What isn't there to love about this jacket?!Pockets are places where they are useful/accessible with a pack on. The hood is infinitely adjustable. It's durable enough to take on just about any trek, and it's sized perfectly for layering. It's breathable... and I'm always skeptical about waterproof material that is supposed to be breathable. I'm 'warm-bodied'; in fact, I'm usually uncomfortably warm when others are perfectly fine. I've warn this jacket in light and heavy rain on Oahu, and never had a problem overheating. I've also worn this as an outer shell hiking in the Black Hills of South Dakota in sub-zero weather and snow. I've never had this thing sticking to me, and I have never steamed up inside of this thing. Lastly, it remains lightweight and rugged with tougher Gore-Tex in heavier wear spots, such as where a pack might be rubbing, so it's perfect for hiking/snowshoeing, etc.
I got this shell about 10 months ago and have put it through the wringer. It is great as a shell for rain, snow, sleet and pretty much anything else. I was disc golfing at the beginning of the summer when it was about 80 and 80% humidity and down pouring. The jacket didn't let any rain in and breathed extremely well. Its great for hiking, backpacking, and going to classes everyday. It is also extremely windproof, standing up to gusts of 40mph with ease. The hood adjustments on the inside of the jacket do stick up, out of the neck and poke me in the face, it would be nice if that had some sort of holder/gasket to hold them down, because they pop of out the top of the jacket. One of them got caught in my drier the first time I washed it and it ripped the plastic end cap off of it. Not that big of a deal, but definitely a bummer on a jacket that costs $350.
This is by far the best shell I have owned. It is just what you need to keep the rain/snow/ice off without anything extra. It is perfect for ice climbing or just running to town. It packs down super small and is very lightweight. I can't think of one thing I would change...oh yes, the price. Arc is the best, and you pay for it. Go dead bird.
"Fantastic waterproof, breathable and lightweight mountaineering outer"
Picked this up to be my go to waterproof outer when ice climbing in Iceland. It is super light and the reinforced areas around the shoulders gives me confidence this lightweight jacket will still survive aggressive treatment. This kept me dry when approaching and climbing and easily able to control moisture and heat buildup. The fit was good for both treking and spending time with arms above your heard. I can't recommend this enough.
"Very cool and extremely well-made jacket."
This jacket is very cool and extremely well made. The front pockets are positioned so that you may access them while wearing your backpack harness, making my trips a lot easier on me. The quality of the Arc'teryx brand is unparalleled and this jacket is no exception. The jacket is extremely lightweight and the materials are very durable. It is very packable and rolls up inside the hood To give you a very small footprint in your pack.