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Backcountry Wolverine Cirque Hooded Jacket - Men's

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Why We Built The Wolverine Cirque Hooded Jacket

If there's one thing every avid outdoor enthusiast has hanging in their gear closet, it's a dependable layering piece like the Wolverine Cirque Hooded Jacket. This one draws inspiration from our previous hybrid version, now with more insulation around the torso to keep you warm, but still body-mapped for breathability. Clean lines make a minimalist appearance if you're simply wearing it around town, while the slim fit slides right under a shell if you're out in stormy weather.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • An insulated midlayer for cool-weather pursuits
  • Durable face fabric sheds light dirt and moisture
  • Synthetic insulation retains heat-trapping loft if wet
  • Lighter insulation placed in key spots for breathable comfort
  • Fitted cuffs and adjustable waist seal out chilly weather
  • Slim fit layers well beneath your waterproof shell
  • Runs small
  • Item #BCCZ260

Material
100% nylon ripstop
Insulation
[front, sleeves, hood] 60g synthetic, [underarms, back] 40g synthetic
Fit
slim
Length
hip
Center Back Length
29.25in
Hood
fixed
Pockets
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding, backcountry touring, backpacking, casual, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Surprisingly Warm!

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
175 lbs

The last thing I needed was another coat but I had my eye on the Buckthorn Brown color for a while so I bought this while it was on a deep discount. It’s spring here in MN so I haven’t been able to wear this out in the elements much, but I did throw it on to walk the dogs a couple of times just to see what it was like. What struck me immediately is how warm it is. I know it’s advertised as a mid layer but I plan on using this for a jacket option in the 20-45 degree range. It might even be able to handle weather in the teens. Soft but tough fabric with a nice amount of stretch and the color is fantastic. I hear what some people are saying about the cuffs not having elastic but that doesn’t bother me. The sleeve length is prefect on me but I could see how the cuffs could be an issue if the sleeves were a bit too long. It definitely does run small. I’m a medium in 99% of outdoor apparel but for this coat a large fits me perfectly.

>Rating: 3

almost great

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 7"
Weight
145 lbs

I found alot of pros and cons to this jacket but decided to return it. The material is nice - soft and stretchy like the arcteyrx atom jackets. I went for my regular size to get a slim fit. The fit looks great but is a little too tight in the shoulders for comfort when raising my arms. I would worry that the next size up would be too long in the sleeves, which are perfect length in my regular size. The cuffs don't have elastic so they would probably fall down over my hands if the sleeves were too long. The deal breaker for me is the two-way zipper; I can't stand them in general but the zipper on this jacket is particularly sticky. I got frustrated trying to zip it on and off in my apartment a few times, so I can't imagine having to fiddle with it on a cold/windy/dark camping trip. Another minor point is that the chest pocket has it's own "sleeve" (I guess) which you can pull out of the jacket, but you can't actually stuff the jacket into it. I do that with one of my old jackets and clip it to my harness when climbing multipitch. Anyway this jacket is so slim that the pocket sleeve causes it to pooch out a little on the chest even without anything stored in it. I don't know why they didn't just build the pocket into the jacket itself. Finally the hood adjustment is a bit odd - tightening it pulls the fabric back and away from your cheeks/jaws, turning the hood into a sort-of beanie/do-rag. It would've made more sense to me to put drawcords on the sides to tighten the hood around the face.

>Rating: 2

Seriously, who designed those cuffs !?

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M then L
Height
6` 0"
Weight
170 lbs

I bought this jacket because it was on sale and I wanted a complement to my Ventrix. I like the color so I thought let's give it a try. It does seem to be pretty warm, so I give it that, but that's about the only thing positive I found about the jacket once trying it on: First the sizing... it does not fit small... it's just that the advertisement is wrong. The picture as a model that is apparently 6''2 and wearing a medium. So I ordered the medium, knowing I'm 6'' and barely 170lbs. The jacket was not even capable of covering all the length of my arms. Alright let's order the Large. That one fits BUT the cuffs really??? Whoever designed those cuffs does not hike or scramble or rock climbs. They just slide down your arms all the time because there's not an elastic to hold them. That combined to the fact that the jacket is nowhere as soft as my Ventrix made me say that it was not for me. I wanted to like it, but it does need improvement and a proper sizing! If not for the cuffs, I would have keep it as I bought it on sale, but that one is way too annoying to be overlooked.

>Rating: 3

Smallish fit, very warm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 11"
Weight
165 lbs

I'm 5'11 165 lbs and bought a medium. Fit is snug but that's what I was going for. I thought this piece would be good for cold weather bike commutes and some backcountry skiing. So far it's way too warm for riding anything over freezing. Too warm for ski touring at 25 degrees f. It cuts the wind well and insulates well. It already getting sweaty funk after a few weeks of use that all synthetics get. If you're just sitting around outside it's ideal, however it's only good for aerobic activity below 25 degrees f.

>Rating: 5

Love it

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 3"
Weight
155 lbs

Awesome color and material, wear it daily. Great fit for a tall lanky guy. Have yet to get cold while wearing it on some chilly hikes.

>Rating: 1

Too small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 2"
Weight
220 lbs

Love the material, quality and the color. I usually wear XL (6.2-220/lbs), but I couldn't even close it. Very short sleeve too. I return it

>Rating: 5

Sweet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 9"
Weight
205 lbs

I got this jacket for touring, and it’s been perfect. Just wearing this with a tshirt has kept me plenty warm even around 20 degree weather. The majority of the back is a thinner, breathable material, which helps release some heat on the uphill. The jacket is also surprisingly water resistant so I haven’t needed to throw on a shell with flurries. I’m 5’9” and definitely on the stockier side, and a large fits perfectly.

>Rating: 5

My new favorite

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

I was looking for a replacement for my old Atom LT hoody. The Cirque Hoody initially caught my attention due to the color - Buckthorn Brown. The current Atom LT color selection just didn't appeal to me. I am glad I bought it. The color looks just like in the picture, rich but not too shiny or reflective. The fit is slim, exactly as I expected after reading the previous reviews. The jacket fits me pretty much the same as my Atom LT, maybe just very slightly tighter in the chest. The materials and workmanship seem top notch. I also like that the side panels are made of the same material as the rest of the jacket rather than fleece fabric. I think this will make the jacket a little warmer in cold weather and more importantly protect from easily getting wet when caught in the rain. All in all I am very happy with this purchase.

>Rating: 5

Pretty true to the description BUT...

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 7"
Weight
172 lbs

the yellow or Buckthorn Brown is not pictured accurately. The image on this site captures a richer yellow hue with a blue-ish gray lining. The actual outer color is closer to a dirty yellow or yellow-ochre but the lining is close to the picture. So, just setting your expectation there. Functionally, it’s a great jacket. Yes. It does run small. I’m 5’7”, 172 lbs with an athletic build and 32” waist. This fits perfectly around my arms and the sleeve length is spot on with no bunching up at the wrists. The front jacket length hits right at the middle of the crotch. The fit is a regular or standard fit, so there is no taper going from the back to the waist line hem. But because it runs small, it’ll fit tighter to your body. The material and the jacket itself is similar to the Arcteryx Atom jackets and in this case, the Atom LT or AR. This jacket is a warm jacket but not overly powerful warm. While the jacket does provide a good amount of stretch all around, there is no additional give for the cuffs. So, if you’re thinking of hiding your gloves in the cuffs, you may have a slightly harder time doing so depending on your glove type. Also, there’s a cinch for your hood however, this jacket is not helmet compatible. All-in-all, this is still a great jacket to lounge around the camp, wear around town, go for a cool winter hike or snowshoe. And if you don’t care to flex in front of your friends, this is a great alternative to the Atom jackets.

>Rating: 5

Resilient Toastiness for any occasion

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 11"
Weight
160 lbs

I got this as a midlayer for touring and trekking, and nowadays I'll wear it to pubs, campgrounds, or anywhere cold really. It's comfier and tougher than I expected--holds up on all the camping trips I go on. It's also stretchy and breathable for hikes. The medium fits me very nicely, but I can see it running smaller for some.

>Rating: 5

One Jacket to Rule them All

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
large
Weight
175 lbs

Hi, this is James and I work on the Backcountry brand product development team. I am writing this review today to help guide your sizing decision on this new product. The Wolverine Cirque got an update this year and is now a fully synthetic insulated jacket instead of a hybrid like previous years. We designed this piece to be a perfect mid-layer to be worn under you ski shell. The slim fit and clean design makes it great for just that but it is also ideal for everything from chilly hikes to neighborhood strolls with the pup. I typically wear a medium in the other jackets in our collection but for this I opt for a Large. Still get the slim low profile performance in the larger size but slightly more comfort for everyday wear. I'm 6' and 175#

Is the Wolverine made in the same spirit as the Backcountry Siphon jacket from 12 years ago? If so, what's different and what's similar? What type of synthetic insulation is used? It's good to see a clean-looking, lightweight insulated jacket back in Backcountry's lineup

Good to hear about the intentionality of the sizing from someone on the inside. I’ve lost weight and can fit into a L for a few brands, but for others I’m uncertain on chest and gut fit. Thanks.

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What brand of synthetic insulation is used? Primaloft, etc

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How much does it weigh, say in comparison to Patagonia's hooded micro-puff? How compressible/pack-able is it? Without baffles, will the insulation move around within the jacket with repeated stuffing into packs?

Hey Eddie, Our Jacket in a size M comes in at 1.15LBs, because of the welded synthetic insulation the jacket is perfect for easy stuff and stow on repeat! It would compress down to a size roughly the same as a Nalgene. The Micro-Puff and our jacket are pretty different in packability and performance. The better comparison in mid-layer is the Nano-Air in Patagonia's line. From their product page, the Nano-Air jacket comes in at .75LBs.