Adaptable Layer: Arc’teryx Gamma SL Hoody

A hike can be a leisurely ramble on the flatlands or a hard-charging scramble up to a lookout or crag. Whatever your mission, you need protection that adapts to ever-shifting microclimates and sudden weather changes.

Men’s Gamma SL Hoody. Photo: Arc’teryx

You also need something packable, that will disappear inside your pack when you don’t need it. The Gamma SL Hoody, a superlight softshell, delivers. Its thin but durable Fortius 1.0 double weave (87% Nylon, 13% Elastane) resists wind and water, breathes, and offers four-way stretch. A StormHood adds protection without impacting peripheral vision, while the articulated trim fit and efficient design keep it streamlined on the move.

Women’s Gamma SL Hoody. Photo: Arc’teryx

Our recommended uses for the Gamma SL include hiking, trail running, paddling, as a back-up layer for late-season ski touring when you’re changing elevation frequently, and camping—this is a multi-use layer you can pack for trips from spring through fall. It isn’t meant to be a rainshell, but will keep off drizzle and dry quickly.

Check the latest from Arc’teryx for spring/summer here.

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