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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

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Great Fleece!!!

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:Runs small

I gave this as a gift and the gift recipient really loved it. The material is really soft and it keeps the body warm. I got the grey color and it's definitely a great choice! I recommend ordering one size up because this jacket runs a little bit small.


Favorite Fleece to date

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'2"
    Weight: 130 lbs

I, too, was a huge fan of the Patagonia better sweater... until I scored this on sale. I wear this everywhere. It's kind of a staple in my cubicle since I'm always freezing at work. It goes in my day pack on ANY hike too. Warmth plus wicking=amazing.

The fit is amazing too. Here's how awesome it is... I normally wear a medium in Arcteryx, but the Large was cheaper... so I gambled.. it's definitely bigger but the fit is so flattering that it doesn't actually look big. This means I can throw it over anything and it always fits under my puffy or shell comfortably! I'm only 5'2" and 130 lbs... so the medium would definitely be better, but beggars can't be choosers! :) The back is slightly longer and fits the female shape perfectly. If you wanted a nice cool breeze up your backside, you better look elsewhere.

Fun features? When it's snowing, I can zip it up all the way and my neck stays warm. The cuffs don't let any air up my sleeves! The hand pockets go "down" versus in towards the zipper, so there's no fear of stuff falling out, plus they keep my hands pretty toasty too. The zippered sleeve pocket is perfect for some cash, a credit card and some chapstick!

My ONLY complaint is that the hood looks silly for casual wear. I throw my hood up a lot. It's geared to "seal" around the face, so it's definitely functional, just makes me look a little funny.

I think the real reason I bought this was because I loved the color and the detail/contrast of the colors. I don't know that this year's model looks like this, but I love mine!!

Favorite Fleece to date

Great jacket

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

Love this jacket it does run a little small would buy it again in different colors


Overtly Covert

  • 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!

Overtly Covert