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The name of Thorium AR has been changed to Thorium for winter 2023. There has also been some design updates:
- A two way zipper is added, which to me is the main (and the strangest) highlight,
- An external chest pocket is added,
- Fit is now a little bit baggier,
- Baffles are a bit larger (see image below),
- Hood is now helmet compatible,
- Amount of 750 FP down is increased from 130 grams to 140 grams,
- Made more eco-friendly.
There has also been subtle changes in the weight (slight increase) and center back length (slight decrease). Check out the jackets database table below for more details about them.
Thorium Parka is also just in! Here's the Thorium vs Thorium Parka vs Thorium AR side-by-side comparison page on arcteryx.com: https://arcteryx.com/us/en/compare/X000006585-bitters/X000006919-black/X000006972-figment
Even if Arc'teryx decides to discontinue the Thorium AR in the future, its second hand will live pretty long because of its popularity and durability.
Arc'teryx Thorium is a fantastic, warm down jacket for casual use in dry areas. It's comfortable, light, stuffs into itself and is even equipped with a two way zipper.
I wouldn't recommend it for damp areas at all though. Because it soaks water like a sponge (as all down jackets do). Don't think about it for high output activities either (fragile face fabric and poor breathability).
FYI, Thorium isn't the only down jacket line Arc'teryx offers. There's the Cerium line, too - which is a lighter and less warm alternative to it.
- Thorium vs Cerium side by side comparison page on arcteryx.com: https://arcteryx.com/us/en/compare/X000006972-figment/X000006919-black
Thorium is pretty warm, especially for its weight. This isn't surprising news for any down jacket as they offer incredible warmth to weight ratio.
Check out its temperature rating below:
|Name||Est. Temp (F/C)||Review||Pit venting?||Stuffs into itself?||Two way zipper?||Type||Fill Power||Fill Weight (grams)||Fill Volume (FP x FW)||Synthetic Insulator (SI)||SI Amount||Face Fabric||Activity||Fit||Weight||Length (CB)|
|Arc'teryx Alpha (Men's - Women's)||-18/-28||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||850||296||251,600||Coreloft||90 g/m²||N30r 2L GoreTex Infinium||Climbing||Regular||805 g / 1 lb 12.4 oz||86 cm / 34 in|
|Feathered Friends Khumbu||-17/-27||No||Yes||No||Down||900||378||340,200||Primaloft Gold||200 g||Pretex Shield XT||All Round||Regular||960 g / 2 lb 2 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Ceres SV (Men's - Women's)||-15/-26||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||850||240||204,000||Coreloft||?||Arato 30||All Round||Regular||880 g / 1 lb 15 oz||86 cm / 34 in|
|Mountain Equipment K7 (Men's)||-13/-25||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||300||240,000||N/A||N/A||30D Drilite||All Round||Regular||820 g / 1 lb 13 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Rab Positron Pro (Men's)||-13/-25||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||300||240,000||N/A||N/A||40D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||740 g / 1 lb 10 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Therme SV (Men's)||-11/-24||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||211||158,250||Coreloft||60 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.072 kg / 2 lb 5.8 oz||96 cm / 37.75 in|
|Patagonia Grade VII (Men's)||-11/-24||No||No||Yes||Down||800||335||268,000||N/A||N/A||1.2 oz 15 & 20D Perfex Quantum||Around Town||Regular||743 g / 1 lb 10.1 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Firebee AR (Men's - Women's)||-10/-23||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||225||180,000||N/A||N/A||Arato 7 & 10||All Round||Regular||680 g / 1 lb 8 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Mountain Equipment Exo (Men's)||-10/-23||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||265||212,000||N/A||N/A||Nylon||All Round||Regular||770 g / 1 lb 11.2 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Arc'teryx Thorsen (Men's)||-7/-22||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||192||144,000||Coreloft||60 g/m²||90D 2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.1 kg / 2 lb 5.4 oz||91 cm / 36 in|
|Patagonia Frozen Range (Men's - Women's)||-6/-21||Review||No||No||No||Parka||700||268||187,600||N/A||N/A||4 oz 75-denier polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.253 kg / 2 lb 12.2 oz||84 cm / 33 in|
|Mountain Equipment Li. Ec. (Men's - Women's)||-5/-20||No||No||Yes||Down||700||295||206,500||N/A||N/A||50D Drilite||All Round||Regular||822 g / 1 lb 13 oz||72 cm / 28 in|
|Arc'teryx Patera Long (Women's)||-2/-19||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||74||55,500||Coreloft||60 + 80 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.1 kg / 2 lb 6.8 oz||117.5 cm / 46.25 in|
|Rab Neutrino Pro (Men's - Women's)||-2/-19||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||212||169,600||N/A||N/A||20D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||585 g / 1 lb 8.6 oz||77 cm / 30.3 in|
|Arc'teryx Dually Belay (Men's)||0/-18||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||ThermaTek||92 g/m²||30D Nylon||Around Town||Regular||705 g / 1 lb 9 oz||84 cm / 33 in|
|Arc'teryx Centrale (Women's)||0/-18||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||157||117,750||Coreloft||60 g/m²||N90p Nylon||Around Town||Regular||885 g / 1 lb 15.2 oz||95 cm / 37.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Camosun (Men's)||0/-18||Review||No||No||No||Parka||750||105||78,750||Coreloft||140 g/m²||N150p-X Gore-Tex||Around Town||Trim||960 g / 2 lb 1.9 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium SV (Men's)||0/-18||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||850||162||137,700||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||Arato 7 & 10||All Round||Regular||415 g / 14.6 oz||69.5 cm / 27.4 in|
|Arc'teryx Revet (Men's)||2/-17||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||?||N/A||N/A||20d nylon/spandex double weave||Around Town||Regular||755 g / 1 lb 10.6 oz||91 cm / 36 in|
|Arc'teryx Piedmont (Men's)||3/-16||No||Yes||Yes||Parka||750||218||163,500||N/A||N/A||Arato 10||Around Town||Regular||515 g / 1 lb 2.2 oz||82 cm / 32.25 in|
|Arc'teryx Fission SV (Men's - Women's)||3/-16||Review||No||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||90 + 65 g/m²||N80p-X Gore-Tex 2L||All Round||Regular||890 g / 1 lb 15.4 oz||81 cm / 31.8 in|
|Arc'teryx Alpha Lightweight (Men's)||3/-16||No||Yes||Yes||Down||850||117||99,450||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||Hadron 2L Gore-Tex Infinium||Climbing||Regular||540 g / 1 lb 3 oz||?|
|Outdoor Research Sup. Alp. (Men's - Women's)||3/-16||No||No||Yes||Down||800||182||145,600||N/A||N/A||30D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||825 g / 1 lb 13.1 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Alessa Long (Women's)||3/-16||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 120 g/m²||N90p 2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||1.015 kg / 2 lb 3.8 oz||123 cm / 48.5 in|
|Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 (Men's - Women's)||3/-16||Review||No||No||No||Parka||700||118||82,600||N/A||N/A||5.5 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.307 kg / 2 lb 14.1 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Radsten Parka (Men's)||3/-16||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||120 g/m²||NP100d Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Regular||745 g / 1 lb 10.3 oz||82 cm / 32.25 in|
|Rab Electron Pro (Men's - Women's)||5/-15||No||Yes||Yes||Down||800||180||144,000||N/A||N/A||20D Pertex Quantum Pro||All Round||Regular||525 g / 1 lb 2.5 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Therme Parka (Men's)||5/-15||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||120||90,000||Coreloft||60 + 80 g/m²||P75d Polyester||Around Town||Regular||991 g / 2 lb 3 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Macai (Men's)||5/-15||Review||Yes, zips||No||No||Down||750||69||51,750||Coreloft Compact||60 + 100 g/m²||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Ski/Snowboard||Regular||1 kg / 2 lb 4 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Arc'teryx Nuclei SV (Men's)||5/-15||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||180 g/m2 + 90 g/m2||Arato 15||Climbing||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||81 cm / 31.8 in|
|Patagonia DAS Parka (Men's)||5/-15||No||Yes||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco||133 + 40 g||Pertex Quantum Pro||Around Town||Regular||555 g / 1lb 3.6 oz||84 cm / 33 in|
|Arc'teryx Patera (Women's)||5/-15||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||58||43,500||Coreloft||60 + 80 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Trim||867 g / 1 lb 14.6 oz||93 cm / 37 in|
|Black Diamond Access Down (Men's - Women's)||7/-14||No||Yes||Yes||Down||700||155||108,500||N/A||N/A||30D ripstop nylon||All Round||Regular||442 g / 15.6 oz||76 cm / 29.75 in|
|Arc'teryx Kappa (Men's)||7/-14||Review||No||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||140 g/m²||N70p Gore Thermium||All Round||Regular||755 g / 1 lb 10.6 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Prema Down Coat (Women's)||7/-14||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||92||69,000||N/A||N/A||Nylon||Around Town||Regular||794 g / 1 lb 12 oz||117 cm / 46.1 in|
|Arc'teryx Radsten Insulated (Men's)||7/-14||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||120 g/m²||NP100d Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Regular||715 g / 1 lb 9.2 oz||73 cm / 28.75 in|
|Rab Microlight Alpine (Men's - Women's)||7/-14||No||Yes||No||Down||700||153||107,100||N/A||N/A||30D Pertex Quantum||All Round||Regular||466 g / 1 lb 0.5 oz||72 cm / 28.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Thorium (Men's - Women's)||7/-14||Review||No||Yes||Yes||Down||750||140||105,000||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||Arato 30||All Round||Regular||517 g / 1 lb 2.2 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in|
|Feathered Friends Eos||8/-13||No||Yes||No||Down||900||105||94,500||N/A||N/A||Pertex Quantum||All Round||Regular||306 g / 10.8 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Thorium AR (Men's - Women's)||8/-13||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||750||130||97,500||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||Arato 30||All Round||Regular||490 g / 1 lb 1.3 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|Patagonia Macro Puff (Men's - Women's)||8/-13||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PlumaFill||135 + 90 g||10D Recycled nylon ripstop||All Round||Regular||435 g / 15.3 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Arc'teryx Macai LT (Men's)||8/-13||Yes, zips||No||No||Down||750||49||36,750||Coreloft Compact||60 g/m²||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Ski/Snowboard||Regular||855 g / 1 lb 14.2 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in|
|Arc'teryx Seyla (Women's)||8/-13||No||No||Yes||Parka||750||92||69,000||N/A||N/A||Arato 10||Around Town||Regular||507 g / 1 lb. 1.9 oz.||87 cm / 34.4 in|
|Patagonia Fitz Roy (Men's - Women's)||8/-13||No||Yes||No||Down||800||128||102,400||N/A||N/A||20D Nylon||All Round||Regular||632 g / 1lb 6.3 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Koda (Men's)||8/-13||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||N80p-X Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||720 g / 1 lb 9.4 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia Vosque 3-in-1 (Women's)||10/-12||Review||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||ThermoLite||100 g||65% nylon, 35% polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.360 kg / 3 lb||90 cm / 35.5 in|
|Patagonia City Storm Down (Men's - Women's)||12/-11||No||Yes||No||Parka||700||191||133,700||N/A||N/A||4.2 oz polyester||All Round||Regular||468 g / 16.5 oz||91 cm / 36 in|
|Patagonia Jackson Glacier (Men's - Women's)||12/-11||Review||No||No||Yes||Parka||700||141||98,700||N/A||N/A||3.6 oz 50D polyester||Around Town||Regular||880 g / 1 lb 15 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Arc'teryx Sensa (Women's)||14/-10||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||120 g/m²||NP100d Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Relaxed||785 g / 1 lb 11.7 oz||86 cm / 34 in|
|Patagonia Hi Loft Down (Men's - Women's)||14/-10||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||600||177||106,200||N/A||N/A||1.4 oz 30D polyester||All Round||Regular||540 g / 1 lb 3 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|REI Magma 850 Hoodie 2.0 (Men's - Women's)||14/-10||No||Yes||No||Down||850||120||102,000||N/A||N/A||Pertex mini ripstop nylon||All Round||Regular||340 g / 13.75 oz||74 cm / 29.25 in|
|Arc'teryx Beta Insulated Coat (Women's)||16/-9||Review||No||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 g/m² + 120 g/m²||2L 40D Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Atom AR (Men's - Women's)||18/-8||Review||Yes, mesh||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||120 g/m2 + 80 g/m2 + 60 g/m2||30D Tyono||All Round||Regular||475 g / 1 lb||74 cm / 29.1 in|
|Patagonia Downdrift (Men's - Women's)||18/-8||No||No||No||Down||600||279||167,400||N/A||N/A||4.2 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||1.014 kg / 2 lb 3.8 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Magnus (Men's)||19/-7||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 g||N60p Gore-Tex 2L||Around Town||Regular||690 g / 1 lb 8.3 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Agrium (Men's - Women's)||21/-6||No||Yes||No||Down||850||117||99,450||N/A||N/A||Arato||All Round||Regular||365 g / 12.9 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia AlpLight Down (Men's - Women's)||21/-6||No||Yes||No||Down||800||100||80,000||N/A||N/A||0.8 oz 10D polyester||All Round||Slim||270 g / 9.5 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Beta Insulated (Men's - Women's)||21/-6||Review||Yes, zips||No||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||80 g/m²||2L 40D Gore-Tex||All Round||Regular||680 g / 1 lb 8 oz||78.5 cm / 31 in|
|Patagonia Topley (Men's)||23/-5||No||No||Yes||Down||700||172||120,400||N/A||N/A||6 oz polyester||All Round||Regular||1.133 kg / 2 lb 8 oz||77 cm / 30.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Alpha IS (Men's)||23/-5||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||65 g/m²||N40p-X 2L Gore-Tex||Climbing||Regular||610 g / 1 lb 5.5 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in|
|Rab Xenon 2.0 (Men's - Women's)||23/-5||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PrimaLoft Silver||60 g||30D Pertex Quantum||All Round||Regular||385 g / 13.6 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in|
|Patagonia Down Sweater (Men's - Women's)||23/-5||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||800||150||120,000||N/A||N/A||1.4 oz 20x30D polyester||All Round||Regular||428 g / 15.1 oz||67 cm / 26.25 in|
|Arc'teryx Ralle Parka (Men's)||25/-4||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 g/m²||2L 40D Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||735 g / 1 lb 9.9 oz||?|
|Patagonia Silent Down (Men's - Women's)||26/-3||Review||No||No||No||Down||700||109||76,300||N/A||N/A||2.2 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||585 g / 1 lb 4.7 oz||74 cm / 29 in|
|Arc'teryx Therme Insulated (Men's)||26/-3||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||960 g / 2 lb 1.9 oz||73 cm / 28.75 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium (Men's - Women's)||26/-3||No||Yes||No||Down||850||113||96,050||Coreloft||80 + 100 g/m²||Arato 15||All Round||Trim||335 g / 11.8 oz||?|
|Mountain Hardwear GW/2 (Men's - Women's)||28/-2||No||Yes||No||Down||800||85||68,000||N/A||N/A||10D Ripstop Nylon||All Round||Trim||250 g / 8.8 oz||70 cm / 27.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium LT (Men's - Women's)||28/-2||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||850||102||86,700||Coreloft||80 + 100 g/m²||Arato 10||All Round||Trim||305 g / 10.8 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|Arc'teryx Nuclei FL (Men's - Women's)||32/0||Review||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||65 g/m²||Arato 10r||Climbing||Trim||325 g / 11.5 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia DAS Light (Men's - Women's)||34/1||No||Yes||Yes||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PlumaFill||65 g||0.8-oz 10-denier Pertex Quantum Pro||Climbing||Regular||320 g / 11.3 oz||77 cm / 30.5 in|
|Patagonia Micro Puff (Men's - Women's)||36/2||Review||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PlumaFill||65 g||Pertex Quantum||All Round||Trim||298 g / 10.5 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Patagonia Isthmus (Men's)||36/2||No||No||No||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||ThermoGreen||60 g||4.2 oz polyester||Around Town||Regular||895 g / 1 lb 15.6 oz||70 cm / 27.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Proton LT (Men's - Women's)||37/3||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||80 g/m2 + 60 g/m2||Fortius Air 20||Climbing||Trim||375 g / 13.2 oz||75 cm / 29.4 in|
|Patagonia Nano Puff (Men's - Women's)||37/3||Review||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco||60 g||22D Polyester||All Round||Regular||363 g / 12.8 oz||71.5 cm / 28 in|
|Arc'teryx Norvan SL Ins. (Men's - Women's)||39/4||No||Yes||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||Gore-Tex ShakeDry||Running||Trim||270 g / 9.5 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in|
|Patagonia Nano Air (Men's - Women's)||41/5||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||FullRange||60 g||33D Nylon ripstop||All Round||Trim||318 g / 11.2 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Atom LT (Men's - Women's)||43/6||Review||Yes, mesh||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Continuous||60 g/m²||20D Tyono||All Round||Trim||375 g / 13.2 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in|
|Arc'teryx Cerium SL (Men's - Women's)||43/6||Review||No||Yes||No||Down||850||58||49,300||Coreloft||40 + 100 g/m²||Arato 7||All Round||Trim||215 g / 7.6 oz||69 cm / 27.2 in|
|Arc'teryx Proton Hybrid (Men's - Women's)||46/8||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||Fortius™ Air 50||All Round||Trim||365 g / 12.9 oz||?|
|Arc'teryx Proton FL (Men's)||48/9||Review||No||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Octa Loft||94 g/m²||Fortius Air 20||Climbing||Trim||323 g / 11.4 oz||77 cm / 30.4 in|
|Arc'teryx Atom SL (Men's - Women's)||52/11||Review||Yes, mesh||No||No||Synthetic||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft Compact||40 g/m²||20D Tyono||All Round||Trim||245 g / 8.6 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|REI Stormhenge Hybrid (Men's - Women's)||Testing||Yes, zips||No||No||Down||850||?||N/A||N/A||40D + 80D||All Round||Regular||900 g / 1 lb 15.75 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
|Arc'teryx Monitor Insulated (Women's)||Testing||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 100 g/m²||40D 3L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Oversized||645 g / 1 lb 6.8 oz||93 cm / 37 in|
|Arc'teryx Coelle (Women's)||Testing||No||No||Yes||Parka||N/A||N/A||N/A||Coreloft||80 + 140 g/m²||40D 2L Gore-Tex||Around Town||Regular||460 g / 1 lb 0.2 oz||93 cm / 37 in|
View full table at https://outdoorcrunch.com/best-arcteryx-jacket/.
If you're confused now and don't know which jacket best corresponds to your own needs, then follow the advice given in https://arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/jacket-finder/.
The temperature ratings in this list are intended to represent the lowest temperatures you can wear each jacket without feeling uncomfortably cold.
Keep in mind that these are only approximate values, assuming:
- worn over a shirt only and no shell over,
- during daily use (strolls, power walks etc at most - no high output activities),
- with light wind,
- and when it's dry out.
These values applicable to your torso only. Your hands, legs and feet are still subject to their own additional insulation.
The best practice is usually to use this table for comparing each jacket to one another, rather than pinpointing their ratings.
Also, ratings will best respond to males. As most women tend to run colder than men, for women, shifting these ratings a bit is recommended.
Always opt for the warmer option when in doubt. For jackets with Atom AR level warmth and beyond, recommended is almost always the hooded models.
- Also see: Arc'teryx Shells
|Name||Bottom line||Activity||Review||Breathability||Weather Res.||Durability||Packability||Temp (F/C)||Pit zips?||Two way zipper?||Stuffs into itself?||Hood?||Face Fabric||Fit||Weight||Length||Measurements|
|Alpha FL (Men's - Women's)||Climbing||4/10||5/10||6/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||StormHood||Hadron 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||209 g / 7.4 oz||76.5 cm / 30 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Alpha SL (Men's - Women's)||Climbing||3/10||4/10||6/10||9/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||StormHood||N40p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||326 g / 11.5 oz||77.5 cm / 30.5 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Alpha AR (Men's - Women's)||Go-to climbing harshell.||Climbing||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||4/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N40d & N80d Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||430 g / 15.2 oz||79.5 cm / 31.25 in||[Men's]|
|Alpha SV (Men's - Women's)||Strongest climbing hardshell.||Climbing||Review||8/10||10/10||10/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N100d Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||510 g / 1 lb 2 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in||[Men's]|
|Alpha IS (Men's)||Climbing||7/10||5/10||5/10||8/10||23/-5||No||Yes||Yes||StormHood||N40p-X 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||610 g / 1 lb 5.5 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in|
|Beta (Men's - Women's)||All Round||5/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N30p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||300 g / 10.6 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta Long (Men's)||All Round||Review||5/10||8/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||441 g / 15.6 oz||85 cm / 33.5 in|
|Beta Coat (Women's)||All Round||7/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||Yes||No||StormHood||3L Gore-Tex||Regular||320 g / 11.3 oz||?||[Men's / Women's]|
|Beta LT Hadron (Men's - Women's)||All Round||5/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Hadron 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||255g / 9 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta LT (Men's - Women's)||Beta AR alternative.||All Round||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||5/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N40d 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||395 g / 13.9 oz||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta Insulated (Men's - Women's)||Best insulated shell.||All Round||10/10||4/10||4/10||2/10||21/-6||Yes||Yes||No||StormHood||N40d 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||680 g / 1 lb 8 oz||78.5 cm / 31 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Beta Insulated Coat (Women's)||Beta Insulated alternative.||All Round||7/10||4/10||4/10||2/10||16/-9||No||Yes||No||StormHood||N40d 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||?||[Men's / Women's]|
|Beta AR (Men's - Women's)||Go-to all-round harshell.||All Round||Review||8/10||8/10||8/10||4/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N40r-X & N80p-X Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||460 g / 1 lb||76 cm / 30 in|
|Beta SV (Men's - Women's)||Strongest all-round harshell.||All Round||Review||8/10||10/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p-X Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||495 g / 1 lb 1.5 oz||79 cm / 31 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Alpine Guide (Men's - Women's)||All Round||8/10||10/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80d-X Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||480g / 1 lb 0.9 oz||?||[Men's]|
|Gamma SL (Men's - Women's)||A trimmer Gamma LT.||All Round||Review||7/10||2/10||6/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Fortius 1.0||Trim||310 g / 10.9 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Gamma LT (Men's)||A fleeceless, trimmer Gamma MX.||All Round||Review||7/10||3/10||7/10||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Wee Burly||Regular||545 g / 1 lb 3.2 oz||76 cm / 30 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Gamma MX (Men's - Women's)||A softshell with a fleece.||All Round||Review||6/10||4/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||Fortius 2.0||Regular||555 g / 1 lb 3.6 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Rush (Men's - Women's)||Go-to ski jacket.||Skiing||Review||8/10||9/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p-X & N100p-X 3L Most Rugged Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||590 g / 1 lb 4.8 oz||79.5 cm / 31.25 in||[Men's]|
|Sabre (Men's)||Alternative to Rush.||Skiing||8/10||8/10||8/10||2/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||705 g / 1 lb 8.9 oz||79 cm / 31 in|
|Sentinel (Women's)||Skiing||8/10||8/10||8/10||2/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||370 g / 13.1 oz||?|
|Macai (Men's)||Go-to insulated ski jacket.||Skiing||Review||10/10||8/10||9/10||1/10||5/-15||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||1 kg / 2 lb 3.3 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in|
|Macai LT (Men's)||A lighter Macai with StormHood.||Skiing||8/10||7/10||8/10||1/10||8/-13||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||855 g / 1 lb 14.2 oz||?||[Men's]|
|Andessa (Women's)||Go-to insulated ski jacket.||Skiing||10/10||Testing||Testing||1/10||8/-13||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N40d 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||869 g / 1 lb 14.7 oz||?|
|Andessa Shell (Women's)||Non-insulated Andessa.||Skiing||5/10||Testing||Testing||3/10||N/A||No||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||560 g / 1 lb 3.8 oz||?|
|Theriss Down (Women's)||Skiing||8/10||6/10||7/10||2/10||Testing||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||709 g / 1 lb 9 oz||?|
|Rush IS (Women's)||An insulated Rush.||Skiing||5/10||Testing||Testing||9/10||16/-9||No||No||Yes||StormHood||Gore-Tex Infinium||Regular||515 g / 1 lb 2.2 oz||?|
|Sentinel IS (Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||21/-6||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||600 g / 1 lb 5.2 oz||?||[Women's]|
|Ski Guide (Men's - Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N80d Most Rugged 3L Gore-Tex Pro||Regular||570 g / 1 lb 4.1 oz||?|
|Micon Heather||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||NP100-d 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||685 g / 1 lb 8.2 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in||[Men's]|
|Micon (Men's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||685 g / 1 lb 8.2 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in||[Men's]|
|Cassiar (Men's)||Skiing||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||820 g / 1 lb 12.9 oz||74.5 cm / 29.3 in||[Women's]|
|Cassiar LT (Men's)||Skiing||Review||6/10||6/10||6/10||5/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||605 g / 1 lb 5.3 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in||[Women's]|
|Ravenna (Women's)||Skiing||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70s-4 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||725 g / 1 lb 9.6 oz||69.5 cm / 27.4 in||[Men's]|
|Ravenna LT (Women's)||Skiing||Review||6/10||6/10||6/10||5/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||DropHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||540 g / 1 lb 3 oz||69 cm / 27.2 in||[Men's]|
|Procline (Men's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||720 g / 1 lb 9.4 oz||76 cm / 30 in||[Women's]|
|Shashka Stretch (Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||670 g / 1 lb 7.6 oz||71 cm / 28 in||[Women's]|
|Sabre AR (Men's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||7/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||700 g / 1 lb 8.7 oz||79 cm / 31 in||[Men's]|
|Sentinel AR (Women's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||7/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N70p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||590 g / 1 lb 4.8 oz||72.5 cm / 28.5 in||[Women's]|
|Sabre LT (Men's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||8/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||660 g / 1 lb 7.3 oz||83 cm / 32.5 in|
|Sentinel LT (Women's)||Skiing||Review||7/10||8/10||7/10||8/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 3L Gore-Tex||Regular||565 g / 1 lb 3.9 oz||73.5 cm / 29 in|
|Incendia (Women's)||Skiing||Review||8/10||9/10||9/10||3/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||NP100d 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||610 g / 1 lb 5.5 oz||79 cm / 31 in||[Women's]|
|Indencia IS||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Yes||No||No||StormHood||N80p 2L Gore-Tex||Regular||?||78 cm / 30.75 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Norvan LT (Men's - Women's)||Go-to running jacket.||Running||5/10||5/10||8/10||6/10||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||N13p 3L Gore-Tex||Fitted||190 g / 6.7 oz||?||[Women's]|
|Squamish (Men's - Women's)||Trimmer, lighter, packable running jacket.||Running||Review||5/10||4/10||7/10||9/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||StormHood||30D Tyono||Trim||140 g / 4.9 oz||77.5 cm / 30.5 in||[Women's]|
|Norvan SL Ins. (Women's)||Running||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||39/4||No||No||Yes||Standard||Gore-Tex ShakeDry||Trim||270 g / 9.5 oz||71.5 cm / 28.1 in||[Women's]|
|Cita (Women's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||5/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Lumin||Trim||120 g / 4.2 oz||67.5 cm / 26.5 in||[Men's]|
|Cita SL (Women's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||4/10||10/10||N/A||Yes||No||Yes||Standard||Permeair 20||Trim||65 g / 2.3 oz||61.5 cm / 24.2 in||[Men's]|
|Incendo (Men's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||5/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Lumin||Trim||125 g / 4.4 oz||?|
|Incendo SL (Men's)||Running||Review||7/10||4/10||4/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Permair 20 & Canim||Trim||80 g / 2.8 oz||73 cm / 28.75 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Norvan SL (Men's - Women's)||Running||Review||7/10||6/10||8/10||8/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||120 g / 4.2 oz||77 cm / 30.4 in||[Women's]|
|Trino SL (Men's)||Running||Review||8/10||5/10||7/10||6/10||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||340 g / 12 oz||74 cm / 29.1 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Trino SL Anorak (Women's)||Running||Review||8/10||7/10||8/10||7/10||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Trim||290 g / 10.2 oz||65 cm / 25.5 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Nodin (Men's - Women's)||Running||8/10||5/10||5/10||10/10||N/A||No||No||Yes||Standard||20D Tyono||Trim||155 g / 5.5 oz||75 cm / 29.5 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Solano (Men's - Women's)||Around Town||Review||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex Infinium||Relaxed||355 g / 12.5 oz||72 cm / 28.3 in|
|Venda Anorak (Women's)||Around Town||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||N/A||No||No||No||Standard||Gore-Tex||Relaxed||255 g / 9 oz||75.5 cm / 29.7 in|
|Zeta FL (Men's - Women's)||Hiking||4/10||6/10||4/10||6/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N20r 2L Gore-Tex||Trim||221 g / 7.8 oz||76 cm / 30 in||[Men's / Women's]|
|Zeta SL (Men's - Women's)||Hiking||Review||3/10||5/10||4/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||2L Gore-Tex||Trim||310 g / 10.9 oz||77.8 cm / 30.6 in||[Men's]|
|Zeta LT (Men's - Women's)||Hiking||5/10||7/10||8/10||5/10||N/A||No||No||No||StormHood||N40P-X 3L Gore-Tex||Trim||335 g / 11.8 oz||78 cm / 30.75 in||[Men's]|
|Zeta AR (Men's)||Hiking||7/10||8/10||7/10||4/10||N/A||Yes||No||No||StormHood||3L Gore-Tex||Regular||425 g / 15 oz||80 cm / 31.5 in|
When it gets soaked in water (e.g use under precipitation), not only it lets the water in, but it also loses insulating power. That's because down provides warmth by trapping air in its vacant spots, and water, as you can guess, interferes with that mechanism.
If you'd like to read more about the working principles of down insulated jackets (or synthetic insulated jackets for that matter) check out this article: https://outdoorcrunch.com/jackets/
In addition to down, Thorium is also insulated with Coreloft, a synthetic insulator made by Arc'teryx. Just like all synthetic insulators, Coreloft too is much more weather resistant compared to down, and doesn't lose insulating capability under wet conditions.
If you'd like to read more about Coreloft and other synthetic insulators as well as their working principles, check out the article https://outdoorcrunch.com/clo-values/ in addition to the article I've shared above.
- 13 Mar 2023: I've been to Pfander and floodplain forests with my Nuclei SV
- 13 Dec 2022: Arc'teryx Alpha Parka Review: The most impressive jacket of all time
- 8 Dec 2022: Arc'teryx ReGEAR: OutdoorCrunch exclusive promo code!
- 7 Nov 2022: 2023 Thorium Hoody is in - as well as the new Thorium Parka (yes, parka)
- 2 Nov 2022: Beta Insulated Jacket: Pit zips AND two way zipper!
- 7 October 2022: Proton Hybrid Hoody is live! The ultimate do it all?
- 5 October 2022: DropHood vs StormHood: Pros/cons and best uses
- 5 September 2022: Reviewing Arc'teryx Fall Winter 22/23 Gear
- 5 August 2022: 5 things all Arc'teryx newbies should know
- #A sidenote here: Arc'teryx's PDF guide to jackets is GOOOLLLLDDDDD. Absolutely check that out too if you're interested in buying one.
This brings me to the next point.
Weather & abrasion resistance
The point of reinforcing a down jacket with synthetic insulators is to provide it at least a little bit of a weather resistance. Because no matter where you live, you don't want to be completely vulnerable to unexpected weather changes. ZERO protection against precipitation is usually unacceptable.
Reinforcements made in Thorium accomplishes this pretty well.
We experienced all sorts of snow, rain and drizzle (welcome to Iceland in March) and Thorium did a pretty good job in terms of withstanding it for, say, up to half an hour on average.
If you need a much more weather resistant jacket with at least the same amount of warmth, then you must forget about down jackets. I'd recommend you to check out Nuclei SV (Men's) and Atom AR (Men's - Women's - read my review) in that case.
In terms of wind resistance, it's solid and won't cause you any problems, although it's not as solid as wind-proofing focused jackets such as the Nuclei FL (Men's - Women's - read my review).
Thorium is the first of its kind in this regard.
It's the first light-Arc'teryx-down-jacket that is EVER offered with a two way zipper.
I've long been mad about Arc'teryx's approach on two way zippers, especially for men's counterparts (almost all of women's parkas offer one but this isn't the case for men's parkas, for example).
I didn't expect a move like this. Thank you Arc'teryx!
Now there is a downside to having a two way zipper. It tends to break more often and easily. But I don't see this being a problem unless you're planning to use the jacket for 5+ years.
It also takes a bit more time to zip it up compared to the ordinary one way zippers. Especially if you have gloves. Two way zippers sometimes do feel annoying to me, but the breathability and comfort advantages also cannot be overlooked.
I also say comfort in addition to breathability in here because being able to keep the only upper half of the jacket zipper and the lower half unzipped, it's so much more comfortable when sitting down.
The comfort difference in this regard is much more apparent with the longer jackets (mainly parkas), so don't expect day and night kind of difference with the Thorium in this regard since it's a rather shorter jacket.
I'm a big fan of jackets that stuff into themselves.
One thing to keep in mind in here though is that stuffing and unstuffing a jacket tens of thousands of times can take a toll on its insulating power over time. The ideal way to store a jacket is to hang it.
- Thorium vs Cerium side by side comparison page on arcteryx.com: https://arcteryx.com/us/en/compare/X000006972-figment/X000006919-black