The Men's Epsilon SV Hoody by Arcteryx is made with a medium-weight Bonded Polyester, providing a moderate level of warmth and displaying exceptional breathability. The structured hood and longer length increase coverage for cold days on skis or trails. Sometimes just have to wear one of these to stay warm. When my X-GF isn't steeling other people's BFs, she steels Arcteryx. No really. She has a restraining order from that other store. Gender specific anatomical patterning.
DECENT FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Epsilon SV Hoody
Mid-weight polyester fleece is bonded to woven face fabric for warmth and durability
Low profile Storm Hood
Sleeve pocket with laminated zip, two zippered hand pockets
Anatomical shaping and gusseted underarms
Full front zip with laminated, protective chin guard, laminated hem with adjustable hem drawcord
We are not able to ship Arcteryx products outside the US because of that other thing.
Weight: M: 16.5 oz / 470 g
Fit: Athletic, hip length
Bonded polyester fleece
This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
This jacket is not the trend setter with the oooo he has a Arcteryx jacket isn't he spify. But why in the heck would you buy it for that anyway! This is a highly functional softshell and has a hood!!! (Hard to find) great water repelling for rain /snow. The design of the jacket is super comfy if your active, super movement in the arms for over head sports. My wife and i both have one. im 5'-10" and 200+ and the XL fit is a little baggy but if you like to layer then it works perfect. And the Large was a tad snug on the old pythons in the forarm. This is a phenom softshell for all activities.
This is a nice, fleece-lined softshell. The thing is you could find an identical jacket made by some no-name brand for about 1/5 the price. The jacket is extremely basic. No chest/inside pockets. Same standard hardfleece fabric throughout. No snazzy style to speak of. Don't get me wrong, this entirely good quality, and there's really nothing "wrong" with it. But it is a very generic jacket that, like I said, you could find a facsimile of for way cheaper. But if you're dying to have the top-of-the-line brand, then go for it!
I have had a Trident hoody for years (similar bonded fabric w/minor variations, but they stopped making it), and couldn't live without it. Despite its sun faded, full-cover stainage and raggedy cuffs, I lived in the thing all winter. So I finally ponied up and purchased a new Epsilon, so my wife would stop calling it my "bumcoat". It simply is the perfect all-around jacket. Awesome breathability on climbs, trim enough for a bike commute or spring corn runs, durable as all hell, and every little detail is totally dialed in. Windproof enough, but when it really starts ripping, drop ahard shell on top and its a super mid-layer. I couldn't ask for more-except make it in North America!
this is a great softshell. stops some pretty serious chicago wind and spraying rain that comes and goes. the water beeds right off. Not the warmest thing (not supposed to be) but perfect for fall days with a sweater underneath for added insulation, and yes, there is enough room. I am 5'9 180 lbs and a large fits perfect.
If you are looking for a good spring / fall coat, this is it. in chicago it gets pretty gusty with rain coming in and out with little warning - this coat is perfect. water beads right off and the hood keeps your noggin dry and warm. the hood is pretty roomy and allows you to turn your head without having to adjust the hood to see. i can fit prettty bulky sweaters under this, which is what you would want to do on the cooler days. no pitt zips but the huge front pockets vent when open. I am 5'9 180 lbs and the L fits perfect.
I used this last year for winter hiking in upstate New York and Colorado. It performed beyond my expectations: warmer than I anticipated, totally windproof, shed light rain and slushy snow very well, and breathed decently. The quality of the jacket is excellent as is the fit. In all a great purchase.
For summer hikes, spring climbs, or winter nordic skiing though, the Epsilon is my goto. There are no flapping zippers, no dangling cords, nothing to snag on a branch or rock. The articulated elbows are great, but make your arms look a little funny if you straighten your arm at your side. There aren't pit zips, but the two front pockets are mesh backed, so they double as core vents. The arm pocket is perfect for a cell phone or ID card. Hood drawstrings run down into the front pockets, so you can cinch down without getting cold hands. The Epsilon isn't the warmest softshell out there, but it can take a beating. Highly breathable but still blocks wind and sheds most rain.
"Spend half the money to get something better"
Arc'teryx makes some amazing gear, and their quality is beyond excellent, so I was expecting something exceptional with this jacket, and it just doesn't deliver. It has the designation SV (severe), yet is not particularly warm, is not very wind-resistant, and the bonded hardfleece they use doesn't breathe as well as softshell and isn't as weather-resistant. This is essentially a very thin fleece that's slightly wind and water-resistant that has a 100% markup because it's made by Arc'Teryx. Arc makes great stuff, but they need to try again with this one.
The casual look makes this an excellent choice for wearing daily, not just for skiing. It, however, does not feel warm enough and will require an additional insulation layer when the temperature gets colder. And btw, it is my personal opinion that Arcteryx should really design all their jackets with a removable hood rather then trying to sell 2 separate jackets. That would be a lot more useful for travelers and the rest of us who is trying to save some money.
"Warm, Weather-Resistant, Comfy, and Compliment-Magnet."
Best jacket i've ever purchased. The fit is slim, but I'm an average build M size guy and the Medium fits me perfectly, with enough room to wear my Patagonia fleece underneath for layering. It's not the warmest jacket ever, but it's perfect for the chilly-rainy-windy days of Fall and Spring (and southern winters).Excellent Quality, repels moisture like crazy, and I cannot begin to name the amount of compliments i've received on it from all types of friends and strangers. So I say go for it.
Have one Arcteryx hard shell and was looking for simple soft shell jacket. Know that Arcteryx deliver only quality. Really loved the color. Think I will turn some heads in the slopes this winter and I am looking forward to numerous backcountry tours during the spring in this jacket.
"nice and warm even though it's very lightweight"
i finally broke down and purchased this nice soft shell, i'm tired of everyone wearing the same north face stuff... this soft shell is nice and light and keeps you warm and dry, if you have the cash i would invest in this soft shell... it fits short so i'm 5'7 and ordered a L after one wash it fits perfect for me