A preliminary review of the Arc'teryx Kappa Hoody was originally published here in November 2016. That review has been replaced by this more up-to-date version, which is based on extensive field use.

Introduction

The Arc'teryx Kappa Hoody is an insulated (high-loft synthetic) hooded jacket with a highly weather-resistant, seam-taped outer shell. Users who need an insulated outer layer for cold-weather activities are its target audience. However, the fact that it has a helmet-compatible hood suggests that its primary users will be skiers and climbers (or backpackers with giant heads).

Features

  • Large, helmet-compatible hood with laminated brim stiffener and cord adjustments for aperture and volume;
  • Two interior stash pockets;
  • Two handwarmer pockets;
  • One exterior chest pocket;
  • Fit type: hip length, regular fit (as opposed to slim / athletic).
The Arcteryx Kappa Hoody isn't warm enough for winter climbing.

Specifications

  • Review Sample Size: M
  • Back length: 31.5 in (80 cm)
  • Manufacturer's Claimed Weight: 25.9 oz (735 g)
  • Insulation: Arc'teryx Coreloft 140 gsm (4.1 osy)
  • Shell Fabric: Gore Windstopper (Gore Thermium starting Fall 2016) - 70 denier main fabric, 80 denier reinforcements

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