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Arc'teryx Konseal 3/4-Zip Fleece Hoodie - Men's

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    Don't stop climbing just because it's cold.

    Climbing rule #1: check your knots. Climbing rule #2: trust your partner. Climbing rule #3: wear the Arc'teryx Konseal 3/4-Zip Men's Fleece Hoodie when the weather's cold. Designed with vertical endeavors in mind, the Konseal is a trim-fitting Polartec Power Stretch jacket with durable and water-repellent Hardface technology that allows it to function as an outer layer for ice climbing or damp rock ascents, or an inner insulation piece when the temps go full-on arctic. Hardface is also smooth and tough, the better to resist rips and tears from rocks and ice tools.

    As you might expect, the Konseal has a secret: an integrated Phasic AR panel that nestles inside the hood and serves as a balaclava when the hood is raised, or as a neck gaiter if it isn't. Phasic wicks moisture and fights odor, so the panel won't turn soggy and stinky when you spend a day breathing into it, and provides light insulation so your mustache doesn't end up frozen to your lips. There are thumbholes to keep your sleeves where they belong, and a zippered chest pocket that stays accessible when you're wearing a harness or pack. If your climbing is likely to get cold, the Konseal is a surefire bet to keep you sending.

    • Polartec Power Stretch fleece
    • Smooth Hardface exterior is water-repellent and durable
    • Integrated Phasic AR neck gaiter/balaclava
    • Harness- and pack-compatible chest pocket
    • Thumb loops
    • Item #ARC3685

    Tech Specs

    Polartec PowerDry with Hardface technology (91% polyester, 9% spandex)
    Center Back Length
    28.25 in
    yes, integrated Phasic AR panel
    1 zip chest
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 9 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine expedition, climbing, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Love this top

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: large

    This top breathes incredibly well. It doesn't offer much wind resistance but for temps as low as 20 degrees with minimal wind, it is my go to top. I also love wearing it around when I am not running. It just is extremely comfortable. It is very athletic cut and fits true to size. I am 5'11 and a large fits me great

    perfect for what I needed

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Pretty much everything I needed. Breathable, wicking, warm layer with a hood to wear hiking. It's similar to the R1 hoody in fit and features although the R1 is longer. This fits tight over a base layer and it's easy to layer over but you aren't getting more than one shirt under it unless you size up. The arms are nice and long. The balaclava? idk yet, haven't needed it yet. It does sort of get in the way when you are grabbing the hood to pull on.

    pretty sweet

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size

    bought this jacket on accident, i was actually looking for the jacket without the hood. cool features, the balaclava is a nice addition and it has a good fit for my body size. 5'9, 140 and built upper-body, I went with the L but ended up returning it and up going for the Patagonia R1.


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

    its to short. the hardface doesn't last. after only a few wears it started to get fuzzy in areas. it doesn't seem any warmer than my patagonia 4 exposition. i should have got the arc'teryx fortrez. LOVE the hood, mask and weight. not worth the money.

    "Hey good look'n"

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    The Arcteryx Konseal is a great hardfleece with all the trimmings: an athletic fit, thumbholes, warm hood with integrated balaclava, chest zip, and durable outer. It is a very practical fleece that can take a beating, but it also looks incredibly good when layered over a baselayer.

    My only possible complaint about the Konseal is how light its fleece fleece lining. This does make it good an light for more aerobic activity, but it doesn't have near as much warmth as a Patagonia R1.

    An excellent piece that will become a solid cornerstone of your outdoor wardrobe.

    Best hood and toughest fleece out there

      Definitely a new favorite piece, even over the R1. I'm 6'3", 180 and the large fits me perfect. A little longer cut (3 inches) to fit under the harness even better is my only complaint.

      Pretty much the same warmth as the R1 and any other technical fleece. Definitely less warm than the Fortrez. It has the same Arc' half baclava hood with ninja facemask as the Fortrez.

      Main advantage over most fleece is the finish on the fabric. The Konseal is not as soft and comfy as a normal fleece (it's pretty scratchy), but in exchange it's more durable. This is the kind of piece I could see lasting years of off-widths, bushwacking, etc.

      What would be warmer this or the patagonia...

      What would be warmer this or the patagonia r1 hoody?


      Judging the warmth of an article of clothing is tough since a large factor in an items performance is how you generate and maintain your heat and perspiration.

      But both the Arc'teryx Konseal (item # ARC3685) and the Patagonia R1 Hoody (item # PAT3386) are made of Polartec Power Dry as the fabric but the Konseal has the Polartec Hardface Technology which increases abrasion resistance and water repellency. But based on my reading the the Hardface Technology it sounds like a coating that is applied to the fabric so it's nothing that is going to aid in heat retention.

      So when comparing these two they're pretty much identical since they're both using the Polartec Power Dry but the Arc'teryx Konseal would be my pick of choice due to the patterning being more ideal for climbing.

      But also, the Konseal has a better pattern to it (in my opinion) than the R1 Fleece Hoody. If you have an athletic build or plan on doing any climbing, the Konseal would be more ideal.

      Jared D.


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      I would agree that both of these fleeces are excellent lightweight fleece options, but having owned both of them I feel like there is a big difference in practical use.

      First, While both use Polartec Power Dry their warmth feels substantially different when I wear them. The Konseal is not as warm as the R1, so I would use it for warmth during more aerobic activities like touring or snowshoeing. The R1 has a thicker fleece grid on the inside of the pullover and will keep you pretty toasty in fall and spring temps just by itself.

      Both are quality fleeces, but the hardfleece exterior of the Konseal will make it better for abrasion prone environments. I have worn my Konseal climbing before and have seen no snags or significant abrasions over time. The R1 on the other hand has a looser weave than the Konseal, with no hardfleece outer. I have not had any significant snagging issues so far but I would definitely think it more likely than with the Konseal.

      Personally I would break it down into intended use. If you are looking for a good aerobic piece or something that will take some light bushwacking: Konseal. If you are looking for the most warmth for your weight, an ergonomic offset zipper, and the comfort of a snuggy: R1.

      You can see an excellent comparison of the Patagonia R1 and Arcteryx Fortrez (essentially the full-zip version of the Konseal) at here:

      hardface fleece is not a coating, it generally just means that the exterior of the garment isn't brushed, in other words, the inside is the soft, fuzzy "traditional" fleece fabric, and the outside is smooth and flat rather than the fuzzy brushed surface we're accustomed to seeing on fleece. The "hard" exterior just makes the fleece a bit more weather-resistant, and it slides into a shell or outer layer more easily. Not to be confused with hardfleece where another fabric with a non-brushed surface (like rip-stop nylon, for example) is laminated to the face fabric... I hope this helps...