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Thought the Arc'teryx Men's Covert Zip Neck Sweater looks like a wool top, it actually packs the technical performnce of Polartec Thermal Pro fleece to keep you warm and dry in just about any condition. This highly breathable and quick-drying top fits right in when you're heading out to dinner, and no one will know you wore it backcountry skiing that morning. Arc'teryx prides itself on versatile pieces, and the Covert Sweater is no different.

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Nice ... but almost "formal" look & feel

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Really like this fleece and I wear it all winter. Here's the thing though: it feels almost formal to wear, and I find myself wearing it more with a tie than with jeans. I've never worn it out on the trail.

-- The neck zip is SHORT. Like so short it's difficult to get my noggin through the hole when it's unzipped. Gives a smart look, but lacks the function of the long zip on something like a Delta LT

-- The fabric is really very nice looking and feeling. Soft and comfy, sharp in appearance. The pattern is so regular (vertical stripes), that the moment you get a pull in the fabric it ruins the look of the whole jacket... so you won't want to damage it too much.

-- It's warm. Slightly bulkier than the Delta LT, it's warm enough (and difficult enough to remove) that you want to wear it in cases where you're sure you'll keep it on the whole time.

So... as a casual piece it shines: really great looking, functional, etc. But as a piece of gear I'm afraid you should pass it by.

Great sweater / layering piece

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

I've always loved the Arc'teryx brand - and their goods are first rate. This is no exception - but the only thing that prevents me from rating it higher is that it's short. I'm 5'10" and feel like I'm constantly pulling the top down to my waist. Disappointing that it's not a little longer.

Don't expect to put much into the pocket on the arm... there's barely enough room for some keys and ID in it.

Great fit

    At 5'6" and 135 with an "athletic" frame, it is often hard to find clothes that really fit well but this sweater is it. I have been wearing the same one for 7 years, and I still get compliments on how great it looks. Its also the perfect item for treking/international travel as it has the qualities of a normal fleece and dries quickly, but you don't look like you just came in from an AT thru hike when you want to go to the bar in a new town.

    Warm and comfortable, but beware of fire

      This is an extremely comfortable item of clothing that is great for cool to cold conditions. It does not block wind at all, so under breezy conditions you will have to wear it with some kind of wind-blocking outer shell. That said, as a lightweight mid-layer, it performs very well.

      I had a couple issues with the sweater, one of which I consider a significant failing:

      1) The "light carbide" looked nothing like the photo. The actual color is much more grey. Not a big deal, but be aware.

      2) You know the way that sparks will occasionally kick up from a campfire - very small ones that can alight on your bare skin without actually burning you? This happened while I was wearing the sweater, and it melted a sizable hole through the fabric. I've never seen anything like that with any material or item of clothing, and I've poked a lot of fires wearing a lot of different fabrics through the years.

      This is an attractive garment, but I'd strongly caution anyone considering it for serious outdoor use if it might get anywhere near open flame.

      Solid piece of hardware

        I was looking for a replacement for an old USA-made,Patagonia 3/4 zip expedition weight fleece that was 15 years old. I loved the Patagonia but it was more of a comfortable fleece bag and not something that you could wear out in good conscience. The Covert was equal to the weight of the Patagonia and looks quite a bit better. It is a lighter piece that exchanges heat well, so don't expect this to cut down on the wind or perform like an over engineered burly fleece. The cut is athletic and has clean lines. I am 5'6", 40 chest and about 145lbs; the small was a dead perfect fit.

        Great sweater!

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        This is one of my favorite sweaters and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. It's very casual and works in most situations with no issues. Fabric is super soft! The fit is average to slim and medium size fits me great at 69" and 165lbs.


          Awesome. Warm enough for outside mild weather and comfy for indoor. Very nice pullover. Highly recommend. It's funny. I looked here on Backcountry for colors and sizes in early October (I already owned one of these sweaters) and they seemed to have a great assortment of colors and sizes. A month later, not so much. Order early; they are extremely popular.

          Great Product

            Totally happy with this so far. Im almost 6'2 150ish. Im a pretty thin guy so was kinda worried about getting a medium(have long torso). It fits pretty darn good. I have 31inch sleeves and the medium comes in at 34in and its not short at all. Not loose or wavy around the waist. Ive been wearing with a single capilene or tshirt and it keep me pretty warm!

            Lightweight, warm and versatile

              I've had this sweater for a couple weeks now and love it. Like previous reviewers, I find it works in a variety of situations. As a layer on cold days, as an outer layer on warmer winter days and as a true sweater than can be worn around town or even in the office. The fit is true to size - I am 6'1 190 lbs and always wear a Large. The Covert in L is a perfect fit, although based on other reviews I expected it to be a tighter fit. The material is soft and light - now my wife wants one for herself as well...

              Arc'teryx Covert Zip Neck Sweater

                I like this sweater so much I've got 3 of them. It's great to throw on for a cold walk on the beach with the dogs. My only complaint is that the blue one is knitting up so bad that I don't wear it for anything but working outside. It appears to just be a defective fabric though since my other two are not exhibiting the same problem.

                Looks & Feels GREAT!!

                  This is hands down the best fleece I have owned. I bought it wanting something I could wear casually and use as a layering piece for resort skiing. This piece is perfect. It breathes well and is incredibly warm. Best part is that the shirt is incredibly soft, I can wear it right against my skin without having to worry about itch from wool or seams. At the end of the day I take off my shell and am ready to hit the apres scene. The fit is atypical for Arc'teryx. I have tried on many pieces before and all have not fit well, too slender. This piece offers a much fuller cut and is a bit shorter. I am 5'9" 200lb and the large fits perfectly.Did I mention this thing is warm?

                  Goldilocks Sizing

                    This is more a sizing thing for me. At 6'1" and my (current) 200Lbs I find that a North Face Large is a tad too big, a Mountain Hardware Large is a tad too small, but an Arcteryx Large is just right (though be warned it does run long if that bothers you).

                    I'd rate this fleece warmer than a NF TKA 100 or a MH Microchill. Looks a bit nicer than either of those fleeces as well.

                    Only dings are:

                    Price (expensive for a basic fleece)
                    Very short zip (I'm a fan of half zips for really dumping heat when you need to).
                    Neck is very roomy, which might be good if your base layers have necks but I tend to layer over crews so like the necks on my mid layers to be a bit tighter.

                    Going to check out a Delta AR next.

                    Covert Zip Neck

                      This is the second of the same Arc'teryx fleece sweater/pullover that I have bought because the first was outstanding.I just get different colors.This tells you that it is completely bomber and does everything well.
                      I have worn this sweater to work and out on the town then worn it in the frigid adirondacks in January under my Alpha SV shell and it's kept me warm down to about 0.
                      It does not have any protection from wind,but that is what you'll wear a shell for.I love it.
                      Most of the times I've worn it,it's been skiing on Whiteface Mountain which can be very cold and backcountry snowshoeing and it's been great.

                      Form = Function. Perfect balance.

                        I got an Arc Teryx Covert Collar-zip in Carbide for Christmas from a particularly savvy girlfriend. She picked it out after watching me eyeball it at REI here in Anchorage. I just appreciated the style, but in typical Arc Teryx fashion, the ¼ zip pullover is crazy functional. The woven exterior is dressy enough to be worn for work, with contrast color sleeve ends and collar, while the Polartec underneath is unbelievably comfortable, and the main selling point. I stay comfortable with just a T-shirt underneath even with a few trips outside for the dogs here in Anchorage, and even longer outdoor trips only require a midweight windstopper fleece to be exceptionally warm. The sleeve pocket with the bird is small, but will fit ID or credit cards easily. My Palm Centro actually fits in it, if you have a small smartphone. It is so exceptionally comfortable, I went out and bought another one in Woodsmoke, to alternate. I have never bought two duplicate items before, ever. That in itself is high praise.

                        A couple of notes: these are fairly form fitting, try one on at your local REI first. Secondly, they tend to build up a static charge, I’ve zapped my girl more times than I can count…

                        great fleece midlayer

                          Arc'teryx dosen't do anything badly-quite opposite actually.This fleece is another great design that is warmer than it's rated 100 weight and just as good(and better looking)than my 200 weight under armour fleece pullover.
                          I've worn this as a midlayer under my Alpha SV Gore-Tex shell in northern Maine winter with great comfort levels-for me,this is good down to 10 degrees with a shell over it.Great job in the fit-everything Arc'teryx makes fits you like a glove.
                          I think anyone who decides to get this will be pleased with the performance,as I have been-in all conditions.


                            warm fleece, i was hoping it'd look a little better on, and the zipper isn't as long as other half zip fleeces..but it's arcteryx. high quality craftsmanship and i totally dig the pocket on the sleeve. really ads to it. love the wicking and how breathable it is.

                            My husband's favorite

                              Bought this for my husband. It is simply quality clothing. We live at 7,000 feet in the central mountains of Colorado. He has worn it riding as well as for social events. Sizing is ample so don't size up. Arms are a bit long for the average built male, but the sweater is still worth every penny.

                              Woot Woot

                                Has been a great shirt for running in at 1600M up in Afghanistan. Also a great sleeping shirt, not exactly a good color to wear under my uniform but i am on OFP (Own F#$@%^ Program) So it works out.
                                pocket just barley fits my ipod touch, but that is no fault of the shirt. but a port like other articles have would be awesome.
                                I am a mountain of a man at 5'8, and 135 lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal, the small fits GREAT.

                                Woot Woot

                                  Has been a great shirt for running in at 1600M up in Afghanistan. Also a great sleeping shirt, not exactly a good color to wear under my uniform but i am on OFP (Own F#$@%^ Program) So it works out.
                                  pocket just barley fits my ipod touch, but that is no fault of the shirt. but a port like other articles have would be awesome.

                                  Hello! I wanted to buy this item. But...

                                  I wanted to buy this item. But unfortunately did not find the name of my country's website. Please tell me whether you are sending goods to Azerbaijan?


                                  I'm 6 feet tall and 205 pounds. What size...

                                  I'm 6 feet tall and 205 pounds. What size should I get? I plan on wearing it to work and out on the town. Thanks.

                                  Where is this sweater made - is it made...

                                  Where is this sweater made - is it made in the USA?

                                  Hi there! Does this sweater run true to...

                                  Hi there! Does this sweater run true to size or does Arc'teryx generally run a bit small? I really love your website! Thanks! Ann Fay Lawton