Arc'teryx Women's Epsilon SV Hoody

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Arc'teryx Epsilon SV Hoody
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Arc'teryx Epsilon SV Hoody -

The Women's Epsilon SV Hoody by Arcteryx is made with a medium-weight Bonded Polyester, providing a moderate level of warmth and displaying exceptional breathability. The structured hood and longer length increase coverage for cold days on skis or trails. Gender specific anatomical patterning.

FEATURES of the Arcteryx Women's Epsilon SV Hoody.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Women's Epsilon SV Hoody.


  • Lightly insulated

Weather and Wind:

  • Comfortable polyester sheds snow, cuts wind and transfers moisture from your skin so you stay comfortable
  • Wind resistant


  • Full-length zipper with chin guard to shield you from possible zipper abrasion
  • Waist length with drop back for added coverage


  • Sleeve pocket with laminated zip, two zippered hand pockets


  • Reflective logo


  • Full front zipper with laminated chin guard; drawcord-adjustable, laminated hem
  • Mid-weight polyester fleece is bonded to woven face fabric for warmth and durability
  • Moisture-wicking fleece interior helps draw moisture away from skin, sending it to the fabric's exterior where it can quickly evaporate


  • Anatomically shaped design, no-lift gusseted underarms and stretch wrist gussets offer a sweet fit and comfortable range of motion
  • Structured™ hood with brim fits over your climbing helmet; 1-handed cinch adjustments provide optimal visibility; hood can also be adjusted via handwarmer pockets
  • The Arc'Teryx Epsilon SV hoodie features a brimmed hood with one-handed cinch adjustment that fits over your climbing helmet

Lining and Layers:

  • Features 2 mesh-lined handwarmer pockets and single internal pocket; zippers are protected with Zipper Garages™ to ensure leak-free seals
  • Jacket fits snugly and layers easily; adjustable drawcord waist and elasticized cuffs enhance the fit while sealing out the cold


  • Low profile Storm Hood
  • Scuba hood


  • Closeout
  • Weather resistant
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Made with medium-weight bonded polyester, the women's Arc'Teryx Epsilon SV hoodie provides a gender-specific shape, moderate warmth and exceptional breathability for chilly days on skis or trails.


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It may be fifth in the Greek numeric system but the Epsilon SV softshell Hoody from ARCTERYX surpasses its name in breathability and comfort.


Laminated fabric makes the Arc'Teryx Epsilon SV breathable jacket an excellent choice for backcountry touring or mixed-weather aerobic use.

Medium-weight, highly breathable Hardfleece hoody that'll keep you warm when the temperatures starts to drop.
Weather- and wind-resistant.
Full front zip with laminated chin guard.
100% polyester.
Machine wash warm, tumble dry medium.
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Also available for: Men
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):25 inches
Closure:Full Zip
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:Polyester / polyester blend
Fit:Athletic, hip length
Fleece Weight:Midweight
Insulation Material:Fleece
Length:24 in
Material:Bonded Poly Fleece
Shell fabric:Polyester
Weight:15.5 oz / 440 g
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Arc'teryx Epsilon SV Hoody Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

cute but lightweight

I love Arc'teryx but their jackets tend to be too long and narrow for me. I splurged on this because when I compared it to the NF apex in the store, the fit was better and the comfort was unparallelled. For once they have made something that fits someone small and curvy. I wasn't sure how it would hold up to extreme weather, but I thought at the very worst, I could layer it.

The quality of the jacket is not up to Arc'teryx old standards -- it's obvious that they aren't quite as high quality as the products made in Canada, so I did hesitate slightly when deciding to purchase the jacket--the seams are a little rough and the materials don't seem quite as solid, but that might be because they're so high tech.

I tested it bike riding on a cool day. No rain yet. The jacket is good for aerobic activity, it definitely kept me from overheating, but I was disappointed in how little wind it blocked. Granted, there's a lot of wind when you bicycle. On the other hand, if I weren't producing a lot of heat, I think it might not have kept me warm.

I still like this jacket and will keep it, it seems versatile and has a great cut, but I think I'll be sticking with my backup plan and layering something over it, like a windbreaker or a down vest. It might work out well in milder weather -- I'd suggest it as the jacket you could use if expecting varied weather conditions, but I wouldn't plan on using it alone in chilly or windy weather.
keflex at REI on 03/03/2010

great lightweight jacket

This is a great jacket. I bought this as a lightweight jacket to wear when it's raining or chilly, and I wear it mostly while the kids are playing soccer on the weekends or when I'm camping. I would not wear this as a winter jacket, but it's perfect for chilly spring, summer or fall days/evenings.

Drizzling rain does absolutely nothing to the jacket; it just rolls right off. One time, I was stuck in pouring rain at a soccer game and I was very surprised at how well it kept me dry. The jacket was drenched, but my upper body was not. I would say on a very windy day, I feel a little bit of wind coming through, but I would say it blocks most of the wind. I especially love to wear it camping when I just want a light layer to throw over myself. I loved this jacket so much that I bought one for my husband...and now it's his favorite jacket.

As far as sizing goes, I find that the Arcteryx sizes are a bit smaller than the NorthFace sizes. The XS Arcteryx fits me perfect (5' and 92 lbs); I could wear two thin layers under this jacket, but not a sweatshirt.
cobiko at REI on 07/07/2010

Excellent spring/fall jacket & mid-layer

This is an excellent jacket for cool weather. it's perfect our spring and fall here in the Northeast! Other reviews state it doesn't do the job, but I think it's great for resisting wind and does exactly what it's supposed to! It's for "aerobic use in mixed weather"! It isn't a winter jacket. It's not windproof, but it resists wind really well. It's lightwieght and has a great warmth to wieght ratio.
You never know when it'll rain in RI, and I got caught in the rain yesterday w/this jacket on and was AMAZED!!! It rained pretty hard for about 15 minutes- and I stayed warm and dry!!! For just a water resistant jacket it did an great job at keeping me dry! I LOVE IT!!! About the other review who got the Apex instead- If your looking for a heavy softshell -the Apex's ok(but it's short, thick, and much more boxy than arcteryx jackets)For more warmth than the epsilon and much nicer feel and fit than the Apex you might want to try the Arcteryx Atom LT. I hope this helps!
soccrmom at REI on 04/04/2010

Excellent all-around jacket

I LOVE this jacket! Got it in '08 as a gift, and it is the only thing I wear from October to May, usually just over a thin short or long-sleeved shirt. It is a very versatile jacket, very comfortable, very nicely made and nicely tailored for a slim profile. The pocket on the sleeve is perfect for keeping some cash in if you're going for a jog or just walking the kids around the neighborhood, the hood fits snugly and is easily adjustable, and the little stretchy panels at the inside of the wrist prevent chafing. I haven't had this jacket in heavy rain for an extended period of time, but for all other conditions it has been excellent. I would like to get a nice, thin zip-up wool sweater for layering underneath in colder weather. For now, if it is much below freezing, or I'll be standing still outside for a long time and not generating my own heat, I bust out the heavy-duty coat I've had for years.
CrystalMom at REI on 02/02/2010

Get what you pay for

For a very long time I thought Arc'teryx was a bunch of over-priced, over-hyped stuff for people with too much money on their hands and wanted everyone to know it. But, I finally succumbed and got this jacket...I get it now. I still think their products are expensive, but I see why. EXCELLENT jacket. I had a little issue with the hood adjustment technique, but once I understood it, it's great. NO leaks to either wind or water, great length, insulated but not heavy, sizing is good for layering pieces under if you need extra warmth. There is nothing on this jacket that I thought "If only they had....I wish they hadn't...." It's been around Baker Lake, up Baker trails and will be going with me to Rainier and Adams later this summer.
MLandis at REI on 06/06/2013


This is a MUST! I'll give two examples to explain my true love for this jacket. One: Blizzards in MN/ND. This jacket is very windproof, and with an additional down or fleece underlayer-was more than warm enough. I wear it most of the winter with long sleeves and am protected well, and do not get hot inside stores, etc. Example number two: Big fat rain in Muir woods on the west coast. Hot fat rain pouring down, damp air, and me without a raincoat. This softshell performed beautifully. I was dry, and there was no clammy damp feeling while walking trails.
This will be my workhorse jacket for many years to come. And with no fabric pilling or collecting of lint, it will look great for a long time too.
MN NtrLvr at REI on 07/07/2009

Fantastic Jacket!

I am elated to find this product ON SALE This is a wonderful jacket!! Arc'Teryx is an expensive brand but I continue to come back to get this specific jacket (I've lost my last two over the last 4 years) because of it's incredible fit. Durable, warm, light and very, very stylish. I am an athletic woman with a swimmer's shape and as long as you are trim and (most likely) small to medium sized chested, I think you will really enjoy this. I suppose one word of caution is that it may be difficult to layer under this jacket if you use bulky layers otherwise this is a true gem! I use it for everything.
SunInSeattle at REI on 05/05/2011

Love this jacket!

Before I got this jacket last winter, its hard to remember what my everyday go-to jacket was. This isn't the jacket for extremely cold temperatures (well below freezing), but its pretty perfect for most winter days in Seattle. I've found this jacket to be quite water-resistant -- enough to withstand a few hours in the Seattle rain. Although, note that when its really pouring, I add a waterproof shell (the jacket is not 100% waterproof, which I consider an ok sacrifice for its breathabilty).

My only complaint is that the sleeves are a touch long for me, but that is a relatively minor concern. Overall, highly recommended.
seattlegirl at REI on 01/01/2012

Great Fit!

Love this jacket and already wrote a review, but forgot to add how the sizing is. I find that Arcteryx size chart is great for the most part with all that I've bought from them(3 jackets, 2 mid-layers) If you use their size chart, and match up your measurements to their chart, you should find the right size. I'm 5'7 125-130 lbs, and the small fits me perfectly with room for a sweatshirt under it.
soccrmom at REI on 04/04/2010


Fit very well, comfortable, and the price is good.
aclee at REI on 01/01/2014

Negative Reviews:

Nice looking, but...

I bought this jacket for my wife. As a real estate agent she spends a lot of time outside looking at houses with clients, and in WA that often means you're getting wet. She was appalled at the price tag, A week ago up in Vancouver it was raining lightly and she said something about being damp. Wearing my nearly half the price Mountain Hardwear Synchro jacket, and not being wet at all. I was pretty surprised to hear her say that. She told me at that point that if it rains for more than 15 minutes, even lightly, she starts to get damp. Last night at the Sounders game was the final straw. Her undershirts were wet before mine, and I was wearing a Sounders track jacket. For the price, I would expect a lot more from this jacket. We will be returning it today and getting something from another brand. It's a shame cuz it's such a nice looking jacket.
Willygoat at REI on 05/05/2011

Hated this Jacket!

I bought this jacket as a light weight jacket for summer nights in the mountains. I took it camping and hated it. It is not wind resistance or warm. It did ok in the rain, but not as well as I expected it to for the price. Bottomline -I retruned it for the North Face Apex.
brezzelee at REI on 09/09/2009

Neutral Reviews:

Stay out of the wind

Let me start off by saying that I really wanted to love this jacket. I have other Arcteryx apparel and it all works great.

I got this jacket as a gift in November and wore it in DC. It was fantastic in the cold with a sweater underneath, but as soon as the wind picked up, I was freezing. Given that I walk to work, that was big problem for me. Anytime there was more than a gentle breeze, it felt like the wind cut straight through it.

I have used it as a mid-layer under my Stingray jacket and it works great. I would recommend that the Epsilon be used as more of water-proof sweater than a soft shell.

As to the sizing, I know Arcteryx has a more fitted cut but the Medium fit me just fine.
BlueBonnetBonnie at REI on 11/11/2010

Great jacket....just not with a backpack

I bought this as a light jacket for daily wear(well, when it's not raining) to school. I love the jacket, but it unfortunately suffered excessive wear at points of contact with my backpack.
T at REI on 04/04/2011