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We review the Arc'teryx Lithic Comp, an ideal jacket for backcountry and ski touring

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Overall Score
superbly functional, comfortable and good looking
pit zips would be useful

The Lithic Comp cleverly combines Gore-Tex fabric and Trusaro softshell fabric to give a jacket that's specifically designed for backcountry/ski touring action. The idea is that the Gore-Tex (in the hood, arms, front panels and shoulders) provides weatherproofing whilst the Trusaro (in the back and underarm panels) releases heat and moisture whilst active and retains warmth and dries quickly whilst resting.

The jacket feels lovely in use, the more so thanks to the ergonomic and looser 'expedition' fit (ideal for layering). Features are quite minimal and include a helmet compatible hood, two huge venting pockets, two large inner stash pockets, adjustable hem and cuffs, but it all works well for skiers and boarders looking to enjoy energetic days in the boondocks, when you don't want excess weight, pockets and the like.

And when you're back in the lift queues and bars the Lithic Comp cuts a pretty cool dash as well.

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