The jacket is very warm and the hood has some loft to it. Planning to put it through its paces on some trails this hiking season!!!
Don’t let the weight fool you, the Torrid APEX jacket delivers an incredible warmth to weight ratio that is sure to keep you toasty when the temperature drops. Built using CLIMASHIELD™APEX synthetic insulation, the Torrid maintains breathability and warmth even when wet. Available with a collar or hood, you can choose the style that best fits your needs. The Torrid is designed to be ultralight, compressible and warm wherever you might go.
2.0oz (65 gsm) CLIMASHIELD™ APEX synthetic insulation that keeps you warm, even when wet.
Built with a collar or hood to fit your needs.
Optional hood includes an adjustable shock cord pull string to lock in extra heat.
Raglan style sleeves to increase comfort, and range of motion.
Zippered insulated handwarmer pockets.
Elastic waist and wrist closures.
Full length zipper.
Zipper garage keeping the zipper off of your chin.
10D fabric made of a customized, lightweight and durable nylon with a DWR (durable waterproof repellent) finish, that offers breathability and comfort.
Optional 20D ripstop nylon with a DWR (durable waterproof repellent) finish, that has been customized to increase comfort and offers higher durability and water resistance.
Handmade in Winona, Minnesota.
Sizes run about a half size large for layering purposes.
CLIMASHIELD™ APEX weights may vary +/- 10% due to production variances.
The jacket is very warm and the hood has some loft to it. Planning to put it through its paces on some trails this hiking season!!!
The jacket fits exactly like I would hope. Love the boxy build. Unbelievably warm and as light as described. 2 small complaints. 1 bigger to me than the other. The inner sleeves come out past the wrist and have to be tucked back in. The bigger issue for me is that the pockets are to close together which forces me to roll my shoulders forward if I want my entire hand in the pocket. It develops bad posture. Still rating this jacket as 5 stars.
Warm jacket! I’m 5’7 and 120lbs and should have gotten a small. I usually wear medium black diamond jackets and they fit great but this one is alittle to big. Kinda a bummer :(
Great jacket. Light. Warm. Comfortable. Packs down small.
I second Bob Seibert's comments about a better closing bottom hem, whether tighter elastic or draw string because my jacket also does not fully close with the existing elastic in the hem. In addition, currently there is no way to secure a rolled down hood. There is a very small logo tag (loop) on the outside back behind the hood which is sewn to the outer and inner fabric. Possibly this might be a spot where a longer logo tag could be used so it could accept a small cord to hold the rolled hood? On my jacket I do not want to sew through the fabric so I may add an adhesive patch or a stick-on loop for a small cord to hold the rolled hood. My size is great and allows extra room for additional clothing as needed. Beyond these constructive comments the sewing is excellent and the design is just what I would have done myself. I have not used on a hike yet but living in Seattle with rain I plan to use this in place of my Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody. They both weight the same, but down does compress a little smaller. I try not to over stuff synthetic insulation. I would highly recommend this jacket.
Nice quality construction. Exceptionally light for what you get. Fits well though I disagree with the statement that this jacket is up-sized 1/2 size. I found it pretty true to standard sizes. If in doubt, size up. The hood fits nicely. Great customer service! I showed this jacket to three hiking buddies....two of them decided to order their own! I have three suggestions for the next generation revamp: 1) Add a bottom hem draw string or snug up the existing elastic. The bottom hem of my "large" was too large for me and allows drafts to flow up the jacket. The elastic band is already there. Just change it to an elastic cord and add a toggle so circumference can be adjusted to accommodate different body shapes. 2) increase the length of the zippered hand pocket openings AND raise the position and volume of both pockets. 3) Add an interior simple kangaroo pocket...no zippers, just a place to cash gloves, etc. This is a great addition to my light weight kit! Good job!
This jacket is awesome. First off it weighs nothing I've been wearing it all day and my mind is still blown. Second I am always freezing cold. Doesn't matter of I have three fleeces and a outter shell on I'm still cold. I had this jacket and my outter shell on and was comfortable in 25 degree weather. Definitly worth the money I don't believe down would have any advantage over this jacket.
Great jacket, very warm and light at the perfect price piont ;yes I would recommended and will buy another. The reason I gave this a 4 star rating is the pocket location; when I put my pack on the waist strap covers the pockets; my suggest to offer the option 2 dump pockets inside the jacket with zipper closure on one the other open this would eliminate this problem. Again Enlighten Equipment has a winner..this is why you have such a folllowing. Thanks Robert Thorn
This is an amazing peace of gear! Easily beats the Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer and Patagonia Micro Puff with Hood in terms of warmth to weigh and synthetic! https://youtu.be/hyOeSRvmp8w
I originally ordered a M but it was too snug in chest and arms. So got the L. Skied with this jacket as my mid layer. Metino wool base layer, Fleece mid layer then my EE Torrid. All covered up by a hard shell. One day half the lifts were shut down due to high winds. It was snowing heavy all day as well. I was warm and toasty all day. One chair lift has mostly a backcountry ungroomed area with a cat track out. I sweat pretty good doing that catch line poling and skating. Within a short time period, my body was warm and dry again. Jacket never felt damp. This jacket is also very wind resistant on it's own too. A down jacket most likely would not have recovered from damp snow and my perspiration.
I generally run a bit hot so YMMV, but for me this jacket is quite comfortable on days in the 10-20 degree F range with no problems and even down into single digits. And that's with wearing only a short-sleeved T-shirt underneath, sometimes a long-sleeved T, doing moderate to brisk walking over moderate up-and-down trails, light to no wind, carrying no load. I like the smaller size of the hood, obviously not cut for a climbing helmet. It fits and turns well and is not easily blown off my head. It would be nice if the hood were a roll-up and tuck-under into the collar type secured by Velcro. It would also be nice if there were an outer zipped chest pocket, and several inside open pockets, but of course that would all add some weight - the lightness of this jacket is great, but for me I wouldn't mind making it a bit heavier with those additions. If I were to order it again I'd get the outer shell in 10D instead of my current 20D for more breathability - after a mile or so of brisk walking I can often feel some moisture buildup in the body and sleeves. Even in the single digits I find myself often zipping down the front to some degree for ventilation.
I watched a lot of you tube before picking my gear and on this jacket there was a lot of mention about size which had me confused. I usually wear a large shirt and/or jacket. And I was led to understand these run larger for layering. The question that kept running in my mind was "how large is large with extra for layering?" SO, I measured myself and went with a medium. Glad I did too because my layering will consist of a thermal undershirt, a light weight shirt and this jacket under a shell. I won't say it fits snug because that may be misleading. It fits perfect for what I want. The arms are long enough (and I have long arms) and I have plenty of room for movement in the shoulders. I love that it is not baggy anywhere. The wrist bands are tight but this too will be handy if I fall forward into the snow or if it's raining. The waist band is also fairly snug so I won't be getting any draft or folding under my pack belt. I haven't had it out in the cold yet as I live in Southern California but from the other reviews I am confident I can start a thru hike with this jacket and not worry about anything.
Bought 3 of these for family members and myself. They are great. Everyone loves em. Really warm for how little they weigh. We really enjoyed picking out the color schemes. We live in the northwest and this jacket really does the trick. It's a winner
I bought this jacket for my upcoming PCT thru hike and have been wearing it in the -5 degree weather that Wisconsin has been having lately. This is probably the warmest jacket I've ever owned and is so light! My only complaint is that the sleeves are a little tight. I can still wear a fleece sweater underneath it though. It is the perfect piece of gear for my thru hike! I would recommend it to anyone!
I just got back from a day hike in 18 degree weather. I wore a merino wool base layer and this jacket. No other layers. I was surprisingly warm! As in comfortably warm!! Even when the wind picked up, I felt no cold air getting through the jacket! The hood is awesome and snugs down nicely keeping my ears nice and toasty. The zipper came up high enough to cover my chin, which is really nice. I'm loving this jacket so far! Very warm and exceptionally light weight! Good job designing this thing folks! Really well done!
As a taller torso female, I was pleasantly surprised at the extra length in the sleeves and torso. The jacket is noticeably warmer the instant you try it on, and so lightweight. Wasn’t sure if it would become my day to day winter jacket with the 10D specs since it’s a little boxier than I would prefer, but the colder temps have got me grabbing it before I head out the door. Wish the was a women’s specific cut that still matched the same length as this coat.
What a good buy. Merino shirt is enough to wear under it. Light, warm, great service. Only one slight design thingy: i do not like the stopper on the inside of the jacket. But with wearing a buff of some sort I forget about them. Wish i had such a jacket earlier. I would give this jacket to my friends and recommend it to others.
This jacket weights less than the box it's delivered in. It's almost unbelievable. I've worn it around for about 3 or 4 weeks. Honestly, i'm still waiting for weather to get cold enough to wear this thing outside ... so warm. I've taken it outside a couple of times and as soon as I start moving it becomes a mobile furnace.
The torrid is very warm and at ~9oz outer shell it gives down a serious run for its money. The fit leaves a bit to be desired, as others have noted the torso is somewhat boxy and the arms are somewhat tight. Additionally the lack of baffling can causes the fabric on the inside of the jacket to bunch up when I put my arms in the sleeves, causing the inside fabric to stick out of the end of the sleeves unless I pull on it from inside the jacket. Though synthetics don't need baffling, the jacket would be much for comfortable if the shell was less detached from the insulation. I would also say the cinch on the hood is not really necessary. These are all minor complaints however, and the torrid has replaced my down jacket for the foreseeable future.
“Winters Coming”, or so they say. In the U.K. that has means wet and windy, with the odd few days of snow if you are lucky. Down jackets are light and warm but can suffer in wet conditions. So, enter the Enlightened Equipment Torrid APEX synthetic jacket. Body length is good, not being too short, and the cuffs don't ride up when raising my arms. The full zip makes it easy to vent and the elasticated hem keeps the drafts out as does The generous collar. Two waist level hand warming pockets are useful for small items. 2.0 oz. Climashield APEX filling has a light feel to it unlike some synthetic tops. Having said that it fits well with room to spare over my base layer and not that bulky under my waterproof jacket. The outer and inner shell are Coyote 10D fabric with a breathable micro porous coating providing enough vapour transfer for mild activities (good breathability). The inner material is the same colour with very little stitching and weighing 200g, 7.05oz for the medium. This Jacket is available in several colour combinations, with or without a hood and heavier outer fabric. I find it a good jacket when on the move in sub zero temperatures than one for sitting around camp. Although I think it will find space in my pack during the warmer months to take off the edge during lunch stops and an extra layer in winter when walking.
I've worn my medium hooded torrid almost every day for a month and it is the most comfortable puffy I own. There are a few small things I think could be improved on gen 2 but I would absolutely buy it again. If you are interested, I did a more detailed video review on my YouTube channel which you can find here: https://youtu.be/F4-fgmmM3PM
When you combine all the features and customization options of the jacket, you cannot find a better value. I originally bought it for backpacking only, but I've been using it on day hikes and even on errands. The material is very comfortable and the colors are vibrant. Its so feather light it makes other jackets feel cumbersome. Most importantly, it holds heat expertly, and you will immediately feel yourself warming up within a minute after putting it on. I haven't tried it out on a rainy trek yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
If you're interested in a very light, very warm, non-down jacket, you should seriously consider this. The cut is roomy enough for layers, but not bulky. The simple hood string and pockets are the only additions to the jacket, making it efficient and light. There is no waist cord, but the elastic at the waist and wrist closures does a fine job keeping everything snug. I've used it in subfreezing temps and it worked with my layers flawlessly. Definitely recommend this for winter and shoulder season hiking.
I have a comparable jacket by another company and between them the Torrid is my go-to. This jacket does exactly as what it needs to do - provide a layer that is light, warm and low volume for my backpacking rambles. Something this light in a synthetic WITH pockets and a hood is hard to find, the price and ability to customize colors makes it that much better. Great job on this one EE.
Really warmer than I thought! I always carried a down pack-able jacket, but no more...the synthetic material is really nice, warmer when moist and the construction is great. Good piece of backpacking gear, not everyday wear.
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