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cozp46913 wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great jacket! It fits true to the published sizing charts and is very versatile. I loved the first one so much I grabbed a second to bring a little diversity into my wardrobe.

The jacket is equally awesome for a night out in town, under a shell in the mountains or just to kill the chill while making dinner after a long day of hiking.

The only downside is the weight is slightly greater than a down jacket if you are a super minimalist backpacker. It's all about choices and the Atom LT is worth the little extra weight for me.

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cozp46913 wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rate this jacket as a 5 star shell for its performance in the mountains with a harness and pack. It works great in that capacity but for me it falls short in several other areas.

Fit:
Good, once you figure out the Arc'teryx sizing. I stick with my recommended size (XL) for all upper garments and they layer together well. This works great when you use a clothing system but it also means that I have a shell which is huge and almost uncomfortable anytime I'm not layered up.

Venting:
I think the placement and sizing of the zippers overall is good. I've been able to vent adequately while wearing a pack. (Note that I'm only discussing zippers here and not clothing systems to prevent overheating for the activity.)

Pockets:
The pockets on this jacket are awesome when using a pack but horrible for around town usage or when not wearing a pack. I tend to stash an extra hat, gloves, snacks etc in my shell when I go without a pack and it makes me look like a well endowed 75 year old playboy model... When wearing a harness it just seems worse.
The internal pockets are a bit small but usable however with them not being waterproof they aren't a great storage place for electronic items in certain conditions.

Summary:
I love the jacket for use under a harness or a pack but unless you get a great deal I don't think it's versatile enough to justify the price. I absolutely love this shell for the mountains but when traveling I feel like I'm making huge compromises by only bringing this shell which isn't all that great for everything else.

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cozp46913 wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The nano puff pullover is hands down the most versatile mid-layer jacket I own. I bought mine a little big which makes it feel baggy over just a t-shirt but not so bad that it's uncomfortable. The extra room makes it much easier to don and doff as well as allowing me to throw another layer (Patagonia R1 being the favorite) under it for extremely cold days.

I've comfortably worn this jacket on six continents over several years and it's still going strong. This is one of the first items I grab anytime I leave the house.

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