Arc’Teryx Epsilon LT Hoody (2014)

There’s a lot to be said for simplicity. It’s something Arc’Teryx is very good at: making products that seem minimalist but sport features that feel very considered. The Epsilon LT Hoody is fairly light, highly functional and understated-looking, with performance that is pitched just right for most regular conditions. So this is for those who prefer to have a basic, useful jacket that in all likelihood will be worn all year on (and off) the hill as an outer jacket in summer and under a waterproof jacket in winter. You get two huge handwarmer pockets that will easily take an OS map and sit just above the line of a rucksack belt. The lining is a durable microfleece grid that traps air in cold weather, and there is mesh lining with pockets to aid warm-weather venting. The outer is a tough windproof nylon with a small amount of stretch and a superb DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The Arc’Teryx Epsilon LT Hoody feels very well cut: despite being short compared to some the tail is just the right length and though the cuffs aren’t adjustable, they are semi-elasticated, flat and comfy. The helmet-compatible hood is excellent, offering great movement with the head and an effective stiffened peak. The zips run silky-smooth, and the sleeve pocket is tiny but takes some credit cards and a key or two. While the jacket is less roasting than the Rab Vapour Rise Jacket, Montane Sabretooth Jacket or Outdoor Research Alibi, it’s well suited for year-round use as a layering piece, or an outer in summer.

Specifications:
Outer fabric bonded nylon poly grid
Weight 557g (size M)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 0
Hood? yes
Pit zips? no
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Website www.arcteryx.com

Verdict

Versatile enough to be worn year-round, for hillwalkers the Arc’Teryx Epsilon LT Hoody is a refined, unflashy and functional choice with premium brand appeal. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.

Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine September 2014