Babak Sakaki wrote an answer about Mountain Hardwear Phantom Hooded Down Jacket - Men's on August 4, 2014
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Simple: one of the most versatile synthetic pieces you can buy.
Competitors: BD Access Hybrid/LT, Patagonia Nano Puff, OR Halogen Hoody
The Fall 2014 Atom LT includes a new hood, that uses the 'ballcap' adjuster behind the head- identical to the one used in the Cerium LT hoody.
It moves with your head, offering unparalleled peripheral vision.
It's less warm than the Nano puff, but more versatile. Awesome mid layer for skiing the cold days, or on it's own in the spring. Used it backpacking, walking around town, and on a bike. The fleece lined pockets are a greatly appreciated bonus.
The new fabric is identical to the Atom SV. It's more stout, and less prone crinkling.
I have the 2014 LEAF Atom LT Hoody in Wolf, and can tell you that it has a drawstring identical to the Cerium LT Hoody. I believe the drawstring hood comes to civilian versions in Fall 2014
My Atom SV, in real time use, is warmer than the Cerium LT Hoody. The Atom's construction gives it better wind protection, as does the addition of the hem drawcord.
A sneak peak at Arcteryx's upcoming line for Fall 2014
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I haven't noticed a problem with packs on my bike commute.
To clarify, the Hooded Down Sweater has 118 grams of 800 fill down, whereas the HI-Loft has 153 grams of down. It has an ounce or so of more down.
NOT the 6ozs of down mentioned above.
TNF's popular Catalyst jacket got a makeover in 2012 with smaller baffles, and in 2013 gets a further update with FlashDry inserts in the armpits (for better temperature regulation/venting).
The hood works great with a beanie and layers great under a shell. This jacket was designed to be a mid layer in COLD, DRY environments (lift accessed skiing) but works as an outer layer in cool conditions.
It's a slim fit. 6'1" and 190lbs, the large fits like a mid layer.
With a long sleeve T, I can wear it down to about freezing.
- compressible (packs into it's own pocket)
- slim fit
- for it's weight, there are much warmer jackets
- not as warm as other jackets that lack the venting inserts in the armpits
- lots of loose threads for $300 jacket.
It fits a lot like the Atom LT, but is A LOT warmer and packs into itself.
The only difference between the Thunder and the Catalyst is the hood.
The jacket has an adjustable hood, but will be somewhat less warm than the Nitrous
TNF really hit it out of the park with their Thermoball collaboration with Primaloft.
- SUPER compressible
- WARM for it's weight, even when WET
- Great color selection
- "Cozier" than other synthetics
- Several loose threads
- only two hand pockets (an inner one would have been perfect)
- Boxy fit
I've been using the Thermoball jacket for the past few months in temperatures as low as 25 degrees. With just a T shirt, it is warm to roughly 35 degrees- anything below that requires different layering.
My favorite part about this piece is how the Thermoball insulation allows the jacket to be more compressible and 'cozier' than other synthetic jackets.
I am 6'1", 190bs with LONG arms and the a large in this jacket is short in the sleeves and roomy in the torso. ( Arcteryx L fits me perfect, for reference).
All in all, this jacket is a great alternative to the Patagonia Nano Puff that it directly competes with, being warmer, more comfortable but with a poorer fit.
This jacket will be SIGNIFICANTLY warmer than the Cerium LT, for it: - uses MORE DOWN
- HIGHER FILL POWER
- Baffled Construction
However, this jacket DOES NOT include a drawcord on the hood, which the Cerium LT does.
This will be much warmer than the Micro
Brandon Carlile with Arcteryx showing off the new Cerium LT jacket.
It has 183 Grams of down?. the Ama Dablam has a bit less? honestly, I found them to be of comparable warmth?. the hood on the Ama Dablam is quite a bit better?.
It is warmer
181 Grams of 800 fill down, it is warmer than the Kelvinator because it has more loft and down.
Wally, not actually the case- the Hi Loft Down Hoody actually has much larger baffles and more down, thus more loft (warmth).