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Emergency provisions.

When the wind whips up a shower on your return loop to the car, pull out the super-lightweight Arcteryx Men's Squamish Hooded Jacket and get back to the trailhead without running for shelter. This wind- and water-resistant shell packs into its own chest pocket and weighs less than a sandwich. The Gossamera fabric is light and packable, but still has a substantial feel so you won't feel like you're wearing a plastic bag, and it actually looks good enough to wear around town.

  • Gossamera nylon fabric
  • DWR coating
  • Athletic fit
  • Low-profile StormHood
  • Packs into chest pocket
  • Elastic and hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Hem drawcord

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Essential climbing piece

    I liked this windbreaker so much I bought 2 of them. One stays in my crag pack and the other in my crash pad. It stuffs into its own pocket and takes up very little space clipped to my harness. I've used it year around except for the summer months in Vegas. Sometimes cutting the wind is all you really need to make the difference between being chilled and being comfortable. I had it out in a pretty heavy downpour and it didn't repel water very well, but I know its not really designed for this. I also ripped the elbow somehow on my second one after just 3 months of owning it. Arcteryx replaced it for $40. Unfortunately they no longer made it in the color I had. I'm 5'9" 150lbs and wear a Small.



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

    Lightweight - check.

    covers body - check.

    color - more grey than pic portrays.


    Terrific & Reliable

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Height: 6'0"
      Weight: 170 lbs
      Size Purchased: Medium

    I love this jacket and how reliable it is. I can stuff it into a little bag and take with me anywhere. It has kept me warm in the cold while hiking in summer rain & sleet (yes, sleet in summer at elevation) and is a key piece in my pack on most excursions when weather is unpredictable. It's high quality fabric, cut, & construction, and I am grateful to have it.

    Does the hood *actually* fit over a climbing helmet? By this I mean, when the hood is over your helmet and you zip up, does the fabric stay at your chin?

    Best Answer

    Hi Icychap,

    The hood is helmet compatible. Depending on your head/neck shape and helmet size and model it is hard to say for certain whether it would stay right at your chin, but it should be close!


    Best wind jacket ever

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

    After having gone through several Patagonia Houdinis over the years (and a few from other manufacturers too but I always came back to the Houdini), I decided to try this one instead. I'm a convert - this is my new go to layer. It comes with me every time I go in the mountains. It packs well, is super durable, and I prefer the velcro cuffs to the Houdini's elastic wrists...didn't think I would at first but have come to like them. The hood fits well over a climbing helmet and has an adjustment cord which helps a lot - scrunch up the hood if you're climbing on a windy day and not wearing the hood to keep it from flapping in your face, if you are climbing with the hood on, tighten it so that it doesn't interfere with your vision, and it also allows you to scrunch the hood over your head to keep mosquitoes off at camp. Lots of great color choices too. Don't think I'd change anything about this jacket.


    nice windbreaker, but not well made

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size
    • Height: 5'6"
      Weight: 138 lbs
      Size Purchased: SMALL

    Squamish hoody is my favorite windbreaker jacket, It is very versatile and stylish, very lightweight and block wind pretty well. I have a 2014 model, and wore it all round year from spring to winter.
    I decided order the 2015 new model, of course it works well, but I find the new model is not well made as the old 2014 model, because the sewing is not smooth, somewhat desappointed

    Hi, I am 5' 9'', 41chest and 33 arm. I am going to use the jacket for rock climbing, so I may need to wear it over some layers. Would you recommend a small or a medium? Thanks!

    I'm 5'7", 40 chest and 32 arm and have worn this jacket in both a small and a medium. The small has enough room for just an r1-type layer beneath it and the medium has enough room for base, r1, and ~maybe~ an ultralight puffy layer, (which would be compressed a bit by the squamish). I usually wear my puffy over this when belaying and if the weather has a chance of getting really gnarly I bring a full-on technical shell as well. I suggest getting a medium for your height and other vitals, and I don't think even a large is going to have enough room to stack more than a couple layers underneath; it's a very athletic, form-fitting cut and not really designed to go over thick layers.

    The squamish is by far my most used piece of gear and finds a place in my pack year-round, it's just so versatile, light, and effective at what it does there's no reason to ever leave it behind.


    Great jacket, could use hand pockets.

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size
    • Height: 5'7"
      Weight: 145 lbs
      Size Purchased: small

    A nice jacket that breathes well and repels rain and blocks most wind. I hike a 3 miles per hour and have found that the jacket does not accumulate moisture on the inside like a rain shell would when hiking at this pace. I wish it had had hand pockets for those times when you're resting on the trail or just want to keep your hands warm. This is a minimalist's jacket, no doubt. I am 5'7" and wear a size 38S suit jacket so the sleeves run to my fingernails, but the velcro cuffs accommodate this. The fit a little more roomy than the Fortrez Hoody that I wear as a midlayer, so it allows for layering very nicely. Hood has a nice brim for keeping out some of the rain off of your face.

    If it had hand pockets, I would give it 5 stars.

    We might be talking semantics here but would this jacket be called a softshell? If not, what are the differences? Looking for something windproof that would fall under softshell to add to my alpine kit

    I wouldn't really classify it a softshell. Softshells are going to be a large percentage polyester and/or have some elastane to give the garment stretch. This is 100% nylon so it won't stretch as much. I would suggest the gamma lt or outdoor research ferrosi hoody if you are looking for a softshell. I have the ferrosi and it is a fantastic jacket!


    Best lightweight wind jacket

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

    Super light and great all around jacket. Much better breathability than any rain jacket or shell. There are cheaper options out there but if you want the best, get this!


    It's INCREDIBLY thin...

    • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought this for my husband on-line and from the other reviews I was quite excited.

    However I got the package and to my utmost disappointment it was the thinnest "coat" (if it can even be called that) I've ever seen.

    I did show it to my husband and explained what I thought it was going to be...and asked if he wanted it...he said no, I have old wind-breakers which are thicker than would be completely useless.

    And I was relieved, as it's VERY expensive for something that thin. I even looked at the photo on line again vs. what I received as I was SURE they couldn't have sent me the same thing.

    I'm not even sure if it would be the correct size, as he wouldn't even try it on.

    So if you want something rather "wind-breaker-esc" then you'd be okay, but if you would be ticked spending that much $$ on something like a wind-breaker then don't buy this...

    Yes--it's thin. It's a ghost jacket...intended to be packed along as insurance against unexpected rainstorms. As the descriptions says, super-lightweight emergency provisions.

    That said, as lightweight as it is, it is surprisingly durable and water-resistant.

    The Squamish is a windshirt, much like the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer or Patagonia Houdini. It's a technical piece designed to be as light as possible; believe it or not at ~6oz the Squamish is on the heavy end for windshirts. The "thin-ness" is an asset in a technical setting; while the 30D Gossamera fabric may feel delicate, it most assuredly is not; it can stand up to bushwhacking through dense brush and climbing on granite.

    The Squamish functions extremely well as a 'windbreaker'; it is the only thing it is made to do. YMMV, but having worn it over 500 trail miles through some of the windiest places on the planet -- Iceland and the northern UK -- I wouldn't choose any other piece as a wind layer. For an around town piece, your husband may be more "comfortable" -- by which I mean "habituated to" -- a slightly heavier piece, but to give an item one star for being "thin" without having used it seems a bit uncharitable.

    The Squamish is built from the ground up to do only one thing, which is keep the wind off you, and if your husband had tried it on, my suspicion is he would've realized it does that very, very well, thin or not.

    sounds like you bought the wrong jacket. actually this thing is tops in it's class, engineered to be a light technical garment where weight and durability are of concern. price? you get what you pay for. check out your local department store's men's department, think you'll find what you're looking for there, cheap too.

    as leona helmsley says, "cheap is cheap".


    Impressed with the Versatility.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs small

    Let me say at the outset: I'm an Arcteryx whore. Totally acknowledge it. I'd spend all day in my Alpha SV, in just about any conditions, and do it happily. But there are times when the skies are clear and you're ready to head out, and you're not really sure that you need to pack such a bomber jacket...when you want something light to throw in your pack as insurance against bad weather. You've done enough hiking/skiing/biking to know that if things turn bad, you want a product that will work to keep you dry and warm.

    My previous experience with lightweight and "ghost" jackets was that they were light and packable, and some were even waterproof, but when you needed them, they were not breathable or durable. They were bandaids that helped keep you dry from rainfall, but that built up sweat inside like a proverbial sauna.

    The Squamish is a pleasant surprise. It's inexpensive (for Arcteryx standards), light and packable--all good qualities in a 'just in case' jacket. but when you need it, it's waterproof, reasonably windproof, and breathable. I'm surprised by how effective a nylon/DWR system can be. 20 years ago, when Goretex was too expensive to afford, the nylon/"waterproof coating" jackets were good for a little rain, and then would get saturated and you'd get wet. Not so with the squamish. It's waterproof. I have had it in some tough conditions, and it doesn't soak through.

    Moreover, unlike most ghost jackets, it is breathable enough to actually be useable as a frontline jacket. I find myself wearing it from time to time when I don't need the weight of the Alpha SV, but when I do need reliable, breathable, waterproof jackets. Don't tell Arcteryx, but making good, inexpensive jackets like this undermines the need for their more expensive products, in many 'normal' circumstances. (I'm still not giving up my Alpha). Great jacket! Arcteryx-true sizing, which means it is an athletic cut. I'm 6', 155#, and a medium is perfect.

    The Squamish is actually not waterproof- just very water resistant. It will most definitely wet out in sustained rain.

    I'd have thought the same thing too, and perhaps in some time the DWR will break down and it will have that issue, but thus far, it's waterproof. One of those "just a short hike in nice weather" outings turned into a 3 hour slog after the skies let loose...and the Squamish did the job admirably, and DID NOT wet out. I've had it in the rain on more than one occasion, and under some pretty hard use, it has been impressive.

    If they only made the Squamish with hand pockets, but i suppose that would limit its minimalist design. Those pockets would be nice, though.


    All-rounder Jacket

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

    My Specs: 165lbs, 6'-0", 32w, 32l, long arms, broad shoulders/chest

    Applications: Year-round running, biking, paddling, and casual use in a temperate mountain environment.


    +Fits my frame and long arms very well. Went with a Medium. I was stuck between this and the Patagonia Houdini. Chose this because the material, design and fit seems more versatile. I also felt the Houdini was off in regard to torso:shoulder size. Medium was too tight in the chest and short in the arms and Large was way too baggy.

    +Packability and weight are competitive with others in its class. I can easily stow this in my Ultraspire vest with my other essentials and head out on a long trail excursion.

    + Not as "technical" looking as other wind jackets. I often wear it to work (opted for the neutral iron anvil color) without looking like I'm going out for exercise.

    +Breathes better than the Houdini (had one and sold it due to poor fit and breathability).

    + Zipper is super easy and glides effortlessly with one hand.

    + Elastic, hook-and-loop cuffs and hem drawcord work great and are much appreciated when the weather calls for them.

    +Hood is not oversized and fits perfect.

    - Price is steep and was a hard pill to swallow...but so glad I did.

    Summary: A super functional, well-fitting and versatile jacket. If you can get over the price, its very worth it. I use this year-round for everything.

    The picture of the Iron Anvil color, seems...

    The picture of the Iron Anvil color, seems to pretty clearly be a women's instead of a men's. Is that the case?

    Best Answer

    Hey dp2113306511,

    Thanks for your question.

    No, that is not the case. This item is a mens jacket.

    Thanks Grant, but that picture you linked to is not the same picture that is shown above on this page, at least in my browser. The zipper is lower and the shape of the torso has a more feminine shape. (Just in the iron anvil color)

    Yeah, I am backing PoorMan on this one at least as far as the picture goes. That photo is clearly a women's cut. However, that is just a mistake by our photo team. The actual inventory that would ship out if you were to purchase that variant would in fact be the men's option.

    I will make sure that heads roll for this one! Actually I will just see if somebody will swap the photo out.


    ummm yes please.

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

    This is my go to jacket for most all things spring/summer/fall. I literally take this jacket everywhere as it is always in my truck. Specifically stuffed in its own pocket in the glove box. Yes, it is that handy. It is great for those "Oh, crap, I wish I had a jacket" moments. Not too heavy but just enough to take the edge off. I use it for hiking, camping, backpacking, and running (more or less everything). Material is great and tear resistant. It is not waterproof but will bead up nicely and keep you dry in a light drissle.

    Fit is true to size, I am 5'11'' 185lbs and a medium is perfect. The napoleon pocket is fantastic and also doubles as the stuff sack. The velcro adjustments on the sleeves allow for a perfect fit and the hood is great when you need it.

    If you don't have this jacket, you should probably get it.


    Best Windshell

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

    I've owned many wind-breaker-shell like most of us, and this is my favorite. The fabric feels good on the skin unlike most glossy ripstops. This has a matte finish, and has some mechanical(no lycra, all nylon) stretch to it. It's quiter in the wind too .

    The hood I was hesitant at first sight. I've not met a "one cord does all" that fit the way I wanted, but this does . The zipper is very easy to use with one hand.

    Rain resistence is very very good. Breathability , of course relative to each person, I find very good.

    If you're comparing this with the Houdini, well, don't. Ahahaha ! The fit of this is trimmer, and the matte fabric w/mechanical stretch is a huge improvement over the glossy ripstop and well worth the extra dollars.

    For fit, I requested this from Acr Teryx, and they answered !
    "Thank you for contacting Arc'teryx. Here are the measurements for the Squamish Hoody:"

    Chest: 119.8cm
    Neck: 50.5cm
    Sleeve: 96cm
    Front: 72.6cm
    Back: 74.9cm

    Chest: 127.8cm
    Neck: 52.4cm
    Sleeve: 98.5cm
    Front: 72.6cm
    Back: 74.9cm

    The chest of the Large I received in Oxblood appears measured by them right at the arm pit, and it tapers from there. I measured 1" below the seam across the chest just below the pocket, and measured 48"/120cm.

    *Update*March 2015

    I've worn this pretty much year around here in the midwest. I am still completely satisfied with it. I carry it as an emergency rain shell in the summer while cycling and wear it Spring, Winter and Fall cycling , walking and hiking. The hood is fantastic in the winter, I have zero issues with it in any wind, and while cycling. It seals around my face and stays in place. This hood is so much better it fit and fucntion than the Patagonia Houdini, which I've also tried , and so is the fabric. I see they have more color options this year also, hmmm.... sounds like a good reason for another !

    What are the differences between this 2014...

    What are the differences between this 2014 version and the 2013 version, which costs $10 more.

    Best Answer

    As far as I know, the 2013 uses a 20d fabric and the 2014 uses a 30d fabric, which is heavier but more durable. The 2014 is also cut slimmer.