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    21 Reviews


    Emergency provisions.

    When the wind whips up a shower on your return loop to the car, pull out the super-lightweight Arcteryx Men's Squamish Hooded Jacket and get back to the trailhead without running for shelter. This wind- and water-resistant shell packs into its own chest pocket and weighs less than a sandwich. The Gossamera fabric is light and packable, but still has a substantial feel so you won't feel like you're wearing a plastic bag, and it actually looks good enough to wear around town.

    • Gossamera nylon fabric
    • DWR coating
    • Athletic fit
    • Low-profile StormHood
    • Packs into chest pocket
    • Elastic and hook-and-loop cuffs
    • Hem drawcord
    • Item #ARC3756

    Tech Specs

    Gossamera (100% nylon ripstop)
    1 chest
    Claimed Weight
    5.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, streetwear
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Wow, Super light!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I got it and thought I had the wrong jacket, it was so light! Also so soft and comfy like a shirt, that I didn't think it could shed water, so i put it on and stuck my arm under the sink.... wow.... like water off a ducks back... just rolled right off, water didn't even think about coming . through.

    I did end up returning it thought to get an Atom SL to have some more insulation in the high mountains.

    Great backpacking jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    The arcteryx squamish hoody is an awesome lightweight jacket to keep you in your pack for just about any trip! Super lightweight and compressible so you won't even notice it's there, yet durable enough to stand up to some serious wear and tear.

    Great niche rain jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 240lbs

    Cool little ultralight jacket that packs down super small. And in true Arcteryx fashion, comes in a variety of cool colors. But it's still a niche jacket at best. I own this thing and literally have no other use for it other than hiking/backpacking. Any other activity where I might get rained on I would go a different direction. It has no hand pockets and has no pit dumps. So although I do enjoy the jacket, I'd only recommend buying it if you're looking for something super light and compact. If not, there are cheaper options within other brands that have more features (like pockets for a start. )

    I will also say that it fits a little looser than most items in the Arcteryx brand. Not baggy, just not slim fit like normal.

    Great niche rain jacket

    Legendary jacket

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

    No doubt Arcteryx excels in making the best jackets and backpacks. While Alpha SV is the all time king of Gore-tex jacket, this one is also very famous for its design and quality.

    Feels great when wearing the jacket.

    Love it but size large

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: S
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 154lbs

    Really love it, lightweight enough.

    But pls note that it's one size larger than other arcteryx jacket. It looks like trim fit in the picture, however, it's truely athletic fit, or even bigger. Almost all of my arcteryx jacket is M size and fit my body well, but for this squamish, I bought S size, but I still feel it a little bigger than I expect. I can even wear a cerium sl as a baselayer under squamish. But guys, it's a superlight jacket for running in autumn, I don't need a down jacket beneath the squamish right?

    But if you get the right size, I think the squamish is a wonderfull one, an almost perfect jacket for mountain running in autumn, it would be real perfect if it could be updated with more pockets, for key, gel, phone or something

    My new go to

      This jacket is great, packs down to the size of my wallet, keeps me warm in wind or light rain and very versatile. Throw in my fishing pack, backpack, running vest and wear to work. This jacket does it all and worth the price!

      Best in class

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 180lbs

      Light, true to fit, amazing with its weight what this piece does. It's my go to in so many conditions and looks great for casual wear. This piece is absolutely indispensable in your backpack.
      Best in class period worth the price

      Essential climbing piece

        I liked this windbreaker so much I bought 2 of them. One stays in my crag pack and the other in my crash pad. It stuffs into its own pocket and takes up very little space clipped to my harness. I've used it year around except for the summer months in Vegas. Sometimes cutting the wind is all you really need to make the difference between being chilled and being comfortable. I had it out in a pretty heavy downpour and it didn't repel water very well, but I know its not really designed for this. I also ripped the elbow somehow on my second one after just 3 months of owning it. Arcteryx replaced it for $40. Unfortunately they no longer made it in the color I had. I'm 5'9" 150lbs and wear a Small.

        Terrific & Reliable

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Medium
        • Height: 6'0"
        • Weight: 170lbs

        I love this jacket and how reliable it is. I can stuff it into a little bag and take with me anywhere. It has kept me warm in the cold while hiking in summer rain & sleet (yes, sleet in summer at elevation) and is a key piece in my pack on most excursions when weather is unpredictable. It's high quality fabric, cut, & construction, and I am grateful to have it.

        Best wind jacket ever

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        After having gone through several Patagonia Houdinis over the years (and a few from other manufacturers too but I always came back to the Houdini), I decided to try this one instead. I'm a convert - this is my new go to layer. It comes with me every time I go in the mountains. It packs well, is super durable, and I prefer the velcro cuffs to the Houdini's elastic wrists...didn't think I would at first but have come to like them. The hood fits well over a climbing helmet and has an adjustment cord which helps a lot - scrunch up the hood if you're climbing on a windy day and not wearing the hood to keep it from flapping in your face, if you are climbing with the hood on, tighten it so that it doesn't interfere with your vision, and it also allows you to scrunch the hood over your head to keep mosquitoes off at camp. Lots of great color choices too. Don't think I'd change anything about this jacket.

        nice windbreaker, but not well made

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: SMALL
        • Height: 5'6"
        • Weight: 138lbs

        Squamish hoody is my favorite windbreaker jacket, It is very versatile and stylish, very lightweight and block wind pretty well. I have a 2014 model, and wore it all round year from spring to winter.
        I decided order the 2015 new model, of course it works well, but I find the new model is not well made as the old 2014 model, because the sewing is not smooth, somewhat desappointed

        Great jacket, could use hand pockets.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: small
        • Height: 5'7"
        • Weight: 145lbs

        A nice jacket that breathes well and repels rain and blocks most wind. I hike a 3 miles per hour and have found that the jacket does not accumulate moisture on the inside like a rain shell would when hiking at this pace. I wish it had had hand pockets for those times when you're resting on the trail or just want to keep your hands warm. This is a minimalist's jacket, no doubt. I am 5'7" and wear a size 38S suit jacket so the sleeves run to my fingernails, but the velcro cuffs accommodate this. The fit a little more roomy than the Fortrez Hoody that I wear as a midlayer, so it allows for layering very nicely. Hood has a nice brim for keeping out some of the rain off of your face.

        If it had hand pockets, I would give it 5 stars.

        Best lightweight wind jacket

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        Super light and great all around jacket. Much better breathability than any rain jacket or shell. There are cheaper options out there but if you want the best, get this!

        It's INCREDIBLY thin...

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

        I bought this for my husband on-line and from the other reviews I was quite excited.

        However I got the package and to my utmost disappointment it was the thinnest "coat" (if it can even be called that) I've ever seen.

        I did show it to my husband and explained what I thought it was going to be...and asked if he wanted it...he said no, I have old wind-breakers which are thicker than would be completely useless.

        And I was relieved, as it's VERY expensive for something that thin. I even looked at the photo on line again vs. what I received as I was SURE they couldn't have sent me the same thing.

        I'm not even sure if it would be the correct size, as he wouldn't even try it on.

        So if you want something rather "wind-breaker-esc" then you'd be okay, but if you would be ticked spending that much $$ on something like a wind-breaker then don't buy this...

        Yes--it's thin. It's a ghost jacket...intended to be packed along as insurance against unexpected rainstorms. As the descriptions says, super-lightweight emergency provisions.

        That said, as lightweight as it is, it is surprisingly durable and water-resistant.

        The Squamish is a windshirt, much like the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer or Patagonia Houdini. It's a technical piece designed to be as light as possible; believe it or not at ~6oz the Squamish is on the heavy end for windshirts. The "thin-ness" is an asset in a technical setting; while the 30D Gossamera fabric may feel delicate, it most assuredly is not; it can stand up to bushwhacking through dense brush and climbing on granite.

        The Squamish functions extremely well as a 'windbreaker'; it is the only thing it is made to do. YMMV, but having worn it over 500 trail miles through some of the windiest places on the planet -- Iceland and the northern UK -- I wouldn't choose any other piece as a wind layer. For an around town piece, your husband may be more "comfortable" -- by which I mean "habituated to" -- a slightly heavier piece, but to give an item one star for being "thin" without having used it seems a bit uncharitable.

        The Squamish is built from the ground up to do only one thing, which is keep the wind off you, and if your husband had tried it on, my suspicion is he would've realized it does that very, very well, thin or not.

        sounds like you bought the wrong jacket. actually this thing is tops in it's class, engineered to be a light technical garment where weight and durability are of concern. price? you get what you pay for. check out your local department store's men's department, think you'll find what you're looking for there, cheap too.

        as leona helmsley says, "cheap is cheap".

        Impressed with the Versatility.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: Runs small

        Let me say at the outset: I'm an Arcteryx whore. Totally acknowledge it. I'd spend all day in my Alpha SV, in just about any conditions, and do it happily. But there are times when the skies are clear and you're ready to head out, and you're not really sure that you need to pack such a bomber jacket...when you want something light to throw in your pack as insurance against bad weather. You've done enough hiking/skiing/biking to know that if things turn bad, you want a product that will work to keep you dry and warm.

        My previous experience with lightweight and "ghost" jackets was that they were light and packable, and some were even waterproof, but when you needed them, they were not breathable or durable. They were bandaids that helped keep you dry from rainfall, but that built up sweat inside like a proverbial sauna.

        The Squamish is a pleasant surprise. It's inexpensive (for Arcteryx standards), light and packable--all good qualities in a 'just in case' jacket. but when you need it, it's waterproof, reasonably windproof, and breathable. I'm surprised by how effective a nylon/DWR system can be. 20 years ago, when Goretex was too expensive to afford, the nylon/"waterproof coating" jackets were good for a little rain, and then would get saturated and you'd get wet. Not so with the squamish. It's waterproof. I have had it in some tough conditions, and it doesn't soak through.

        Moreover, unlike most ghost jackets, it is breathable enough to actually be useable as a frontline jacket. I find myself wearing it from time to time when I don't need the weight of the Alpha SV, but when I do need reliable, breathable, waterproof jackets. Don't tell Arcteryx, but making good, inexpensive jackets like this undermines the need for their more expensive products, in many 'normal' circumstances. (I'm still not giving up my Alpha). Great jacket! Arcteryx-true sizing, which means it is an athletic cut. I'm 6', 155#, and a medium is perfect.

        I'd have thought the same thing too, and perhaps in some time the DWR will break down and it will have that issue, but thus far, it's waterproof. One of those "just a short hike in nice weather" outings turned into a 3 hour slog after the skies let loose...and the Squamish did the job admirably, and DID NOT wet out. I've had it in the rain on more than one occasion, and under some pretty hard use, it has been impressive.

        All-rounder Jacket

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        My Specs: 165lbs, 6'-0", 32w, 32l, long arms, broad shoulders/chest

        Applications: Year-round running, biking, paddling, and casual use in a temperate mountain environment.


        +Fits my frame and long arms very well. Went with a Medium. I was stuck between this and the Patagonia Houdini. Chose this because the material, design and fit seems more versatile. I also felt the Houdini was off in regard to torso:shoulder size. Medium was too tight in the chest and short in the arms and Large was way too baggy.

        +Packability and weight are competitive with others in its class. I can easily stow this in my Ultraspire vest with my other essentials and head out on a long trail excursion.

        + Not as "technical" looking as other wind jackets. I often wear it to work (opted for the neutral iron anvil color) without looking like I'm going out for exercise.

        +Breathes better than the Houdini (had one and sold it due to poor fit and breathability).

        + Zipper is super easy and glides effortlessly with one hand.

        + Elastic, hook-and-loop cuffs and hem drawcord work great and are much appreciated when the weather calls for them.

        +Hood is not oversized and fits perfect.

        - Price is steep and was a hard pill to swallow...but so glad I did.

        Summary: A super functional, well-fitting and versatile jacket. If you can get over the price, its very worth it. I use this year-round for everything.

        Unanswered Question

        Does anyone have or have seen the Azul color in person? It looks borderline purple but we all know how tricky colors can be online. Thanks in advance

        Does the hood *actually* fit over a climbing helmet? By this I mean, when the hood is over your helmet and you zip up, does the fabric stay at your chin?

        Best Answer

        Hi Icychap,

        The hood is helmet compatible. Depending on your head/neck shape and helmet size and model it is hard to say for certain whether it would stay right at your chin, but it should be close!

        Hi, I am 5' 9'', 41chest and 33 arm. I am going to use the jacket for rock climbing, so I may need to wear it over some layers. Would you recommend a small or a medium? Thanks!

        I'm 5'7", 40 chest and 32 arm and have worn this jacket in both a small and a medium. The small has enough room for just an r1-type layer beneath it and the medium has enough room for base, r1, and ~maybe~ an ultralight puffy layer, (which would be compressed a bit by the squamish). I usually wear my puffy over this when belaying and if the weather has a chance of getting really gnarly I bring a full-on technical shell as well. I suggest getting a medium for your height and other vitals, and I don't think even a large is going to have enough room to stack more than a couple layers underneath; it's a very athletic, form-fitting cut and not really designed to go over thick layers.

        The squamish is by far my most used piece of gear and finds a place in my pack year-round, it's just so versatile, light, and effective at what it does there's no reason to ever leave it behind.

        We might be talking semantics here but would this jacket be called a softshell? If not, what are the differences? Looking for something windproof that would fall under softshell to add to my alpine kit

        I wouldn't really classify it a softshell. Softshells are going to be a large percentage polyester and/or have some elastane to give the garment stretch. This is 100% nylon so it won't stretch as much. I would suggest the gamma lt or outdoor research ferrosi hoody if you are looking for a softshell. I have the ferrosi and it is a fantastic jacket!

        The picture of the Iron Anvil color, seems...

        The picture of the Iron Anvil color, seems to pretty clearly be a women's instead of a men's. Is that the case?

        Yeah, I am backing PoorMan on this one at least as far as the picture goes. That photo is clearly a women's cut. However, that is just a mistake by our photo team. The actual inventory that would ship out if you were to purchase that variant would in fact be the men's option.

        I will make sure that heads roll for this one! Actually I will just see if somebody will swap the photo out.

        What are the differences between this 2014...

        What are the differences between this 2014 version and the 2013 version, which costs $10 more.