We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Arc’teryx Atom SL Hooded Insulated Jacket – Men’s and summarize the results below:
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 133
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.