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 Luminara 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.
- Luminara nylon mini-ripstop makes this jacket lightweight and packable
- Polyurethane DWR coating sheds moisture in case you get caught in a light drizzle
- One-handed Vislon zipper with a storm flap stops wind and moisture from working in through your zipper
- Athletic fit is trim without being too tight
- Articulated, gusseted arms are built to fit the best when you're on the move
- extended back keeps drops out of your pants as you ride your bike home
- Low-profile hood covers your head and is streamlined enough to fit under (or over) a helmet, and it has a soft lining that feels good on your skin
- Packable design lets this jacket fit into its own chest pocket, and it has a small clip that will attach to a climbing harness or a backpack
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Weighs close to nothing.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This jacket weighs close to nothing and stuffs down to the size of a tennis ball. I chose this jacket over the Houdini because it had hood adjustment and velcro on the cuffs. It weighs about 50 grams more than the Houdini but I think the trade off is definitely worth it. One complaint is that the stomach area is a little too sufficient. When I sit down, the jacket folds over itself and a little hill forms on my stomach because of all the excess space. The fabric is water resistant, I've been through light showers with the jacket and it performs perfectly. Overall, this wind breaker is amazing, I just wish the sizing around the stomach area was a bit tighter.
Squamish on approach
I'm 6'2", 31" waist, and have very long arms. The Squamish in a large fits well, but has a little too much room in the belly. It can get a little baggy at times.
Best Windshirt on Earth
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
I loved my first Squamish so much that I bought a second. My first is still going strong. However, I have a serious gear fetish, and jackets are a little bit of a weakness of mine.
Yes, the fabric is 20 denier. I wouldn't go shimmying through a chimney in Joshua Tree with this jacket. However, I have done a lot of climbing and backpacking with this thing on, and it still looks brand new. It went through the chimney on the SE Buttress of Cathedral Peak without so much as a snag.
Fit is not bad. Arm length is about right, but there's too much room in the belly. I suppose it makes for a good outer layer, with room underneath for layering, but I rarely use it for such purposes. I have to wear a large for the torso and arm length (I'm 6'2" with a 21" torso and very long arms) but there's just too much room in the belly for a trim fit (I have a 31" waist). Its a minor quibble given what this thing can do.
In heavy rain it quickly saturates. This is not a hardshell. It will, however, fight off a short storm or a minor shower. As a windshirt it simply cannot be beat. Its quite breathable, and adds a fair amount of warmth for its almost unnoticeable weight. Its as good as a softshell for fighting off the wind, better in some ways. It wads up to the size of a tennis ball. I've literally stuffed mine into my pocket between pitches on climbs.
Ounce for ounce I can't think of a better garment. The Marmot DriClime is a close second. I never thought it could be beaten as a windshirt. I still love it, particularly since the DriClime adds a little more warmth... but the Squamish packs down to half the size... and it doesn't look like a satin pillowcase.
do you know the length from shoulder to...
do you know the length from shoulder to bottom for small and medium size of this jacket ?
Here is the size chart from the Arc'teryx website for their relaxed fit jackets (That is what the Squamish is classified under). I hope this helps.
I have been looking for a wind shirt /...
I have been looking for a wind shirt / jacket for awhile now. The patagonia houdini, is thinner, and I have read can be worn in the summer for bug and sun protection. Can this jacket serve that purpose or is it too heavy for summer use?
This might be a little to heavy for summer sun protection. The Houdini is not going to have as nice features but it's lighter and wispier than the Squamish. Check this review out by Outdoorgearlab they actually picked this over the Houdini however recommended the houdini as both sun and wind protection
Comes on every trip.
The Patagonia Houdini gets all the love for being 4oz, but I'll take the extra 2oz for the Squamish's better cut, drawcord hem, velcro cuffs and excellent hood. Unless it's the dead middle of summer, this is outermost hiking layer. Worth the price.
This hoodie is incredible. Any time, whether in the backcountry or around town, I'm expecting wind or some rain shows I wear this. It's extremely lightweight, and blocks the wind like crazy. It's also got a hood with adjusters to tighten it if needed. Very windproof though.
This hoodie also does suprisingly well in rain. I've had it in a few rain showers for over 20 minutes and it just sheds the water like my waterproof shell. Granted, these were not downpours by any means, but it's very water resistant. It also packs down small enough to fit in my hand. There's really nothing I would change about this hoodie, great piece of gear, well worth the investment!
Great Windshell !
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use a windshirt as a mid-layer for heat retention when hiking or trekking during the winter. From spring to fall I wear it over a t-shirt or a thin base-layer. As on other Arcteryx jackets there are no pockets at the hips to interfere with a backpacking or climbing harness. There is only a small crossover pocket on the left side of the chest. I use this for keys if I go for a day hike. The Squamish hood is nice, very adjustable. The jacket material is both wind and water resistant, durable and very well crafted. The articulated cut of the sleeves is a great feature. The cuffs are adjustable for reducing or increasing air flow. I also like the heron color. In short, the jacket will do as it says, but it's pricey. It's $70 more than a Montbell windshirt which is a little heavier and full cut, but the Montbell doesn't have those awesome fossil bones on it if that's your thing. Personally I like the athletic fit and lighter material. I don't like feeling that I'm hiking in a noisy nylon sack in windy conditions. The Squamish works great for me in every situation where I need it.
Nice Jacket - Runs Larger Than Houdini
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Purchased this and a Patagonia Houdini to compare. Feels like a higher end jacket with the velcro wrists, and opaque material - but it should for the higher prices. With that said, it might be overkill unless on sale.
It is also sized larger than the Houdini @ 5'9" and 200 lbs the Squamish is one size too large in XL, the Houdini is just about right in XL.
What color is the jacket in the detail...
What color is the jacket in the detail pics? Heron or Blue Onyx?
These are the same pictures as on the Arc'teryx website, which lists the color as the Heron.
Hey I need a jacket for sailing and I am...
Hey I need a jacket for sailing and I am torn between this and the Beta FL. I need something that will last against cold wind in winter months while also breathe under the sun. Thanks a lot!
Either the Squamish or the Beta FL would be great choices, it depends on how much weather protection you need in the winter months. If you're dealing with a fair amount of spray I'd recommend the Beta FL as it's waterproof.
I would go up to the Alpha SV for winter sailing. I've used the Alpha SV in hiking in 40 mph winds with rain, having tried the same thing with lighter jackets and heavier jackets by TNF, Marmot and Patagonia. But the SV is hands down the finest winter "shell jacket" ever made! I would also recommend a synthetic BC mid-layer jacket by Montbell. This retains less than 1% of any water that reaches it; also a good baselayer. On deck you won't stay dry unless you're in a hermetic bubble, but you will be warm, insulated and much less affected by really bad inclimate conditions. In just seriously hiking or trekking you would be dry and probably too warm. I use this in winter because I'm almost seventy and slowing down some, but I hike 5 miles a day in the Cascades twelve months of the year and I have hiked, trekked and climbed for over fifty years. All that I can really tell you is that this system has worked for me in some serious weather. I recommend it.