Light, compressible, and versatile.
Whether you're navigating a wet and brushy approach below treeline or a long traverse across high alpine ridge lines during the summer climbing season, the Arc'teryx Women's Atom SL Hooded Jacket offers lightweight insulation, wind-resistance, and the breathability needed to keep moving at a quick clip. New for this season, the Atom SL has a hybrid construction that combines the insulating properties of a synthetic fill jacket with the breathability of a stretch fleece piece. The body consists of 20D nylon that's treated with a DWR finish to repel moisture, while the sides are fitted with a breathable and stretchy Torrent fleece fabric to keep the jacket breathable during those highly aerobic ascents. The hood is uninsulated to help keep your dome dry and cool when you're on the move, and the No Slip Zip center zip is specifically engineered to stay put throughout the day.
- Tyono 20 face fabric with DWR finish
- Torrent Fleece stretch side panels
- Polygiene antimicrobial treatment
- 40g Coreloft Compact synthetic insulation
- Trim fit
- Adjustable StormHood
- No Slip Zip center front zipper
- Adjustable hem
- 2 hand pockets
- Item #ARC00E1
- Q & A
Packs a warm punch.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Talk about heavyweight performance in a lightweight package. I've been on the hunt for a lightly (think just over four sheets of paper thin) insulated jacket that not only offers wind-and-water resistant protection, but also won't overwhelm me warmth-wise when embarking upon aerobic activities (read : skiing, trail running, etc): and the Atom SL Hooded Jacket is it!
This jacket may share the same name as its older cousin, the Atom LT, but it's a different jacket in the sense that it's far more light and versatile. I find that the Atom LT works best for me on cold-cold days, while the SL excels in all climates as a proper insulating midlayer. My personal favorite is to wear the SL as a stand-alone piece while trail running in cold weather. However, my husband has noted that he thinks this piece would be most ideal for backcountry touring (which, my jacket has inspired him to pick up one for himself!). Additionally, I can foresee myself wearing this during summer alpine adventures where the conditions and temperatures fluctuate.
The Atom SL fills a void that I was otherwise filling with much-too-heavy insulated layers. As its name suggests, the Atom SL is incredibly light, yet tough - so, I don't have to worry about the exterior fabric ripping at the sight of bramble or coarse rock. The thin layer of Coreloft insulation ensures I stay warm even when wet—meaning I can wear the Atom SL on its lonesome in inclement weather and not worry about my warmth being compromised. Additionally, the Coreloft insulation regulates my core temperature with ease, making it ideal for stop-and-go, sweaty activities. The stretch panels on the side bolster my temperature regulation, and provide unimpeded mobility.
Admittedly, I didn't even realize that the sleeves weren't insulated until my hubby pointed it out, which was kind of a surprise to me and I really love it. The mesh lining on the sleeves wicks away moisture, dries quickly, and also offers subtle warmth - but without bogging me down.
I love the princess-inspired cuffs, which double down on your protection even when you've extended your reach. The non-insulated hood is a huge plus: I barely notice it's there when I'm trail running, or when I've layered atop it - yet it still protects me when I need it most (a bulky hood happens to be a huge pet peeve of mine and drives me absolutely crazy). The hand pockets are harness or hip belt compatible, which is another huge plus.
As for the fit, I own a Small in the Atom LT but picked up an XS in the SL and it fits perfectly! I can even layer an insulated vest underneath the jacket should I desire it. For fit reference, I wear an XS in all Patagonia items.