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Gear Review | Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

Lightweight insulation jacket from Arc'teryx in a practical test

by Johannes Wolf ‚ÄĘ 10/29/2020
A few years ago, Arcteryx launched the Atom LT Hoody, a versatile and now tried-and-tested jacket for the transition period. It is not without reason that the model has already been mentioned several times on PowderGuide and put through its paces. I have been able to test whether the current model is still as convincing over the last few months.


As tests are notoriously subjective, here are a few details about me: I am 179cm tall and weigh approx. 72kg. I tested the jacket in size M and it fits me perfectly in terms of length, only the sleeves could be a little longer. I have been able to test the jacket over the last few months on longer ski tours, both uphill and downhill, cycling and hiking. But the jacket has also been used in everyday life, whether for a coffee or on the way to work.

Test report

The jacket is a lightweight hoody that can be worn either as a light mid-layer or simply as a third layer. Thanks to the water-repellent outer material, the jacket is the ideal companion even when it's slightly drizzling when skiing or cycling. Especially in the transitional seasons (spring and autumn), thick down jackets are often too warm for me to actively move around in them. On the way to work by bike you start sweating after just a few minutes in a down jacket but in autumn it's often too cold with just a hardshell jacket.

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The hoody, on the other hand, has the perfect thermal performance for me - just thick enough to keep you warm enough without the water running down your face. In my opinion, this is precisely the strength of the Atom LT hoody. The jacket weighs just 375 grams and still keeps you warm even when wet. The breathable stretch outer material makes it very comfortable to wear. I also wore the jacket on various ski tours and when climbing. Especially when climbing, I think a jacket should not restrict your movements. The stretch inserts sewn on both sides do this really well. The jacket also has two large side pockets that can easily accommodate gloves and a hat. There is also an inside pocket that can hold a smartphone or similar.


The Atom LT Hoody from Arcteryx is the ideal transition jacket for me. After six months of continuous use, it has shown no weaknesses so far. Thanks to its low weight, the jacket fits into even the smallest rucksack. The jacket is also available in a women's version and is also available without a hood. The favourite colour is debatable, but with ten colours to choose from, there should be something for everyone.

Advantages and disadvantages

+ light weight
+ withstands even light rain
+ good workmanship and comfortable to wear

- High price


RRP: 250.00
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
Weight: 375g
- Coreloft Compact insulation with 60g/m2 - Tyono 20 denier shell with DWR treatment - Stretch fleece - 94% polyester, 6% elastane - Dope Permeair 20 - 100% nylon

Here is the link to the Arc'teryx website with further information.

The jacket was provided to PowderGuide free of charge for testing. You can find out how we test it in our test statement.

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