The Arcteryx Men's Gamma MX Hoody is an incredibly comfortable soft shell mid-layer. Offering great mobility, wind resistance and warmth while being exceptionally breathable, the Fortius 2.0 textile fabric is stretchy and air permeable, perfect for tons of conditions/activities. Sporting an athletic, hip-length fit with anatomical shaping, articulated elbows and gusseted underarms, the Gamma MX Hoody will fit you like a glove. Superb as an insulating layer on mountain expeditions, or on a trip to the zoo in the fall to see what the bears are up to (I swear, they're always up to something), this jacket will do it all.
Arcteryx Gamma MX Hoody - Men's: This wind-resistant, breathable hoody is an awesome addition for alpine specialists looking for enhanced mobility. A tough, highly wind-resistant outer face sheds moisture and a light fleece backer adds warmth while wicking away moisture.
Move freely in mixed weather conditions while you're wearing the Arc'teryx Men's Gamma MX Hoody. Articulated arms and a trim fit keep this midweight layer close to the body without restricting movement when you're alpine climbing or sliding up a skin track deep in the mountains. More versatile than your baselayer and more breathable than your storm shell, this jacket will be the one you live in the most, even if there's a little light precip falling from the dark clouds above.
Soft shell jackets are the go-to garment for a wide variety of high-output winter activities, from fast hiking and snowshoeing to cross-country skiing, all thanks to their unique blends of weather protection and temperature regulation. The Arc'Teryx Gamma MX hoody takes all of the characteristic advantages of a softshell and implements them with the distinctive blend of high-quality materials and thoughtful design that has made Arc'Teryx famous.
|Available Color(s):||Blackbird, Saguaro Green, Summit Sky|
|Back Length:||Hip length|
|Hem:||Drop back, laminated hem w/ adjustable drawcord|
|Insulation :||Lightly insulated|
|Material:||53% Polyester/ 27% Nylon/ 20% Spandex|
|Pockets:||Two hand pockets, one chest pocket, laminated sleeve pocket|
|Sizes:||S, M, L, XL, XXL|
|Waterproofing :||DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent)|
|Weatherproof Material:||Fortius 2.0|
|Weight:||685 g / 1 lb 8.2 oz|
|Weight (M):||24 oz / 687 g|
|Arc'teryx Gamma MX Jacket||$238.99 - $299.00|
|Arc'teryx Gamma MX Pant||$224.21 - $299.00|
|Arc'teryx Gamma LT Hoody||$186.24 - $250.00|
|Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody||$313.99|
I bought the Gamma MX thinking it was going to be a do-all soft-shell as it didn't have some laminated membrane reducing breathability as so many do these days. I'm a stocky guy and put out a lot of heat when in the mountains, so breathability is more of a priority with me than some of you more fit/trim guys.
First off, the Gamma MX is definitely Arc'teryx in terms of quality/finish. The materials are top notch, and the workmanship is everything you'd expect from them. The fit is perfect for what I believe to be the intended use of the jacket. Nice true athletic fit with very little excess bulk. The hood easily fits a helmet of your choice and has enough adjustment to fit your bald head just as effectively as a helmet. Pockets galore on this thing! (2 hand warmer, 2 chest, and a sleeve pocket)
This jacket as many others have commented/reviewed simply have difficulty finding a place for this jacket. I can see how that is, as even with my emphasis on breathability this jacket still leaves a bit on the table I believe. I've held off reviewing this jacket until I expanded my soft-shell inventory so I'd have a better idea of where this jacket fits into the picture and I'd offer the following:
This jacket is for those of you *ON THE MOVE* in colder conditions. The air permeability helps regulate your temps, and the fleece lining will keep the bitter chill off you during map checks/equipment adjustment/ect. This is not your "do it all" soft-shell. But the very things that keep it from being that, means it excels at what I believe it was designed to do.
I find it most useful with a lightweight/mid-weight wool base layer underneath, and a insulation layer & hardshell (if things are suspected to get burly) in the pack. I typically stuff a Patagonia Nano Puff and Alpha SV in the pack to augment this shell.
I use this jacket in two ways. The first as the outside layer over my Atom LT when I go to my office job M-F in the winter. With my dress shirts, this combination keeps me warm. The second is when I'm doing any outside activity, this goes in my bag and is used when I'm getting cold. When I'm hiking in cold/windy weather, this thing keeps me regulated incredibly well. The wind mostly stays out; if I'm running warm, I just unzip some of the pockets and my temperature stays comfortable. The storm hood also stays secure and keeps me warm, without decreasing my head movement much. I also stay pretty dry. Great pockets and zips to secure the jacket in various places (e.g. hood, waist). It also keeps light precipitation out. I'm pretty amazed by this jacket and how it keeps my temperature nice while we're working out in the Rockies! The photo is from the summit of Flattop Mountain in July - high winds, cold, temperature in the 40's, and my torso/head felt great!
This is the most wonderful jacket I have ever worn. 6'3", 200lbs, and a large fits perfect in the sleeves, torso, everywhere... I have a lichen, and the color is simply beautiful. If you can't tell, I have a crush on this jacket and would give it 15 stars if I could. It breathes well and sheds light rain and wind with ease. The durability is unrivaled, and the details in the stitching give me confidence that I'll be wearing this piece for a long time. I even climb in this jacket and still have no abrasions or rips anywhere on the jacket. I own 4 other jackets, and this cannot be beat. The hood is large to accommodate a helmet, yet it still looks good and not too large when worn without a helmet. The zippered pockets are very useful and are all located in creative and convenient places. If you are looking for a softshell, look no further: the Gamma MX hoody is worth EVERY penny!
This is kind of the original game changer in my mind when it comes to softshells. This thing is warm, nearly windproof, stretchy and fits nearly everyone incredibly well (although some of the products now coming out of china have a more boxy fit. Mine is from Canada and has their classic trim tailored fit). At 24oz it's a bit too heavy for serious climbing but for a day at the local ice flow or a nice day resort skiing, it's really fantastic. The Hood is classic big arcteryx and with pockets everywhere, you can stash just about anything you'd want on your body. It'll shed wind and snow very easily. Rain or wet snow will wet it out in short order. Put one on and see what everyone is raving about. This thing feels great!
This is my 3rd Gamma MX (Own the Polartec version and now a newer MX hoody and MX Jacket). The newer fortius II fabric seems to wear much better than the Polartec powersheild. Its seems more durable after 1 years of constant use. It has a bit more insulating loft but sacrifices some windproofness. I cannot tell the difference in breatheability between fortius and Polartec.
The over fit has improved and I like the use of the same fortius fabric on the chest pockets. Love the 4 pocket design (Arcteryx needs to make softshell's with more pockets). Lastly the length could be a tad longer in the front (the drop in the rear is perfect in length). 5'10" 165 lbs and a medium is a perfect fit.
I bought this along with the Alpha LT hardshell jacket and was very impressed. First off, the athletic cut is amazing! Fits like a glove! It's nice to be able to raise both arms while having a jacket that will maintain waist level. A necessity on long ice climbs. It also has all the features any alpinist can seriously appreciate while omitting all the fancy bells and whistles you don't need. Super light, super rugged, a must have for any serious alpine enthusiast!!!
This is an amazing jacket. I've taken it ice climbing in Ouray CO, trad climbing in Moab and like all Arc'teryx items it can really stand the test of time. Its an article of clothing that makes the whole adventure or trip completely awesome. When ice climbing or climbing in general its not to hot yet sheds water or snow super efficiently. Amazing Jacket!!!
Great Softshell. It is surprisingly warm. I don't like it as much as an acto mx hoodie for aerobic activities, but around the town and bad weather it does better. I am 6'1" 165 lbs and a large fits me very well. The chest pockets are a little awkward in configuration, but that is a small gripe. Overall great arcteryx quality you can expect.
Bought this in October 2013. On day 3 of ownership i wore it on a day out hiking. Within 6 hours of it being beneath my rucksack hipbelt it bobbled/pilled on the inside, on the mesh pockets. Beneath my Gamma MX was my arcteryx baselayer. Not good at all.
I should have learned my lesson from last years saga of my Strato hoody. That bobbled after its first wash. After being lectured into how to care for arcteryxs' products, my replacement bobbled, before its first wash. So it wasn't a washing/care issue.
General everyday friction is enough to damage the clothing.
My Covert hoody that is 4 years old shows very little sign of bobbling. So all i can think is that their materials that they use now, are sub standard.
I won't be wasting any more of my hard earned money on overpriced, below average, tat.
People should be aware that very few items are actually made at the arcteryx Canadian factory. Everything else is made in China, like this over priced and over rated hoody.
Why oh why can i not give a zero star rating. Thats all this is worth.
At first it was a little hard for me to place this jacket in terms of best use. It does not have the waterproofness of a hardshell, nor the windproofing of a windtopper softshell. In fact the Gamma MX is not just breathable, it is extremely air permeable. I have finally concluded that the Gamma is a good warm piece to wear when the temps are low but the weather is clear. The microfleece lining keeps you warm, but the air permeability keeps you from overheating during strenuous activity. Not my favorite jacket from Arc'Teryx for technical wear, this jacket is nonetheless very comfortable to wear when conditions are good.
I would hate to put a hole in this pricey piece while climbing.