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Gear Review: ARC’TERYX Atom LT Hoody

This warm, but not bulky, hoody can do double duty as insulation or outer shell.
fall gear guide 09 arcteryx atom 445x260ARC'TERYX Atom LT Hoody (Courtesy Photo)

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“I rarely took this jacket off,” raves a tester who wore the Atom as an outer shell and as insulation. He credits the strong breathability and easy layering, both the result of a hybrid design that combines compressible Coreloft insulation in the torso, arms, and hood with side panels of Polartec Power Stretch. You get warmth without bulk (it slides easily under a shell) and venting superior to any other puffy jacket.

“I didn’t get hot when snowshoeing up the steeps because the fleece sides were so breathable,” says a tester. As an outer layer, the water-resistant nylon shell shed snow and dried quickly when damp. A sculpted “scuba” hood boosts warmth by wrapping far forward around the face. The hood is designed to be worn under a helmet, so it has no drawstring; as a result, it flopped a bit in the wind when worn alone. Fit is trim. $199; 12 oz.; men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL; arcteryx.com

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