The Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody is a great stand-alone piece when kicking into high gear in the backcountry or while running errands around town. This Top Pick for Aerobic Activities stands out for its get temperature regulation ability that comes in the form of breathability. It also provides sufficient weather protection on snowy days. Designed to be more breathable than the average insulated jacket, this hybrid hoody features gusseted fleece underarm panels that wick away sweat and allow for increased mobility while you're on the move.
While it's breathable and perfect for aerobic exercise in the winter (think backcountry skiing or cold winter running) or as a stand-alone piece in the fall or spring, it's not the warmest or most wind resistant. If you're in the market for an insulated jacket that is warmer with decent breathability, be sure to check out the Arc'teryx Proton AR Hoody, our Top Pick for Winter Recreation. The Proton AR features a more weather-resistant shell and 90-grams of Coreloft insulation throughout; a great choice if you aim to stay warmer during the cold months. That said, this jacket is not as compressible or lightweight as the Atom LT.
The slim-fit and feminine profile of this jacket are also great for use during warmer months. We loved to use it while hiking, climbing, and wearing around town in the fall and spring. It will also do well on cool summer nights. In the winter, it is a little cold as a stand-alone piece (unless you had many layers underneath) when temperatures dip below freezing, but its slippery face fabric is easy to layer underneath other jackets, making it an excellent mid-layer for sub-zero temperatures. Not only that, but it fits all shapes and sizes of our testers and is touted as one of the more stylish jackets out there. We especially loved its unique colors and flattering fit.