I bought this exact jacket for my outdoorsman dad this past Christmas. He’s a jacket hoarder, and he’s the reason I amassed so much knowledge on how to buy Arc’teryx jackets, before I was even getting paid to do so. Am I mad that my brothers and I paid $500 for it, but now it’s on sale for $400? Not exactly. I think buying on sale is broke behavior, companies should price items for sustainable margins, and our collective obsession with discounted products isn’t healthy… Sorry, no offense if you’re reading this because the jacket is on sale.
Arc’teryx jackets—any high-performance jackets, for that matter—are fucking expensive. There’s no way around that. So, when one of the best down jackets on the market is on deep discount, I’ve got no problem shouting about it. Make no mistake, the Arc’teryx Thorium for
$500 $400 is one of the best jackets you can buy.
Let’s talk about what this jacket is and isn’t. It isn’t really a mid-layer, like a lot of down jackets. It’s too bulky for that. The Thorium is a standalone piece of outerwear. It’s like a North Face Nuptse, but it’s more technical. The jacket is filled with 750 fill goose down throughout. It’s not as dense as the Arc’teryx Cerium, which uses 850 fill down, but the Thorium uses more of its down. The result is a warmer jacket and a beefier jacket, which is why it’s not ideal for layering underneath a shell.
Elsewhere, Arc’teryx uses a Arato 30 nylon shell—which is stronger than what you typically find on a down jacket. And, the shell has a DWR treatment for a bit of water repellency. DO NOT wear it solo in the rain, though. Down loses all its good properties when it gets wet. As such, in a few moisture prone areas, like your armpits, Arc’teryx places its proprietary synthetic insulation, which is called Coreloft, instead of down. That keeps it performing well even if you get a little sweaty.
All told, this is an insanely good jacket. It’s perfect for hanging around a cold campsite, a low intensity cold weather hike, or just throwing on while you brave the elements and walk to the corner store. This sale is only going to last as long as REI has stock, and I wouldn’t expect that to be much longer… Get buyin’.
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