The Arc'teryx Hyllus fleece jacket flexes its high-loft muscle to save the day when temps plummet. Long shag fleece on the inside snares body heat to keep you warm on dry days on the ski hill.
|Back length (in.):||29 inches|
|Fabric:||Polyester / polyester blend|
|Shell lining fabric:||Polyester|
|Arc'teryx Hyllus Jacket||$222.94 - $299.95|
|Arc'teryx Hyllus Hoody||$261.95 - $375.00|
This jacket is surprisingly warm for how thin and lightweight it is - although it is not a perfect wind shield, it is excellent in all but the worst cold plus wind conditions. The inner layer is very soft and the colors are just as vibrant as they look on the website (I was very pleased with my squid ink jacket jacket with rhino-colored lining). The jacket has a number of VERY well placed pockets, very useful during activities or just while driving (I can actually reach my pockets!) Finally, this jacket breathes better than any jacket I've ever owned of this weight - a huge upgrade from my previous North Face and Columbia jackets. Despite the price, this jacket is well worth the additional funds.
I have to say, though, that my most pleasing experience was not with the jacket, but with BACKCOUNTRY itself. I will buy from this store again - what a wonderful company! First, when looking for jackets I was originally investigating a Marmot. When I described to the very knowledgeable online sales staff what I was looking for, they suggested a number of jackets, some of which were much cheaper, and one of which was very well on sale. They also suggested this jacket, and even told me when to buy it to get the best deal. The reviews on this site are unedited and honest - sometimes brutally so. It made me feel like I could trust this company.
The best experience, however, was with a return I had to make. After several months of ownership during which the jacket held up well, I tripped and fell chasing a runaway puppy. The rip was severe, and the fault was mine. I called Backcountry to find out how I could get into contact with the company so that I could get the jacket repaired.
Backcountry replaced my jacket! Not only that, they sent me a return label and shipped my replacement next day (they even offered to send it to me same day and just let me send back the ripped jacket at my convenience). I protested that it wasn't necessary as the fault was mine - "nonsense," said the representative, "we take care of our customers. You bought a jacket, and it should last - if it hasn't held up, we'll replace it - we just want you to remain as happy as you were the day you bought it!"
I couldn't believe it, and I am still in shock. My replacement jacket is just like the old one, and brand new. I love Arc'teryx, and I love Backcountry - so much, in fact, that it has convinced me to buy one for my fiance. I'm not even bothering to shop around this time - with customer service like that, I wouldn't buy anywhere other than BackCountry.
Thank you, Backcountry. If more companies operated with your ethic, our economy would be bristling with activity! You've earned a very loyal repeat customer.
Ok, so this is really expensive for what it is. I'm still not entirely sold on whether I made the right choice on the purchase or not. I almost returned it several times but found myself reaching for it enough to eventually decide to keep it.
On the plus - its a great spring/fall jacket. The material feels top quality. Sheds water well, just wore it in a steady rain for several minutes and it beaded the water right off. I'm sure you can soak it through if you tried though. It ain't my sabre hard shell. But it's not supposed to be either. The fuzz also feels super cozy and I love sitting there petting my jacket.
Downside - its not really that warm. A chilly fall day it's perfecto, but anything colder and you will be cold. I wish there was more insulation, because right now it doesn't add that much more warmth than my Patagonia vest.
If you're looking at jackets of this ilk, you're probably comparing this to North Face/Patagonia/etc. Or, if you're a sucker for Arcteryx, you're comparing it to the Atom. What's the difference?
The Hyllus is more water resistant than the Atom. Also, because the Atom has side breath panels, the Hyllus is more wind resistant. If you're wearing it under another jacket, the Atom is more flexible and softer--and thus easier to use. By itself in wet or windy weather, however, the Hyllus is the way to go.
Compared to other brands (NF, Pata, etc.), the quality is exceptional. I've had softshells for years, from many brands. I've become an Arcteryx snob. Every seam is perfect, the zipper is perfection on a pull, the interior is softer than Cookie Monster after conditioner.
How good is this jacket? So good that my wife wanted one, once she saw how much I loved it.
This jacket is super thin. I bought this jacket thinking it would be a step up from normal soft shells. It is not. It does have high loft fleece inside, but even the fleece is thin. The soft shell itself is very thin. Feels more like a rain jacket than a soft shell. I'm 5'10" 175lbs athletic build and the large fit perfect. There was just enough room for a thick fleece underneath. I wore it outside today (32F and windy)and I love the fit and feel of the jacket, it broke the wind for the most part. But from my research I was expecting something thicker to wear with a fleece during the cold Wisconsin winters. This jacket will be great for very mild winter weather.
I love this jacket for around town use and in the winter when it is not below 20. I tend to be a hot body so having the jacket breath more is a huge plus for me as I sweat in a tee with this jacket if it hits 50. Also I sprayed some nikwax soft-shell spray on it and it helps keep the light rain off longer then before. I can now get about 20 - 25 mins in light rain till it starts to soak it up. Only problem I have with it is the zipper tends to come to the bottom, if it is below the 1/2 position when your hards are placed in your pockets.
This jacket is awesome. I love the fuzzy interior, and it feels great against the skin. It is wind resistant by my experience. A light breeze will be blocked by this, but a stiff wind will blow through it and chill you. It is great worn over a midweight base layer and a hard shell if really nasty. Love the hood, as it is easily cinched down, and the interior is fuzzy. It holds up well in light precipitation, but I wouldn't want to test it in a steady storm. The pockets are ok, they just feel kinda weird. Overall, excellent insulation to mild shell piece.
I'm hoping someone can offer some advise. I have been looking for a warm, wind/water proof/resistant softshell for years, and have accumulated many jackets. I want this for casual wear - around town type stuff, nothing serious outdoor, have plenty of stuff for that.
For example: 20 degrees, light wind and snow, button down dress shirt underneath, just normal every day bumming around/ running errands.
In terms of warmth, what is better for situations like this, the Venta SV or the Hyllus Hoody? (or something else?)
No matter what anyone says, look at this jacket as a fleece jacket with a smooth outer face that doesn't let snow, leaves, dirt, etc stick to it, doesn't pill like fleece, and glides nicely without binding under another layer.
It's an intelligent fleece jacket, combining a light fleece layer with a breathable soft-shell outer face.
NOT worth $375, but worth any sale price if you explore the world in winter or in coastal environments.
This thing is a great warm layer, so cozy and comfortable, perfect as a stand alone. Mine has been taken over by my wife its so cozy
great feel on the inside - like the cookie monster turned inside out!!
Was very diasappointed in how little warmth it provided. Construction was top notch, but returned it for a light down.