Arc'teryx consistently produces high-quality products. The Thorium AR Hoody is no exception, but it didn't wow our reviewers as the company frequently has with other products. The Thorium AR performed much better than the Arc'teryx Cerium SL - Women's and is useful for a much broader range of activities. It is still on the pricier end of the jackets we reviewed, but it is durable, simple, and comfortable--and still less expensive than the much lighter Cerium SL. Overall this is a rugged and reliable workhorse that we would recommend for many outdoor uses, ideally in a drier climate, and one that will last for many years.
Arc'teryx released some new colors for the Thorium AR Hoody this year, such as the Azalea (purple) displayed above. They also "lengthened the waistline a bit," but otherwise, this jacket remains the same. Be on the look for the older colors, often found at discounted prices as retailers get rid of old stock.