A synthetic in sheep's clothing.
The Arc'teryx Women's Covert Fleece Hooded Jacket might look like wool, but it's made of heathered Alpenex fleece for lightweight and versatile comfort. It breathes well and dries quickly and, like most synthetics, is easy to keep clean so you can wear it on longer trips without worrying about that coffee stain you acquired five minutes after leaving the house.
Spending as much time in town as in the mountains? Arc'teryx gave the Covert a trim, hip-length cut for a flattering look when you're strolling down the street or heading to class, and added color-contrasted bindings on the hem, cuffs, and hood for style and durability. Zippered laminated hand pockets keep your fingers warm and dry, and a sleeve pocket can be used to hold your phone or ski pass, if you're layering the Covert under a shell.
- Alpenex heathered polyester fleece
- Fixed hood
- Breathable and quick drying
- Laminated hand pockets
- Sleeve pocket
- Trim fit
- Hip length
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
I bought this piece on a complete whim - it was a true impulse buy. I already had a Patagonia Better Sweater (and various other thick/high loft fleeces), but figured "hey what do I have to lose, Arc'teryx is a great company so let's try it!"
I tried it, and I love it. This has become a crucial part of my layering system come winter and fall as it's incredibly warm and regulates my body temperature extremely well. During the fall it's my go to climbing hoody, and keeps me warm on chilly New England fall days. It's also incredibly soft and there is virtually no pilling, which definitely occurs on the Better Sweater.
I don't typically go for hooded jackets, but the hood has come in handy in dire, chilly situations. The hood is snug, but not too snug and fits (for me) comfortably under a climbing helmet.
Per usually in Arc'teryx stuff I take a Small, rather than my normal XS. The sleeves are perfect for layering, and the jacket fits well under my Atom LT.
I do find that this fleece does get a little stinky after awhile, but then again most synthetic pieces will do that. however it does hand wash very well (as I hate going to the laundromat when I don't need to!)
I love, love the color - which despite me dripping coffee and getting other grime on it has faired very well! All the stains have washed out (with a little extra stain stick help), which I was not expecting to happen.
If you're debating between the Covert hoody and Better Sweater/any other similar fleece - go for Covert! There's truly no comparing. I wish I had 5 more of these things!