The Arc'teryx Rho LT Top uses light, wicking, funk-fighting fabric for the forest wayfarer.
- Item #ARC3698
- Q & A
My new favorite base layer
I have this top in "white tea" which is a very pretty cream color. I've worn it backpacking, climbing, and mountaineering in both above 80°F and below 50°F. It's great for keeping the sun off my skin when it's hot, which helps me stay hydrated and cooler in the long run, and it helps retain body heat in cooler weather to keep me warm. It's also great as a base layer when temps go colder. I'm normally an XS in everything Arc'teryx but I sized up to S because I didn't like the snug, short fit of the XS. I'm 5'2" / 100 lbs and the XS is skin tight and hits a couple inches below my waist (and tends to ride up) whereas the S is form-skimming and hits mid-hip.
I ordered a bunch of 3/4 zip performance shirts looking for the one that fit the best and was the most comfortable. I kept this one. The material is great, very soft and comfortable. I am usually an XS/S and I needed a M in this shirt. It's definitely more form fitting, as you would expect from a base layer. My only complaint about this shirt is that it doesn't always offer the best protection from the wind, but again - it's a base layer.
Versatile and Flattering
I am a big fan of these shirts. Big. They're long enough to avoid any chilly gaps between pants and top, even for the long-torsoed. They do tend to run a little tight (expected for something intended to be a base layer), but they are shaped very nicely for women with a smaller wait area that flares out a bit around the hip. These shirts can be washed and dried without showing a lot of wear. I use these as an inner layer for skiing (over some smartwool if it's cold), for hiking, and have been known to wear them with jeans while running errands. They're also very flattering since their shape emphasizes a smaller waist. I actually love my zippy tops so much I've purchased the male equivalent for my boyfriend (who seems to also be a fan). Couldn't ask for more (well, maybe more colors to add to my collection).
This top is awesome. End. Of. Story. Perfect for wearing in the winter on hikes, skiing, running, and anything else you can throw its way (including lounging around the house - it's that comfortable). As has been mentioned, cut is smaller than you'd think given the fit of their other tops (their XS usually run a bit large for me, this fits perfectly), but that is to be expected for a baselayer. Great next-to-skin feel and build construction. Lives up to my expectations of the brand.
I've been able to use my Arc'teryx Rho LT Zip Neck Top about 5 times now for downhill skiing, and I love it. It is light and comfortable, and I have yet to be cold in it. I do wear a fleece and coat over it generally, but have never been so comfortable skiing. (I ski in UT and CO.) I have found that it is fitted as I would expect in long underwear, but true to size.
Bonding between mother and daughter
I bought this for my daughter. She loves green and has a very active lifestyle. She put this top on and kept wearing it for days. It is a wonderful shirt.
This top is surprisingly warm for how thin it is. It runs a little small, so size up but it's a great fit otherwise. Arc'teryx stuff always just fits and wears so nice. I've worn it and washed it a lot and it still is is really great shape.
I bought few of this top. Love the quality, style and performance. This top is true to size, I usually wear medium and by reading some of the reviewers' comments I ordered large. It is ok but ideally it is supposed to be tight to skin to wick moisture and add warmth. Not sure will keep large or exchange for medium. Regardless to size, I love everything else about this top. It is very thin and right now in cool fall days is ok, but not sure about winter.
i read the all the warnings about getting a size up because this top runs small, so instead of ordering my usual xsmall, i ordered a size small. well, i should have gotten at least a medium. it is very tight around the chest, stomach area. i am 5'6" but i have a petite frame and small bust, yet i could barely breathe in the small. it is nice and long though and feels really warm, but i am still returning it. the material doesn't seem to have the give that wool does.
great, but runs soooo small
Looks ever so promising and so soft. But I ordered a medium and am returning for a large.
Fantastic shirt, tough color
What is it with arcteryx; they need better colors! This fit so great, but then I realized I'd have to go buy a whole new set of clothes to match the baby blue, since I am a layering kind of girl.
Buy it! But get two or you'll regret it!!!
The most flattering and stylish thermal top ever! Beautiful fit and very warm. I would suggest going up 1 size if you want to wear it alone as a longsleeved shirt for casual going out. I got a size small, I'm 5'2" and weigh 115 my measurements are true to the chart but I'm going to get another in Med. so i can wear it about and not feel as self conscious. Still love the small for a base layer though. I wish I had gotten two, or three or.....
I got a small. I am 5ft6 and 130lb. It is so nice. It looks great and has a great fit. I got the green color and it is darker than it looks online.
Try Another Color
Nicely shaped, attractive style, but the olive green, aka Split Pea, was too drab for me.
Great top, but pricey!
Love this top. Comfy & not too tight. Wore it as a base layer under fleece & jacket for snowshoeing. Love the green color too. I did think it was kinda expensive compared to others, but I would pay it again since the style & color are just me...
Women's Arc Teryx RHO LT
Excellent top, wonderful layering piece or great when just warn alone. Highly recommend this top!
This top is fantastic. i got the wasabi colour and it's more like lime than the rather dull looking green in the picture. I bought an S and it does fit more snug than S for my Arcteryx Rho AR. i think it's the material that's just more clingy. so if you don't like clingy, i'll recommend to size up.
Stop comparing, and buy this one
How many base layer fleeces can you look at? Seriously, this one is great and an excellent example of why Arc Teryx maintains the rep that it does. Very soft to the skin, superior articulation, smooth surface (great for reducing friction under your mid/top layer), and nice cut. And as a word of caution to those new to the arc teryx brand, the tops are cut small. Honestly, they are cut for a woman of petite frame, take my word for it.
perfect hiking gear
just spent 4 days in the norwegian mountains and wore this all the time. warm, light and comfortable and a definite part of my next hiking trip