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Arc'teryx Epsilon LT Softshell Hooded Jacket - Men's

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    Quality, breathable, athletic-fit softshell hoodie for townie rides, hikes, or backpacking trips.

    The Arc'teryx Men's Epsilon LT Hoodie leaves you more than comfortable when you layer beneath your shell or wear alone during a cool springtime hike into the canyon or ride around town on your bike. This softshell's stretchy, durable woven nylon fabric features a DWR finish that repels light rain and is backed with a layer of polyester fleece for warmth and against-the-skin comfort. The athletic fit provides plenty of unrestricted movement as you tour, ski, or backpack, while a low-profile, adjustable storm hood offers extra protection and the hem drawcord and gusseted cuffs seal out drafts. Two zippered hand pockets and one laminated sleeve pocket hold your lip balm, cash, or cell while you travel or run errands around town.

    • Nylon, elastane face fabric with DWR finish
    • Polyester fleece backer
    • Athletic, hip length
    • #3 Vislon center-front zipper
    • Low-profile StormHood with adjusters
    • Hem drawcord
    • Gusseted cuffs
    • Two zippered hand pockets, one laminated sleeve pocket
    • Item #ARC3760

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [face fabric] 85% nylon, 15% elastane, DWR treatment, [lining] polyester fleece
    Waterproof Rating
    water-resistant
    Breathability Rating
    highly-breathable
    Fit
    athletic
    Length
    hip
    Center Back Length
    28.5 in
    Hood
    yes, low-profile StormHood
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered sleeve
    Powder Skirt
    no
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 1 lb 3.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, climbing, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    True to Arcteryx's name

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    This jacket is phenomenal at what it does. It's waterproofing is great, and the fit is perfect for someone my size. Arcteryx simply makes the best and this jacket has proved they're worth every penny. I've used this jacket hiking in Yosemite, backcountry skiing in the Wasatch, and walking through cities in the Midwest. An awesome all around jacket.

    Typical Arc'Teryx, exactly what I wanted

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    After the initial sticker shock of your first Arc'teryx product, you quickly come to realize that the quality of their products is top notch, and well worth the price. I own a couple other of their products and this one so far is excellent. Fits perfectly, sized using the guidelines provided, although the cuffs could be a bit restricting if you have large hands. Material is a stiff, which is what I wanted, but not like a rain slicker (still able to qualify as a softshell). I'll see if I can't update this review after some more usage.

    my favorite jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    This is my grail jacket. Any other jacket i own, which are many, i could live without if i had to (except maybe my Gamma LT). I wear it more than any jacket i've ever had. I'll try to talk about the key features that make this the most useful piece of gear i have ever owned, but it's really the way that all of its qualities are brought together that make it greater than the sum of its parts. First the fabric is fantastic - Nylon is very tough, and the main seams are double-stitched- And with 15% Lycra it really moves with you. The 4-way stretch isn't a gimmic - it really does stretch to keep its fit no matter how you move, which also contributes to the toughness of the jacket since it will stretch rather than put all of the strain on the stitching. I have rolled around on the pavement to work underneath my car, and it got dirty, but after washing, it looks brand new. I also bit it on concrete while commuting on my mountain bike, and while my leather Windstopper gloves were all torn up, the jacket was completely unscathed. I expected to see at least some sign of wear - i have torn my Atom SV doing similar "stunts". The thing that really lets me wear the jacket almost all the time (except on hot summer days, of course) is the elimination of the previous-generation shell jackets' formation of a "micro-climate" under the shell. With Gore-tex and other membrane-laminated soft and hardshells, the idea is that a sort of layer of warm air is trapped between the shell and the base- and/or mid-layers, causing a sort of isolated greenhouse type of effect. The problem with this setup is that if you run hot like me or are prone to perspiration, most shells create a micro-climate like a rainforest inside your jacket. When i took an alpine survival course here in Colorado, the prof. have us each a plastic sandwich bag and a rubberband, and took the class outside. it was right around freezing temps - you could see your breath - and he had us wear a sandwich bag on one of our hands. we could wear it over our glove or not. after about 15 minutes, everyone's "bagged" hand was freezing cold and was either wet or at least you could see condensation inside the bag, and even with the bag still on, the moisture conducted heat so much better than dry air that our hands froze. Point being, even "breathable" shells (Polartec Neoshell might be an exception - i've heard good things but never tried it) cause this micro-climate effect, which i have experienced with MH's DryQ Elite, Patagonia's H2No, and TNF's Climateblock, all of which i have been soaked and freezing in wet snow, cold rain, or just from exertion. The Epsilon LT has a very light polyester grid-fleece liner which wicks moisture from the inside to the surface, where it beads and rolls off or evaporates - my girlfriend says she has actually seen steam coming off the outside of my jacket in very cold temps, while i felt cozy & dry inside. It doesn't keep you "warm", rather it sets up an isothermic condition, or thermal homeostasis - I stay cool and dry in all temps, which is exactly what i want. You can wear it in very cold weather - i have only had a chance to test it in above-zero temps so far, but even in single digits, i just wear it with a good synthetic baselayer (polyester or polypropylene), a very air-permeable midlayer like the Patagonia Nano-Air or something with polartec alpha or Primaloft Silver (i find the Silver or other continuous-filament insulation like Arc'teryx's ThermaTek much more air-permeable than primaloft Gold or One), and then the Ep Lt on the outside... At least until Aerogel takes over, i'd rather have my Epsilon LT than any other jacket made.

    didn't like the cuffs

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I'll review both the Gamma MX and the Epsilon LT, which I considered and ordered, and why I kept the Gamma.

    I was looking for basically a more fleece-like jacket, with the added benefit of some wind resistance and a smooth face fabric to resist stains and pilling. Use for bike commuting in dry, cold weather, and as a casual piece during the fall/winter.

    I initially considered the Gamma MX, Epsilon LT, and the Gamma LT, all of which seem somewhat similar. I eliminated the Gamma LT as it seemed closer to a shell from what I could tell, and lacked a nice inner fleece fabric, which is a must, as I plan to wear it over just a t-shirt and want a nice fabric on my skin. Aesthetically, I didn't like the Arc'teryx logo on the back of the Gamma LT neck either.

    So I ordered the Epsilon LT and the Gamma MX. My impressions:

    Fit: Fit is about the same, the Epsilon seems just a tad longer and slimmer, while the Gamma MX is a bit boxier it feels. Perhaps this is because the fabric on the Epsilon is quite a bit stiffer. Overall, size M for me, 5' 10, 160lbs, was just about perfect, and consistent with Arcteryx sizing.

    Fabric: Both are so good, but different. The Epsilon is classified in some places as a "hard-fleece" which I figured would be more fleece-like than a softshell, assuming the continuum from fleece to shell goes from soft to hard, comfortable to stiff. Not so. The Epsilon is quite a bit more rigid, and doesn't fold and flex like the Gamma MX. It's not bad, it's just not what I wanted. If you're looking for a more handsome jacket to maybe wear business casual, the Epsilon definitely looks better because of that rigidity, and it feels tough as nails, it's really a cool fabric. On the other hand, the Gamma MX is very soft, supple, and lightweight, and I like the way it moves with me much more. It's a lot more comfortable, but feels a little less robust.

    Features: Both are great. I'm not a fan of the contrasting color of the bicep pocket on either jacket. Zippers are nice, pockets are large on both. The chest pockets on the Gamma look nice and are roomy, but I don't plan on using them for much. There's a really nice storm-flap on the Gamma, coated in some sort of rubberized plastic, and it's nice. The zipper is nicer on the Gamma. And the SLEEVE CUFFS. This, in the end, was the make or break feature for me. The Epsilon LT cuffs are really annoying. They're too big, so you get the sleeves coming down over your hands all the time. Maybe that's nice if you're wearing a base layer or a shirt with cuffs on it, but the Gamma MX cuffs are perfect size, and keep the sleeves from coming too far down. While wearing the Epsilon, I found myself constantly annoyed with the cuffs in my way. The Gamma cuffs are perfect, I never think about them at all.

    I can't comment too much on performance comparisons, because I didn't test the Epsilon before returning. However, the Gamma is great as far as breathability and windproofness. It feels lighter than you'd expect, but in 45 degrees, riding 30mph on a bike, it blocked 90+ % of the wind coming through, and didn't get all clammy. That's much better than any other softshell I've ever used, including Polartec PowerShield and a Marmot ROM. It's expensive, but it works well.

    In the end, both jackets are fantastic, and I would expect the Epsilon to perform similarly to the Gamma MX as far as breathability and windproofness. But the cuffs on the Gamma MX are what sealed the deal for me, as petty as that sounds. Maybe that should give some insight as to how similar these jackets feel in form and function.

    Maybe they'll fix the cuffs in the future. And hopefully make the arm pocket the same color as the jacket.

    Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    The arc'teryx epsilon jacket has managed to meet and exceed all expectations for a jacket of this kind. It works great as a base layer but also provides more than enough protection against the elements. The athletic fit is true to the description and fits as expected. Great buy!

    Moderate warmth, moderate protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: M

    Which is just what I want. Great for high output activity. Doesn't get too hot, as it still breathes well. Protects against the elements quite well and very abrasion resistant. Fits much better than the Acto MX as it has the lower draw cords on waist and a comfortable elastic wrist area. Hood is great for helmets. Pockets are well placed and very well stitched.

    What type of wind resistance does this jacket provide?

    Excellent. While it does not block all air like a membrane, i have driven 50mph with my arm out the window in temps in the teens (Fahrenheit) and could feel no wind coming through the jacket at all. So i don't know if it would work for expedition-wear, but in anything short of force 9 gale winds, it's got you covered ;-) Plus, it has amazing air-permeability (breathability), on par with the Gamma LT. I hope this helps...