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Stops wind and rolls with winter's coldest punches.
Take the Arc'teryx Men's Kappa Insulated Hoodie out into cold, dry weather and this hoodie will reward you with warmth, protection from the wind, and a fit that plays nice with your winter sports addictions. Underneath this jacket, there's plenty of room to layer, and when you need to shed the jacket in warmer weather, it compresses and packs into your bag in a snap. When your heavy mid-layer isn't enough but your full-blown storm shell is too much, the Kappa steps right in.
- Athletic fit has room underneath for layering and has a cut that enables full range of motion in the arms and torso
- WindStopper shell fabric blocks the wind that would otherwise rob your heat, breathes to keep you comfortable, and stands up to years of wear
- Coreloft insulation is lightweight and warm, and the insulation lofts up easily even after this jacket has been packed away tight in your bag
- Reinforced shoulders and sleeves resist abrasion and wear and tear
- Insulated storm hood fits over your helmet and offers additional warmth
- Drop hem covers seat coverage and drawcord closure seals out snow and cold
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Absolutely amazing no regrets
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
This is my most versatile go-to layer. I have had it for three years now without a complaint. I usually don the jacket during heavy winter storms when I am not as active as it feels like a reactor when your moving a lot. My most recent trip has been in the Aleutian islands where it rains everyday. I use it as a technical layer underneath my shell when I work out in the field. It performs fantastically even when I'm in a down poor. This coat can handle a lot of wear and tear as I have used it as my belay jacket climbing in Colorado and Wyoming where the weather changes every minute. It does weigh a bit more than I expected but still compressed easily into my flash 18L bag when I need to shed the layer. Overall I recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a multi-purpose heavy layer if money is of no concern. The best part is how soft the material feels when you wear a tshirt underneath and felted face guard is very comfortable. I still stay very warm when the coat is drenched and wouldn't leave home without it in any cold adventure.
I am 6'3" but tall and skinny and I have...
I am 6'3" but tall and skinny and I have (dress shirt) size 36/37 sleeve length, would a large or xl be better for the Kappa?
What is a warmer jacket and a better overall...
What is a warmer jacket and a better overall jacket for alpine climbing as well as wearing around town:
the Kappa Hoody or the Solo Hoody?
They really aren't directly comparable... the Solo is more of an insulation piece, where as the Kappa is more of a try to do a bit of everything jacket-it is water resistant, insulated, and a bit heavier. It really kind of depends on what kind of outerwear system you are looking to integrate a jacket into. Do you already have a shell layer? Probably would prefer the Solo then... Don't have a shell yet, the Kappa might be a better choice, though it isn't waterproof so it's not really ideal for mountaineering conditions where you could face anything from snow to rain and any form of percipitation in between. Both of these are complete overkill for wearing around town, so yeah, don't pick based on that.
how is the size of this jacket compared...
how is the size of this jacket compared Atom sv . I am wearing Atom sv medium with little bit of room. I was told this jacket runs little big. I am 5"9 and 163 lbs. Thanks.
The Arcteryx Atom SV and Kappa hoodie both are athletic fitting/hip length styles, so they should fit well. If you'd like to keep the same fitting look with the Kappa, I'd recommend sticking with the same medium size as you've got now.
This is my go-to jacket. I use it for everything from walking to work, to skiing when the temps hit below freezing. I have the past season model, with the tougher Windstopper shell. There's a few details I wish they'd address. The first is the hand warmer pockets. Unlike the Atom, they are in front of the insulation and there's only a very thin layer of brushed fleece. They block the wind, but they don't keep your hands very warm. I'd love to have these behind the insulation. Not only would it keep your hands warm, but the pockets could also do double duty as passive venting as there are no vents on this jacket.
Breathability is fair, but like I said, I mainly use this on the slopes when it's below freezing. It's really too much jacket for anything more athletic.
The Windstopper does a really good job of stopping moisture. I've yet to have it soak through, though I've yet to wear it in a heavy rain.
The hood adjustments are a bit poor. Despite the fact there're 4 different toggles and cords I can never seem to get the right combinations to get the hood cinched down enough when it's blowing. Also, the material on the inside of the hood really absorbs perspiration a grease and is very difficult to clean. I'd go with a dark color lining if you have the choice.
It has two big internal mesh pockets, but I'd love a smaller internal zip pocket with headphone hole for a phone or mp3.
Sizing on this runs a bit large. I typically wear a large in most Arcteryx and took a medium in this. I'm about 6'1" 200lb with a muscular build and wear a 42. The medium in this fits fairly trim with enough room for a heavy mid weight underneath?not that you'd want or need much more with this jacket.
I'm thinking about getting the Kappa or...
I'm thinking about getting the Kappa or the Atom SV. Are they the same length? Both say "athletic - hip length", but the Kappa looks longer on the pics. Thanks.
They should both have the same fit, the Kappa is actually a little longer with a center back length of 31.75in and the Atom is 31in. Its more suitable as a stand alone jacket using that wind stopper technology, that's most likely why it was designed a little longer.
Anyone have this that can comment? I want...
Anyone have this that can comment? I want to know about how water repellent is this fabric? Does this compare to a fission AR (if anyone knows)
Tester - I own a Kappa and wear it when riding the lifts on very cold and/or storm days. This piece is seam taped, which definitely increases the level of foul weather protection - it's highly water resistant but not waterproof. The Fission AR features two types for Gore-Tex Pro 3 Layer and is completely waterproof (and windproof.) The Kappa has a helmet compatible, insulated storm hood while the hood on the Fission AR isn't insulated and stows in the collar of the jacket. If waterproofness is key for your needs I'd look at the Fission AR, SV or SL.