Arc’teryx Zeta LT Rain Jacket Review
When looking for a good raincoat there are a lot of things to consider before you decide on one. How much can it truly handle when it comes to a full-on downpour? Can it keep you warm enough to be worth it to have? Is it too warm for the area you will most likely be wearing it in, or not warm enough?
By answering these questions, you are on the right track for deciding if a coat is a correct fit for what you need. Of course, size, style, and durability are all massive points to consider as well, because you don’t want something that will tear or won’t cover you when it comes time to wear it. That is what we are here for, and we found this particular coat to be one worth looking over.
So, what does the Arc Teryx Zeta LT have to offer that others did, and what does it lack? Read on to find out if this is the perfect fit, or if this is something that might be better on a different set of shoulders.
Adjustable storm hood
Zipper isn’t pitted
Higher pocket openings
Pockets too deep
The fact that they have partnered up with Gore-Tex only lends credence to their knowledgeability and brand name. When it comes to outerwear you can trust to get you through any weather without fail, this is a brand you can go with time and again. Where most companies seem to rely on making you a repeat customer by creating gear that starts out great but wears out rapidly, Arc Teryx wants you to come back because you know their gear will last and work until you simply have a taste for something new.
It was on warmer days while working extra hard on a hike or climbing that the wearers felt it could have used just a little more ventilation. Even then they did not get overheated to the point of being excessively uncomfortable. The closest description was ‘mild’ discomfort for these more strenuous outings, but definitely still well within manageable ranges.
Most of the time a coat like this is not designed with how it feels to the wearer when using it, often feeling sticky or rubbing at the skin in a very uncomfortable fashion. The skin close feel of the liner for this coat, however, is soft and doesn’t leave the same ‘raw’ feeling in its wake. The comfortable material is not only softer, but it wicks the sweat and heat from your skin without suddenly becoming glued to you with a sticky residue which is a definite plus comparatively.
This coat utilizes a brand-specific fabric from Gore-Tec called “C-knit” which is so well designed that even some companies looking to create filters and other heavy-duty industrialized fabrics and materials have been in competition to create something as good if not better.
So, what is C-Knit and why is this something to think about when judging durability? Well, initially you will find that what gives it the waterproofing is a very easily torn or damaged ‘skin’ that creates the need for the three-layered fabric. It requires a more durable top and bottom layer to prevent it from becoming ruined. The harsh fact is that other than the fact we know nylon and Teflon are involved as part of the materials- the rest they have kept to themselves quite well.
This created material, however, is something that has other manufacturers in a frenzy though, because it allows air to pass through, but completely blocks moisture, like rain, from escaping and yet allows sweat to be drawn away from the body. In completing all tasks it still is one of the best rated for durability against tears and stains which make this jacket an awesome buy.
The way the chart works is by taking into account your height, weight, age, the best fitting shirt brand you wear, the size of that brand and its country. With this information, it gives you the recommended ‘true to you fit bars so that you can slide it from snug to loose in chest and sleeve length to find out what you prefer in your sizing. This allows for a quicker way, and a better way, for picking something based on comfort over measurements.
According to those who have purchased one of these coats and used the charts, they have found the ‘true to you’ fit at its initial decision to be perfect. It gives just enough room to allow easy movement without being too baggy to keep you warm and dry. A definite improvement in comparison to most other sizing charts in our opinion.
If you are a hiker or climber who needs something durable enough to handle rough terrain and move with you easily so you don’t end up falling or ripping your weather protection, this coat or hikers shell will provide you with all that you need for a long time to come.
The coat stays close to the body without causing that stiff-armed feeling that others cause, especially across the shoulders. The good news is despite this quiet flexibility, it is just as durable as your hard-shell coats and less annoying than that plastic bag noisemaker you have for most competitions.
You simply make sure all the zippers are closed and assure the tension is released on all the cords, add your regular cleaner to the load, and wash it on a medium heat setting. Shake your coat out, since it is a raincoat, and apply product specialty DWR spray and dry as normal. With only the protective spray to be added into your laundry routine, it really is easy to use.
Most coats leave you feeling like an abominable snowman when you wear them into social settings, your arms are two to three times bigger, you look like you weight twice as much as you do, and the hood refuses to lay flat even when you slide it off. This coat hugs to your frame and the hood flattens down easily, so even hanging out, there isn’t a need to take your coat off only to worry you might forget to grab it again. A definite touch of style both in appearance and in how it looks when worn.
The choice to keep three layers rather than thin out one of the layers has made this coat the one to go for if you intend to travel more rugged terrains. It’ll keep you nice, dry and safe for all-weather patterns and it still packs up nicely for carrying in your pack.
Doesn’t stick to skin