The Arcteryx Squamish Hoody is the perfect companion to have with you when you're out in the hills and mountains, whether climbing, hiking or biking. It is a lightweight, unlined windshirt made from durable ripstop nylon making it tougher but heavier than some of its competitors. Stowed away in its own chest pocket, you can get it on fast when the weather turns and the wind picks up, providing good protection with minimal weight.
The Tyono fabric is extremely durable and has a degree of stretch allowing for flexibility and movement. The DWR finish allows any moisture to bead and run off, keeping you dry in light rain or snow, though if the weather turns you will need a shell over the Squamish Hoody. The excellent StormHood can by cinched in with one hand providing superb protection and it has been shaped so that it rotates with your head so your vision is never impaired. The No Slip Zip is an Arcteryx feature which works like a series of speed bumps down the zip so the zip doesn't slip from the position you put it in, even when its not fully zipped up.
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I found this product after researching into the lightest, most compact wind jacket. This item is brilliant, so easy to store, flexible, high wind resistance and comfortable on the shoulder and arms (which has always been an issue). It's not the cheapest product but I with the features I thought it would be worth the buy. I would recommend this product and found this place to be the cheapest. Fast delivery.
Having been using a Patagonia Houdini for 3 years this is a whole step up in terms of performance. I used my Houdini in Alaska, ski touring in the Alps, trekking on Mt Kenya etc etc. it's a great piece of kit BUT as usual arcteryx take it to the next level. The hood is infinitely better. Has a peak. Fits over a helmet much better than the Houdini albeit still a little tight. The cuffs on the Houdini used to bug me in high winds as they let it in. The Squamish is bombproof. Similar levels of weatherproofness but I think the Squamish is marginally more durable? Finally the fit is so much better for me. Patagonia medium too small, large too baggy. Arcteryx medium perfect. I'm 182cm. 83kg. 32" waist.
Really excellent windproof jacket.
The jacket is silly light, really easy to shove into a corner of a rucksack, or a side pocket. It's windproof (not yet tested the showerproofness), soft and completely quiet. You don't know you've got it on, except for the fact that there's no wind getting past your top layer. It's been lovely in warmish weather, yet to be tested in cold, but I look forward to layering it over fleece mid layers in cold weather.
The pocket is smallish, but I don't like carrying loads of gear in my pockets, so this is fine.
The zip is easy, the cuffs are mobile and I really prefer having rollable, non-elasticated cuffs with Velcro tabs. Much easier to roll, or tighten, or leave loose according to needs.
Very pleased with this. Alongside my lightweight Arc'teryx Goretex, this is going to be a favourite outer layer.
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