Arc’teryx Epsilon LT Hoody (2015)

Features

The Arc’teryx Epsilon LT Hoody is a good all-rounder in terms of features, so you get a medium-weight fabric that offers medium level of insulation, wind and water resistance – potentially ideal for general hill and mountain use. There are two well-placed main pockets and a hood with face and volume adjustment. The 566g weight is reasonable too, so overall a good feature set for walkers. 5/5

Fit

The men’s comes in sizes S-XXL and the women’s in XS-XL. Mine fitted me slightly closer than some others (but it was an M rather than an L), but I could still wear it over a thin fleece. There is no adjustment at the cuffs, apart from elastication; but they fitted me fine, and the cuffs and hem didn’t ride up. The length is average, while the hood fits and moves well. 5/5

Comfort

The polyester double-weave fabric offers good airflow, making the Arc’teryx Epsilon LT Hoody ideal to wear under waterproofs, but it is also windproof enough to make it comfortable on the hill. Inside you get a polyester grid fleece layer for just the right amount of insulation for year-round use. There is a little less stretch here than some fabrics, but overall this is very comfortable. 5/5

In use

The two pockets are positioned high enough to allow access to them while wearing a rucksack hipbelt, and they are large enough for maps. The hood fits well and moves well with the head with its stiffened peak providing good protection, even though it isn’t wired. I would really like a third chest pocket, and Velcro adjustment tabs on the cuffs may improve fit for some, but overall the Arc’teryx Epsilon LT Hoody is great. 5/5

Value

The priced is appropriate for what you’re getting here, which is a good set of features and materials for the hill. 4/5

Verdict

The Arc’teryx Epsilon LT Hoody is not perfect, but this product offers most of what is needed from a soft shell jacket when heading into the hills. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine September 2015

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