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Gear Review

3 5

Nice, but not worth the premium

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fit is as expected, at 5' 11" and 190, the large fits nicely - I don't look like a stuffed sausage, but it's trim enough to work as a layer under a shell. Front hem is higher than I'd like, this design may have some specialized rock climbing or backpack waist belt advantage, but for skiing or casual wear it'd be better if it were an inch or two longer. Material is not particularly thick or windproof, so it's a good all-rounder to mix with underlayers and shells but not a solo layer for cold temps. Served me very well as my only insulating layer on a trip through Europe, and still looks great after lots of packing and unpacking.

That said, this should retail for at least $100 less - and that takes into account Arc'teryx "brand tax" pricing. $225 for a basic fleece hoodie with no unique features is nuts even for Arc'teryx - other places have house-brand fleece hoodies with similar characteristics for 1/4 the price, or try Mountain Hardwear for half the price.