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The Arcteryx Men's Gamma LT Hoody is better than your average hoody. The hood fits over a helmet, for one thing. The Gamma Hoody is moisture- and wind-resistant. Plus it has a cool name. Gamma rays are pretty cool; I looked them up.
FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Gamma LT Hoody
Burly Double Weave is a durable, moisture and wind resistant fabric with 4-way stretch, outer face has DWR finish
Full length Vislon front zipper with wind flap
Helmet compatible StormHood
Hand pockets, internal chest pocket
Stretch gusset cuffs
Hem drawcord can be adjusted to seal out the cold
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Gamma LT Hoody
ARC'TERYX ATHLETIC FIT: The Arc'teryx Athletic Fit garments are considered their "standard" fit and feature complex patterns that utilize anatomical shaping and gussets to enhance motion and eliminate any excess bulk. Athletic fit styles are trimmer than Arc'teryx relaxed fit styles, but still offer room for a base layer, a light fleece mid-layer, and a synthetic or down filled mid-layer. Put simply, their Athletic Fit should fit true to size, but be sure to check out the size guide to learn how to calculate your body measurements before selecting a size.
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There aren't much soft-shell jackets such as this one in the market. Arcteryx builds solid products most of time and this definitely is one of them. The material feels rock solid and the fact that this doesn't have any insulation can make this piece very versatile. Since this is not for cold weather, the fit is regular and you can't pull thick insulation but if you manage to squeeze in there somehow, I see this being used as a fair shell. I must say this is one of my favorite jacket along with with my Venta SV, Solano, Squamish.
I had a Gamma MX and tried SL but I decided go with this LT. To me, the weight and function balance is just right. It is not too heavy or warm but constructed with tough material to last me for a long time. SL was pretty good but I felt like it was a windbreaker on a steroid. MX was good but it can get hot quick since it has built-in insulation. I wanted to something without but strong soft-shell hoody and this suits perfectly to my needs!
I can sum up this hoody in one word; Perfect. I like that it is just a durable stretchy shell hoody and is knitted in the athletic fit just like my Beta SL. I love my Epsilon SV, Atom LT and Aphix hoodies, but didn't want the fleece lining or coreloft for milder weather. I want something that is breathable but just as protecting against the elements. Since I am an avid Arc'freak, the Gamma LT was the first choice, I still shopped around locally before buying the Gamma LT, but was just unimpressed by the competitions quality. You do pay a premium for Arc'teryx products, but it's worth it in the end. This is the jacket I needed for those milder days. Thanks again Arc'teryx and Mooooooosejaw!
Pretty much your typical Arc'teryx piece.. hip length with a nice athletic fit & top notch construction (5'11", 200lbs, Large fits great with room for light layers). There's no insulation by design, so don't expect to stay warm in it's below 40 you're not on the move.. also, despite the hood, you'll need a more traditional shell if any type of significant precipitation is expected. While the hood is nice to have, I'm not sure how much of a selling point it is. The fabric feels almost identical to the stuff on my MH Offwidth jacket, which you can pick up for less than half the price.. I was able to pick this up at a significant discount, but for $250, you're not getting anything special.