The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of gear

Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody - Women's Review

This is a simple jacket with a great balance of breathability and weather resistance
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:  $159 List | $159.00 at Backcountry
Compare prices at 2 resellers
Pros:  Good weather protection, breathable, comfortable
Cons:  Expensive, fewer features
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Lauren DeLaunay ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 18, 2020
  • Share this article:
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
67
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#7 of 11
  • Breathability - 30% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7
  • Comfort and Mobility - 20% 7
  • Portability - 15% 8
  • Features - 15% 4

Our Verdict

The Arc'teryx Squamish is a simple, lightweight wind layer fit for most any adventure. It doesn't have a ton of features, but it does have great breathability and next-to-skin comfort. Despite not utilizing any vents or panels, the material breathes well and doesn't get clammy even when the temperature starts to rise. We appreciate its chest pocket, hood, and overall excellent design. It wasn't quite award-worthy, but it's still a layer that we're psyched to have as part of our running wardrobe.

Compare to Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Squamish is a great, simple jacket. It breathes well while also protecting from the elements, and its fabric is soft and doesn't get sticky when you sweat. It doesn't have many great features, which is why it didn't take home any awards, but it is a good buy for those who want a no-frills type of wind layer.

Performance Comparison


This Squamish is a nice  simple addition to this spring morning in Bishop  California.
This Squamish is a nice, simple addition to this spring morning in Bishop, California.

Breathability


Whether you're a new runner or have a serious distance addiction, we guarantee that you sweat when you run. No matter what the temperature is outside, it's impossible to not build up some heat during high-output activity, which is why breathability is the #1 most important metric in this review. If y layers don't let you get enough ventilation, you're surely in for a miserable workout.

The Squamish is surprisingly breathable for a jacket with just one material. This nylon product has a better overall breathability performance than other one-material jackets, but it's still not as breathable as jackets with strategic panels of a second material or vents. While these layers are certainly more complicated and often come at the cost of weather protection or price, underarm and back vents are definitely a favorite feature of ours and, unfortunately, the Squamish doesn't offer either.

The Squamish is breathable enough to carry us up big hills like those found in the Eastern Sierra  but there are better options if you're planning to be in a warmer climate.
The Squamish is breathable enough to carry us up big hills like those found in the Eastern Sierra, but there are better options if you're planning to be in a warmer climate.

Weather Resistance


If the weather was perfect every day, we wouldn't need a jacket, now would we? Since conditions are always changing, even during the span of a single workout, you need a layer that can keep up. In this category, we looked at three types of weather — wind, rain, and cold — and we found some great results with the Squamish. While it's certainly not a rain jacket, it did hold up better in our hose test than other similar products. Water beaded up easily on the surface, and it took quite a while to penetrate. If you live in a wet climate, this jacket is a great partner for misty days.

The Squamish also has great wind resistance. It's not quite as burly as a few of the other jackets we tested, but it's definitely above average. That said, while it provides some relief from cooler temperatures, it's not at all insulated, and the thin build means that you'll need something more for winter running.

Water beads up on the Squamish  one of the more protective jackets in this review.
Water beads up on the Squamish, one of the more protective jackets in this review.

Comfort and Mobility


While it may seem that comfort is too subjective to judge in a controlled test like this one, our reviewers beg to differ. We were able to identify a few key features that help explain a jacket's overall feel, and we sought the feedback of many runners on each jacket's performance. The Squamish has a nice feel with none of the trash bag-esque qualities of some of its competitors. The material is soft and smooth, and it feels light next to the skin. That being said, it's not exactly luxurious, and there are other jackets in this review that have incredibly soft interiors. And, with just a minimal amount of stretch, this jacket isn't the top scorer in this category, but it is well above average.

The adjustable waist of the Squamish makes for a comfortable fit.
The adjustable waist of the Squamish makes for a comfortable fit.

Portability


Because conditions are always changing, it's crucial that a running jacket is easy to carry, even if you intend to wear them for the duration of your run. It may be cloudy when you head out, but once the sun comes out, you may need to shed a layer. For this section, we weighed each jacket and then packed them up to compare their size.

The Squamish scores highly in this category for two reasons. One, it only weighs 4.2 ounces, making it one of the lightest models we tested. If weight is your chief concern, you can go lighter than the Squamish — but not by a ton. Next, this jacket packs away into its own chest pocket easily and comes with a handy clip loop. This is a nice versatile feature that means you're more likely to use this jacket for other activities in addition to running. We appreciate how small it packs down, even if that means you have to use a little elbow grease to get it into its pouch.

Sun's out! Time to pack up the lightweight Squamish.
Sun's out! Time to pack up the lightweight Squamish.

Features


The Squamish is a really simple jacket, and it doesn't have a whole lot of features. Despite its high scores in most other categories, it gets a really low one here. It has just one small reflective logo on the front, providing essentially no protection from drivers at night. There is one chest pocket, but it might not be large enough for your phone, depending on what type you have. We do like the drawstrings at the waist and on the hood, but with no media port, sun protection, or hand warmth, there isn't much to boost the Squamish's score in this category.

The Squamish is a nice choice for quick morning runs when you don't need a lot of fancy features.
The Squamish is a nice choice for quick morning runs when you don't need a lot of fancy features.

Value


The Squamish is not the most affordable jacket in this review. While we like its breathability and weather protection, we aren't sure that this combo is worth the price for many users, especially considering how few features it has. This is a nice jacket, but its price tag is a little high.

Conclusion


The Arc'teryx Squamish is a simple, effective jacket that does comfort, breathability, and weather protection right. The combination of these metrics is hard to come by, and if that is your highest priority, this jacket may be worth the price. Otherwise, the lack of features hinder our support of it as a top pick.

Lauren DeLaunay