The Squamish Hoody was our favorite jacket for Backcountry Skiing. Wait, but why are we recommending a windbreaker jacket for this kind of activity? Because this jacket is like a super lightweight version of their awesome Arc'teryx Alpha FL jacket, providing a viable skiing option for warm days and good weather. While it won't keep you dry in a blizzard, its gusseted athletic fit and superlative features, including a storm hood and Velcro wrist enclosures, are the best in this review. We love how its stretchy material and sleek fit move with your body, while there is still plenty of room underneath for laying up with warmth layers for those cold days. As it is so much lighter than a hardshell, we would happily recommend saving some weight and space by throwing it in the pack on sunny days and in the spring when ultra protection is simply not needed. Another jacket to consider is the Outdoor Research Helium II which is the same weight but waterproof.
Some new colors for the Squamish Hoody have arrived in time for windy spring forays in the outdoors. Arc'teryx confirmed with us that the colors are the only changes implemented in this update. With no changes in features, construction, or design, the performance of the new line of colors remains the same. The blue version pictured above is one of the latest colorways.