The Arcteryx Men’s Acto MX Hoody is part of Arcteryx’s hugely popular Hardfleece line. This trim-fitting, highly breathable men’s fleece jacket is made with Aerius Grid Loft and weighs in at 16 ounces, making it an ideal choice for fast-and-light adventures or a killer mid layer when the temps drop and you find yourself in extreme conditions. The Acto MX Hoody hits you at the hips, has gusseted arms for added mobility, stretchy cuffs to keep the snow and wind out and two large crossover pockets. Hold on, that’s not where the features end. This Arcteryx fleece jacket also has a three-way adjustable fit system storm hood (Arcteryx cleverly put the hood drawcords on the inside to eliminate cord whip) and a DWR coating to help rain and snow bead up and slide off. The Acto MX Hoody is a slim, supes stylish superhero of a jacket. It’ll end up being your go-to jacket for everything from ice climbing in NoCal to ice skating in Central Park.
DECENT FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Acto MX Hoody
Moisture-resistant outer face fabric
Highly air permeable - allows air and moisture to move through the fabric to speed drying
Highly breathable - maintains comfort during aerobic activity
DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface
Soft, brushed lining adds light insulation
Finish-taped seams for a clean aesthetic
Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
No-lift gusseted underarms
Adjustable hood drawcords
Soft hood brim
Quick-pull full front zip for easy venting
Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab
"Could be the centerpiece of your backcountry ski system"
Like any gear that blurs boundaries, it does most of what you want, just not as well as the ideal layer. So it breathes and wicks, but not aw well as a Paty R1 Hoody. It provide wind resistance, but not as much as any windstopper layer. It sheds cold snow for a few hours, but eventually wets out. Where this stinkin thing shines is that it does a bit of everything well. I find that I can wear it all day in the backcountry while others are messing with their layers, shells etc. It's the only layer I've found where I can skin in and ski out in full winter conditions and not sweat to death or freeze heading downhill.
I got the acto MX hoody on Cyber Monday and just received it today. It's light, but warm and fits my body to a T. I'm 5"5' and 130 pounds for reference. My only complaint is that I ordered cardinal, but got sent brimstone instead, which just did not flatter my skin tone. The nice folks at Moosejaw fixed the problem for me and I should receive the new one soon!
I had the chance to try this jacket on recently and I found it to be an amazing piece of equipment that I can't live without. You can rock it on it's own or use it for layering. It is super versatile and extremely technical. Perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. The liner is a fleece grid that can let heat out while wearing it alone or keep heat in if you are layering. Use this for anything you do in the snow. Not to mention it has a lifetime warranty. Awesome!
"Extremely Versatile, but not quite perfect"
This has become my go-to jacket for almost everything mountain-related. The fabric is fairly wind-resistant (blocks like 85-95%, I'd guess), quite water-resistant, and extremely breathable. I use this jacket for ice climbing, snowshoeing, and pretty much every other winter activity. I don't use it for backcountry skiing though, because it is a little chilly with the 5-15% of wind going through the jacket). For a more in-depth review with pictures, check out gearthirty.blogspot.com