Share:

Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's

10.25.18

Start Exploring
Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's

Share:

Advertisement
  • Steep slopes, working hard.- Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • Catching the early morning rays on a warm winter daybreak. - Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • Moving across the final section to the summit of Mount Matier.- Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • Gazing out over early morning light as it starts to wash over the Duffy.- Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • Coming up to the Grand Daddy Couloir. - Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • Getting all frosty hiking in to Keith's Hut. - Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • On top of Sky Pilot. - Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • Wandering over boulders beneath Mount Ossa.- Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • You can often tell the quality of a jacket by the cuff. Arc'teryx puts more thought into their cuffs than any other brand I know. - Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
  • HemLock in action. - Gear Review: Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's
Article
Pro Contributor

Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody Men's specs

  • Material:
    • Face fabric: TerraTex (94% nylon, 6% elastane)
    • Reinforced panels: Fortius 1.0 (84% nylon, 16% elastane)
  • Fit: slim
  • Length: hip
  • Hood: adjustable, helmet compatible
  • Pockets: two hand, one breast.

Where to get it

The Bottom Line: The Arc'teryx Psiphon FL is a pricey but exceptionally useful layering piece for those who run hot but need weather protection. It's my go-to jacket for skinning, hiking on cool, blustery days, classic Nordic skiing, mountaineering, and multi-pitch climbing. It is the Baby Bear of jackets, always just right. 

Traversing in the Psiphon FL. Photo by Tam McTavish.

I never would have bought the Arc'teryx Psiphon FL. While a neat looking piece, I had a Squamish Windshirt that seemingly did the same thing, and I didn't need any more lightweight weather resistant layers. But man, am I glad I have it now. It's a bit more functional than a simple windshirt. That extra bit of stretch and material on the arms gives it more durability when jamming hands into cracks on multi-pitches or blocking squalls while ascending up north-facing routes in the summer. I often leave it on when it gets too hot because it does such a good job blocking the sun. And it's so breathable that I can sweat up a storm and still be comfortable. 

The weather resistance is superb, especially considering the lightweight material. It blocks the wind, and it's more than enough for light rain. Even damp snow it does great for a while. I've never had any troubles with it as a top layer, no matter how hard it is snowing past -4 degrees Celsius. It is definitely not going to hold up in moderate rain, but it's a softshell.  

The HemLock system is just simply the best. Not having to worry about my jacket rising up or bunching up under a pack strap or harness is great. Most of the time, being the skinny guy that I am, this is a constant frustration. But no longer! It also has a helmet-compatible hood, which is a good call. 

The pockets aren't anything special. The hand pockets are nice about camp, but they sit a bit low to be used when wearing a harness. The chest pocket is decent for a topo print out and maybe a few snacks. But a map will have to be folded and squished in. 

This is really the jacket that I grab for nearly everything. If ever I leave it at home, I always regret it. It's just one of those things that works perfect nearly all the time.

Published By

Published by

Pro Contributor
113 Adventures Explored
44 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info