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10/5/2020 10:36 AM
 

Dear All at HPG,

Like many of you, I am dusting off the mid-layers as the Fall rolls in. Also, like many of you, my go-to has been the Arcteryx Atom LT. I now have a Gen 1 and a Gen 2; not using the Gen 1 off-duty because its issued  and stands out due to the colour. The Gen 2 is inferior. Its still as warm but, the construction is not as good. The face fabric seems brittle and its not as fitted. Noisy in the cold.

I recently came across the Arcteryx Proton line. The FL (fast and light) weighs 25g less but seems warmer. The interior is soft and breathable. The exterior is soft and sheds water well. I now have the Proton Lt as well (there is a discount place near me that is 40-60% off last years models and I keep my eye on the Outlet). A bit lighter in  weight to the Atom Lt but softer, warmer and fits better (5'9", 165lbs).

Can't say enough good stuff about the Proton line; warmer, better breathability (if that's the right word) and seems better quality.

When you have to pump out big bucks for this kind of gear, you want the best. I will be retiring my Gen 2 Atom Lt permanently now.

Hope this helps anyone looking around for a new and improved mid-layer.

 
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10/8/2020 9:21 AM
 

That's good to know Craig.  I often feel like I should buy three of a jacket when I get one that works - just so the manufacturer won't go and change it on me.

 
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11/9/2020 5:44 AM
 

I recently bought this 

https://www.sitkagear.com/products/fanatic-hoody/elevated-ii

 
and really like it. It comes in black, green and camouflage.

 
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11/10/2020 12:34 PM
 

Thanks, Craig.  Good to know.  I am a fan of ArcT and have been looking for another mid layer.  I appreciate the scouting report from a knowledgeable user from the cold country :)

 
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11/10/2020 9:17 PM
 
That Sitka looks neat.... if the solid colors were available in tall sizes.
 
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11/11/2020 9:48 AM
 
Yes, the lack of tall sizes is a deal breaker for me, too.
Part of the reasons I like ArcTeryx so much is they are cut for an athletic body with long sleeves.
 
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1/13/2021 6:52 PM
 
Probably similar, I had an Atom SL- nice jacket, but not what I would consider a mid-layer, rather a soft shell. Nice layer over a base layer as an outer layer in cool conditions with high exertion and did a good job of shedding both wind and light precip.

A mid-layer for me, foremost has to breathe really (really) well and secondly dry quickly- which basically eliminates anything that sheds wind/rain; a garment simply can't do both well.

If I need precipitation/wind protection, then I don a windshirt (or if heavier precip a rain jacket). If there is a lack of wind/precip then I'll often wear the mid-layer as an outer layer.

Sadly now discontinued, the Patagonia Nano Air Light (long name! :)) is as close to what I've found as a perfect mid-layer- breathes really well, dries very quickly and is very warm for it's weight. If it's windy (or raining/snowing) than I don an appropriate shell to go over the top.

I have a few soft shells and if it doesn't involve high exertion, they do pretty well and there is a convenience factor in using one garment over two.
 
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