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The Ar­gus and the Gaea, men’s and women’s cold­weather run­ning jack­ets re­spec­tively, both get over­hauls from Arc’teryx. Each are su­per light, yet toasty for dry, colder con­di­tions. The slightly tweaked com­pos­ite con­struc­tion is more er­gonom­i­cally de­signed for an even bet­ter fit.

The fo­cus of these two mod­els is on breatha­bil­ity dur­ing cold run­ning con­di­tions. Arc’teryx uses Octa Loft Syn­thetic In­su­la­tion, which the brand de­scribes as “air-per­me­able ma­te­rial,” and our testers found it to be warm with­out get­ting clammy on the in­side. This is be­cause the de­sign al­lows air to flow out of the ma­te­rial, while the outer layer is wind-re­sis­tant to main­tain thermo-reg­u­la­tion.

Lu­min, an ex­tremely light, yet breath­able and wa­ter-re­sis­tant ny­lon, coats the front panel of both the Gaea and the Ar­gus. It’s also pretty much tear-proof, which is ideal when bat­tling along sin­gle­track. Both the Ar­gus and the Gaea fea­ture many nice lit­tle touches, re­veal­ing that the de­signer is them­selves an ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner. Bounce-free stash pock­ets on the back work bril­liantly, and the in­te­grated thumb loops are a wise de­sign fea­ture that should be in ev­ery cold-weather jacket. The fit and fin­ish of the Ar­gus and Gaea are what you’d ex­pect from a very high-qual­ity and ver­sa­tile run­ning jacket.— MD

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