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Can you ship Arc`teryx Hyllus Hooded Fleece...
Can you ship Arc`teryx Hyllus Hooded Fleece Jacket to the Netherlands?
We cannot ship the Arc'teryx brand across the United States boarders. Unless you have an address within the states we would not be able to send them to you.
Does the fleece on the interior of this...
Does the fleece on the interior of this jacket shed?
Over many years of hard use and more washings than I can count, I've never seen any of my Arcteryx pieces shed, nor do they really even do what most fleece does, pill up.
You should have a look at the Arc'teryx Strato reviews.. there are pictures of pilled up fleece. Can you confirm that you own the hyllus (or earlier hercules models), and that they never pilled?
This jacket is awesome. I love the fuzzy interior, and it feels great against the skin. It is wind resistant by my experience. A light breeze will be blocked by this, but a stiff wind will blow through it and chill you. It is great worn over a midweight base layer and a hard shell if really nasty. Love the hood, as it is easily cinched down, and the interior is fuzzy. It holds up well in light precipitation, but I wouldn't want to test it in a steady storm. The pockets are ok, they just feel kinda weird. Overall, excellent insulation to mild shell piece.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This thing is a great warm layer, so cozy and comfortable, perfect as a stand alone. Mine has been taken over by my wife its so cozy
Great around town / winter jacket
I love this jacket for around town use and in the winter when it is not below 20. I tend to be a hot body so having the jacket breath more is a huge plus for me as I sweat in a tee with this jacket if it hits 50. Also I sprayed some nikwax soft-shell spray on it and it helps keep the light rain off longer then before. I can now get about 20 - 25 mins in light rain till it starts to soak it up. Only problem I have with it is the zipper tends to come to the bottom, if it is below the 1/2 position when your hards are placed in your pockets.
I am 5'10" 205lbs What size do you...
I am 5'10" 205lbs What size do you recommend?
It's going to be most dependent on your chest size.I would guess an XL (43-45" chest) without having any more information, but I don't know how you like your jackets to fit.
What is the difference between this and...
What is the difference between this and the firee hoody?
The Firee was discontinued in 2012 but it was way warmer then the hyllus. I would not wear the jacket if it was above 20 deg, with the hyllus I can get away with 40 maybe 50 if all I have on is a tee under it. If you are looking for something like the Firee now look at the Venta MX Hoody.
More Hyllus Thoughts
I put more thoughts over on the blog.
Made from the hide of Cookie Monster
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 Atom. 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.
Compared to other brands (NF, Pata, etc.), the quality is exceptional. I've had softshells for years, from many brands. I've become an Arcteryx snob. Every seam is perfect, the zipper is perfection on a pull, the interior is softer than Cookie Monster after conditioner.
How good is this jacket? So good that my wife wanted one, once she saw how much I loved it.
Hyllus vs. Venta sv
I'm hoping someone can offer some advise. I have been looking for a warm, wind/water proof/resistant softshell for years, and have accumulated many jackets. I want this for casual wear - around town type stuff, nothing serious outdoor, have plenty of stuff for that.
For example: 20 degrees, light wind and snow, button down dress shirt underneath, just normal every day bumming around/ running errands.
In terms of warmth, what is better for situations like this, the Venta SV or the Hyllus Hoody? (or something else?)
This is a FLEECE jacket...
No matter what anyone says, look at this jacket as a fleece jacket with a smooth outer face that doesn't let snow, leaves, dirt, etc stick to it, doesn't pill like fleece, and glides nicely without binding under another layer.
It's an intelligent fleece jacket, combining a light fleece layer with a breathable soft-shell outer face.
NOT worth $375, but worth any sale price if you explore the world in winter or in coastal environments.
great feel on the inside - like the cookie monster turned inside out!!
Sizing Question! I'm 6'0", about 185 lbs,...
Sizing Question! I'm 6'0", about 185 lbs, 34/35 sleeve, athletic build...what size should I go with?
Medium or large. Medium if you're closer to a 40" chest. Large if you're closer to 42".
I have this in a medium and am about an inch less and 10 lbs as well, and the medium fits fairly trim. I would suggest going Large for the Hyllus.
I have this in a medium and am about an inch less and 10 lbs as well, and the medium fits fairly trim. I would suggest going Large for the Hyllus.
I was wondering if some more people can...
I was wondering if some more people can speak to the wind resistance of this hoody. How does it compare to conventional fleece? Some people below said its pretty wind resistant, others said it cuts right through or only blocks about 60%. My main uses would be hiking and biking, so breathability is very important, but must be in balance with wind blocking so I can use this when fall fades to winter. I found another nice softshell lined with high-loft fleece here: the eider power pro. It's even more expensive! Also looks very nice. Polartec says Powersheild O2 blocks 96% of wind and Powershield Pro blocks 99%. Curios what people feel that translates to in the real world, and if the pro lacks the breathability for me to sweat and sleep in on the trail or while bikin 20mph in winter. Thanks!
This is Powershield O2. It blocks 96% of the wind, like Polartec says. This translates into an extremely breathable jacket, but one that you won't want to use as an outer layer in high winds. That said, some people like to use a jacket like this as a midlayer that can stand alone if you're really overheating. Personally, I think if you want an outer layer, the Eider Power Pro is the jacket to go with, although I think Patagonia's Northwall jacket is a nicer design, and less money to boot. Combine a Polartec Thermal Pro fleece like the Patagonia R1 with an eVent or DryQ shell for something that'll keep you comfortable in a wide variety of situations.
Great jacket, better store!
This jacket is surprisingly warm for how thin and lightweight it is - although it is not a perfect wind shield, it is excellent in all but the worst cold plus wind conditions. The inner layer is very soft and the colors are just as vibrant as they look on the website (I was very pleased with my squid ink jacket jacket with rhino-colored lining). The jacket has a number of VERY well placed pockets, very useful during activities or just while driving (I can actually reach my pockets!) Finally, this jacket breathes better than any jacket I've ever owned of this weight - a huge upgrade from my previous North Face and Columbia jackets. Despite the price, this jacket is well worth the additional funds.
I have to say, though, that my most pleasing experience was not with the jacket, but with BACKCOUNTRY itself. I will buy from this store again - what a wonderful company! First, when looking for jackets I was originally investigating a Marmot. When I described to the very knowledgeable online sales staff what I was looking for, they suggested a number of jackets, some of which were much cheaper, and one of which was very well on sale. They also suggested this jacket, and even told me when to buy it to get the best deal. The reviews on this site are unedited and honest - sometimes brutally so. It made me feel like I could trust this company.
The best experience, however, was with a return I had to make. After several months of ownership during which the jacket held up well, I tripped and fell chasing a runaway puppy. The rip was severe, and the fault was mine. I called Backcountry to find out how I could get into contact with the company so that I could get the jacket repaired.
Backcountry replaced my jacket! Not only that, they sent me a return label and shipped my replacement next day (they even offered to send it to me same day and just let me send back the ripped jacket at my convenience). I protested that it wasn't necessary as the fault was mine - "nonsense," said the representative, "we take care of our customers. You bought a jacket, and it should last - if it hasn't held up, we'll replace it - we just want you to remain as happy as you were the day you bought it!"
I couldn't believe it, and I am still in shock. My replacement jacket is just like the old one, and brand new. I love Arc'teryx, and I love Backcountry - so much, in fact, that it has convinced me to buy one for my fiance. I'm not even bothering to shop around this time - with customer service like that, I wouldn't buy anywhere other than BackCountry.
Thank you, Backcountry. If more companies operated with your ethic, our economy would be bristling with activity! You've earned a very loyal repeat customer.
Fantastic jacket, I am telling myself.
Ok, so this is really expensive for what it is. I'm still not entirely sold on whether I made the right choice on the purchase or not. I almost returned it several times but found myself reaching for it enough to eventually decide to keep it.
On the plus - its a great spring/fall jacket. The material feels top quality. Sheds water well, just wore it in a steady rain for several minutes and it beaded the water right off. I'm sure you can soak it through if you tried though. It ain't my sabre hard shell. But it's not supposed to be either. The fuzz also feels super cozy and I love sitting there petting my jacket.
Downside - its not really that warm. A chilly fall day it's perfecto, but anything colder and you will be cold. I wish there was more insulation, because right now it doesn't add that much more warmth than my Patagonia vest.
most versatile fleece I own
This is one of the most versatile fleeces I have ever encountered. Other reviewers say that it is an expensive hoody. I disagree. Sure, a cotton hoody works perfectly in cold weather IF you are not working hard and not sweating. But as soon as you start to sweat, the cotton hoody just doesn't cut it anymore. I have used this jacket for 4 years for hiking, as a midlayer and outer layer while skiing, running in subzero whiteouts, and doing almost anything in very cold weather while sweating and working hard. An added bonus is the ability to wear it casually. Bottom line: If you are getting this to wear casually, save your money and buy a cotton hoody. If you are getting this in order to let you enjoy doing highly aerobic activities in subzero temps this is one of the best jackets you can buy. The ability to wear it casually is just an added bounus.
The pictures online make it hard to tell about the build of this jacket. There is no storm flap and the powershield O2 seems pretty weak, this is very much a layering piece, and not that warm without a shell to go on top. Go look at this in a store before you buy it. I found the seams and other minor quality details a bit sub-par for the Arc'teryx price. Doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me to buy this jacket, go get a windproof fleece which is really all this is. The Hyllus is only really great for mild to cool weather or being highly active in cold temps with low wind. For a super warm winter softshell for bumming around town and belay-bitching in the frigid mornings try the Firee, that jacket is bomber. If you want a sick alpine softshell that's not gonna sweat out look at the Venta instead of the Hyllus. No room for the Hyllus on my coat rack - there are better options out there.
This jacket is super thin. I bought this jacket thinking it would be a step up from normal soft shells. It is not. It does have high loft fleece inside, but even the fleece is thin. The soft shell itself is very thin. Feels more like a rain jacket than a soft shell. I'm 5'10" 175lbs athletic build and the large fit perfect. There was just enough room for a thick fleece underneath. I wore it outside today (32F and windy)and I love the fit and feel of the jacket, it broke the wind for the most part. But from my research I was expecting something thicker to wear with a fleece during the cold Wisconsin winters. This jacket will be great for very mild winter weather.