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Removable Hoods on Arc'teryx jackets

post #1 of 11
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Does Arc'teryx make any jackets with removable hoods?  They have something called a drop hood but I'm not sure what that means.  

post #2 of 11

No

post #3 of 11

I have had to pass on many of their models because I believe the functionality and aesthetics of the collar is compromised by the zip in hood feature. The jackets I end up purchasing have a zip off hood, so the collar is unaffected. For me the collar is one of the most important design features. Aesthetically, it is right next to your face. Functionally, it determines how much other junk you have to wear to keep your neck and chin warm. The trend is for fixed hoods now, and I have a harder and harder time finding jackets without one.

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I agree.  I find the hood a useless and annoying except in extreme whether. Unfortunately, Arc'teryx is not alone.  Kjus, among others, does this too.  

post #5 of 11

agree on the number of companies more and more opting only for a fixed hood.  Been looking hard this year with very little luck.  Wanted a very lightweight shell (probably a hard shell) with a zip off hood.  Seems like all Outdoor Research, and most Patagonia and Marmot are fixed hood only.  A'teryz as discussed only has a couple that even stow.  Been looking hard at Marmot Cervino, seems like one of the better jackets that is light and still allows a zip off option.

post #6 of 11

I have a Marmot Mt. Blanc  that has a removable hood. bought it early last season. great jacket with a great collar.

The prevalence of fixed hood designs across the board is purely a fashion driven design.

I so disagree with the shift to this design that I checked out the hoods in the lift line on a storm day when wet snow was puking on everyone. I counted about one in six hoods was being deployed on people's head; most were on people's back filling up with snow. brilliant.

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Originally Posted by chraya View Post

I agree.  I find the hood a useless and annoying except in extreme whether. Unfortunately, Arc'teryx is not alone.  Kjus, among others, does this too.  



The three Kjus jackets I've had plus the one my wife has all had removeable hoods.

 

CJ

post #8 of 11

The Cloudveil RPK has a removable hood.  A tight fit for some larger helmets though.

post #9 of 11

its a matter of preference, while I don't like a hood in tight trees due to the risk of snagging a branch and hanging myself, I don't want a removable hood. They add zippers and excess material. A well designed hood (like the new Mtn hardwares) can be cinched up and out of the way while providing a wind block for the back of the neck or it can lay flat. I want a helmet compatible hood but one that offers good peripheral vision for windy and/or snowy days.  the arc stowable hood makes the collar just too stiff and bulky. 

post #10 of 11
The stowable hood on my sidewinder ar doesn't bother me. I find that you need to fold it acordian style instead of around itself or it will be too stiff. Another plus is the inside of that hood area goes all the way to the front of the collar, sometimes I put a heat pack in there to warm my face up and prevent freezing. This is the first jacket I've owned where I couldn't remove the hood which is why I went with the AR, I just don't like a hood hanging off the back ready to catch on trees.
post #11 of 11

I have numerous shells, some of which have removable hoods (Mountain Hardwear, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Salomon) and some of which have non-removable hoods (Stoic, Outdoor Research), and although I used to prefer removable hoods because I preferred not to have the extra bulk if I didn't need it, I've come to prefer non-removable hoods because (i) I've yet to find a removable hood system that doesn't affect how the collar fits and feels, and (ii) I ended up leaving the removable hoods on all the time anyway after getting caught a couple times in situations where I unexpectedly found myself needing the hood but had left it behind.

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