The Arcâ€™Teryx Epsilon mid-layer jacket series offers male and female fits and in a variety of styles and weights.
Arcâ€™Teryx are renowned for innovative and hard wearing outdoors clothes, although their prices can seem quite steep.
The new Epsilon Series of mid-layer jackets includes male and female fit as well as a jacket with a hood and one without a hood. There are two weights, light and medium.
The jackets are made with a bonded polyester to provide a moderate level of warmth and with the added bonus of great breathability. The fabric is also claimed to be highly resistant to abrasion.
Additional features include water and wind resistance, a structured â€œScubaHoodâ€Â and a longer length for increased coverage on colder days.
Further details include:
- Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
- No-lift gusseted underarms
- Stretch wrist gussets
- Laminated chin guard
- Full-front zip with chin guard
- Adjustable hem drawcord
- Laminated sleeve pocket with laminated zip
- Two hand pockets with zippers
- Reflective logo
On test: Arcâ€™Teryx Epsilon LT (lightweight) hoodie jacket
A mid-layer, or shell, jacket is most useful on dry but windy/cooler days. The water resistance is useful but if itâ€™s raining the wet will penetrate. If itâ€™s cold and rainy then the jacket can be used as a useful mid-layer, underneath a waterproof outer jacket.
I find these type of jackets most useful on chillier days or when walking at higher levels when the wind picks up or itâ€™s cloudy but not raining. In the warmer months you could wear just a t-shirt underneath.
Arc-teryx clothes fit me well. Iâ€™m a tall and slim female and they make their clothes nice and long. The torso and arm length are greatÂ and I like how the hood can be adjusted to fit snugly, even on very windy days.
It was a day of mountain cloud and general dampness when testing this jacket in the Scottish mountains. All water particles rolled off nicely and although it became windy at higher altitude I stayed warm even with only a t-shirt underneath.
I was surprisingly unsweaty, too, despite the exertion of a steep climb.
There are many similar jackets that will offer the same qualities but itâ€™s the extra details that Arcâ€™teryx add that makes the jacket stand out. The inside is a light, brushed cottony fleece-style fabric that feels goodÂ against bare skin. This means you can wear it with only a t-shirt.
In the winter months, this fleecy inner will add warmth to the jacket.
The wrist cuffs are also cleverly designed with a stretchy section that allows for easy on and off but also keeps them neat against the skin of your wrists/hands.
There is a general feel of stretchiness across the whole jacket so it never feels too clingy despite being a neat fit.
I also like the laminated arm pocket with zip for keep things safe and dry.
A two-way front zip would have been nice but I can live with that and Arcâ€™teryx have thought to add a lovely brushed cotton inner to the top of the zip area so that when fully zipped it does not rub against the face.
The outer fabric also looks and feels very durable. If you like to rock climb, scramble or you are continually putting on and taking off a rucksack this will be a bonus.
Overall, this is a cleverly designed and useful jacket that while at the pricier end of the scale, Â£140 to Â£160, is likely to last for many, many years.
Buy from Arcâ€™teryx or outdoors stores.