Arc’teryx Cerium SL Hoody £270
■ 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.