Arc’teryx Gamma LT Hoody (2013)

Arc’teryx describes the Gamma LT Hoody as a jacket for everyday use that is ‘equally at home in the mountains or around town’. I think this sums up the jacket quite well: it’s very much an all-rounder that doesn’t excel in either environment. On the hill its feature set is slightly spartan compared to others, with just two pockets, no cuff adjustment and no pit zips. However the features that you do get are well-designed. So the pockets are nice and large, and they are placed high on the jacket to allow easy access while wearing a rucksack. The hood is very good, being compatible with a climbing helmet yet capable of being drawcorded down to fit around the head both neatly and with good movement. The peak on the hood is large but stiff enough to resist distorting in the wind. I was also pleased to see that the Arc’teryx Gamma LT Hoody is longer than most – indeed it’s longer than many waterproof jackets – making it ideal for protecting the user in the hills. One drawback is that there is no cuff adjustment at all, while not having a third chest pocket could also be viewed as a minus if you like to keep a small guidebook or GPS receiver to hand. It has a high price tag for what you get as well.

Material Burly double weave (50% nylon, 43%polyester, 7% spandex)
Weight 643 (size L)
External pockets 2
Internal pockets 1
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Website
www.arcteryx.com

Verdict
The features you get in the Arc’teryx Gamma LT Hoody are well-designed but it could do with some enhancements to be ideal on the hill, particularly given its higher-than-average price tag.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013