Arc'teryx Squamish Hooded Jacket - Women's
Arc'teryxSquamish Hooded Jacket - Women's

Premium fabric and construction for wind-resistant moving comfort.

If the wind's howling during your early morning jog, stay comfortable in the lightweight, wind-resistant Arc'teryx Women's Squamish Hooded Jacket. Arc'Teryx obsesses over its fabrics, and this jacket's nylon ripstop fabric with mechanical stretch that allows you to move comfortably is no exception. While offering wind-resistance and free-moving comfort, the fabric also features an air-permeable PU coating and DWR finish that adds water-resistance so you stay dry in early spring drizzles. The jacket's carefully constructed, low-profile StormHood features a soft brim and one-hand drawcord adjustment, and rotates with your head so your vision is never obscured. Tighten down the cuffs and drawcord-adjustable hem if you need added protection against chilly air. The jacket includes a zippered chest pocket to hold your car key or other small essentials, and the jacket can be stuffed down into the chest pocket if you're taking it with you in your hiking backpack or travel luggage.

  • Wind- and water-resistant, with air permeable PU coating and DWR finish
  • Lightweight nylon ripstop with mechanical stretch
  • Athletic fit, hip length
  • Low-profile StormHood with soft brim and one-hand adjustment
  • Vislon front zipper with wind flap
  • Zippered chest pocket that doubles as jacket stow pocket
  • Elastic and hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Drawcord-adjustable hem
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Fall/Winter Running Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is awesome! It's super light and compacts into its pocket so it's easy to take with if you're unsure about the weather. It's not 100% waterproof but if you were stuck in a light storm or snow shower you'd be fine. I really like the fit. It's not too long at the waist and it's a nice cut for women.

Great Fall/Winter Running Jacket

so great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

I bought this to replace a Patagonia Houdini jacket that I lost, and although I did like the Houdini, I think this jacket is even better. It fits a little narrower than the Houdini--it's true to most Arc'Teryx sizing. Two things that are markedly better about the Squamish jacket: the cuffs have a bit of elastic so they stay up when I push them up, and the hood has a better trim--it fits better around my head and it doesn't fly up in my face when I'm riding my bike and look over my shoulder (sounds weird, I know, but it was a constant with the Houdini).

I use this jacket primarily for biking to/from work, sometimes for evening trail runs, and it's perfect for that. I agree with others that it's not a substitute for a rain jacket, but I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much water it sheds before it gets saturated.

The jacket stuffs into the chest pocket, approximately 4"x6". Not a feature I use very often, but still nice.

great emergency wind layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I was expecting a thicker softshell, and in reality this is an ULTRALIGHT wind and emergency layer. VERY similar to the Patagonia Houdini.

It didn't work for my original purpose, but I decided to keep it because the fit is perfect for me, and it's still an awesome, and very useful jacket to have.

It may shed a few random drops of water, but definitely NOT meant to be a rain jacket. Best as a wind layer. It packs down INCREDIBLY small. I shoved it into a small purse the other day heading into town at night so I could wear it home.

The fit is your standard Arcteryx fit. It is loose enough to allow a layer or two underneath.

Love it, but not when it really rains

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XS

Recently wore this jacket quite a bit for climbing . It is a terrible layer for when rain (or anything heavier than a drizzle) is definite. Despite the coating and finish, this jacket doesn't really keep me that dry. And when it's a little misty and windy out, it is a bummer that there aren't any pockets to keep your hands warm and dry in. Also, if you happen to get caught in a major downpour in this jacket, you will get soaked. However, this thing does dry out fast, and for windy days it's an awesome layer. I love how small packs down and how light it is. I decided last minute to take this baby with me on El Cap and was so happy I did -- perfect active wind layer to have clipped to your harness.

Love it, but not when it really rains

I am barely 5’2”, would this be super long on me?

Center back length?

Small is 26 inches long

My favorite go-to lightweight jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Sizing reference: (Female) 5' 4.75", 110 pounds, ~34A.

USE: I purchased this jacket to use for running & hiking in light rain & wind in the spring/summer. In reality, I wear this jacket rain or shine. Note: this is NOT waterproof & will not keep you dry in a downpour.

FIT: I have a size SMALL. I don't like my jackets very tight, and I like to keep in mind I might want a couple thin layers underneath any jacket I have to get the most use out of them. I have broad shoulders, a fairly small cup size, and about a 34" bust, & the chest fits perfectly--not too tight, not too loose. I have a +1 ape index & the cuffs fit just right at my wrists, & they don't slide around. The jacket fits comfortably around your face when fully zipped (see pic) & neither constrains your neck nor chafes your chin.

PROS: It's incredibly lightweight & perfectly stretchy, and if you need a warm-weather emergency jacket on a run, walk, hike, climb, etc., stop here! When I don't need it, I can easily & quickly tie it around my waist. The single cinch cord at the bottom of the jacket as well as on the hood are effortless to use, and the light but firm functional brim makes this my go-to jacket on a cloudy day when I don't want to carry around my crunchy Gore-Tex. The chest pocket is great for carrying my phone & tiny wallet. One more thing: the silver logo is reflective! (see pic). Arc'teryx thinks of it all, which, for me, makes it worth the investment.

CONS: Use the velcro closures carefully on this jacket--they may scratch your skin. When I first got this jacket, I had a few 8-inch bright red scratches on my body from the sharpness of the edge on the closure. The edges have since softened a bit with use. Finally, the lack of side pockets drives some people mad. I am not one of those people, & on a run, I find that I simply don't need side pockets; but be aware there aren't any on this model.

Also check out the Arc'teryx "Cita" for slightly more reflectivity & a different color selection.

My favorite go-to lightweight jacket!

Excellent review. Very complete! Thanks Jen.