The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Jacket is an ultralight hooded jacket insulated with Climashield Apex (synthetic), weighs 8.4 oz (238 g) in size M, and has an MSRP of $170. It is designed for backpackers looking for an insulating (at-rest or in-camp) layer that is more weather-resistant than a down-fill garment. The Torrid Apex features a minimalist design and low weight, making it especially popular among gram-counting ultralight backpackers and long-distance hikers.
Many possibilities for customization are also available for those who prefer a collar instead of a hood, different deniers for the interior or exterior fabrics, or a color other than black.
In fact, customization offers "so many color options, you wouldn't believe it....."
Men's and women's versions of both stock and customizable jackets are available:
- Men's In-Stock Torrid Apex Jacket
- Women's In-Stock Torrid Apex Jacket
- Men's Custom Torrid Apex Jacket
- Women's Custom Torrid Apex Jacket
The men's cut is boxier, the women's is more fitted:
Other products in the same apparel line:
The primary context for this review is to evaluate the jacket's ability to keep a user warm in cool, wet environments while not moving (e.g., in camp).
- helmet-compatible hood with drawcord adjustment
- elasticized waist and wrist closures
- zippered pockets
- DWR finish on face fabrics
- regular fit (vs. trim, slim, or athletic) to accommodate layers underneath
Specifications(size men’s medium)
- claimed: 8.4 oz (238 g)
- actual measured: 8.01 oz (227 g)
- type: Climashield Apex (2.5 osy / 85 gsm)
- face: 10-denier ripstop nylon
- lining: 10-denier ripstop nylon
- #3 YKK coil
- sizing measurements:
- chest: 46 in (116 cm)
- hips: 45 in (114 cm)
- back length: 29 in (73 cm)
- length from sleeve to base of neck: 39 in (99 cm)
Product Category Overview
The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Jacket is a synthetic-fill high-loft water-resistant insulating mid-layer. This is in contrast to similar jackets with far more breathable shell and lining fabrics, such as the Arc'teryx Proton LT jacket, which is considered a synthetic-fill high-loft highly-breathable (active) insulating mid-layer. The former is traditionally used for warmth while at rest, in camp, or in your sleeping bag. The latter is traditionally used as a mid-layer under high levels of exertion (e.g., alpine climbing or hiking).
An additional area of contrast to similar garments is related to its insulating material. The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Jacket is insulated with synthetic-fill, which is more resistant to loft collapse in response to moisture absorption and dries faster than a down-filled garment.
We've previously reviewed lightweight synthetic-fill jackets in this state of the market report. The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Jacket was not available yet when the jackets in that report were reviewed.
- Face and Lining Fabrics
- 10d calendared ripstop nylon, generally considered to be highly water-resistant (not waterproof) and somewhat breathable (but not enough to be used as a mid-layer during high levels of activity).
- Climashield Apex, an unbatted high-loft insulation made with continuous-filament solid-fiber extruded polyester.
Member's Only Content
- Performance Assessment
- Description of Field Testing
- Dates and Seasons
- Environmental Conditions
- How Many User Days?
- Use Case Scenarios
- List of Performance Criteria
- Warmth (Plus R-Value and Clo Measurements)
- Weather Resistance
- Breathability (Plus MVTR & Air Permeability Measurements)
- Comfort and Fit
- Manufacturing Quality
- Description of Field Testing
- Compared To…
- Comparison Table
- The Baffle-free Design
- Thermal Insulation Tests: Measuring R-value and Clo + Thermal Imaging
- Who Should Consider This Product
- Who Should Not Consider This Product
- Recommendations for Improvement
Member's only version is 5,000 words and includes 15 images.
Review Rating: Recommended
The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Jacket provides reasonable warmth at a compellingly low weight and an affordable price. For three-season backpackers who don’t spend much time idle at camp, this jacket leaves little to be desired. The things that might be desired - such as an athletic fit, more points of adjustment, bound elastic cuffs - can easily be overlooked for the value and overall functionality of this jacket. If you’re looking to switch from down to synthetic for temperate and damp conditions or prefer synthetic over down for ethical or other reasons, this jacket is certainly one of the better options out there.
Where to Buy
- Purchase an in-stock version of the Torrid Apex Jacket here
- Customize your own Torrid Apex Jacket at Enlightened Equipment
- Other products in the Torrid Apex product line:
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