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I'm predicting the Arc'teryx Men's Nuclei Hoody will be the most ordered jacket by Moosejaw employees this winter. What's not to love about this lightweight, compact, trim-fitting, insulating layer? I'll save you some searching.... there's nothing not to love about it. Insulated with synthetic Coreloft (with less in the sleeves and side panels to reduce bulk) this jacket eliminates cold spots and will keep you warm even when wet. The interior stow pocket and clip-in point ensure that the Nuclei is always ready for any trip.... especially a multi-pitch climb (but also especially for the day to day commute).
FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Nuclei Hoody
80 g Coreloft core body warmth with 60 g Coreloft sleeves and side panels to reduce bulk and add mobility
Snug fitting hood keeps the heat trapped close to your head
Interior stow pocket for stuff sack storage
Clip-in point on stuff sack allows it to be carried on your harness
"Great piece of outdoor clothing for compact, insulated, layerable warmth and good Looks!"
I bought this jacket as a gift for my husband in preparation for an extended canoe/hiking trip in the Arctic. He is very discerning when it comes to gear and outdoor clothing. He needed something that was hooded, would provide insulated warmth but also be light and layer well under rain gear. He reports that this a "fantastic piece of gear," and that it packs up smaller than his non-hooded Patagonia micro puff, and he likes the way it looks. He doesn't throw around these accolades very readily, so this is a great find! I honestly haven't seen it yet, since he is already in AK awaiting my arrival, but he generally knows what he likes when it comes to outdoor gear. He is 6'1", 185 lbs, and a large fits him perfectly.
"This jacket fits me so well and keeps me warm."
When I bought this jacket to layer with my Theta AR I was hesitant if it would keep me warm when climbing. Both are so light, especially the Nuclei jacket. Surprisingly this jacket is so comfortable as a layer or on it's own. I don't regret buying it at all. I'm 6 feet 1 and the large fits me well. Large enough for a thin base layer and a light fleece to go underneath. The jacket packs down to a very small stuff sack very quickly and it's nice that it's attached to the jacket. Take it out, and you're warm.I run warm on activities so this was a good decision. I love it and look forward to the next trip above 14K.
The deep background. Was annoyed at Arcteryx when I zipped into my Atom SV Hoody and Alpha SV and found the front hem of the hoody was longer than the hem of shell. The gear docs at Moosejaw helped me out with this in trying on the Nuclei Hoodyand Alpha SV shell at work, so I sent the following email:Thanks Moose-folk! Be there in a bit to take one off your hands! There is an old Tibetan Buddhist saying, "You can never beat the moose!" I could tell you the whole story but then you would fall asleep or quit your job and go live with the sherpas. Both would get me in trouble with your boss, so forget the story. Most Tibetans will tell you they do not know what a moose is unless you say yak and explain the antler thing! (mental imaging of pantomimed explanation is required).Sothe Nuclei Hoody is on the way. I'd already bought the Alpha SV and hands down it is the best shell jacket ever made. The Atom LT Hoody is just as good, so can't wait for the Nuclei to get here. More later!