The Arc’Teryx Norvan SL Hoody is basically the lightest GoreTex jacket ever made. At an astonishing 102g, (111g on the scales for a woman’s size M), impressive! And out on the field this lightness is very much appreciated.
The name Arc’Teryx comes from Archéopteryx Lithographica, which was the first reptile to develop feathers to fly.
This feather lite (yet heavy-weight budget! At 300euros), is made from Gore Tex Active, which is the manufacturer’s lightest fabric.
It is ultra-soft to the touch, and so light you feel like you’d damage it (but you don’t). It is very pleasing to wear against the skin when only wearing a tank top.
The surface repels water, totally waterproof and breathable, we also tested it cycling. Used in the sun when the air is cool doesn’t create a “sauna” effect and the interior remains dry. It reduces the accumulation of sweat.
Even if water remains on the fabric, give it a shake for a few seconds and it is dry.
You are protected from the rain and wind. It is possible to was the jacket in the machine at 40°C no problem.
The Norvan SL Hoody has a hood with an elasticated rim and slightly stiff visor incorporated. You can roll up the hood with an ingenious system that creates a collar, fabulous for biking.
Compactible it stores in a small sack or fits into a bike jersey pocket easily.
Thee wrists are partly elasticated which enable the possibility of wearing a large sports watch.
The zip is watertight and has a soft zip cover at the top to prevent any irritation under the chin.
There are various reflective elements on the chest, sleeves and back.
Beautifully cut it doesn’t limit any movements even if the cut is quite snug. On the bike you do not become a balloon!
It is a shame it only exists in black.
No pockets, but you can’t have ultra light and maximum comfort!
The only real negative point is its price, 300€.
We loved this Super Light jacket that we cannot replace with anything else!
Designed for all endurance sports in wet and windy climates: waterproof, tough, breathable and windproof.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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