For those of us familiar with the cold weather that winter brings, we know that dressing for the weather is really important. Even on the west coast, temps can drop below zero degrees Celsius, and snow can grace our ground. A down jacket is a must-have in the closet of any winter lover.
Many down jackets are large and bulky, making them hard to pack down. Don’t worry though, Arc’teryx has a solution for that. Let me introduce to you the Cerium LT Hoody. This jacket has been in Arc’teryx’s repertoire for a few years now, but it has recently been redesigned to make it better than ever.
|Our review of this product|
|10 / 10|
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The most important feature of this jacket is its high warmth to weight ratio. The women’s jacket weighs in at a mere 280g, making it highly packable for any mountain adventure (it comes with a mini stuff sack hidden within an inner pocket). Despite its lightweight, I have found the 850 fill down to hold and retain a great deal of warmth. For this reason alone, I bring this jacket everywhere with me, from climbing crags to ski adventures. It stuffs easily into my pack, and is a great layering piece under a shell, making it so I don’t think twice about whether or not to bring it along.
Other features of this jacket that make it stand out from the standard down jacket include a durable face fabric that I’m not afraid to be rough with. I wouldn’t go running through brambles with this jacket, but the fabric is durable enough to survive a few snags and also helps protect against wind and snow. It also has Coreloft insulation placed in key zones that tend to get damp, such as the shoulders, sleeves, and underarms, making it a function piece even in a bit of moisture.
The storm hood is warm, flattering and functional, moving with me when I turn my head, keeping my vision clear during those moments when it counts. Last but not least, the low profile zippers for the main zip and two hand pockets are small but sturdy. No sticky zipper on this jacket! Despite its small size, the pull tab makes it easy and smooth to do up even with gloves on.
This jacket really is the queen of all down jackets. I love that it keeps me warm in the mountains, is versatile and functional, but also just looks good. With its streamlined and clean look, I know I’m wearing a jacket that is appropriate for both city living and mountain adventures. As for this special edition colour for Altitude Sports, I am a huge fan. The light Baja coloured zipper playfully accents the deep Blue Nocturne jacket.
From the mountains to the pub, I know the Altitude Sports X Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody has me covered.
*Photos by Bradford McArthur →BradfordPopeMcArthur.com