When it's subzero and wet, layer up with the super-warm and burly Arc'teryx Men’s Atom SV Hooded Insulated Jacket; when the storm clears but the cold persists, shed the shell and go solo with this hoodie. Water- and wind-resistant stretch nylon Gossamera shell fends off light precip, and Coreloft insulation provides toasty warmth in resilient, compressible comfort. The insulated StormHood warms and protects, and stretch jersey cuffs comfortably seal out the cold. With this protection, stretchy mobility, and warmth, the Atom is versatile enough for any cold-weather adventure.
|Arc'teryx Atom LT Hooded Jacket||$218.95 - $219.00|
|Arc'teryx Atom SV Hoody||$207.99 - $259.00|
|Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket||$138.99 - $199.00|
...and that's saying a lot. I have owned about 6 different Arc'teryx jackets as well as 5 other down/synthetic insulation jackets from Marmot, The North Face and Patagonia and this one stands out above them all. My favorite things about the Atom SV:
1) The outer material is light, slightly stretchy and does a great job a repelling water. I wouldn't choose to wear this in a rainstorm, but it holds up well to surprise showers and snow.
2) Warmth to weight ratio is outstanding. The Coreloft insulation is much fluffier than traditional Primaloft or other standard synthetics and it does a great job at retaining loft over time.
3) Not too bulky, especially considering how warm it is. This easily fits under my slim rain shells as well as roomier ski shells.
4) Clean lines don't make you look like the Michelin man. I love huge, puffy down jackets, but it's nice to be able to be able to wear the Atom SV with regular clothes without looking like you just got back from a climbing expedition.
I'm 6'3" 195lbs and usually wear Large jackets. This large fits me perfectly...athletic cut but not too snug that I can't wear layers underneath. I highly recommended this jacket and have 4 other friends who swear by it. Best synthetic insulation jacket on the market IMHO.
Trying to decide between this and the Atom LT? The SV is ~3oz heavier than the LT but noticeably warmer. The LT would be great as an insulation layer for exertion in extreme cold weather because the stretchy, non-insulated side panels make the LT breathe better than the SV. Otherwise go for the SV. You're likely going to be pulling this out of your pack at the end of the day or when resting/belaying and you're going to be happy you have the extra warmth of the SV.
I purchased the Atom SV as my primary winter jacket last year after a bunch of research on various forums. My primary requirements were that the jacket had to be synthetic and it needed to have good warmth while standing still for longish periods of time. It has delivered in spades.
First, it's very, very well built. Sledding marathons, shoveling, walking 3 miles a day through snow, bouts of rain, blah blah... it looks practically new. No seam issues, no wear marks, no rips, no tears and no frays. Even the unique arm cuff has retained a tight seal... and I was sure that would not be the case.
Secondly, it's really warm. When it arrived, I was a little concerned... it's ridiculously light and almost flimsy feeling. I assure you though - after a few blizzards and ridiculously windy, cold days last year - it did not disappoint once. It does a great job keeping you warm when not being active as well.
It fits a bit looser than the other Arc'teryx jacket I own (Epsilon AR), but makes for plenty of room if you want to wear a sweater or even another synthetic layer underneath (for the really cold days hitting 0-ish, I would wear a Patagonia nano-puff pullover underneath it).
If you're looking for a warm, synthetic softshell, I think it would be hard to beat this jacket at this price point... I love it.
i've worn this everyday for the last month. it's a really nice jacket.
it's ultra light, like a camping pillow. warm in cold conditions, so long as i'm moving, but not when i'm static, like driving a car. nice shoulder articulation, although the hem will ride up if you reach high enough. nice fleece pocket liners -- only on the back-of-the-hand side prevents sweaty hands. lean design looks stealth. athletic cut is flattering. exterior seems like it'd rip easily on tree branches, so i'm not sure it's deserving of the SV mark. it's kind of hard to make a good economic argument for this piece. if it doesn't tear, it should last a good 5 years. you might get judged, for better or worse, for rocking what amounts to a $300 down hoody.
overall, it's way cooler and better than almost any other comparable jacket i'm aware of.
Just a note that I got this in "Buckeye" and found the color to be substantially darker than depicted in the product photos. It is really more of a burgundy.
I was a little disappointed about this because it would not be particularly visible in storm conditions. If you want a safety color, go for the green one.
The wrist cut is also pretty slim and it is not possible for me to fit my hand through with gloves on. I have to take off my gloves in order to put on the jacket.
Otherwise a great jacket.
This jacket is incredible. It is super warm and very light weight/compressible. I am 6'00 and 175ibs and the XL fits me very we'll. I use it by itself in 20-45F weather and it keeps me super warm. Sometimes I'll wear a pullover or a light running jacket under it for extra warmth. Overall quality is very nice as expected from Arcteryx. I also own the Accelero and a pullover from them and all three are great products. Good job Arcteryx!
I've been looking for a warm light jacket for running in the cold NYC winter. This is the one. Very comfortable, all I need is just a base layer and I am good to go into the low teens. The fit is not fitted so there is room for layers. True to size.
Light and comfortable, arrived yesterday and wore it to work today, it was 15F here today and it kept me comfortable warm.
Negative is i purchased the "Storm" color and the zippers and stretch portions appear to be very purple colored.
A great warm jacket! Very light but very insulating outer layer.
Purchased the M in storm and fits great. It is not bulky at all and has plenty of room for layering.
I've had a couple of Arcteryx Alpha SVs over the years and this year I decided to go with an Atom SV Hoody in the same size. I already have an Atom LT Hoody, but for winter I wanted a little more insulation. I also have a number of other Arcteryx pieces and like them a lot.
Out of the bag, the Atom SV Hoody looked great--just as it should. Then I put on the Alpha SV shell on over the Atom SV Hoody and zipped in. I'm just over 6', weigh 155 lbs. and the size small Alpha SV shell is perfect. Unfortunately, when I put on Alpha SV shell, the hem length at the front of the hoody was an inch or two longer than the shell. The rear hem of the hoody was cut correctly and was under the hem of the shell. Very disappointed although it's probably just a production error, but I'm surprised at the lack of quality control at Arcteryx. Otherwise the Atom SV Hoody is a great jacket. Warm, toasty, made with coreloft, great sleeve length, hood fits nicely under a helmet (use a beanie otherwise) and it's a substantial upgrade in warmth from the Atom LT Hoody, by 100 grams. I'll revisit my review when I hear from Arcteryx.... Then I may change the number of stars I've given this hoody. With the exception of the too long front hem, the jacket fits true to size. But I don't want to wear something that may be wicking water and you would think that Arcteryx would be more careful!
Called Arcteryx and they said yup, the front hem of the Atom SV Hoody is longer than the front hem of the Alpha SV shell. They said they had down options but not synthetic. Living in the Pacific NW I totally prefer synthetic because it's often raining and windy where I hike in the Cascades rather than snowy. Gearheads at Backcountry suggested the Arcteryx Nuclei--warmer than the Atom LT and fits under the Alpha SV shell perfectly just as the Atom LT. Thanks Backcountry!