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Junk In The Trunk: Arc’teryx Tecto FL Jacket

When less really is more

Arc’teryx Tecto FL Jacket
MSRP: $370
Arcteryx.com

The monsoon rains have arrived in Albuquerque (where I live). Most afternoons it clouds up over the mountains and when things reach a critical mass, it rains cats and dogs for 20 minutes. This is all very exciting for us Nuevo Mexicanos because the state is suffering through one of the worst droughts in recent history and every drop helps.

To stay dry when the skies open up I wear the Arc’Teryx Tecto FL. It’s the lightest and most breathable piece in the company’s jacket lineup, and it’s been perfect for riding my bike home from work or weekend hikes.

“Less is more” is probably the best way to describe the Tecto FL’s design. It weighs only 10 ounces and has only one pocket (on the sleeve). But don’t let the minimalism fool you. When it counts, the jacket performs.

It’s made out of Gore-Tex active fabric, which is waterproof but highly breathable so it helps keep your body moisture at a minimum when you’re sweating. There are no pit zips because they’d be overkill.

The jacket has a trim cut which reduces bulk, but it also has extra long sleeves and tons of articulation in the shoulders so it never restricts your movement. If you want to rock climb in the rain (or just want to do jumping jacks) the jacket won’t hold you back.

The only downside is that the Tecto FL costs $370. But you’re paying for quality (all Arc’Teryx jackets are bombproof). I’ve already beaten mine up plenty and it hasn’t flinched. I fully suspect it will be my go-to spring/summer jacket for years to come—just as long as it keeps raining in New Mexico.

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