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Arc'teryx Gamma SL Hooded Jacket - Men's

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Gamma SL Hooded Jacket

Those who spend their time in the mountains need their gear to be as versatile as possible, and this softshell jacket is happy to oblige. It's lightweight, stretchy, breathable, and resistant to wind and water, allowing it function well for a wide range of activities and weather scenarios. Plus, it's easy to toss into any pack, so it won't be a hassle to bring along wherever your next adventure takes you.

  • Versatile softshell jacket for endless adventures in the mountains
  • Wind and water resistant fabric offers light weather protection
  • Four-way stretch construction allows for unimpeded movement
  • High levels of breathability help you stay cool on the move
  • Adjustable hood shields your head without limiting peripheral vision
  • Gusseted underarms allow for overhead reach without lifting the hem
  • Adjustable cuffs and hem create a tight seal against the elements
  • Slim, articulated fit provides a streamlined feel
  • Item #ARCZ93N

Material
Fortius DW 1.0 (87% nylon, 13% elastane)
Fit
trim
Length
hip
Center Back Length
29.1in
Hood
adjustable, StormHood
Pockets
2 zippered hand
Claimed Weight
10.2oz
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing, hiking, climbing, nordic skiing, casual
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

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>Rating: 2

Tough to figure out when to wear

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 10"
Weight
170 lbs

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion. I am a huge fan of most Arc'teryx jackets, but the Gamma SL Hooded Jacket misses the mark for me. While it is lightweight and should be fairly versatile, I found it slightly bulky and too heavy to pick for an all day layer in the mountains. The jacket breaths decently, but gets very warm when wearing under any exertion. The Gamma SL Hooded Jacket could be a nice piece in early fall for mellow hikes, or a quality spring skiing jacket, but this piece feels like it's in a little bit of "no-man's land" to grab for any specific mission. Unfortunately, can not recommend this piece.

>Rating: 4

Great Material. All-Day'er.

Size Bought
s
Height
5` 7"
Weight
130 lbs

Background: I used this Arcteryx Gamma SL Hoody for a weekend in the alpine in Colorado's Sawatch Range. In general, weather was very windy - about 30mph constant and 45mph gusts on both days, with above treeline gusts about 55mph. Saturday was rain and sleet, 45 degrees, Sunday was sunny and 55 degrees. Both days I was out for about 5 hours, and used the jacket a few hours per day. My previous go-to jackets are the Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket and Patagonia Houdini, so I use those as a point of reference. The first thing I noticed about the Gamma SL Hoody was the fabric. It is soft and smooth, much line a winter hardshell, but quite stretchy. This allows for good range of motion while using poles, putting on/off a pack, etc. Durability doesn't™t seem to be an issue, as it feels high quality. Comfort is no problem! I am 130/5'7''™ and small fit me fine with just a long sleeve underneath - a bit of room for a puffy if needed. With the wind and sleet, I welcomed the drawstring system in the hood. It made it easy to get a custom fit feel to insulate my ears and face from the elements, and the bill is thick enough to not flap around in the wind. I went back and forth with taking my gloves off/back on during the day, so the elastic in the wrist area was another welcomed feature that made for ease of use. I did not notice any sweat accumulation while wearing the jacket on the sunny day - though, it was quite windy so this could have been a factor. Still, it seemed to work well for moisture management. The day that was rainy and sleeting I did get some sweat buildup, but, I was soaked on the outside. The jacket isn't fully waterproof, and it mentions this on the tags. Compared to the Houdini though, I'm confident this is a better option for rain, though I would put the Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket slightly superior to this for rainy weather. Packability is satisfactory. I was able to roll this thing up to be not much bigger than a jar of salsa. Other thoughts: "Hoody" might be a bit confusing terminology. This definitely wears like a hard shell. The hand pockets are about the only similarity to wearing like a hoodie. For a not totally waterproof jacket, I'd want something a bit lighter. Coming in at 10.5 ounces, it's not the lightest - but not a detrimental heaviness by any means. Arcteryx embroidered logo has a felt backing on it. For the picky buyer, it could be undesirable given the price point. Overall: I liked the Arcteryx Gamma SL Hoody. My ideal use would be on a chilly day where wind is a factor, or light rain. In my opinion, the market for this jacket would likely be for a moderate/advanced hiker, or somebody who isn't picky about overall weight. As a trail/ultra runner, this likely won't be making into my go-to gear due to the weight (but I'm picky about weight!). Otherwise, I think it is a good jacket, more comfortable than many, and does what is expected of it. Minus one star only for weight factors.

Background:
>Rating: 3

Runs Large - Returned without Use

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

Based on the rest of the medium Arc'teryx Jackets I have tried on, and based on the photos and video in the description, I found this jacket was quite a bit larger than others jackets in their line. The shoulder seams stuck out about an inch past the end of my shoulder and the body/arms were a lot looser than expected. Maybe since this was an SL, I figured the cut would be closer to body, more in line with Arc'teryx fleeces or the Atom SL, but I found this not to be the case. Maybe just my expectations were off, but it didn't work for me.