Arc’teryx Zeta SL Women’s Gore-Tex Waterproof Jacket
Chosing your weapon to battle the elements is never easy. Sure, big waterproofs are great to beat icy blasts and zip-up fleeces are nice in the summer, but Britain’s weather tends not to adhere to seasons: we’re never too far away from snow in May. So instead, you need something that can handle it all. Enter the Zeta SL jacket. If we could only choose one model for a wide range of activities, from rainy around-town walks to backpacking, to alpine climbing, this would be it. Gore-Tex layering offers fully protective shelter from rain, sleet and snow Arc’teryx has wisely packed this with Gore’s newest lightweight waterproof material in Paclite Plus. Still based on the original 3-layer design, the real question is why should you care? Well, because the innermost layer is now much thinner; you’re still able to benefit from the same waterproof, windproof and general weather protection, just now there’s enhanced breathability to keep you at a more optimal temperature. And who wouldn’t want that? Ergonomic design made for the great outdoors It’s not just about protection though: what’s it like to wear? Well, Arc’teryx has thought of that too – and it’s where the Zeta really shines. There’s no hanging drawcords or oversized fits here; the minimalist design and fully articulated patterning give an exceptional fit and freedom of movement. Riptape wrist closures minimize the amount of water that’ll run down your arms and sleeves, and the internal storm flap will prove more than adequate to keep water out. Functional Hood Coverage And how can you overlook that hood? The Zeta SL features one of the best hood designs in the Arc’teryx fleet. The brim keeps rain off your face, and the hood cinches easily with one hand. Easy to loosen, it’s low profile will even accommodate underneath if you’ve got headwear on, balancing peripheral vision with coverage seamlessly. Compressible & Packable Design Highly compressible, and weighing just 310g, the Zeta can pack down into a tiny parcel of stored warmth, ready to join you wherever you go. Stored inside its own pocket, a quick shake restores the original loft time and again. Just the antidote to temperamental weather and varying conditions.