer and more flexible. And warmer (when under a shell).
2) Wearing it by itself in rainy or very windy weather? Hyllus is more water and wind resistant (because the Atom has vented side panels).
3) Wearing it in the cold when rain and wind aren't an issue? Atom is warmer than Hyllus.
It's a great jacket--and if you're worried about hood or no hood, get the hood. It folds down to nothing, and is never in the way.
I am beyond satisfied with this jacket. I use it for everything from casual to outdoor rec. I live in Maine and it gets pretty cold here. I've worn this when it was -17 out and it literally was tolerable, and I'm cold sensitive. Its a perfect layer with the Theta AR for cold weather sports and rec. I highly recommend this jacket. I am 6'3", 235 and the XL fits me perfect.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great for around town, on the slopes or hiking. Very lightweight, versatile jacket that does not overheat & very flexible over a wide range of weather and wearability situations. Great worry free Wearability: no hassles about sleeves being too long or short, chest has great flex not tight /not loose, very very comfortable stretch fit. Like wearing high-tec air.
Have worn in is temps from 50's to 20's. No problems & I'm picky about NOT wanting to sweat /overheat. Temps is the mid 20's is pushing it, but if you're doing any physical activity (brisk walk) it retains warmth well & was comfortable.
True to sizing, with a lot of forgiveness in the fabric design. A unique feature.
Wind resistant, not proof, so adjust accordingly. I like the extra breathability that this wind resistant design provides. Got it at $159. sale price & felt like I got a tremendous value. I rate this better than feathers since even if a drenching downpour does get thru, the Coreloft insulation is still working & dries faster than cold wet feathers.
I bot the Tungston color which is like a medium gray,....great all around color that hides dirt and goes with other clothing colors. Loved it so much bot a 2nd one Thalo Blue,...beautiful tough looking color.
Hood is large but not too large & no adjustments,...a minor drawback. But I use it under my Marmot /North face shells that have hood adjustment and turn those shells into superior Triclimates!
If I want to double my heating strength for below 25 degrees F., I put on 2 of these Atoms & performance is unbelievable. For pouring rain just add a shell of your choice. There is very little bulk in this jacket & it quickly moulds to a wide variety of wearing situations. Gets my HIGHEST RATING!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For alpine skiing, this jacket works great as a mid-layer under a wind-proof shell on cold days (-5F to 10F). Hood can also be warn under a helmet on cold, windy days in place of balaclava. Should be used as top-layer only if no wind. The fit is definitely "athletic"/"fitted", so look elsewhere if you're stocky.
I previously wrote in a review that I used this jacket Speed Skating, just thought I would share a pic. I love the Atom it is one of my favorite layering pieces.
love this thing. got it for this winter and immediately started living in it-- its incredibly lightweight and surprisingly warm, and also looks pretty snazzy (i have the gray).
i find it most useful as an insulating layer in cold temps (0-15 degree days) for ice climbing. on a cold, clear, windless day, its an awesome outer layer... its very much NOT windproof, but you shouldn't really expect it to be.
only gripe is that it feels very fragile-- i wouldn't wear it as an outer layer rock climbing for fear of ripping right through it.
lastly, this is probably the best price-for-function of any arcteryx piece i've seen... way better product for the money than most of their other jackets IMHO.
overall, my favorite micropuff jacket thing; beats the crap out of my old REI one.
6'2" 165 large fits great.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had the Atom for about a year. It is the most used piece of clothing I own. The temperature versatility is pretty amazing. I live in the Bay Area and can wear this around town over a t-shirt in temps from 30 - 60 deg F. If I'm moving around a bit in the mountains it can be worn over a light base layer down into the teens, or lower. The stretch panels do breath really well and the jacket is super wind resistant. The fit is really well thought out. I am a big fan of the drop hem in the back. I am 6'2", 225lbs, plus 2 ape index, 46 inch chest, and the XL works really well. Go buy this jacket!
Just wondering about size... I'm 5'7" and my chest is "thick" :) basically I'm short and solid. Would a L fit right or should I look into an XL? I just don't like jackets that sit past my belt.
I'm 5'6", 120 lb, wear a Small. I can easily wear a R2 underneath. The back of the jacket cover my whole butt. Talking about length, SM may be the best for you, but it could be too tight.