The Arcteryx Gamma MX Hoody is the most protective jacket in this test. Made entirely from Polartec Powershield (rather than Powershield Lite) with micro fleece backing. This slightly heavier fabric and the design with 2 lower pockets and 2 smaller Napoleon pockets also makes the Gamma MX Hoody the most ‘Jackety’ of those on test. The multi use nature of softshell jackets means that as well as for outdoor activity softshell jackets are often worn to work and about town. The very smart Arcteryx styling and the extra pockets mean that the Gamma MX Hoody is definitely the one with the edge in this category.
The Hood is the largest of all the jackets and definitely helmet compatible, both under (quite bulky) and over even the tallest helmet and longest neck.There is a circular volume adjuster which grips the head well and 2 side adjusters to cinch the face hole down. The ends of these adjusters are inside the chest pockets which keeps the ends from flapping about in the wind and means you can adjust them one handed but it did take me a while to discover them.