We have long loved the Gamma line of softshell jackets, and our reviewers have owned several iterations of this jacket in different weights, with and without hoods. The Arc'teryx Gamma MX is a refined, casual jacket. It's an excellent choice when out on a chilly trail run or a mountain bike ride, or on a trip to the cross-country ski center. It's versatile in the sense that it also is an excellent option for heading out on the town for a casual dinner with friends. This model includes well-thought-out features like a shoulder pocket for quick snacks or a ski pass and is tailored to fit snugly and provide excellent mobility.
We prefer the hooded version of the Gamma MX for any climbing activity or inclement weather, so for a similar jacket that does have a hood, consider the Marmot ROM or Mountain Hardwear Dragon, jackets which are climbing inspired and are a similar weight concerning materials. Read on below to find out what we liked best about the Gamma MX.