For moving fast through the backcountry.
- 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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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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.