The Arcteryx Cerium LT Vest provides core body warmth and is intended as a mid layer but it can be used also used as an outer layer. This is a superb light weight vest for those that need to keep warm while working hard, whether walking, skiing or climbing in cold dry conditions.
Arcteryx use Down Composite Mapping (DCM) in the Cerium LT Vest. DCM is where Coreloft synthetic insulation is used instead of down in areas prone to moisture - collar and chin. These areas are also prone to down migration and the use of Coreloft eliminates this problem as it remains static within the jacket. The finest quality 850 fill European goose down is then used throughout the body where warmth is required the most. The Arato Ten outer is lightweight yet durable and benefits from a DWR finish to repel any moisture.
Designed as a mid layer it has a snug fit, is hip length and has an adjustable hem drawcord and a high collar. These features all contribute with keeping any unwanted drafts out. The two zipped hand pockets keep things secure and benefit from also being insulated, handy if your hands require a quick warm up.
For more information please read Down Fill Power Explained.
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I wanted a good quality gilet to wear on cool autumn and spring days when out walking; I like to wear short sleeves where possible but sometimes need an extra layer to keep the core temperature up.
This jacket fits the bill perfectly, in fact it significantly exceeds my expectations. It's warm, incredibly lightweight, very breathable and yet surpringly wind proof. As I've come to expect from Arc'teryx it's also very well made and beautifully tailored.
I've found myself wearing it in much colder weather than I expected - I don't hesitate to wear this over a short sleeve shirt when temperatures are well into single figures; worn over a lightweight fleece top extends the range even further.
Pros - Very well made. Very warm. Incredibly lightweight. Very small pack volume.
Cons - Expensive, you're paying for the brand.
Overall I have no hesitation in recommending this product, and yes I'd happily buy it again.
A quality down vest - thin enough to go under most jackets. Adds a nice bit of extra heat - but not in itself massively warm as its not that thick.
I tend to use it when its too cold for just a long sleeve merino wool top and hard shell - but too warm for a thick warm jacket such as my Montane Extreme jacket which is strictly for zero and below temperatures if actively walking.
The man made collar insulation feels quite good and makes sense - its almost impossible to stop some wetness coming in at the top of a hardshell coat. This way I get the warmth and lightness of down without the paranoia of getting it wet.
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