Arc’teryx Cerium SL Hoody £270

Trail (UK) - - INSULATED JACKETS - TESTER Gra­ham Thomp­son

■ Ma­te­ria●s 850 fill power down, Coreloft syn­thetic in­su­la­tion on shoul­ders and cuffs

■ Me■’s S-XXL

■ Wome■’s XS-L

■ Weight 236g (men’s L)

A new jacket us­ing very ef­fi­cient 850 fill power down, which en­sures you get an ex­tremely low weight. But im­por­tantly you also get syn­thetic Coreloft in­su­la­tion in ar­eas that may col­lect mois­ture, which would im­pact on the down per­for­mance, so this is placed on the cuffs and shoul­ders and also at the top of the front zip. An­other huge ben­e­fit of this jacket is that you get rear cord vol­ume ad­just­ment on the hood, so it fits re­ally well and moves ef­fort­lessly with the head. There is a hem draw­cord too – a fea­ture many jack­ets lack. You also get two main pock­ets. The main draw­backs are the price and it’s not quite the warm­est op­tion. But if you can af­ford it (and an­other jacket for colder win­ter days) this is a great jacket for year-round use.

PROS Weight and packed size, warm enough for mild con­di­tions, great hood, ad­di­tional syn­thetic in­su­la­tion.

CONS Price, not quite warm enough in win­ter, no cuff ad­just­ment, slightly short body com­pared to oth­ers.

BUY IT IF You want a very lightweight in­su­lated jacket for spring to au­tumn and on the mildest win­ter days.

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