Which Arc’teryx Jacket is Right for You?
Hiking and Camping Expert Jessica LaPolla breaks down the most popular Arc'teryx jackets on the market so you can understand which one would be the best fit for you!
Finding a reputable outdoor gear and apparel brand can be challenging. Even more so, to find one that offers top-of-the-line options for various sports and activities you are interested in pursuing. Arc’teryx is one of the brands that get it right, with apparel for a casual trip into town to gear suited for alpinists, hikers, campers, and more. Arc’teryx uses responsibly sourced, sustainable materials and innovative technologies to create their products, committed to protecting the outdoor world in which we draw so much inspiration. They have a great outerwear line, specifically a wide array of jackets. So which one is right for you?
Here are some questions to consider before purchasing a new jacket:
- What activities am I planning?
- What are the weather conditions I will be performing in (temperature, time of year, etc.)?
- Does it need to be waterproof or windproof, or would water and wind-resistant be enough?
- Do I need the jacket to be insulated, and if so, do I want synthetic or down insulation?
- Am I going to use the jacket as a mid-layer or an outer layer?
- What size do I need?
- What is my budget?
Check out the list below for some of our favorites from Arc’teryx!
The Kyanite AR is the perfect jacket for layering during cold weather camping trips but can also be worn alone as an outer layer on crisp fall days. This versatile jacket uses Polartec fleece to provide optimal warmth, mobility, and airflow. Four-way stretch materials allow for freedom of movement, especially in the arms, and abrasion-resistant nylon ensures durability and longevity. This jacket is excellent for several activities, including hiking, climbing, mountaineering, or just hanging out with friends. If you are looking for overall quality and comfort, this is the Arc’teryx jacket for you.
Recommended Activities: Hiking, Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, All-Around
The Atom LT Hoody is a light, synthetically insulated hoody that shines as a mid-layer and as a standalone jacket. The lightweight, durable design makes this jacket desirable for backpackers and hikers. The helmet-compatible hood and water-resistant fabric are perfect for ice climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing. Coreloft Compact insulation retains warmth, even when wet. This versatile jacket hits the mark for technical alpine ascents and cold-weather activities with force.
Recommended Activities: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Backcountry Skiing, Mountaineering, Hiking, Backpacking, All-Around
The Cerium LT Hoody is a lightweight, high-performance jacket with premium 850-fill down. This jacket works as a standalone top or mid-layer in dry conditions with an optimized weight-to-warmth ratio. The Cerium LT is extremely packable and includes a stuff sack to maximize space on your next adventure. This all-around jacket can take you to snowy summits or can keep you warm on your commute to work. Perhaps the best thing about this jacket is that it is Fair Trade Certified.
Recommended Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Winter Sports
The Beta Jacket is a breathable GORE-TEX shell made for all of your backcountry adventures. Fully waterproof and windproof, this jacket can be used as an outer layer for mountaineering, skiing, hiking, and backpacking. The fit allows for a range of layering options, from a single base layer for spring hikes to a down mid-layer during frigid summit days.
Recommended Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Snow Sports, Casual
Designed to perform in severe alpine conditions, the Alpha SV is the jacket for all of your technical alpine ascents. The GORE-TEX PRO materials are windproof, waterproof, and durable while maintaining breathability. The Alpha SV is Arc’teryx’s most rugged, storm-proof jacket, perfect for layering over your down and fleece layers. A helmet-compatible hood allows for versatility, while embedded RECCO reflectors built into the jacket provide enhanced visuals for emergencies.
Recommended Activities: Ice climbing, Alpine Climbing, Mountaineering, Expedition
Arc’teryx’s warmest belay jacket, the Alpha Parka has RDS certified 850-fill goose down and GORE-TEX Infinium technology to keep you warm and dry in the worst of conditions. The lightweight proprietary fabric sets the standard for alpine durability, protecting against the elements while maintaining breathability and freedom of movement. Layer this parka over winter climbing gear, and rest assured you’ll stay warm even on high altitude, chilly belays.
Recommended Activities: Rock Climbing, Alpine Climbing, Mixed Climbing, Multi-pitch, Mountaineering
With all the technical details for outdoor functionality, the Kole Down Jacket combines durability with style for an exceptional urban jacket. City winters and long commutes are no match for this responsibly sourced 750-fill down jacket. Stretchy, stitchless fabric maximizes comfort and mobility on long walks. Wear as a mid-layer or an outer layer, depending on conditions.
Recommended Activities: Casual, Around Town
The warmest coat in Arc’teryx’s Lifestyle collection, the Seyla combines warmth, style, and durability for everyday use. 750-fill European gray goose down with large baffles increase loft to keep you even warmer. A water-repellent face fabric keeps moisture out, while a two-way zipper increases ventilation and breathability. With a contemporary silhouette and technical design, you can feel confident walking around town in this long hooded coat.
Recommended Activities: Casual, Around Town
The lightweight, windproof Trino SL Hoody was engineered for trail runners and sidewalk chasers alike. Designed to perform in damp, windy conditions, wear this while training in the Rockies or jogging around the block. Made with GORE-TEX Infinium fabrics, this windbreaker can withstand light rain and snow while remaining completely breathable. A knit backer provides extra warmth, and a low-profile hood adds protection when you need it.
Recommended Activities: Running, Trail Running, Fitness Activities
The Ravenna LT is a lightweight GORE-TEX jacket with a fleece lining specifically designed for long days on the slopes. The waterproof, windproof fabric will keep you dry, while thoughtful details like a helmet-compatible hood, powder skirt, and sleeve pockets ensure an enjoyable and relaxed experience. This high-performance jacket is the perfect outer layer for all of your snow sports this winter.
Recommended Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding
When It’s Right, It’s Right
From cold winters spent in the city to trekking across rugged alpine peaks, Arc’teryx has you covered with its diverse line of outerwear. Their innovative technologies and commitment to sustainability and fair trade make them a company worth supporting, and their products constantly impress with their high performance. Arc’teryx has outstanding options for all genders, no matter what their activity of choice is. Whether you hike, climb, backpack, run, ski, snowboard, or take long walks through the city, you are sure to find something that suits your needs.
If you want to see more Arc’teryx products not highlighted in this article or have questions about which jacket may be the right fit for you, reach out to an Expert here on Curated. We love sending recommendations and can’t wait to connect!