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For moving fast through the backcountry.

The Arc'teryx Gamma LT Softshell Jacket has become a legend among the backcountry crowd for its light weight and unbeatable breathability. Smart features like high zippered hand pockets and a brushed polyester inner collar remain, but updates like a longer body and a slimmer fit make the Gamma LT more useful than ever.

  • Burly double weave four-way stretch fabric is extremely breathable and won't limit your range of motion
  • Full-length zipper with wind flap for windproof access
  • Stretch gusset cuffs for easy in and out and comfortable fit
  • High zippered hand pockets are easily accessible, even while wearing a backcpack with a hipbelt
  • Brushed polyester inner collar reduces chafing

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5 5

Superlative Softshell!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

This amazing jacket just joined forces with the hooded version that i had first, and an Epsilon LT that i had before that. Together the Gamma LT and Epsilon LT offer four-season coverage at a pricepoint that i think is very reasonable for an ultrapremium jacket. The Gamma LT is made of this cleverly woven nylon/polyester material that somehow puts the more durable nylon on the outside and the softer, better wicking brushed polyester on the inside. It also contains a healthy dose of Lycra, which along with the stretch-weave makes this one of the stretchiest, least restrictive garments i have ever worn. I actually got a Marmot ROM first, but found that it didn't have the mobility that the Gamma LT does, which is remarkable since the ROM's selling point is... (wait for it) superior Range Of Motion. I really like Marmot, but Arc'teryx is in another league with a non-coil, YKK Vislon (size 5!) main zip- a big, beefy zipper with an ingenious sort of rubber-like storm flap behind it which, due to the material it's made of, doesn't allow it to get caught in the zipper. The laminated left-bicep pocket is surprisingly useful, and i have been using it on the Epsilon LT for the past year, as it is perfect for keeping my ID badge, some cash, business cards, condoms, anything you need to whip out in a hurry and don't want to haul out the wallet or whatnot. And when i use the sleeve pocket i receive a ton of comments like, "I love that sleeve pocket, that's so cool," and so forth. Speaking of pockets, when i first got it i thought, "only two main pockets?", but then when i got it i realized how huge the handwarmer pockets really are. They're f'ing HUGE, going almost from the waist hem to the front shoulder seam - over a foot tall and more than 10" across! you could fit a cat in there, if they let you, and if you wanted to carry a cat in your pocket, it's cool - i don't judge. Or a lunchbox, a hammer, and an iTablet. Anyhoo, you get the idea - big big pockets. and the zipper stops about an inch from the bottom to keep small items from falling out if you forget to zip them, or leave them open since the pockets are mesh, to vent excess heat, which i have never had to do with either the Gamma nor the Epsilon since they breathe like a cargo net. With such great breathability i was a little skeptical of its ability to block wind, so on a chilly Rocky Mountain morning i was driving and put my arm out the window with my hand inside the sleeve, and going 40mph i couldn't feel any wind coming through at all. I would have gone faster but i was in a school zone. So if you need to be out in more than 40mph wind, i can't be held responsible if some sneaks though, though i doubt it will. In the hooded version of the Gamma LT i got caught in an icy late-winter rainstorm and it kept me dry for over a half-hour while i walked home in my dry, comfy cocoon. It is not insulated, which i think is fantastic, because you can select how much or little insulation you want, whereas the EpsilonLT has just enough fleece laminated to the inside that it is more of a "one-piece" jacket over just a baselayer until you start getting into alpine winter temps. The Gamma can be used in cold weather, just layer it up underneath. The best thing about these jackets is their versatility, since they are more comfortable than any hardshell i've seen and are adequate for all but the most extreme wet, cold weather. I still put on the down parka when it dips down below the single digit ºF... But it's amazing how often all the protection i needs is my Gamma... mmm... Yummy!!

5 5

1st Arc'teryx Jacket. Crisp for My Baba!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: LRG

I bought this jacket, so that I could use it for business trips as well as casual outings, all the while having a reliable performance shell should I need to kick major heinie in the backcountry. Why? A: Sleek design, reliable material, professional appeal. Zipper is reliable, seams are uber-trustworthy, folds up nicely to stow in carry-on outer pocket, and emerges after a 12-hr flight with a wrinkle-less shine.

How'd we meet? Well, I fixated on the sharp look of this jacket from day one. Now that I own it, I relish in the incredible feel and protection this jacket pours over me. This spring I dashed a couple hundred meters across a rainy parking lot in OKC en route to a Lebanese restaurant, and when the zipper came down, I emerged dry, crisp, and ready for hummus and baba ganoush. Pass the pita!

5 5

First Arcteryx purchase

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 6"
    Weight: 230 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

I usually purchase Spider, The North Face, etc for these shells but decided to upgrade to Arc'teryx this time and it did not disappoint. There is not much insulation but there's not supposed to be. It blocks wind and rain, no problem. It also sounds like a wet suit when you put it on quickly...love that. The sleeves on the XL are plenty long and I'm 6'6" 230lbs. The front however could be a couple inches longer but the length of back makes up for it. Looking forward to getting my insulated Arcteryx Fission SV soon so I can double down on cold days.

What is the center back length of a medium?

5 5

great for its purpose

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

These reviews are odd, this is not an insulated hardshell. it is not a down coat. it's meant for high aerobic activities and it can cut the wind, layer it! use one or two base layers and you can go up in winter without sweating. then put on a shell or puffy for the way down. it's very durable, rock and tree resistant. and when it's no longer water resistant, wash with nikwax.

5 5

great spring/fall jacket

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

Despite some other negative reviews, I actually love this jacket. It definitely, as others have said, not built for extreme warmth but is great for spring and fall. If the wind is a little bitey it will take the edge off. It's also a great "out on the town" jacket and I have received several compliments over its sleek look.

Fit is definitely more athletic but still has plenty of mobility. The high pockets are nice if you are planning on carrying a pack but for most occasions they are just high pockets. The sleeve pocket is nice if you have a card or key you want to stow away. Fit seems true to size, I am 5'11'' 180lbs and a medium fits me well. I think a large would be too baggy and take away from the form fitting feature of this jacket.

Definitely well constructed as is most Arc products. Definitely recommend for a lightweight jacket. If you are wanting something warmer, I suggest either the gamma AR or atom lt.

Does this Bison color look like a UPS...

Does this Bison color look like a UPS jacket? I like the color but it's hard to tell on my monitor what this will actually look like. Thanks.

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Not sure if you are still looking but I have seen this jacket. It is a darker brown like a UPS jacket and the symbol and lettering is yellow. Since I know Arc products I didn't think of it as a UPS jacket when I saw it just thought it was a different look. I personally have the black one and it looks great. Hope this helps.

4 5

Look at Epsilon Lt

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

This is a great jacket, but of you want a thin jacket that feels good on the skin, and is cut slightly tighter than this look at the Epslion Lt. I bought both and sent the Gamma back.

4 5

nice jacket

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

Loved the jacket but it did not fit me very good. Need an xtra large to fit me in the shoulders but the sleeves were to long

3 5

Great fit but no warmth

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

I ordered this jacket after reading some reviews on a few sites saying that it was very good for temperatures around 40 F, but I returned it a few days after I received it because it provides almost no warmth. My other issue with this jacket was that the pockets are very shallow, so it is easy for things to fall out of them.

I'm 6'1" 170lbs, and the medium fit me well, so if you're want a very light jacket for an athletic frame, this could be a good choice. If you are looking for something that provides any sort of warmth, I would go for something else. I ended up settling on the Icebreaker Blast and have been happy with that choice.

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I would say if you wear it with nothing under it, then yes, 40F might be a little chilly. It's a shell, after all, and an unlined one - most softshells do have some kind of fleece laminate. If you want a fleece liner built-in, the Epsilon LT is similar but has a tiny bit of insulation to take the edge off. If you want even more insulation, the Gamma MX has a more substantive fleece lining. I'm not sure i'd call the Gamma LT very light - it's not light like a windshirt - it's a stretchy unlined softshell, maybe a bit like the OR Ferossi or the Marmot ROM. Only better ;-) I've heard of people using it as a work jacket for wet, cold, windy weather...

4 5

Great looking jacket

  • Gender: Male

I have both the Gamma AR and LT. The LT is much lighter, thiner, as comfortable and they both looks good. I agree with some reviewers that this jacket looks good and I use it in Fall, Spring but not for cold winter without good base layer. I have used it for over 3 weeks in fall and love it. I wear it everyday to work and fit well over a long sleeve office shirt. My only complain is that the arm does not not have any velcro to tighten and block cold wind. I don't think the elastic band will last very long; we will wait and see. 4 stars for comfort and good locking jacket especially in Black but not entirely practical for cold winter . The heron color is still in my wish list for Christmas.

5 5

Great Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this specifically for travel and knocking around town about a year ago. I use it year around for air travel. I am always hot stepping to my next flight and this jacket is perfect to throw in the side pocket of my travel bag. Pull out and throw on waiting for shuttle or taxi. True it does not provide a lot of warmth but the quality and fit are excellent. I am 6' 190# and a large is perfect fit for me. I had a MH Synchros II jacket I left on a plane which was warmer, but this jacket packs lighter and fits better. Love it. gonna get the Gamma MX for colder climes.

4 5

Like it!!
Like it!!

Good fit had to get the large to fit my shoulders wish some of these soft shell jackets had pit zips for a more active use.

Responded on

Have you overheated in the Gamma LT? i run really hot and have never felt any need to vent, even when i've worn it indoors for an hour (i had a meeting & was wearing my GammaLT since it was a chilly morning - about 35ºF, into a heated building i'm guessing was about 75ºF). Plus i can actually breathe through the fabric, so unless i was going to wear it on a hot sunny mid-summer day it doesn't seem to need any venting.

3 5

Can't figure out what its for

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love Arcteryx but just can't recommend this jacket. For me its more about the fashion than the function. Main complaint - its cold as hell. Maybe it works well if you are sweating up a storm on a cold day but the second you stop you feel the chill. This thing adds almost zero warmth to a base layer as the wind goes right through it. It's also cold to the touch. Its not something I'd want to carry in the mountains. Much better to take a hardshell which will cut the wind and let your mid layers trap heat. I guess I am not really a softshell person. I still can't figure out what they are for. Yes they breath when you are working hard but the second you strop you freeze. All that said it looks wicked and is a great city jacket in warmer weather.

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Totally agreed. I love the look of mine, but it's not something to wear when it gets really cold. It does work great in warmer weather though, or if your active when it gets chilly. It also seems hella durable, so it would be great for brush.

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The LT stands for Light Weight. This jacket is not meant to be "warm"in cold weather and it is not intended to be windproof. It is better used for warmer days or aerobic activities. Arcteryx on their website describe wells what the intended use is. "Description
Redesigned for 2012 with a longer length and taller collar. Crossing boundaries, the Gamma LT Jacket is designed for active outdoor use and styled for relaxed everyday living. Constructed with an extremely durable non-insulated softshell textile with a soft inner face, this adaptive three-season jacket is equally at home in the mountains or around town. "

I suggest the Gamma AR for a warmer softshell jacket. Softshells try to balance breathability and wind and/or waterproof. Hardshells just don't breathe that is why many of them have pitzips.

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So this is for some people who don't "get it", when it comes to softshells, esp. unlined ones like the Arc' GammaLT. i've seen several reviews where someone says "i don't understand what this jacket is for". Softshells are newer to the market. When i was growing up and starting to explore the outdoors it was silk or polypro baselayers, wool pullovers and later fleece, and then a crinkly, stiff GoreTex shells and down parkas like cut-off sleeping bags with sleeves. The only other weather-resistant breathable shell was oilcloth or leather... FFwd 20 years... enter the softshell. One person writes, "When I first put [a softshell] on I couldn’t help but feel like I had just been wrapped in my favorite soft blanket. The luxurious butter pile fleece lining was so lightweight and welcoming that I didn’t [want] to take it off. A quick glance in the mirror and I wanted to keep it no matter how it performed in the mountains. It made me feel like a women [sic.] again in my outdoor gear."
Ok so, the beauty of the softshell is that it is a one-tool option. Earlier softshells were a compromise - less weather resistance than a hardshell, but more breathable. Not as warm as a wool sweater, but more protective. not as durable as leather, but lighter and softer. Etc., etc. But now, next-gen softshells like the Gamma & Epsilon are not so much compromises as they are a combination of the best qualities, like the durability of a nylon shell, weather-protection that rivals membrane-laminates, breathability that stomps out all but the newest hardshell technology, a soft comfortable hand that is lighter and more durable than wool or leather or fleece.
So if it's just a little too chilly to wear a base layer alone but not cold enough for a fleece or sweater, you can put on an unlined softshell. If it's colder or raining/snowing, then a softshell with a layer under it, or one that has a fleece laminate. For below zero, you can wear a softshell over a puffy or a heavy baselayer & midlayer. Heavy rain is really the only time i can see needing any kind of membrane hardshell, and in all of these instances the softshell is going to be drier and more comfortable, or at least that's my experience. i really hope this helps...

Windbreaker

Windbreaker

I'm 5'11" and about 145lbs. I'm wearing the medium in the picture. I have between a +3 and +4 ape index (#rockclimbersknow).

I would have kept the jacket, but I wanted something more the weight of my old NorthFace Apex softshell. This jacket is made of a relatively stiff material to be called a softshell and is closer to windbreaker/rain shell thickness rather than what I would consider a softshell. The inside is lined with a micro layer of soft fabric. It is however warmer than a rain shell. You can feel the material change temperature very quickly like that of a rain shell, but I drove all four windows down when it was 32 degrees and snowing, vents off, for about 20 minutes and was chilled but not at all cold; no shivers.

The body was a little wider than I wanted but it would have been fine. The sleeves came about half an inch to an inch over my wrist line; how I like my sleeves on jackets. The sleeve cuffs relaxed with no way to tighten or loosen. The back drops pretty far.

Overall, I probably fit a small better than a medium. The jacket was nice but just not quite heavy enough for what I want to use it for.

And backcountry was flawless... ordered it at 11pm est time and it got here in under 48 hours (what I'd call one day shipping), for free.



5 5

Arcteryx Gamma LT

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket is typical Arcteryx, super high quality, fits tall and thin bodies, really well thought out and looks great. Highly recommend.

good enough for a senior picture!

good enough for a senior picture!

this is the best softshell ive ever used for backpacking and any day purpose, perfect for layering and love arcteryx reliability! If your looking for an all purpose shell for anyday use this is the one, the gamma lt softshell gets the job done for me everytime and just have good comments all around.

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What size are you wearing vs your dimensions (height/weight; suit size; dress shirt)???

3 5

Nice Jacket.

I ordered it in a small because of another review. Sleeves were perfect length but the torso was pretty tight, I'm 5'5" 160lbs. Since I'm returning it I decided to get another one instead that will be more warm (Atom SV). This jacket is very nice and I did like it, just wasn't right for me.

5 5

Perfect Softshell

Love this jacket. The fit is perfect. I am almost 5'11", 170lbs. and the medium is perfect. The athletic cut keeps it from being too wide in the abdominal area and the tapered rear keeps the jacket from riding up in the back. Love the feel and stretch of the material as well. If you're looking for something to provide a ton of warmth, this probably isn't the jacket. That said, I don't believe that's the purpose of this jacket anyway. If you're wanting a very versatile piece that can perform in a ton of activities, this is it. I plan to use it skiing a bunch this year with a substantial base layer and long-sleeve underneath to help with additional warmth.