The focus of the Cerium is its lightness of weight. However, it’s more than just a minimalist piece, because in its really rather meagre 290g you get not only a down stuffed jacket of 850 fill-power (i.e. about as efficient for their weight as feathers get) but also a hood, three sizeable pockets, and a trilogy of draw-string adjusters. I’d previously tested the hoodless version of the Cerium and was hugely impressed by the amount of warmth it managed despite its slim build. This hooded version goes a step further, and there’s a cinchable hem too. The design is typically Arc’teryx with a fine attention to details (the zips are things of miniscule beauty), and there’s judicious use of synthetic Coreloft in areas prone to sweat and moisture. If your budget can accommodate it you’re unlikely to be disappointed.
VERDICT: A minimalist piece with an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio.
BEST FOR: Lightweight mountain adventures.
Review by Dan Aspel @