The Arcteryx Gamma MX is the official uniform of the British Mountain Guides. A solid recommendation from some very demanding users. This shows the Gamma MX Hoody an ideal tough and durable softshell jacket suitable for mountaineering, alpine climbing, ski touring and all-round mountain use.
Fortis softshell fabric has been used throughout the jacket. Membrane free and air permeable means the fabric is highly breathable, durable and wind resistant. It has a DWR finish to ensure snow and moisture is easily shed and it allows you to keep your hardshell in your pack for only the worst weather. The fabric is backed with a mid-weight fleece to give an extra bit of warmth to the jacket, without making it bulky. With a four-way stretch, combined with the relaxed fit, it makes the jacket very comfortable to wear.
The Gamma MX Hoody has been cut to allow exceptional freedom of movement, with gusseted underarms and an articulated cut. The long hip length fit allows a climbing harness to be comfortably worn over the top preventing any gaps in your weather protection. The Arcteryx StormHood is fully helmet compatible fitting over any helmet whether skiing or climbing and when on, it's quickly adjusted to fit neatly, keeping the weather at bay. Five different pockets give you plenty of flexibility with essential items and all being reachable while wearing a harness or rucksack hip-belt.
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Miles Bright Reviews the Gamma MX Hoody
I've been abusing my Gamma MX hoody for two years. It's a great bit of kit for skiing and alpine climbing. Thanks to those clever people at Arc'teryx the hood is a work of art. It fits over a helmet or can be tightened so it's snug over a wooly hat. There's a great peak which works well even when the hood is tightened around your face. The collar can be zipped up to cover your chin but stops at just the right spot so you can breathe unhindered. Even when you're totally sealed into the hood it still turns with your head and doesn't effect your vision. The Fortius 2.0 fabric keeps out the wind, sheds snow and is wonderfully stretchy. Combine this great fabric with clever design throughout the jacket and you end up with wonderful freedom of movement. I particularly like being able to reach for high holds without pulling the jacket out of my harness. After lots of use my Gamma MX hoody still looks great.
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Miles Bright is an internationally qualified IFMGA guide based in Chamonix, France. From this base at the foot of Mont Blanc, Miles guides and climbs year-round throughout France, Italy and Switzerland.
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The Gamma MX is the latest edition to my outdoor wardrobe. After I'd already payed out for a hard shell and insulation layers for the winter months I decided on this as a best of the worst weather jacket.
It's proven to be much more than that and is my regular go to now as its not too heavy, is warm, wind resistant, has excellent DWR although does wet out in a down pour. It's smart looking and has bags of storage! The chest pockets are great for extra gloves and a hat and the arm pocket is small gps size. Although smaller than an iPhone.
The detail cut and fit is of course perfection from Arcteryx I'm a regular 5'10" and its like a second skin in Large (not tight but not loose).
I've only strayed from Arcteryx once since I found them and I regretted it! They are expensive but there second to none.
Next on the list Squamish Hoody for summer - thanks facewest
Cracking hoody. Comfy, breathable and DWR is holding up so far. I'm 6ft8 and slim athletic build (aka Lanky), 230lbs and the XL is a lovely fit. Can wear it by itself or can layer under. The arms are an excellent length and don't ride up when you use your hands for something like cycling. I can wear this outside and then come indoors and still be at a comfortable temp. As for breathabilty it's great for me, get a tiny bit of air flow which helps control the sweat. Looks good and although the price is high the fit for me and quality makes it worth it.
I used to have the non-hooded version of this jacket. It was superb and served me well for 8 years, showing the quality of Arc'teryx kit. After it gave up the ghost I decided to replace it with the hoody version.
Again, the quality is excellent, as is the fit. I look forward to many years of good use from it!
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