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Performance-focused, Polartec-insulated, and aesthetically balanced.

Your everyday life takes you from the roaring fireplace to the chilly outdoors, and you need a fleece layer that can keep up—allow us to present the insulated, breathable Arc'teryx Men's Caliber Cardigan Jacket. Easily reach, catch, push, or pull while wearing this relaxed-fit fleece—articulated underarm gussets mean you move freely. Even in the biting cold, tight-woven Polartec fleece insulates you from the chill, and when it’s time to step up your activity level, this moisture-wicking material keeps you dry and cool. Need to hit the coffee shop? Rather than looking all tech-nerdy, the Caliber keeps your style outdoor-casual thanks to the corduroy-textured exterior and a refined profile.

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4 5

Stylish and warm

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I have the crew version of this fleece, and while that is slightly different it is all but the same.

This jacket is definitely not the most technical piece in my closest, in fact I rarely reach for it if I'm actually going into the mountain, but what it lacks in technicality it makes up for in style. It's super soft and comfy, has a much looser fit then other arc-teryx gear (I got a medium, 6'1", 170lbs), but I can wear this knowing that if I need a quality insulating layer on when the unexpected opportunity arises I'll be ready. I've worn it out to the crag on a few occasions, and it performed flawless there, great for lounging around in while belaying, but tough enough to handle its self when you hit the rock.

Stylish and warm
2 5


How can Arc'teryx make the claim that a garment using Polartec 100, one of their oldest and least technical fabrics is worth what they ask for it? Silly people buy this brand...silly because their need to impress others is so blatant.

Responded on

The value of this piece is present in the quality of construction. I have a Polartec 100 piece from Arc'teryx that's going on 10 years and it still looks new.

People buy this brand knowing they can count on the design, materials and construction in times of absolute need.

5 5

The extinct bird does it again!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Extremely well put-together, pretty warm (when zipped!), and lightweight to go under a jacket if required.

4 5

Soft, warm, and nice--but keep it zipped

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall, a great fleece. I find myself rubbing the fleece more often than is normal (should I admit that online?).

Keep it at least 1/2 zipped though, or the pockets will stick out near the middle zipper and look all funky. And if you look funky, you don't put off the "I'm wearing a fleece" vibe.

5 5

very lightweight and warm

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first product of Arc'teryx and I like it. Very lightweight and comfortable, it also looks nice. I bought it for skiing, but now before season I use it for morning running during cold days. It is not cheap, but for such quality I'm ready to pay extra.

5 5

Just right

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I hate giving 5 star reviews unless the product is top-notch, but I just couldn't find any flaws with this fleece. I've only used it for casual activities around town, but I'm incredibly impressed with the warmth and breathability of such a light piece. Feels great with just a shirt underneath on a 55 degree bike commute or just hanging out down the 30s. Without a doubt, it will work great for layering on warm ski days.

I'm 6'1" 170lbs and the medium fits great. Nice long sleeves and the length of the body works for long torsos. And as always, Arc'teryx nailed it by not including too much extra fabric around the gut!

5 5

Sweet light fleece

I got this in Mollusk (purple) to replace my Delta LT fleece that had started to wear out in weird places. (No, not the crotch.)

It's the same fabric as the Delta LT and serves the same general purpose, but the panels and pockets are redesigned slightly. I think the new handwarmer pocket design is more functional than the older version. The fit seems to be a bit looser than I'm used to for an Arc'teryx product, and I've owned a lot of them. It's almost like a medium and a half - not quite a large, but not as athletic-fitting as the Delta LT was. I'm 5'10" with a 41" chest and 34" waist and the medium fits with plenty of room for a base-layer. The medium Delta LT was a stretch over anything. (Stop thinking crotch.)

So far, it's been a mid-layer for resort skiing and a quick, toss-on layer for backcountry touring as well as my everyday go-to fleece for motoring around town in the truck or on a bike. Arc'teryx's thoughtful placement of pockets and seams is unmatched. My only regret - picking it up at the end of winter instead of at the beginning!

Is this the replacement for the (discontinued)...

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Is this the replacement for the (discontinued) Arcteryx Handler jacket? Same fit? (Finally worn out my old one!)

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I think of it as the updated Delta LT fleece. It fits a bit looser than the Delta did and maybe a bit looser than Arc'teryx's general fit. My medium fits like a medium and a half. It's an awesome jacket, though.

5 5

Car Bar Apres

I was looking for an alternative to quarter zip fleece and wool sweaters with quitter sleeves. I'm 6'3 275 and I ordered an XXL. In Mollusk. The fit is great, plenty of length, and more tailored looking than I expected. This feels great over a mock turtle neck or a performance t-shirt. It's tailored and comfortable enough to go from casual Friday in the office, to the car for the ride to the slopes and then to the bars afterward. Last weekend I skied in my Marmot Leadville softshell, but wore this before and after changing in the lodge. Went back for a second in carbide for summer evenings on the water. Highly recommended.

3 5

Not an athletic fit

It is on the larger size and long. I am 5'6 with a long torso and it ran long and large around midsection. Definitely not made for the athletic fit. Material seems warm but the color and fit are not what I had hoped, so I'm returning it.

I'm looking to buy this as a gift for...

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I'm looking to buy this as a gift for someone who is about 6'3" and not sure on their weight - athletic build, long in the torso, and prefers a comfortable but not snug fit. A friend of mine who is 5'11" purchased this in an XL and loves it. Would you recommend I purchase an XL?

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XL will work best for height, I think. It will be loose around the waist, but what can you do? :)

Sizing question: The medium covert hoody...

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Sizing question: The medium covert hoody fits me perfectly and is the right length for me (I'm short). I'm interested in the Caliber but should I order the medium or size up? Arcteryx describes the fit of the Caliber as 'athletic', but the Covert as 'loose'.

Also, how much longer is the Caliber than the Covert?


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Go for the medium Caliber. The fit is actually quite similar (the covert is a touch more "loose"). The caliber is 1/2 to 1" longer in the front (the front zip is 26" long for reference). I prefer the fit of the caliber to the covert.

5 5

Perfect Lightweight Fleece

Extremely comfortable. Sweater warmth in a super thin fleece. Yes, you need it.

5 5

excellent but colors are way off

Both this cardigan and the zip neck are well made and absolutely non itch. I really recommend both. My only problem is that the colors on this web site and the Arcteryx site are way off. Coffee bean is very dark brown not the tan on the web site.The zip neck in amazon color is much more of a true green than the weird yellow/green on the website.
Mollusk looks like it could be any color you want it to be.... can anyone describe it ?

5 5

Great utility jacket for your wardrobe

After using the caliber full zip for a while now I figure its time for a review. I find it a perfect 4 season fleece that gets a lot of use for a very inexpensive piece. I have owned dozens of fleece jackets and zips over the years and I absolutely love this one. It is cut a bit longer in the torso (compared to the covert which it is modeled after), with a slightly looser fit. I never loved my covert as I always felt it was a half size too small. The fleece face is also more tightly woven so you dont get a lot of pilling like what happens to lots of other fleece over the years. It feels like a 100 wt fleece and provides just a touch of warmth as a outer jacket or a midlayer. pockets are well placed and the schoeller fabric on the outside edge of the pockets make sure your goods dont catch the fleece fibres or get that really dirty look beside the pockets. Highly recommended if your looking for a lightweight fleece to add to your gear collection.

Thanks Christopher and Paul. One final...

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Thanks Christopher and Paul. One final question. The Covert is a "loose fit" garment. Would the Caliber be considered loose fit, too?

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To me, the Covert and Caliber both fall under 'alpine' fit.. that is, cut close to the body, but still able to layer beneath. I think it depends on your definition of 'loose' and the size that you buy. I'm 5'11 and 155, long torso, and I think the Smalls are perfectly cut for me, whereas people who like more room might step up to a medium. This is kind of subjective, however. Hard to say without an idea of your build.

Anyone know how the Caliber Cardigan jacket...

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Anyone know how the Caliber Cardigan jacket compares to the Covert jacket? I own the Covert, and was looking for something a little less warm (lighter) to wear. Thanks.

Best Answer Responded on

The Caliber is a lighter weight than the Coverts. The Coverts are a 200 weight Polartec Thermal Pro, the Calibers feel to me like a slightly heavier micro grid baselayer.

Responded on

Caliber has a corduroy look to the fleece and the fabric has a tighter weave (it is a 100wt fleece). the covert uses a thicker fleece that has a loose weave to it and traps air for insulation. It is a bit more prone to piling than the caliber.