The Best Deals for Hikers from REI’s Arc’teryx Sale
The following is a sponsored post courtesy of REI. Select Arc’teryx products are on sale up to 30% off at REI this week.
Arc’teryx is more or less the gold standard for high-quality performance outdoor apparel. Excellent construction, premium materials, thoughtfully engineered features, stylish designs, and famous durability help to justify the brand’s top-shelf prices. Arc’teryx is worth the investment if you can afford it, but the barrier to entry is undoubtedly high. As with most expensive outdoor gear, those of us on a limited hiker trash budget mostly wait to shop Arc’teryx when it’s on sale.
Your patience is about to pay off.
Another winter has come and gone, and last season’s styles are now on sale at REI. This week (3/10 – 3/15), you can save up to 30% on select Arc’teryx styles over at the Co-op. We did our homework and searched out the best deals on Arc’teryx for hikers so you don’t have to. Go forth unto the sale.
Best Deals for Hikers from REI’s Arc’teryx Sale
Atom LT Insulated Hoodie | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $180 (Reg. $260)
- Weight: 13.2 oz
The Atom LT (LT = lightweight) is a synthetic insulated midlayer that features Arcteryx’s in-house CoreLoft polyester insulation. It’s a versatile jacket that’s built to last. It’s abrasion-resistant with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on the outside and breathable (for sweat/temperature management) on the inside. The Atom LT is one of the most thoughtfully featured puffies on the market today, with useful touches like a mini hood brim, adjustable waistband and hood (to seal out cold drafts), and zippered pockets. We named it among the best synthetic backpacking jackets last year.
Read our review of the Arc’Teryx Atom LT Hoodie here.
Find the women’s Arc’teryx Atom LT on sale this week here.
Atom SL Insulated Hoodie | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $160 (Reg. $230)
- Weight: 9.2 oz
The Atom SL (superlight) is the ultralight version of the Atom LT above. It weighs just nine ounces to the LT’s 13. That’s a remarkably low figure for an insulated midlayer jacket of any kind, let alone a synthetic midlayer. It has less insulation than the LT version and notably leaves insulation out of the hood altogether, saving weight. The Atom SL is a perfect ultralight layer for mild conditions and hikers who tend to run warm.
Women’s Thorium AR | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $227 (Reg. $335)
- Weight: 15.2 oz
The Thorium AR isn’t the lightest down puffy on the market. But what it lacks in ultralight-ness, it makes up for in warmth, durability, and design. Widely spaced baffles minimize the number of seams (cold spots), and the jacket is generously stuffed with 750-fill goose down. It also strategically incorporates CoreLoft synthetic insulation in moisture-prone areas (cuffs, hood, armpits). The shell fabric has a DWR finish and is abrasion-resistant. We’ve kept warm in sub-freezing temperatures in this jacket and have seen Thoriums weather multiple thru-hikes and come out the other side still looking brand new.
Cerium LT Down Hoodie | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $265 (Reg. $379)
- Weight: 11 oz
If you liked the look of the Thorium puffy but can’t stomach the thought of a 16-ounce midlayer, look no further than its lightweight cousin, the 11-ounce Cerium LT. It features high-loft 850-fill down, and like the Thorium, it integrates synthetic Coreloft insulation in the hood, cuffs, and armpits, where moisture is likely to be an issue. It uses a thinner, less abrasion-resistant nylon for the shell fabric, saving additional weight. Like the Thorium, it features a DWR finish, zippered front pockets, and an adjustable hood and hemline.
Kyanite Hoodie | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $125 (Reg. $179)
- Weight: 13.9 oz
The Kyanite Hoodie is a medium-weight fleece midlayer featuring Polartec Power Stretch Pro fabric: a moisture-wicking, abrasion-resistant, four-way stretch fabric. Gusseted underarms and stretchy fabric combine to make this jacket comfortable and easy to move around in. Meanwhile, a brushed interior gives it the warmth and softness you expect from a fleece. For chilly days when you need more than just a base layer to stay warm while hiking, the slim-fitting, highly breathable Kyanite is a go-to midlayer for many hikers.
Don’t need the hood? Save yourself a few bucks and an ounce off your base weight with the hoodless Arc’teryx Kyanite Jacket, also on sale this week.
You can find the women’s Kyanite Hoodie on sale here.
Women’s Zeta SL Rain Jacket | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $209 (Reg. $299)
- Weight: 9.5 oz
Schlepping a rain jacket around the backcountry can feel like a chore. Rain gear is heavy, expensive, uncomfortable, and not particularly exciting. UNTIL NOW, that is. Enter the Arc’teryx Zeta SL. It weighs less than 10 ounces, thanks to premium/ultralight Gore-Tex Paclite Plus fabric. Even so, it’s far from minimalist in its design features. Waterproof zippers, two generous front pockets, hook-and-loop closures at the cuffs, a drawcord waist, a billed hood to keep the rain out of your eyes… should we go on? The bottom line is that the Zeta SL has a laundry list of highly functional features at a competitive weight for a backcountry rain jacket.
Read our review of the Zeta FL jacket and the Zeta SL jacket.
Beta AR Jacket | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $419 (Reg. $599)
- Weight: 16 oz
The Beta AR isn’t the lightest rain jacket, but it lasts forever, breathes well, and doesn’t readily wet out. It’s also packed with useful features, like an articulated fit and gusseted underarms for easy movement and a helmet-compatible billed hood. And yes, it has the all-important pit zips (!!), so you can unzip the underarm area to dump heat easily. It even has a friggin’ suede chin guard, guys, so you don’t rub your chin raw when you zip the jacket up. If that’s not attention to detail, we don’t know what is. You can save nearly $200 on the Beta AR this week during the sale.
Men’s Delta LT Fleece Hoodie | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $110 (Reg. $160)
- Weight: 9.7 oz
You can wear this lightweight Polartec fleece as a summerweight jacket or a standalone base layer in colder conditions. We think it’s best suited to the latter. The fleece’s next to skin softness and extra features like the hood, full zipper, and zippered pockets (including a sleeve pocket) give this garment a boost in warmth, functionality, and versatility over traditional base layer tops. If the idea of a hooded base layer seems excessive to you, the hoodless Arc’teryx Delta LT Jacket is also on sale this week.
Men’s Squamish Hoodie | 30% Off
- Sale Price: $110 (Reg. $160)
- Weight: 4.9 oz
Sometimes you just need a good wind shell: something to protect you from biting gusts without trapping you in a prison of your own sweat like a rain jacket would. But it has to be lightweight if you want to justify the addition of yet another outer layer to your base weight. The Squamish delivers on all fronts. Lightweight, breathable Travato 30 ripstop nylon gives you just the right amount of protection. It’s even treated with a DWR finish to ward off light rain and mist. It also features a soft brim hood and a zippered chest pocket. If you’re not convinced yet, it’s also probably the only lightweight backpacking wind shell that could plausibly be described as “stylish.”
A Quick Guide to Arc’teryx Abbreviations
Most Arc’teryx apparel has a two-letter designation after the model name that describes the weight and best use of the item. There are quite a few of them, but here are a few of the most common designations you’ll encounter.
- AR = All Round (emphasis on versatility and durability)
- LT = Lightweight (self-explanatory)
- SL = Superlight (emphasis on weight shaving ultralight-ness)
- FL = Fast and Light
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