Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody (2014)

The Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody has seen a major improvement since Trail reviewed it in March 2013: the hood now has a rear volume adjuster. The two pockets on the body are still just too small to take an OS map, though, and access to these is also slightly obscured by rucksack hipbelts. Like most jackets in our test the cuffs are just elasticated, but a nice fin of material improves the fit.

This jacket is available for men in sizes S-XXL and for women in XS-XL. Polartec Powerstretch side panels improve fit and comfort a little, and the wrists fit neater than most. The new hood fits really well too.

Overall the Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody is a very comfortable jacket with a good weight (386g size L), nice detailing and those stretch panels. I’d ideally like some soft brushed fabric at the chin to make it super-comfy, and the hood drawcord is less comfortable than would be ideal.

Polartec Coreloft insulation is used, and it provides good warmth for year-round use, when this jacket could be worn on summit evenings around camp, or as part of a layering system in winter. The side panels of Polartec Powerstretch however provide less insulation, so in certain circumstances you may find these areas are not quite warm enough.

The price is higher than most, which is disappointing.

Great performance overall for year-round use, with the rare feature of an adjustable hood. The Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody’s main drawback is the price

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014