Arc'teryx Cita Jacket - Review by Spring McLurg

Arc’teryx Cita Jacket Women’s

First Impressions & Observations: 

When I first received the package in the post I actually thought the box was empty! The jacket only weighs 3.9oz, which is basically the weight of a few feathers. So wearing it feels extremely comfortable. There are breathable mesh panels under the arms to vent heat and sweat. I appreciate this added feature as it means you don’t have to take the jacket off until you hit the heat the heat of the day. The collar seems to be at just the right height that it doesn’t irritate you neck or chin. Even the smallest of details  like a locking zipper on the front zip, which prevents the zipper from flapping around while you run, shows such specific attention to detail and just how deliberate the design process is. 

Bottom Line: 

This jacket is a lightweight, water resistant running shell. It doesn’t have a lot of frills or flare, which I love. They have kept the jacket basic so there is nothing to get in the way of you performing well.


Stows inside it’s own pocket, Media port, Side pocket to store gel, Long arm length, Quick drying, Hem draw cord, Great colour.


Unable to push sleeves up due to material tightening on forearms.

Good for:

You are looking for a lightweight, no fuss running shell for the Spring/Summer months. This is a great outer layer for the cooler early morning runs, when you don’t want bulk, but you still need a little warmth.

​Spring McClurg is based in Squamish BC and runs an adventure blogPebbleshoo

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