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Arc'teryx Cerium SV Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

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Cerium SV Hooded Down Jacket

The Arc'teryx Men's Cerium SV Hooded Down Jacket is built with extreme functionality in mind, specifically for those challenging backcountry and alpine situations. When your life depends on your gear, the last thing you want to be thinking about is whether or not your jacket is up to the task. The warmest option in the Cerium series, (the Arc'teryx line of minimalist, lightweight, technical, down insulated jackets) and designed to tackle severe weather head on, this jacket is a dependable midlayer in frigid conditions or a standalone jacket in bitter, dry conditions.

The Cerium starts with down composite mapping, which strategically places down and synthetic insulation in key areas. As down only provides warmth if it's lofty and dry, synthetic insulation is placed in areas that are more prone to moisture, such as the cuffs and shoulders, for maximum warmth. The baffle construction also helps in heat retention. Designed in a linear pleated baffle structure that creates volume and maximizes the down loft toward the body, the baffles are reducing negative air space, essentially erasing cold spots that can be common in quilted down jackets. To top off the warmth, a DWR coating is used on the lightweight Arato face fabric to help repel light precipitation to keep the insulation dry.

When conditions get really extreme, the adjustable StormHood can be worn over your helmet to help seal in your body heat and the No Slip Zip design of the main zipper ensures that while you're climbing or moving around a lot, the zipper won't creep down allowing cold air in. When a downpour starts, the down insulation is highly compressible so you can comfortably layer the Cerium SV under a technical shell to keep dry and warm. In fact, a stuff sack is included with the Cerium so you can pack it away easily without it taking up too much room or weight in your pack when you're at lower, warmer elevations.

  • Technical down piece for superior warmth as a standalone or midlayer
  • DWR treatment repels moisture to keep down dry and protected
  • Lofty and warm 850 down fill maximizes warmth to weight ratio
  • Down Composite Mapping strategically places insulation for warmth
  • Down Contour baffles reduce cold spots for all-around comfort
  • Insulated StormHood shields from the cold even with a helmet on
  • No Slip Zip keeps jacket from unzipping through strenuous movements
  • Arc'teryx designs with a minimalist, less is more approach
  • Item #ARC00P5

Material
[face fabric] Arato 10 (100% nylon), DWR treatment, [lining] Arato 7 (100% nylon)
Insulation
[body] European grey goose down, [shoulders, cuffs] Coreloft synthetic
Fill Weight
850
Baffle Construction
Down Contour (pleated)
Fit
regular
Length
hip, drop hem
Center Back Length
27.3in
Hood
insulated StormHood, adjustable
Pockets
[external] 2 zippered hand, [internal] 1 zippered with stuff sack
Claimed Weight
[medium] 14.6oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, hiking, ice climbing, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
limited

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>Rating: 5

Perfect Hooded Down Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
172 lbs

Size fits perfectly. Windproof and warm. light. Breathable underarms, not damp.

>Rating: 5

Like wearing a sleeping bag

Love this jacket. I use it touring where I run really hot on the uphill. I usually skin in just a base layer, so anytime we stop I can pull out this beast and keep warm. It is bulkier than using a smaller mid layer, but bomber in the cold and also a nice safety precaution in case we run into an extended stay. I sized up to go over layers

>Rating: 5

Perfect!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
small
Height
5` 9"
Weight
150 lbs

This puffy is outstanding. It fits great and is very warm. You can layer it up or wear it with a t-shirt. I live in Utah and wanted something that I could use as an extreme mid layer or just wear around town. This checks all boxes.

>Rating: 5

Next Level

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

There's others out there, but not much can keep up. Extraordinary warm.

>Rating: 5

Super warm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
165 lbs

Incredibly warm and packable! Fairly expensive but absolutely worth every penny.

>Rating: 5

A Furnace

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 5"
Weight
195 lbs

My brother's had a Cerium SV for a couple years now and decided to get me one for Christmas. He's always referred to it as a sleeping bag and he's not far off - it's like wearing a furnace. Historically, I've stuck with the Atom LT & AR, and have been content with those jackets for winter layering. But, this is in a totally different league. No more having to wear a flannel/hoodie under my Atom AR. You only need a light shirt under this, or you'll be too hot. I'm really looking forward to using it more this winter and utilizing it on future adventures.

>Rating: 4

Runs short

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
175 lbs

Love love love my women's version of this jacket so I bought the men's for my guy. He's a lean build at 6'1 and 175 lbs so I bought size Large. The jacket is beautiful and he was hoping to keep it but we are returning because it's very short in the front. The width was roomy enough on him for layering, which was fine for his use. The back was long enough but the front barely covered his belt and he kept wanting to pull it down which also made it look too short - bummer. Trying the Thorium SV next since the specs list it as a few inches longer.

>Rating: 5

Performance and Sizing

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
175 lbs

This thing is crazy rad. I ALWAYS run a Medium in Arc' stuff, but got the Large here because I want to be able to throw it over top of everything if need be - if I try that it will be pretty restricting. If I hadn't bought a large it would be way too tight to fit even as a mid-layer, but the L is perfect. It easily fits under my Medium Arc' Beta SV shell. I'm stoked on it and it's proven to really be a warm piece, though I do worry a little about its lasting durability with the 10D face fabric, and the 7 D interior fabric. I am used to not having to baby Arc stuff, so we'll see about this. If you're on the fence with sizing or have broader shoulders within your sizing category I recommend going up to the next size. I have a 42 inch chest. Update: I'm actually pleased with its durability. I love having this thing in my pack - safeguard against any cold. It would be nice if the hood adjustments were outside the collar instead of inside though and if the hem adjustments didn't require two hands to work. Got caught in freezing rain for about 15 minutes with this as my only jacket once and it held its loft well. Only felt water through the inner elbows where the down tends to retreat. The down shift in the rear of the jacket more than I would expect. Every few days I'l give it a couple good shakes and things even back out.

>Rating: 5

Inferno warm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This is the cerium on steroids. Ridiculously warm. You wouldn't want to wear this on cool days as you would start sweating. This is for the colder days like single digits and below. I use this as a mid layer when the mercury drops. I've worn this in -30 degree weather in the high country of Colorado and my core was well protected from the chill.

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