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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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5 5

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!

1 5

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...

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

5 5

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.

Responded on

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

Responded on

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.

5 5

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?

Responded on

Hey dp2113306511,

Thanks for your question.

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

Responded on

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)

Responded on

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

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 Responded on

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.