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The Thorium AR Hood is a versatile and general multi-purpose down jacket that can be used as a winter mid layer or just as a warm everyday jacket. This season the jacket has had a few updates to make it even warmer and fit even better. 
The Thorium AR Hood is a versatile and general multi-purpose down jacket that can be used as a winter mid layer or just as a warm everyday jacket. This season the jacket has had a few updates to make it even warmer and fit even better. 
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Arcteryx Womens Thorium AR Hoody Zaffre

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Arcteryx Womens Thorium AR Hoody Zaffre Information

Season : Sale 50

Brand : Arcteryx

Code : 21793-ZAF-

Sleek, flattering and tough enough to accompany you on all your adventures - The recently revised Arcteryx Thorium AR Hood is best described as a versatile and lightweight, yet durable, do-it-all down insulated jacket. The clue’s in the name, Arcteryx use the suffice AR to describe their range of All-Round products. So, this big, toasty jacket is perfect for just about any outdoor activity where you need reliable warmth and protection from nasty winter conditions.

The Thorium AR Hood is designed to work as an insulating layer as part of your overall layering system in extreme cold, or you can use it as a standalone jacket for cool dry conditions. How you wear it will depend on what you’re doing, how much effort you’re putting in and of course what the weather conditions are. If you need more detailed information about layering check our video here 

What is the Thorium AR Hood made from?

The outer fabric of the Thorium AR Hood is made using the new Arato 30 Nylon that has a durable and subtly textured, non-shiny finish, is abrasion resistant and can be packed down nice and easily. The outside of this new fabric is treated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) to help repel light rain and snow, but please note that the Thorium AR Hood is NOT waterproof so layer it up under a waterproof shell if, and when, it starts raining hard.

I described the Thorium AR as a down jacket earlier, but to be totally accurate it’s filled with natural down and synthetic Coreloft insulation. Arcteryx call this process “Down Composite Mapping” and it places each type of insulation where it works best. 105g of 750-fill power European Goose Down (about the best there is) is used in the sleeves and around the core, and Coreloft is used in the hood, cuffs and under the arms, areas that get exposed to the most moisture and need to dry quicker.

OK, let’s get technical for a moment. The effectiveness of down insulation is measured using fill power, in this case 750. This is a recognised measurement of how “fluffy” the insulation is, or how well it lofts. The “fluffier” down is the more space it can occupy and the more warm air it can trap. So, the Fill Power describes the amount of space one ounce of down will occupy in cubic inches when allowed to reach its maximum loft.

What are the main features

One of the most important features of the Thorium AR is its fantastic cut and fit, the jacket just feels so good when you’ve got it on and the fact that it’s weather resistant, breathable, lightweight, compressible and wind resistant makes it perfect for all cold weather activities.

But back to more tangible features, let’s start at the top with the hood. Arcteryx call the design a “StormHood”, this means that it provides full face protection in stormy weather and it can be used over a helmet for those freezing belays or winter mountaineering.

Storage wise, you get two zipped hand pockets and an internal zipped pocket to keep essentials like phones and GPS safely tucked away; the hand pockets are big enough to easily swallow hats and gloves. Articulated sleeves are finished off with a neat elasticated trim to seal out the cold and the hem is dropped at the back for added protection and can be sealed off with an adjustable drawcord.

How does the Thorium AR Hood Fit?

As an insulating piece it’s designed to fit pretty closely to maximise the insulation. The last thing you want is a big baggy jacket as you’ll waste energy warming up all that dead air space, and conversely you don’t want it too tight either as that’ll hinder the downs ability to fully loft.  With the Arcteryx Regular Fit there’s enough room for lightweight layers yet it still fits closely to ensure maximum performance.

The arms are nice and long and don’t restrict your movement if you have to reach when climbing or scrambling.

Where does the Thorium AR Hood fit in the layering system?

The Thorium AR is a mid-weight, breathable and packable down jacket making it perfect as a hugely versatile and very warm insulating layer depending on your activity level and the weather conditions. It also works perfectly well as a stand-alone jacket on those crisp, dry, freezing days or as a warm everyday jacket. Layering is not a precise science and there is no one perfect system that will suit every person, situation or the weather conditions. Some of us feel the cold, others, like me, get hot very quickly, but for more advice on using layers please check out this video

Summary

So that’s it, the revised Arcteryx Thorium AR Hood, an All-Round performer for cold conditions that fits superbly, is beautifully made and uses clever Composite Mapping to optimise a mixture of natural and synthetic insulation.

  • 105g 750 fill power European Grey Goose Down
  • Coreloft 140 gsm insulation
  • Coreloft 80 gsm insulation
  • Arato 30 - Moisture-resistant outer face fabric
  • Breathable
  • Insulated
  • Lightweight
  • Compressible and packable
  • Wind resistant
  • DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface
  • Down Composite Mapping strategically places Coreloft synthetic insulation in areas where moisture may build up.
  • Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab
  • Full front zip
  • Low profile insulated StormHood
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Adjustable hem drawcord
  • Two hand pockets with zippers
  • Includes stuff sack in the internal zipped pocket
  • Longer cut

How to wash your down products

Having spent years talking to people about down products, whether that’s a jacket, sleeping bag or even a pair of slippers, very few have had the confidence to go ahead and wash the product on their own, especially when they have just spent an arm and a leg on it. This small guide is here to explain that it’s not as daunting and utterly terrifying as it first appears.

Step one: Before you even get near that washing machine, wipe off any excess mud or dirt that may be lingering on the surface of the jacket, as this will clog up the washing machine, eventually rendering it useless.

We recommend the use of Nikwax Down Wash Direct for down products as it’s one hundred percent environmentally friendly and will wash and re-proof the garment without the use of bleach or any other nasty chemicals. What household washing agents can (and often do) is remove the water repellent coating on the fabric of the jacket, whilst also damaging the delicate array of feathers inside.

Step two: We’ll assume in this instance that you’ve been washing other products prior to your down jacket and have used a bleach based detergent. Therefore it’s a good idea to run the washing machine for half an hour or so without anything inside to rinse it clean before adding the Nikwax or putting the jacket in. Also, don’t forget to remove the detergent drawer to give it a wash inside, outside and behind, as detergent can clog up and still enter the washing machine if not cleaned out thoroughly. This ensures that any remnants of detergent are removed and that the Nikwax products will work effectively.

Step three: Set the washing machine to a cold wash (check the garments care label, most tend to be around 30°C) and as delicate as possible. Most washing machines have a “wool” cycle which is ideal.

Step four: If using Nikwax Down Wash Direct, place 100ml in either the tray or directly into the washing machine inside a small pot/ball. If you choose to use another washing product, place the appropriate amount in the machine in the same way.

Step five: Set the washing machine to run on a slow cycle, allowing plenty of time for the jacket to soak up the cleaning/re-proofing product. Most washing machines will have a pre-set time for different washing cycles.

When the cycle has finished be prepared for a shock, your precious bit of kit will come out looking like a soggy ball of material. But don’t worry, you haven’t ruined it, it’s just that all that fluffy down insulation has become water logged and has clumped together. The trick is to now get all that down nice and dry to reinstate its superb insulating properties. Simply hanging it up in a warm place will not work that well. It will take days to properly dry and you will have to constantly break up the clumps to get it thoroughly dry. The best way is to use a tumble dryer; either a domestic one for smaller items or a commercial drier for sleeping bags.

Step six: Pop the garment into the dryer and make sure to select a low heat; a high heat runs the risk of melting seams and fabrics within the garment. It sounds weird, but shove a few tennis balls into the drier with the garment; the tennis balls will bounce around and help to break up the clumps of down. Every 20 minutes, pull the jacket out of the dryer and lie the jacket down on a table. Run your hands over the jacket until you find a 'clump' or ball of down; tease apart this down clump and spread it evenly into the baffle. Once you're confident you've pulled apart every clump to the best of your ability, stick it back in for another 20 minutes. Keep repeating this until there are no more clumps left. 

Step seven: When the cycle has finished and you are sure that you have got the garment as dry as possible, hang it up in a warm dry place, an airing cupboard is ideal, for 24 hours. This drives out the last of any dampness and allows the down to loft fully. Take it out and give it a good shake and, hey presto, it’ll be as good as new.

 

Technical Information

Weight: 430g

Fabric: Ataro 30 100% nylon - non stretch nylon mini-ripstop taffeta with a DWR finish

Fillings:

750 fill European goose down (105g)

Coreloft 80g/m² and 140g/m²

Fit: Hip Length, Regular Fit, Centre back length: 65 cm drop hem

Sizing Information
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Arcteryx Women's Jackets & Tops Sizing Information

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

SleeveChestWaistHip
XS29½ "33 "27 "36 "
S30½ "35 "28 ½ "38 "
M31½ "37 "30 ½ "40 "
L32 ½ "40 "34 "43 ½ "
XL33 "44 "38 "47 "
SleeveChestWaistHip
XS76 cm84 cm68 cm92 cm
S78 cm89 cm73 cm97 cm
M81 cm94 cm78 cm102 cm
L82 cm102 cm86 cm110 cm
XL84 cm112 cm96 cm120 cm

Next to Skin Fit:Cut snug to the body through the entire garment to enhance moisture management and thermal efficiency.

Slim Fit:Cut slim to the body through chest, waist, hip and thigh for a low profile fit.

Regular Fit:Cut comfortably from the body through bust/chest, waist, hip and thigh for a classic fit.

Relaxed Fit:Cut loosely through the waist, hip, and thigh for a casual fit.

1Chest

Measure around your chest/bust, holding the measuring tape under your armpit.

2Waist

Measure around your waist at the narrowest part.

3Inseam

From a standing position, measure from your crotch to your ankle.

4Sleeve

With your arms in a slightly bent position, measure from the centre of the back of your neck, along the length of your arm, to the wrist.

5Hip

Measure around your hips at the widest part.

Arcteryx Women's Legwear - Letter Sizing

If the garment is sized in analphabetical format, please use this size chart. Else if the garment is sized numerically, please refer to the numerical size chart. Sizing refers to your body size, not the size of the product. Pant inseam, length of the actual garment

WaistHipShortRegularLong
XS27 "36 "30 ½ "32 ½ "35 ½ "
S28 ½ "38 "30 ½ "32 ½ "35 ½ "
M30 ½ "40 "30 ½ "32 ½ "35 ½ "
L34 "43 ½ "31 ½ "33 ½ "36 ½ "
XL38 "47 "31 ½ "33 ½ "36 ½ "
WaistHipShortRegularLong
XS68 cm92 cm77 cm82 cm89.5 cm
S73 cm97 cm77 cm82 cm89.5 cm
M78 cm102 cm77 cm82 cm89.5 cm
L86 cm110 cm79 cm84 cm91.5 cm
XL96 cm120 cm80 cm85 cm92.5 cm

Next to Skin Fit:Cut snug to the body through the entire garment to enhance moisture management and thermal efficiency.

Slim Fit:Cut slim to the body through chest, waist, hip and thigh for a low profile fit.

Regular Fit:Cut comfortably from the body through bust/chest, waist, hip and thigh for a classic fit.

Relaxed Fit:Cut loosely through the waist, hip, and thigh for a casual fit.

1Chest

Measure around your chest/bust, holding the measuring tape under your armpit.

2Waist

Measure around your waist at the narrowest part.

3Inseam

From a standing position, measure from your crotch to your ankle.

4Sleeve

With your arms in a slightly bent position, measure from the centre of the back of your neck, along the length of your arm, to the wrist.

5Hip

Measure around your hips at the widest part.

Arcteryx Women's Legwear - Numerical Sizing

If the garment is sized in anumericalformat, please use this size chart. Else if the garment is sized alphabetically, please refer to the alphabetical size chart. Sizing refers to your body size, not the size of the product. Pant inseam, length of the actual garment

US SizeUK SizeWaistHipShortRegularLong
0425 "34 ½ "30 "32 "35 "
2626 ½ "36 "30"32"35 "
4827 ½ "37 "30"32"35 "
61028 ½ "38 "30"32"35 "
81230 "39 ½ "30 "32"35 "
101431 "40 ½ "30 "32"35 "
121633 "42 ½ "30 "32"35 "
141835 "44 ½ "30 "32"35 "
US SizeUK SizeWaistHipShortRegularLong
0464 cm88 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm
2667 cm91 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm
4870 cm94 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm
61073 cm97 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm
81276 cm100 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm
101479 cm103 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm
121684 cm108 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm
141889 cm113 cm76 cm81 cm88.5 cm

Next to Skin Fit:Cut snug to the body through the entire garment to enhance moisture management and thermal efficiency.

Slim Fit:Cut slim to the body through chest, waist, hip and thigh for a low profile fit.

Regular Fit:Cut comfortably from the body through bust/chest, waist, hip and thigh for a classic fit.

Relaxed Fit:Cut loosely through the waist, hip, and thigh for a casual fit.

1Chest

Measure around your chest/bust, holding the measuring tape under your armpit.

2Waist

Measure around your waist at the narrowest part.

3Inseam

From a standing position, measure from your crotch to your ankle.

4Sleeve

With your arms in a slightly bent position, measure from the centre of the back of your neck, along the length of your arm, to the wrist.

5Hip

Measure around your hips at the widest part.

Arcteryx Mens Bag Sizing Information

Sizing refers to your back measurements, not the size of the product.

Bag Size
Your Back MeasurementShortShort-RegularRegularRegular-TallTall
14"
15"
16"
17"
18"
19"
20"
21"
22"
23"
Bag Size
Your Back MeasurementShortShort-RegularRegularRegular-TallTall
35.5 cm
38 cm
40.5 cm
43 cm
45.7 cm
48 cm
51 cm
53 cm
55.5 cm
58.5 cm
1

Measure along the spine between the 7th cervical vertebra and the level of the hip iliac crest

2

Compare this measurement to the Sizing Charts

3

It is possible to interchange different size shoulder strap and hipbelt components on many Arc'teryx Packs, but this will not change or affect the back-length of the pack.

Arcteryx Hat Sizing Information

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions

Small/MediumLarge/X-Large
Adult Head Circumference21.5" - 22.5"22.8" - 23.6"
Small/MediumLarge/X-Large
Adult Head Circumference55 - 57cm58 - 60cm

Arcteryx Glove Sizing Information

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions

X-SmallSmallMediumLarge
Hand Width6.7 - 6.9"6.9 - 7.2"7.2 - 7.5"7.5 - 7.8"
Hand Length6.5 - 6.7"6.9 - 7.2"7.2 - 7.5"7.5 - 7.8"
X-SmallSmallMediumLarge
Hand Width16.9 - 17.6 cm17.6 - 18.3 cm18.3 - 19.0 cm19.0 - 19.8 cm
Hand Length16.5 - 17.1 cm17.1 - 17.7 cm17.7 - 18.3 cm18.3 - 18.9 cm
1Width

With your hand open, measure from the tip of your middle finger, down to the crease at the base of your palm

2Length

With your hand open, measure around the circumference of your hand, at the base of your knuckles

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