Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket – Men’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 87 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 634

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • One of the best mid-layer down jackets on the market.
  • Versatile and yet perfectly suited for almost all outdoor activities.
  • Extremely impressive warmth-to-weight ratio. One of the lightest options for this much warmth.
  • Compresses small for easy packing.
  • Waist band cinches for a more tailored fit.
  • Fitted elbow collars to keep sleeves at desired length.
  • Quickly regains shape after being compressed and packed.
  • Water resistant and wind resistant.
  • Adjustable hood.
  • Retains heat extremely well.
  • Variety of colors to choose from.
  • Sleeves have elastic band around the wrists.
  • Unlike some down jackets, the outer pockets are zippered.
  • The hood is insulated to retain heat.
  • DWR coating provides good water resistance.
  • High-moisture prone areas are filled with CoreLoft, so they won’t lose warmth if they get wet (unlike the down areas).

Expert Reviews

  • Packs down into a small stuff sack.
  • Extremely high quality 850-fill down gives the jacket high loft and heat retention, while remaining lightweight.
  • Nylon ripstop shell fabric is durable and prevents light moisture and wind from entering the jacket.
  • Even though this is a down jacket, it uses synthetic insulation in the places most likely to get wet, thereby ensuring continued insulation even when those locations wet-out.
  • Stuff sack is stored in internal pocket.
  • Loose, highly mobile, and non-constricting.
  • Best uses are in cold, dry climates.
  • Lightweight, but durable zippers.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Instances of the down leaking and feathers coming out at the seams.
  • No insulation behind the zipper, so cold air or wind can come in through the zipper.
  • Material may be too delicate to wear solely as an outer layer during excursions, but to be expected for such lightweight materials.
  • At the high end of the price spectrum for lightweight mid-layer jackets.
  • Hood is tight on the neck compared to other models by Arc’teryx.
  • Fabric is a bit rougher than other models by Arc’teryx.
  • Shorter and wider-set people will have to size-up, which can lead to a sleeve length that is too long.
  • Only one thin inside pocket.
  • Down under the arms can create hot-spots and limit breathability.

Expert Reviews

  • Draw-cord performance not as good as other similar jackets.
  • Very expensive.
  • Some absorption of water into the fabric, especially around shoulders.
  • Shoulders and top of the hood doesn’t have CoreLoft panels, so these areas have a tendency to get wet during prolonged wet weather.
  • Stuff sack isn’t especially easy to use, limiting its convenience.
  • Hem drawcord can be slightly difficult to loosen with gloves or with one hand.
  • Hood drawcord can place too much pressure on outside of ears.
  • Not suitable for meaningful rain unless you are wearing a waterproof shell.
  • Not ideal for climbing in truly wet or frigid weather.


The Cerium LT hoody for men is one of the best mid-layer down jackets on the market. It is lightweight yet very warm and also provides some wind and water resistance. The fit allows heat to be retained, and the material provides durability while remaining comfortable and proving to be an ideal choice for layering over baselayers, or under weather-resistant shells.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.