ARC’TERYX CERIUM LT HOODY: ★★★★★
Reviewer: Taryn Hajnrych
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I received my Arc’teryx Cerium last November on my birthday. I am permanently cold, and despite my poor circulation and Raynaud’s Syndrome, I was too skeptical to invest hundreds of dollars (of my own) into one of those “poofy” jackets. Once someone who loved me enough (or someone who was sick of my cold hands sneaking into his jacket) bought one for me, well, let’s just say my life changed for the better. This has now become my go-to jacket and I use it daily for anything from skiing to walking the dog.
New to the market in fall 2013, the Cerium LT Hoody is Arc’teryx’s first adventure into the down market. The lofty 850 white goose down fill aims to make this the warmest mid-layer available to athletes. The well thought-out placement of synthetic Coreloft insulation around the cuffs, shoulders and underarms serves its intended purpose of keeping you warm in areas that are prone to added moisture. The lightweight pack-ability makes it a no brainer addition to your pack no matter where you’re headed or what you’re doing.
For me, one of the best features of this hoody is the fit. Streamlined and cut to fit the curves of a woman’s body, this jacket is not only technically impressive but is aesthetically pleasing and fits an athletic build very comfortably.
BIG UPS: It packs down into its own pocket. This is good because a) it packs down quickly and to a very small size and b) the sack is attached so you can’t lose it.
DOWNERS: The lightweight design means no draw cord at the hem and no draw cord around the face to tighten the hood in wind.
Check it out on the Arc’teryx website.