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It has great looks, but it would be nice to have a vest pocket, at least on the inside. It is showing some signs of light piling, and it hasn't even been washed yet. All in all, I would expect a little more from Arc'Teryx.
Arc-teryx has always made quality products. However, this product is an exception. Though I followed the manufacturer's instruction for washing, the type of fleece/fabric is unique and accumulates large amounts of fuzz balls all over the jacket. It attracts every piece of lint, hair that are next to impossible to remove. This makes for an ugly garmet right from the time of purchase. I put it away and never wore it because of this. I took it on a 800 mile trek on the applicaion trail and the zipper failed right away leaving me to pay for emergecy repair with a hiking store on the trail. The fuzz balls (garmet pill syndrome) actually form out of the vest fabric iteself, as opposed to say collecting it from the couch or such. I have other arc'teryx products and this one is not up to their standard.
I bought a medium vest due to it being sold at half-price. Since I, usually wear large, I was surprised how much room there was in the fit. I'm 6'6"-185 lbs. with 41 in. chest. Wearing it over a couple of thermal long sleeved underwear leaves me with a pretty good fit, not too tight around the neck.Good for layering your core, but the lack of technical features, such as hem chord cinches,banishes this vest to casual use as outerwear.
So I suffer from a relatively lean core with a long torso, wide shoulders, long arms, which makes buying modern fitting winter clothes nearly impossible. One of the upside of buying a vest is I just need to worry about fitting my chest and that the vest isn't too long nor too short. The small fits pretty nicely and tight (not too tight of course) to my ~38" chest, and doesn't do too bad a job hugging my waist (~30"). It is a bit long as others pointed out, which works well for me but may not for you. The construction of the vest is very good, the 3 zippers work very smoothly, which is something that I've always liked about Arc'teryx products. One major downer...it's made in China as about 10 Arc'teryx products I've bought during the past year have been...
first, I love the longer length of this vest...I wear it around the house, it covers the waist without ridding up when you are reaching up for something..great zip, nice collar when fully zipped ..
BUT...I have washed this vest twice already (following the instruction) cold,delicate wash and air dried..but its starting to pill now..
a little disappointed with this..my 20 bucks Columbia vest has been washed and washed and washed..always "high" dried over the year and still no pilling...this higher priced Arcteryx vest washed twice is already showing pilling.
does this completely cover your shoulders or is it more of a wife beater shape
The Covert has full shoulder coverage.
The styling is o.k. but it is unusually long compared to every other vest I have purchased. So it hangs out from underneath jackets. This is o.k. for an informal look but at work it doesn't look as good being so long. How long? It almost covers my butt. Fleece is different than most but I kind of like it. It lays down differently. It is about as warm as most fleece.
Price is high compared to most vests
If Arc'teryx wants to improve this upper $ vest they should shorten it and look into a wind resistant fleece fabric option too.
I agree the collar doesn't want to stay folded down, but other than that there is not a lot to quibble about. The styling is more current than quirky, but the real appeal is in the details, and this vest offers more than most. The cloth trim on the outside of the pockets feels much sturdier than the typical fleece vest. The inside is lined (padded?) with a material that I assume is meant to wick moisture while maintaining warmth. Unzipping the pockets allows for venting of the torso. Wearing this under a light shell while hiking in low 20 degree temps was not a problem - no chills, and no overheating while pumping up the hills. I always thought of fleece as a poor man's insulator, but Arcteryx has changed my mind.
Usually a bird fan but this vest was very tight, the fleece was a bit thin, styling a bit strange and the collar floppy.
Do you know when you will have the medium in oregano again?
There should be some more coming in the end of Nov. first of Dec. Just keep an eye out.
is this a new product - dont remember seeing vest previously
To minimize pilling, wash the fleece inside out with mild detergent on delicate cycle in cold water without any fabric softener, and then, let it air/line dry.