Arc'teryx Men's Thorium AR Hoody
really is an awesome product
Firstly the fit and finish of this jacket is near perfect but still allows full body movement. The warmth is pretty fantastic for its weight and packability.
Overall very happy with this product and highly recommend to all
28 June 2014
Now I understand why I've seen so many people wearing this kind of jacket: it has an exceptional and quite outstanding capacity to keep me warm without being bulky or nerdy. In fact I often forget I am wearing it. What's more, for air travel where you have limited space, it all compresses down into a tiny bag that lives permanently in one of its own pockets. Pulling it out again and watching it expand has the quality of an old-fashioned conjuring trick. ( Don't store it in its little bag however - it needs to breathe.) My family have been casting envious eyes at it, so it's solved all my Christmas presents at one go. Not cheap, but worth every penny.
17 February 2014
Great fit, lightweight and warm
I've been wearing the Thorium AR for about a month now, and it's braved the (not particularly) chilly depths of UK winter. I wanted something that I can take on little climbing & hiking trips, but also wear around town. It's marketed as a midlayer down jacket, but I bought this primarily as an outer layer and I'm sure most people will use it likewise. It's warmer than something like the Rab Microlight or TNF Catalyst. The fit is the biggest selling point, and conversely it's only real flaw I can see. Fit's great around the body, no pinching under the arms or shoulders. I really like the high zip-up neck on this jacket, the Cerium is lower, and you can hunker down into this when it's particularly chilly. It's very windproof too, and stands up to the odd shower with water beading on the surface rather than wetting out instantly.
The low-sheen of the fabric is great, I don't like down jackets that make you look like you're walking around in a brightly coloured bin-liner, so this was a selling point for the Thorium too.
All around brilliant. Only minor issue I can see is one that a few other folks mentioned, the sleeve length. Arcteryx have made the sleeves 'just long enough' on the Thorium. I guess they'd say because it's a mid-layer, and maybe to save some weight #it's an incredibly light jacket), but I think just slightly longer sleeves and it would have been perfect. Of course, everyone is a different size and shape, I'm a 5 9" and 38" chest - size small is a very good fit on me. The down issue some are mentioning, well if you've owned a down jacket before you'll know that you get the odd feather popping through. It's minimal on my jacket so I don't see it as an issue.
I hope Arcteryx will expand their down range and bring out something along the lines of the Rab Neutrino, I'd be first in the queue for one!
03 February 2014