Gear Reviews

Arc’teryx Cerium SL Jacket, Part II

Hiding in plain sight, in Redwood National Park

So, I’ve had the Arc’teryx Cerium SL that Altitude Sports sent me for over a month now, and I have just returned from some pretty great hiking in the Pacific north west. It’s definitely cold enough in the mornings to appreciate how great this jacket is, especially here on the East coast now that I am home, so let me provide a few additional thoughts on this extremely functional piece of gear.

First off, it’s really, really warm. Standing around in the “before dawn” hours, waiting for that first glimpse of great morning light can be unpleasant unless you’re properly dressed for it. With this jacket, I feel as though I can stand still for hours, my breath steaming away, and my hands tucked comfortably in the pockets. In Redwood National Park, even on damp, misty mornings, I never felt a chill. The DWR coating on the outer shell certainly does the job. At no time did I feel the need to use a hard shell over top. I expected this jacket to perform well, even in the damp, thanks to the synthetic insulation found in key areas, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I am a weight wienie. I can say with confidence that the Arc’teryx Cerium SL contributed next to nothing to the overall weight of my pack. I mentioned in my previous post that this jacket weighs only 6.5 ounces, so it’s not like I was expecting to notice it anyway.

Hiding in plain sight, in Redwood National Park
Hiding in plain sight, in Redwood National Park

Love that blue color! Taken in Redwood National Park. I will continue to test this piece as the winter moves in, with much colder temperatures well on their way. So far, things seem great. A big recommend so far, and I encourage you to consider it for your own base layer needs.