The Arcteryx Men's Atom LT Vest. This insulated vest provides core warmth with Coreloft 60 insulation. The Polartec Power Stretch side panels ensure a snug fit and maximum freedom of movement combined with a hard-shell.
FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Atom LT Vest
Lightweight wind-resistant face fabric with DWR finish, warm and resilient synthetic Coreloft insulation
Warm and resilient synthetic Coreloft insulation
Low profile, stretch side panels provide a trim fit
Soft, brushed, insulated collar, layers easily
Two hand pockets with zippers, internal chest pocket with zipper, hem drawcord
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Atom LT Vest
Weight: (M): 7.9 oz / 225 g
Fit: Trim, hip length
Luminara - 100% nylon
Polartec Power Stretch with Hardface technology - 88% polyester, 12% spandex
Coreloft 60 insulation (60 g/m2)
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"Great vest if you can find it on discount."
Love the vest, hate the price. $150 for a vest? Come on! That being said, it's a piece of gear I find taking with me quite often. Really high quality and perfect for layering. The side panels vent heat well, the zipper (wish it would lock at times..tends to pull down near the neck if layered over too many things) runs smoothly, and the weight vs the insulation power is really amazing. This might sound ridiculous but one thing I really love about this vest is that the main body panels shed pet hair really well. I know, I know, pet hair? We're reviewing a high end piece of gear. Well, my dogs have been with me on a ton of my back-country adventures and this and the Atom LT jacket are the two pieces that don't look like an angora sweater when I'm gathering more food supplies at the local grocery store mid way through a two week long backcountry adventure, ha! It sheds water and pet hair equally well. Top it off, it packs down super small. Pricey but...I do use it all the time.
Love this vest. I have had it for 1.5 years now and it is apparent to me that it will last for another few years. I have worn it in 30-40F temperatures with just a hardshell on top and it has kept my core very warm. The stretchy material on the side is a nice touch. A nice arc'teryx piece worth the expense.
i have 2 of these vest already so i had to get one for my family...x-mas gifts very light yet warm throw the atom vest under your shell with a base layer and your ready to go..I recently had this vest with my phase half-zip under my beta sl jacket in china,kept me warm and dry
"Amazing piece to add to your layering arsenal"
Verdict: Incredibly versatile vest. Sorry for the alliteration, I really regret it. But this is an awesome vest. The Atom LT does its job to perfection, as with almost every other Arc'teryx product I've purchased. The synthetic core loft is amazing. Very light weight, very condensible and above all...warm.I love the athletic fit; its slim and form fitting, and all around just looks badass out on the town or on the slopes. I'm 6'5" and pretty thin, and I thought the Large was a little too tight and short, while the XL is the right length and little roomy. I ultimately chose to stick with the XL because the L definitely didn't fit right for me.The Vest is built to last and is more than worth the Arc'teryx premium cost. I'm sure I'll still be wearing this vest years down the road.
Depending on your preference, this vest may run large. I prefer my running clothes to fit fairly close, but at 6'1", 195 lbs, 42" chest and an athletic build, I found the vest to be pretty baggy. I am happy with it, but I would have preferred a more steamlined cut. The build quality is superb and the breathability of the sides and the wind protection up front make for a well designed running companion. I gave it four out of five because the Face material isn't "bound" to the insulating material. I don't know if this is a design element to aid in wicking moisture, but is a bit annoying. I don't think anyone will regret this purchase, just understand that it is not an insulated softshell vest.
I wear this vest all the time on my walk to work to stay nice and toasty. It's also in my pack when I'm the only person around for 20 miles. The side panel is a stretchy material which helps when you're climbing compared to other vests which can restrict your movement. I light weight choice and great mid layer in the cold, or outer layer when it's not too burley out.
"Comfortable, Lightweight, Side Panels arent insulated"
This vest is ok. Its a bit expensive for what it has. It is very lightly insulated, and the fit is a little more loose then most other arc'teryx stuff. It works great as an insulating layer, but not so good without anything over the top. The side panels on this vest are made of a stretchy material instead of being insulated which makes the fit a bit more flexible for layering, but if you are wearing this over a baselayer with nothing over the top and its windy, you will feel it. I would have like to see them continue the insulation all the way around, but all in all, this is a very light, packable, low bulk layering piece. It can be worn on cooler, non-windy days on the outside.
So far I've had this vest for a month and I wear it all the time here in Alaska. We've had plenty of below zero weather, and I wear this as a mid-layer with an uninsulated softshell jacket over and I stay warm. It has an athletic fit and is very comfortable. I've been doing a lot of snowshoeing and Cross Country skiing with it, and I'm working up a sweat, but it's very breathable, and it doesn't smell. Very happy with it.