Since I am planning to go to Sarek National Park in Sweden this autumn, I was looking for a wind jacket which I could take along with me beside a rain jacket and which would also be suitable to wear in the mountains i.e. light and breathable. After reviewing several jackets, I went with the Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody which I have used now extensively on all my hiking, backpacking, and other backcountry trips and here comes a short review.
I really like the quality of materials on the Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody, it’s breathability and that’s it doesn’t take much space in the backpack. This windbreaker is also able to handle light rain due to it’s DWR finish, comes with adjustable cuffs, hem drawcord and is helmet-compatible. This wind jacket also feels soft to the skin and weighs only 145 grams.
There is a reflective logo on the Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody… great for hiking during the night. The pocket on your chest serves also as a stuff bag for your jacket.
Size of the Squamish Hoody compared to the HMG Porter 4400.
I take a wind jacket on all my hikes. The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody packs light, is small and feels good on the skin. Usually, I don’t sweat as much as hiking with a hard shell jacket and it’s it really helps to feel warmer if I am protected from cold winds.
My recommendation is to take both, a wind jacket and a rain jacket to your hikes. Or if there are plenty of shelters available on the trail then you could even manage just with a wind jacket.
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I was wearing the Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody on our trip to Sarek National Park in Sweden. This is definitely my favorite wind jacket. Worth to have it in your backpack. Alternatively, Patagonia is also offering the Houdini Jacket.