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    All-around insulation for the ascent.

    A down jacket may seem like a good call when it's cold and you're getting gear ready at the trailhead, but you're going to be a hot, sweaty mess by the time you're on the trail and your hear rate is up. The Arc'teryx Men's Atom AR Hooded Insulated Jacket insulates when you're getting gear lined out for the day's objective and remains breathable during the approach, so you aren't stuck with a soggy, useless down jacket before the sun is even up. The Atom is insulated with Arc'teryx's Coreloft insulation, which consists of highly crimped and siliconized polyester yarns that are breathable, packable, and water-resistant to retain insulating capabilities when confronted with light precipitation. If it does start to rain or snow, then the Atome can be worn comfortably as midlayer under a shell for an added dose of warmth.

    • All-around midlayer for the trail, skintrack, or crag
    • Water-resistant synthetic insulation is highly breathable
    • Durable Tyono fabric treated with DWR for added weather protection
    • Compressible design packs away for easy storage in a backpack
    • Can be worn as a midlayer during cold ski days or rainy hikes
    • Vancouver-based Arc'teryx uses the mountains of British Columbia to inform its clothing designs
    • Item #ARC004D

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [face fabric] Tyono (30D nylon), DWR finish
    Insulation
    [body] Coreloft 120, [underarms] Coreloft 80, [hood] Coreloft 60
    Fit
    regular
    Length
    hip, drop-tail hem
    Center Back Length
    29in
    Hood
    yes, helmet-compatible StormHood
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest
    Claimed Weight
    1lb
    Recommended Use
    skiing, hiking, camping, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Love this jacket, True all round jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 173lbs

    This is great for around town or cruising up some mountains on a cool day. Insulates well for the weight and has surprisingly durable outer material for the feel of it. One of the best apparel purchases I have made.

    just buy it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: m
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    It's amazing how much warmth you can get out of such a compact jacket, I simply love this thing and it's been my go to for a couple of years now. For me, layering isn't just a good idea, it's absolutely necessary - I sweat when I snowboard, and I tend to get very cold when I get to a location for shooting landscapes. This is a perfect layer to provide most of my warmth and to help me manage my body temperature without cooking me when I'm exerting. Everything is so well thought out, from the cuffs to the hood and the inside pocket (great for keeping a smart phone and a couple of camera batteries from freezing). My only con is the athletic cut front, and this is personal preference, and is also not a deal-breaker. My fleece/hoody/underlayers stick out front at the bottom, but my shell always covers all of that if I'm wearing it. In summary, this thing is incredible, so just get it if you're thinking about it - you won't regret it.

    All about the Atom Series

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I already own the Atom LT and wanted to get a little bit more warmth. This one sure fits the bill and then some. It has double the insulation over the LT. I would say if you plan on Layering, go with the LT fleece options and don't under estimate how warm you will be when you first put this on. I'm 6' at 165 lbs and went with a Large. Fits me perfect! Arc'teryx nailed the fit on this one! Highly recommended.
    If you have any questions:
    email me @: wbowen@backcountry.com or give me a call @ (801) 204-4571

    All about the Atom Series

    Atom AR

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    My AR just came today. I will update my review after I take it to the mountains in the coming months. However, this sale prompted me to buy this jacket, and I imagine other people are looking at it too.

    My initial impressions are positive. The medium fits my build well. I was on the fence about ordering a small or medium. For reference, I have a 100 weight mountain hardware fleece pull over and a size small marmot minimalist shell. I also have an older north face Denali fleece in a size small.

    Anyways, my vision with this jacket is to be able to layer it with the 100 weight and or a light down vest in ultra cold conditions. Because of my interest in layering it and my broader shoulders I went for the medium. Layered with the marmot shell, the jacket fits well. The tail/ bottom of the jacket sticks out maybe a half inch below the shell, but not an awkward amount.

    Just putting the jacket on in the house lead me to being almost immediately too warm.

    As a follow up, I just took this jacket to the Sierras in the middle of April, and I am still impressed. The jacket kept me comfortable in camp as the sun went down at 11,000 ft. I also took the jacket to the summit of a 14,000 ft peak the following morning. My core stayed warm, and the hood fit my helmet well.

    Search is Over

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I've been searching for my insulating layer for some winters now, and I've finally settled on the Atom AR. Partially b/c Arc'teryx fits my build the best out of the major brands. But also the weight to warmth ration fits my needs during cold and windy Michigan winters. I do layer the Beta AR when it starts dipping below 35 degrees and I must say it's a inspiring combination. I would also recommend this over the Atom LT if you're planning on wearing this in ~35 degrees or less. I've tired both and the little bit more $ is worth the warmth by far.

    Huge Fan of this Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Another great product by Arc'teryx. This jacket is great for all types of occasions during colder months. Great for active wear as well as can wear out to casual occasions. The athletic fit is great to allow range of motion.

    One hoodie to rule them all...

      If you've never bought an Arc'teryc item, then this one will definitely have you saving up every paycheck to fill your wardrobe with everything this sell. No one matches their build quality and comfort/functionality... no one!! Warm, light weight, fits like a dream.... with that said for taller slender people it will fit great but is a little shorter in the front. Great if you're belaying someone and need access to your harness.

      Great fit and construction

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      Just got done putting this thing through the wringer over the weekend. Temps were in the 20s all morning and my Atom AR kept me warm with a base layer and Patagonia R1 underneath. This thing is warmer then my Patagonia nano jacket. The two things that are where this thing excels is in fit... I'm 5'9 and 165lbs. This thing fits me perfect. The next is construction. Climbing all over quartzite this weekend, with lots of rubbing and scrubbing on the rock. Not one blemish on this jacket.

      Great fit and construction

      Excellent Jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: L
      • Height: 6'

      Used it just a couple of times now and its already one of the best mid-layer I've ever bought. Good fit, breathable and light weight.
      Hope it will hold up in WI winter !

      Atom AR for Days

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: XL
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 192lbs

      Overall this jacket is great. I can wear it pretty much in any temperature ranging from 45 and below. If you get to the extreme temperature 10 degrees or below, I would suggest having a hard shell over it block the wind better or having a warm fleece or thermal underneath. Also, I would advise using a hard shell if the weather is sloppy out (rain, sleet, snow). The DWR works great but I wouldn't want to chance wetting out the jacket.

      The best three features have to be 1. the hood (put a beanie on with the hood and your head remains toasty for days) 2. the pockets (they all work great and functional esp the hand warmer pockets) 3. the high collar (perfect protection to keep your neck warm if you forget the scarf).

      The only downside is breathability. It doesn't vent well. So if you are skiing, snowboarding, shoveling, etc; this jacket isn't going to perform as well as the LT version. But if you are using this jacket for belaying, commuting, standing around in the cold weather, it will perform admirably.

      I can't take it off

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 140lbs

      First and foremost I can actually take it off, I just don't want to. This jacket is so comfy and extreamley versitle. I can wear this jacket around town since it has a great cut to it. I can also wear just this on those warmer days on the ski hill. Or use it as a layering piece with a gore-tex shell on those really rough days.
      The Arc'teryx Atom AR features 120g of coreloft insulation in the body, 80g under the arms and 60g in the hood. Compare that to the Atom LT (lightweight) at 60g in the body. The AR is a whole lot warmer than the LT, and breathes surprisingly well for having synthetic insulation. The face fabric on this piece is a nylon blend and has been DWR treated so that water beads up on top of it and will roll right off. As usual with Arc'teryx you get what you pay for, but in the end it will always be a quality product.
      I'd recommend this to any skier who needs a great spring jacket, or someone who likes to venture out into the woods on those colder days where there may be some rain involved. This jacket kicks ass!

      A new fan of Arcteryx

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      So I was having quite the issue in purchasing a winter jacket this year. I received $$ to buy a new jacket and wanted something very warm. Long story short, after researching, educating myself on the differences between insulated, soft/hard shells, triclimates, etc., visiting numerous stores and checking myriad online sites, I finally decided on this beautiful jacket.

      I was hesitant that it really would be that "warm jacket" to withstand the Chicagoland winters (or even Wisconsin or Minnesota which I frequently visit in winter).

      After opening the package from Backcountry, I was thinking, "is this it?" as it seemed too light and would not be warm enough. As iterated above, it is light yet very warm. I have worn it in 40 degrees down to single digits so far and have been comfortable, including damp weather (much moisture in this area in the winter). When it is very windy, I can see having a shell to defray this would be beneficial, but in due time. So far it has been very impressive and comfortable. I read this all over and this is a common theme in comments - that the jacket is deceivingly warm given its' light weight.

      It is bulky a bit and admittedly I am an odd size - I usually wear medium shirts these days as I dislike wearing a large given my stature (sorta tall, thin, not broad shoulders and I have skinny wrists). The medium (see below) was a tad too tight, although this is the style of the jacket ("athletic fit") and after buying the large, I second guessed my decision and wanted to try on the medium. Backcountry/my gearhead Justin were amazingly accomodating. They are surely a company I will do business with again as he had a medium sent to my home and told me just to send back whichever I didn't want.

      I am just under 6" and am 185 lbs. The large works and the reason I am going with the large is because if I want to layer warm sweaters/fleece underneath in the future, I want to be able to not be too constricted (it felt this may be the case). The sleeves are a bit long on the large for me and loose on the wrists just a bit (but that is because I don't have the largest wrists as mentioned). The issue with the medium, however, is that since I'm tall for a medium, it comes up a bit short on the waist vs the large which is noticeably different.

      At any rate, I am so satisfied with the quality of this jacket in the comfort, the warmth, the style and the attention to detail (stitching, zippers and features), I am trying to decide on if I want the SL or the LT for warmer weather. I have tried on the LT and it is very comfortable and will go with medium on that.

      I also will be getting a shell next winter; there is no doubt that I will go with Backcountry for future purchases. Very impressed all around.

      Made in Bangladesh defective stitching!

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'12"
      • Weight: 168lbs

      I actually had to buy this jacket from 3 different online retailers and send it back for a refund every time; since every single one had stitching defects!

      In the cuff area where the stretchy material is joined with the Tyono denier in a delta/triangular-shape, the stitching was either sloppy, skewed or simply defective, which resulted in the images attached to this review.
      (The last image is from my climbing partner's jacket, which is well stitched in comparison!)

      When you get a garment like this you don't even want to dare imagine what will happen while climbing a difficult wall or while reaching for an ice screw on your harness; —with puffy deformed sleeves due to manufacturing blunders of the like ... snagging or catching onto something is easily possible.

      Admittedly, the area and the materials perhaps are difficult to control during the stitching process, but at this price tag I think one is entitled to expect more from Arc'teryx.

      Actually, I contacted customer service and got a template answer in return 2 weeks later, which made evident the company's policy and forthcoming after-sales care. If it hadn't been for this blunder and quite frankly indifference, perhaps I would have continued putting faith in Arc'teryx products, since the few I still have are of excellent manufacturing and quality control. Then again, they are not Made-in-Bangladesh ...

      A better alternative, in regards to compressibility, weight to warmth ratio is the Rab XENON.
      Equally warm and light, and compresses better and into its own pocket!

      Made in Bangladesh defective stitching!

      Top of the Line

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

      I got this for my husband and he loved it so much that I turned aroung and bought one for my father in law and he is pleased with this jacket. It is crazy lightweight and he loves the feel of the material. He wore it while hiking around in Moab in temps as low as 40, and he stayed warm. The mesh sides helped wick moisture, so he never got too sweaty in it. He wears it around in his homeland, Canada, paired with a fleece under layer, and so far he said that he has stayed warm. Great purchase!

      If you're on the fence, buy it.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 140lbs

      After returning three other winter jackets in the last year, this is the one I've landed on. And I love it.

      I run hot and needed something that kept me warm during Minnesota winters without overheating. So far I've been shocked at how well it does it's job. It's deceptive when you look at it or pick it up - it's so light and trim.

      I think I read one reviewer say that he was cheating with this jacket. I feel the same way. If you're on the fence, buy it.

      Worth every penny, and then some.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      Amazingly warm for how light it is, stuffs down pretty well too. The fit is great, I like the elastic around the wrists because it's easier for gloves to fit over. No hold ups or problems with the zipper. The waist and hood have drawstrings, and tighten down well. And the pockets keep your hands as warm as gloves do. I did a 5 mile hike in 25 degree weather (only wearing a Stoic baselayer) and had to leave the jacket unzipped. I haven't been rained on yet, so I can't comment on that, but the material looks to be water resistant at most. I wouldn't take it in the rain without a rain jacket. As I said though, I haven't been rained on yet, so I could be wrong.

      Well fit, super warm, bomber mid layer

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 170lbs

      Wanted a super warm mid-layer for winter hiking and ice climbing in the -20 to +10 degree Fahrenheit days in New Hampshire and Vermot. I could alternatively layer 2 med-light weight puffy jackets, but that turns me into a marshmallow beneath my shell and reduces mobility. I also wanted a light weight and warm jacket for rock climbing during 40 degree late fall days. I also wanted a jacket that would keep me warm while standing still waiting for the bus or train.

      I own the Arc'teryx Nuclei LT, and that's a great mid layer, but I wanted something warmer without the price of the Nuclei AR.

      Fit:
      I bought a medium. Fits great. I'm 5'9" 170lbs, 32 inch arm length, 41-42 inch chest, 31 inch waist, athletic wrestlers build. Just enough space for a fleece and a base layer to comfortably fit. Barely compact enough to layer under a medium Arc'teryx Alpha FL without being squeezed.

      Warmth:
      Warm! It may be a bit too warm as a midlayer in anything but the coldest temps, but I haven't yet tested it. It will allow me to give my belay jacket a rest during low activity intervals. Perfect weight for staying warm in the city.

      Appearance/feel
      The face fabric, for a puffy, feels bomber. No sheen, but the reflective product label. Doesn't make me look like the stayed puff marshmellow man. Hand warmer pockets are felt lined and feel marvelous. As with most Arc'teryx products, fit, finish, and style are extremely well done. I perfect for going about town.

      Functionality
      Great range of motion. Doesn't lift much with arms raised above, so it shouldn't pull out from a harness while climbing. The hood has a single adjustment in back and it allows the hood to stay put with and without a helmet. My Mammut Rock Rider helmet, one of the bulky polystyrene types, fits well underneath, but just barely - the shoulders hardly lift up when glancing down, but the back of the jacket pulls up ever so slightly. Doubt this would happen with a smaller, plastic shell helmet like the Half Dome.

      For my needs this is a great jacket. My only complaint is that the jacket lacks a stuff compression sack and does not stuff into its own pocket. I'll have to find a compression sack that works for clipping this to my harness.

      How does the AR fit compared to the LT? I normally wear an XL in Arcteryx products and that usually leaves me ample room to layer underneath. I tried on an XL Atom LT at the store and it was too short in the waist. I couldn't lift my arms above my head without the jacket riding up above my belly button. So does the AR have a longer length? Also, I know the AR won't be as breathable as the LT, but is it breathable enough for moving quickly through the mountains with a gore-tex shell over it in 20-30 degree temps? Cheers!

      IN response - I understand the concept; I am asking about specifics. I know the AR will be cut a bit looser, but is it any longer from shoulder to hem than the LT. Also, is the AR breathable enough for Moderate to High output activity? Lol and I accidentally marked the response as helpful, couldn't undo. That was an answer I could (and have) easily gotten from the product descriptions.

      Best Answer

      Hey Sean,



      Trim-fitted garments share the motion-friendly traits with our 'Athletic' fit garments, but are patterned with lower volume for reduced bulk. These close-fitting pieces layer well under other garments.



      Athletic fit utilise anatomical shaping and gussets to enhance motion by minimizing excess bulk. Easy layering under or over each item extends seasonal versatility and comfort.

      Unanswered Question

      Assuming sized up to a medium, how well would this work over a small Atom Lt and a medium Alpha Fl as a belay jacket during Ice climbing/cragging?

      Is this piece designed to be layered over the atom lt? If so, do the sizes run true in both pieces when layering?

      Hey Mark,



      The Atom AR has a different more durable face fabric (Gossamera) compared to the Atom LT and it is an athletic fit which is Arc'teryx's standard fit. The Atom LT is trim fit. Also, the AR has more synthetic insulation so it will be warmer. Both are designed to be layered under a technical shell. Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about Arc'teryx Jackets.



      Kyle

      Expert Gearhead

      klivingston@backcountry.com

      801-736-4337

      5'11 170lbs what size do you think

      How does this jacket perform in light rain?

      Lee,



      This jacket will do great, in light rain! It's definitely not meant for, or priced for, a big down pour. But, it will get you through town in a light, but consistent sprinkle.



      More questions? Let me help!



      Emily Jenson

      Expert Gearhead

      801.746.7587

      ejenson@backcountry.com

      How does this jacket compare to the patagonia nano air or nano puff regarding warmth, breathability, wind resistance, etc? Thanks

      Best Answer

      Hey Roberto, the Atom AR is going to be considerably warmer than either of those pieces. The AR uses several heavy weights of Coreloft continuous insulation (120/80/60, body/arms/hood) and has a non-baffled construction, so there are fewer seams for wind to get through.



      The Nanopuff uses 60g insulation throughout and is baffled, so will be considerably less warm; the face fabric of the Nanopuff is less breathable than the Atom.



      The Nano-Air is in entirely other category, and is designed to be as breathable as possible to keep you warm while active; the shell fabric and insulation are intentionally designed to be air-permeable. You would need a light shell over a Nano-air to be equivalently warm to either the Nanopuff or Atom in any sort of wind.



      The warmth scale here is Nano Air > NanoPuff >> Atom AR. If you're looking for a more breathable Arc piece, the Atom LT is a good choice, as it has uninsulated fleece side panels designed to vent heat while moving, but again, in a stiff wind you'd need a windshirt or light shell for warmth while static.