Arc'teryx Cerium Hoody - Women's Review
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Arc'teryx Cerium Hoody - Women's
|Price||$320.00 at Evo|
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$385.00 at Amazon
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|Pros||Lightweight, well-placed synthetic insulation, warm hood, easy to layer, great features and adjustability||Very warm, poofy and light, comfortable fit, mobility features, excellent adjustability||Very warm, super lightweight, highly compressible, versatile, great coverage, cozy and fluffy, high quality down, good wind resistance||Durable, weather resistant, athletic cut, good movement, versatile||Uncomplicated and effective design, thickly filled and puffy, layers well over thick fleece|
|Cons||Could be warmer, exterior material is relatively thin||May be too warm for mild climates, hood volume adjustment is velcro rather than toggle||Harder to layer under a shell, lacks specific-use features, can see down through light colors||Narrower baffles compress down, slightly lower quality (recycled) 700 fill down||No hood option, hip length lacks coverage, lower quality down, loses feathers readily, when packed has no carabiner loop|
|Bottom Line||An incredibly well-made and versatile down jacket, light enough for layering or useful alone in milder, less rugged conditions||An impressively warm jacket that offers a highly mobile fit, great adjustability, and cloud-like comfort||A very soft, poofy jacket that's filled with high-quality ultra-warm down and offers great everyday warmth in even the coldest climates||A durable, versatile, and very comfortable jacket that can handle many activities, from mountain to town||A pretty decent puffy jacket on a budget, though not without its flaws|
|Rating Categories||Arc'teryx Cerium Hoody||Rab Neutrino Pro -...||Feathered Friends Eos||Rab Microlight Alpine||REI Co-op 650 2.0|
|Weather Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Arc'teryx Cerium Hoody||Rab Neutrino Pro -...||Feathered Friends Eos||Rab Microlight Alpine||REI Co-op 650 2.0|
|Down Fill||850 fill European white goose down; Responsible Down Standard certified||800FP European Goose Down, hydrophobic Nikwax||900+ fill down||Recycled 700 fill power down||650 fill goose down; Responsible Down Standard certified|
|Outer Fabric||Arato 15D ripstop nylon, recycled with DWR treatment||20D recycled Pertex Quantum Pro, ripstop||Pertex Quantum brushed ripstop nylon with DWR||Recycled 30D nylon Pertex Quantum ripstop, DWR finish||Recycled nylon taffeta, DWR finish|
|Weight, size small (ounces)||9.8 oz||18.5 oz||10.3 oz||13.5 oz||9.9 oz|
|Hem Type||Drop hem (small)||Drop hem (large)||Drop hem (small)||Drop hem (large)||Drop hem (small); hip length|
|Fit||Trim / fitted||Regular||"Women's"||Active||Standard|
|Pockets||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered chest||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered chest||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 external zippered chest||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 external zippered chest||4; 2 zippered hand, 2 internal slip|
|Hood||Yes (hoodless option available)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Cuff Construction||Elastic||Elastic and velcro||Lycra (elastic)||Elastic (overhanging baffle)||Elastic|
|Adjustment Points||Dual hem bungees, elastic-rimmed hood, single back-of-hood bungee||Dual hem bungees, dual hood bungees, velcro back-of-hood, velcro cuffs||Dual hem bungees, dual hood bungees||Dual hem bungees, dual hood bungees||Dual hem bungees|
|Stow Option||Stuff sack included (drawstring); optional attachment inside chest pocket + carabiner loop||Stuff sack included (drawstring) + carabiner loop||Stuff sack included (drawstring) + carabiner loop||Stuff sack included (drawstring) + carabiner loop||Packs into hand pocket|
|Other Notable Features||Helmet-compatible hood, synthetic insulation in "areas where moisture may buildup"||Helmet-compatible hood, 2-way zipper, wire-stiffened projected hood brim, twisted sleeve baffles for greater mobility, felt chin guard, large velcro loop at nape of neck||N/A||Felt chin guard, wire-stiffened projected hood brim||N/A|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Arc'teryx Cerium Hoody is a midweight down jacket filled with RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certified 850 fill European white goose down, with synthetic Coreloft insulation across areas where moisture tends to build up. It's available as both a hooded (tested here) and a hoodless model. The Cerium's exterior is made of recycled Arato 15D ripstop nylon, and the whole piece weighs just 9.8 ounces. It is slightly longer than average, with a trim fit and subtle drop hem, and comes with a detachable drawstring stuff sack.
The Cerium is filled with high-quality 850 fill down, helping it to maintain loft even within its thinner construction. Though it's not a thick puffy jacket, it's deceptively warm, with each medium-width baffle densely filled. It also layers easily over and under other garments, making it a great mid-layer when you need something extra. The hood can be worn comfortably underneath a helmet and is warm and adaptable for all the times you're not wearing a helmet. It has an elastic rim to keep it cozy around your face and a single bungee on the back that adjusts the volume, fitting just as easily over a thick beanie with a pom pom on the back as it does your bare head. Dual hem bungees and a drop hem add coverage and warmth options. An elastic band is sewn inside each cuff to help protect your wrists against the cold.
With a 20D Arato liner, Arc'teryx claims the inside of the Cerium is "downproof". We don't yet have years of wearing experience to say that it will never fail, but during our extended testing period over several months, we never found a single feather poking out. The Cerium is subtly tapered at the waist, giving a little bit of extra room in the hips, which we appreciate. It has small underarm gussets that add a bit of mobility to the sleeves and a helmet-compatible hood that also comfortably fit over every size of beanie we could get our hands on. Slanted hand pockets are easier to access, and it's easy to layer a shell overtop of this mid-thickness jacket if needed. Though none of these features are particularly flashy, together they make the Cerium a very comfortable and versatile down jacket.
Weighing just 9.8 ounces (size Small), the Cerium Hoody is one of the lightest models we tested. We find this even more impressive because the few that weigh less are significantly colder to wear. It comes with a small stuff sack that can stay attached inside the internal chest pocket or be removed if you don't need to keep it with you. Packed away, the Cerium is a compact model and a great traveling companion.
Arc'teryx makes some big weather resistance claims about the Cerium, all of which it lived up to in our testing. Though it's not windproof, its mid-width densely packed baffles do a solid job keeping breezes at bay, while all the adjustable points on the hem and back of the hood add even more protection. The Arato 15D ripstop nylon exterior is treated with DWR, which did a great job repelling all water during both our lab and field testing. Arc'teryx has also placed synthetic insulation in strategic locations, and while they don't specify exactly where those areas are, having synthetic insulation to keep you warm even when wet can really come in handy.
The Cerium lacks many breathability-specific features but performs reasonably well. The underarm gussets have slightly less insulation, which can help — but only if your armpits are getting air, which means moving your arms away from your sides. In practice, we enjoyed wearing the Cerium on brisk walks but found ourselves a little too warm on a sunny winter's day out snowshoeing in the mountains.
Should You Buy the Arc'teryx Cerium Hoody?
There are many things we love about the Cerium, but its high price tag isn't one of them. It's a great all-around jacket that's versatile and performs well across the board, without being too much of any one thing. If you're hunting for a down jacket that can be dressed up for frigid days or worn alone on milder days, has well-thought-out features that are useful in just about any situation, and is made of very high-quality materials, that's the Cerium. But if you don't need your moderate-weather down jacket to be exceptional quality, there are other far cheaper options that may fit your needs.
What Other Down Jackets Should You Consider?
The Arc'teryx Cerium is a high-performing down jacket that's pretty darn good at pretty much anything. If you want to save some money, the Rab Microlight Alpine is a solid choice and costs a lot less. On the other hand, if you need extra warmth and a jacket that can keep up with the most intense of adventures, the Rab Neutrino Pro is our favorite for serious warmth and serious performance.
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