Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

Multi-pitch climbing in my hoody

Multi-pitch climbing in my hoody

Bottom Line:

The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is the perfect lightweight shell to take on a summer mutli-pitch climb when you think it might get a little windy on the wall and it also makes an excellent Alpine running jacket for the cool days or as a windshell on the descent.

First Impressions and Observations:

I was looking for a jacket that was versatile to use in a lot of different scenarios, but still light enough that I could stuff it in my running pack or attach it to a harness without being too heavy or bulky.

This is a basic shell jacket and I love just how basic it is. There is only 1 pocket on the jacket which serves as its own stuff sack. Inside the pocket is a webbing loop to attach a carabiner to enable you clip to your harness. There is the standard Arc’teryx die-cut velcro cuff adjusters, adjustable hem and adjustable hood. That’s all there is to this jacket and I love its simplicity.

When you’re up on a multi-pitch climb in the summer and a cool breeze comes in this is the perfect wind resistant shell. It also has a DWR coating so is able to resist light rain. However, don’t expect much from this jacket in a downpour as it’s wets through pretty quickly with consistent rain.

When trail running I found this to be a great jacket in cool conditions. Especially when briefly stopping for a snack and I didn’t want to cool down too much. I also ended up wearing it on the descent as I wasn’t working up as much of a sweat and found it too chilly without the extra layer.

Pros:

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Packable & Compressible (packs inside it’s own pocket)
  • Great colors
  • Water resistant
  • Wind resistant

Cons:

  • Not waterproof

Buy it if:

You are looking for a super light, compressible jacket that can attach to your harness as an emergency shell or fit inside your running pack. This jacket is the perfect windbreaker for a gusty late summer day on a multi-pitch climb, trail running in the cool breezes of the alpine or just a lightweight summer shell jacket around town.

Places to Buy:

Women’s Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody

Men’s Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody

 

Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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