Arc’teryx Atom SL Hooded Insulated Jacket – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Arc’teryx Atom SL Hooded Insulated Jacket – Men’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 92 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 133

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Provides for a wide temperature range.
  • Dries quickly after being wet.
  • Packs down small and compresses easily for storage or traveling.
  • Comfortable and provides warmth.
  • Durable and long-lasting.
  • Vents very well during activity.
  • Lightweight and features stretchy side-panels.
  • Very good breathability for multiple climates and activities.

Expert Reviews

  • Provides breathability, while keeping protection from wind and light rain.
  • Very compressible.
  • The stretchiness provided allows for full mobility.
  • Misses out on some technical features, but remains lightweight by doing so.
  • The hood cinch works well to keep the hood in place and wind off of the face.
  • The cuffs are snug enough to keep the cold and weather out.
  • Nu, the DWR used, is proficient in repelling rain for a short period of time.
  • Breathes adequately to avoid having to remove during activity.
  • Athletic cut allows for mobility and comfort.
  • Features a StormHood for a low-profile and weather-resistant option.
  • Hood can fit over a bike helmet and still have a tight fit.
  • The 20-denier shell fabric is fairly lightweight and durable.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Not the warmest option as a stand-alone layer.
  • The sizing and cut has changed since previous models, so you may want to try on before purchasing.
  • May not be the most durable for certain terrain, like rock.

Expert Reviews

  • Not the warmest option if you are sitting still and not moving in colder temperatures.
  • No stuff pocket with a clip-in loop.
  • No fleece lining in the pockets.
  • No insulation in the hood for warmth.
  • Some water will soak through on the back and chest area after prolonged precipitation.
  • Not waterproof.
  • An expensive option for a midlayer jacket.


The Arc’teryx Atom SL Hooded Insulated Jacket for men is a very lightweight, breathable, water-resistant, and functional option for those who tend to do intense activities outside, run pretty hot while exercising, or want a lightweight layer to provide moderate warmth. Even though this is not the warmest option and it’s not waterproof, the jacket provides warmth and wind protection at a minimal weight.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.