Sure, there’s a lot of hype around Arc’teryx, but with good reason. The technical outerwear brand manufactures some of the highest quality garments in the game, built to survive anything that you can, and Arc’teryx just released what could be the only down hoodie you need in your wardrobe.
Riding the current Gorpcore style wave (named after the colloquial terms for trail mix “Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts”), Arc’teryx is a brand that like Northface, has broken into a wider market beyond the average weekend hiking enthusiast. Instead, the brand is worn by a growing audience of fashion-forward, utilitarian focused folks whose style avoids adornment.
The all-new Arc’teryx down hoodie is an appropriately pared-back jacket called Agrium, which is lightweight and produced with equally appropriate low environmental impact. Available in either black or dark olive green, the minimal environmental impact of the Agrium forms a part of the company’s plan to have 80% of its garments fair trade certified by 2025.
The Arc’teryx down hoodie features a dope-dyed outer textile that boasts fluorine-free water repellency, so you don’t get your new Agrium saturated in the next downpour. The lining of the jacket is also environmentally friendly, using a fabric made from 60% castor bean oil.
Weighing just 365g, the Agrium is filled with RDS-certified 850 fill goose down insulation to keep you warm, no matter the conditions you’re facing. Thanks to its compact construction, the water-resistant hoodie doubles its functionality as either an outer layer, or as a warm mid-layer if you need a more robust outer layer.
So while we might be heading into warmer months in Australia, the Arc’teryx down hoodie would prove the perfect companion for any winter camping trip when the season arrives. The Agrium is currently available from the brand’s US online store for US$400.