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