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Arc'teryx Tenquille Hoody Review

A lightweight and weather resistant softshell that offers top performance for a wide range of applications.
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Price:  $175 List
Pros:  Great for general use, lightweight, weather resistant
Cons:  Cuffs not adjustable, no hood drawstrings
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 23, 2019
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 7
  • Breathability - 30% 9
  • Mobility - 20% 8
  • Weight - 10% 10
  • Features - 5% 4
  • Style - 5% 5

Our Verdict

Arc'teryx dropped the Tenquille Hoody from their lineup as of early 2020.

The Arc'teryx Tenquille Hoody is an incredibly lightweight softshell jacket that moves a couple of steps away from the climbing-specific garments that Arc'teryx is known for, and is a much more generally useful jacket while still retaining some of the features and tailored fit that we have come to know and expect from this company. Using a proprietary Kauss polyester softshell material, the Tenquille is stretchy, mobile and comfortable. When the skies turn dark and the wind and light precipitation starts, you can be assured that the durable weave keeps the wind out and the DWR treatment sheds light moisture well.

It is light in weight, and it lacks some of the fancy features found on its heavier and more expensive cousins like the Gamma MX. It also doesn't offer the weather resistance that the Patagonia Galvanized provides — but for most 3 season use, the Tenquille is a great choice that deserves some consideration.


Our Analysis and Test Results

We took the Tenquille Hoody on overnight ski tours, fast and light winter peak ascents, and desert rambles. It performed admirably in all environments, and while it does not have the features that slightly more expensive or activity-specific models might have, it is an all-arounder, and it left us with an overall favorable impression.

Performance Comparison


This jacket is a great all-around option for those who want a quality softshell jacket.
This jacket is a great all-around option for those who want a quality softshell jacket.

Weather Protection


Arc'teryx is often seen as an innovator of materials, using their own proprietary fabrics in their garments, and especially in soft shells. For the Tenquille Hoody, a durable polyester fabric called Kauss was used. This tight weave is treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, the combination of which allows it to easily shed light rain and snow and block out all but the fiercest winds. We also appreciated that it has a zipper flap to aid in wind protection.

The exterior of the Tenquille does a good job at beading water off.
The exterior of the Tenquille does a good job at beading water off.

The cuffs are fitted and have elastic but do not seal around wrists (or gloves) as well as those with adjustable cuffs like the Rab Torque.

The cuffs are elastic and fit well  though don't give the option to wear over gloves like other models.
The cuffs are elastic and fit well, though don't give the option to wear over gloves like other models.

Breathability


The Tenquille Hoody was one of the most breathable jackets we tested, only being eclipsed in this metric by the Outdoor Research Ferrosi. The Kauss softshell material allows for easy transmission of perspiration from inside the jacket. Our test included some vigorous uphill ski tours, and we found that despite warm temperatures we were able to effectively regulate our comfort with the full-length front zipper.

The underarm panels are not weatherproof  but allow for excellent ventilation.
The underarm panels are not weatherproof, but allow for excellent ventilation.

Although there are no underarm zippers to dump heat from, there are stretchy elastic underarm panels that are quite effective at keeping air flowing through the areas that experience the most perspiration.

Mobility & Fit


This is billed as a regular fit, and it does allow for more room than a form-fitting model. We could comfortably wear a midweight fleece base layer underneath without feeling cramped or constricted. We appreciated the fact that it is lightweight and highly mobile, and its textured interior backing is comfortable against the skin while wearing a t-shirt.

Moving quickly through the mountains requires a breathable layer  and this jacket does a great job at letting perspiration pass through  keeping our base layers dry.
Moving quickly through the mountains requires a breathable layer, and this jacket does a great job at letting perspiration pass through, keeping our base layers dry.

While not specifically designed for climbing, the Tenquille still features the same attention to quality tailoring, and with its stretchy underarm panels, we found reaching high overhead to be no problem.

Weight & Packed Size


This jacket is one of the lightest softshells that we tested in our review. With a verified weight of .64 pounds, you could carry two of these jackets, and an extra GU packet for the same weight as the Gamma MX! Its scant weight is noticeable when it is being worn, and it works well as a heavier wind shell when layered over a light base like a t-shirt, but when it is in the pack it is easy to forget that it is there, making it a great choice to throw in in case the weather takes a turn for the worse while you are out on your hike.

Features


The Tenquille Hoody is not heavy on features, foregoing standard options like adjustable hood drawstrings or cuff closures. There is a hem adjustment and elastic fitted cuffs, though. Up in the front, there are two pockets that can be easily accessed with a harness or a backpack waistbelt on, and the zipper has the innovative No-Slip Zip, which keeps the zipper from falling down on its own.

The unique No-Slip zipper featured on this shell keeps it from sliding down on its own.
The unique No-Slip zipper featured on this shell keeps it from sliding down on its own.

Style


This is a versatile jacket; it can be used effectively in the mountains as well as in more casual settings. There are three subtle solid colors to choose from, and the look is clean and simple.

This is a great piece for summer  spring and fall hiking excursions  but is much more versatile than just on the trail.
This is a great piece for summer, spring and fall hiking excursions, but is much more versatile than just on the trail.

Value


Though relatively free of features, this jacket makes up for it with an unbelievably light weight. At a price of $175, it is not inexpensive, but it is only $45 more than the Best Buy winning Ferrosi Hoody with more reliable weather resistance.

Conclusion


This is a great summertime hiking softshell jacket and is one that can be used in the spring and fall when the weather forecast might look a bit more daunting. It is one of the lightest jackets we tested, and its above-average mobility makes it easy to recommend.


Ryan Huetter