Warmth without the weight.
Whether you're headed into the alpine, spending a day on the slopes, or discovering a new ice climbing route, the Arc'teryx Kappa Hooded Insulated Jacket will keep you warm and allow you perform at your best. Filled with thermally efficient, air-permeable, low-bulk Coreloft insulation and protected by a Gore Thermium shell, the Kappa will keep you warm and dry throughout your winter pursuits.
The Gore Thermium shell is windproof, highly breathable, and sheds snow and light rain. To elevate the water resistant properties, the seams are fully taped throughout the jacket to prevent water from seeping in through the cracks. The Gore Thermium keeps the Coreloft insulation protected so it can keep you warm. The laminated construction also helps with that by eliminating cold spots that often occur in quilted baffling of similar insulated jackets.
The Kappa has all the features you could expect for a successful, active winter adventure. For example, when you're up in the alpine or on an ice route, the StormHood fits over your helmet and rotates with your head so you have unimpeded visibility. The articulated patterning offers you unrestricted mobility so you can reach those high holds with ease. When it's your turn to belay, you can unzip the bottom of the front zipper so you don't run the risk of the jacket getting caught in your ATC.
- Insulated hoodie for warmth during active pursuits in cold weather
- Gore Thermium shell is windproof, water-resistant, and breathable
- Lightweight, low-bulk synthetic insulation is thermally efficient
- Laminated construction eliminates cold spots for all around comfort
- Insulated StormHood rotates with head for unimpeded visibility
- Articulated patterning offers unrestricted mobility when climbing
- 2-way separating front zipper makes belaying in jacket a breeze
- Arc'teryx creates reliable outerwear with legendary protection
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- Q & A
Great Lazy Man's Jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
I collect jackets like I collect ski boots like I collect skis. I bought this jacket for this winter season as my go-to resort jacket to throw on over a thin base layer, because truthfully I get lazy about wearing a ton of different layers when I'm skiing the resorts here in Utah. So far, after over a week of skiing in a range of conditions in Idaho and Utah, I must say I'm really impressed with the jacket.
I love the Windstopper material in the jacket -- it does its job extremely well. The fit is a bit generous, but it's very comfortable and leaves enough room to wear a down jacket insulation layer if I really need it. The hood actually fits over my helmet without being tight or restrictive, so kudos to Arc'teryx for that.
What don't I like? I wish they'd put in armpit vents, because skiing hard in warmer conditions will make this jacket heat up like a furnace. Also, I wish there was an interior pocket with a zipper. Other than that, I can't complain.
I won't be wearing this jacket for any uphill skiing trips, but I'll be wearing it a lot on those cool temp days bombing around the Utah resorts. Overall, it's a well crafted jacket that would be earning 6 stars from me if it had armpit zips and a zippered interior pocket.
Absolutely amazing no regrets
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
This is my most versatile go-to layer. I have had it for three years now without a complaint. I usually don the jacket during heavy winter storms when I am not as active as it feels like a reactor when your moving a lot. My most recent trip has been in the Aleutian islands where it rains everyday. I use it as a technical layer underneath my shell when I work out in the field. It performs fantastically even when I'm in a down poor. This coat can handle a lot of wear and tear as I have used it as my belay jacket climbing in Colorado and Wyoming where the weather changes every minute. It does weigh a bit more than I expected but still compressed easily into my flash 18L bag when I need to shed the layer. Overall I recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a multi-purpose heavy layer if money is of no concern. The best part is how soft the material feels when you wear a tshirt underneath and felted face guard is very comfortable. I still stay very warm when the coat is drenched and wouldn't leave home without it in any cold adventure.
This is my go-to jacket. I use it for everything from walking to work, to skiing when the temps hit below freezing. I have the past season model, with the tougher Windstopper shell. There's a few details I wish they'd address. The first is the hand warmer pockets. Unlike the Atom, they are in front of the insulation and there's only a very thin layer of brushed fleece. They block the wind, but they don't keep your hands very warm. I'd love to have these behind the insulation. Not only would it keep your hands warm, but the pockets could also do double duty as passive venting as there are no vents on this jacket.
Breathability is fair, but like I said, I mainly use this on the slopes when it's below freezing. It's really too much jacket for anything more athletic.
The Windstopper does a really good job of stopping moisture. I've yet to have it soak through, though I've yet to wear it in a heavy rain.
The hood adjustments are a bit poor. Despite the fact there're 4 different toggles and cords I can never seem to get the right combinations to get the hood cinched down enough when it's blowing. Also, the material on the inside of the hood really absorbs perspiration a grease and is very difficult to clean. I'd go with a dark color lining if you have the choice.
It has two big internal mesh pockets, but I'd love a smaller internal zip pocket with headphone hole for a phone or mp3.
Sizing on this runs a bit large. I typically wear a large in most Arcteryx and took a medium in this. I'm about 6'1" 200lb with a muscular build and wear a 42. The medium in this fits fairly trim with enough room for a heavy mid weight underneath?not that you'd want or need much more with this jacket.
According to the Arc'teryx website, this jacket has a center back length of 31.5 in, but Backcountry says the center back length is 27.5 in? I guess which is it??
What's up man, I am one of our Arc'teryx ambassadors. As for the center back length of the kappa hoody, it is 31.5 inches. I will make sure we get this changed on our end because we have the incorrect info. Please let me know if you have any other questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.