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Ortovox Merino Zip-Neck Hooded Fleece Jacket - Men's

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    Breathable warmth for the skin up.

    Made with a merino wool stretch fabric for moving fast through cold conditions, the Ortovox Men's Merino Fleece Zip Neck Hooded Jacket is ideal for rapid ascents in the high alpine. The merino fleece provides exceptional moisture management properties, is naturally anti-microbial, and helps regulate your body temperature, so you aren't burning up on the skin track, and then freezing your cojones off while you're skiing. The stretch fabric allows for ease of movement for technical pushes to the summit, while the form-fitting hood warms your ears when you're taking a break on a windy ridge line, while the slim-fitting ergonomic cut allows you easily layer over the jacket as conditions change. 

    • Merino stretch fleece
    • Ergonomic cut (semi-fitted)
    • Form-fitting hood
    • Thumbholes
    • 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest pockets
    • Item #ORT000L

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Merino Fleece (69% polyester, 27% merino wool, 4% elastane)
    Fit
    ergonomic (semi-fitted)
    Hood
    yes
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
    Thumbholes
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    18 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, alpine touring, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years

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    Freakin' Sweet

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

    Love this midlayer! I wear it all the time as a simple jacket, and it has stood up to this mild winter so far on its own as an outerlayer. It fits snug (I'm 6'1

    Freakin' Sweet

    So far its really cool

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

    My initial impressions are this thing is awesome. The colors work well together (I got navy) and the quality is very obvious.

    The cut is very athletic or "European". By which I mean it is not baggy at all. I got the large and it fits nicely but its definitely not loose at all. I'm 6 ft and 200lbs so anyone fatter than me should be careful. I can barely fit an M3 and another thinner layer under this.

    It is not cashmere soft on the inside but its not bad. The outer fabric is smooth with a little shine. The hood is nice.

    It is warm but not incredibly so.

    Overall, I love this thing so far. I own the R1, Monkeyfleece, and this and I like the monkey fleece and this the best.

    The R1 is the thinnest and least expensive. It is nice. It is the least warm of the 3 and most form fitting. The 1 chest pocket is a usable size. It is the least fun of the 3. Don't get me wrong. Its good. Just not as good as the other 2.

    The Monkey Fleece is really fun and cool. Very soft. Very Light. Everyone likes touching it. It is warmer than the R1. It fits looser than the R1 though it still has an athletic cut. It has a good size chest pocket but no hand pockets which I miss.

    The Ortovox Merino fleece is probably a little warmer than the Monkey fleece. Its a little heavier. Not as soft inside or out. It is very cool. Very flashy. As mentioned it has that European cut which makes layering difficult if you are a fatty like me. I like the hood which I believe is an option on the other two. You cant wear it too much though because its just so cool. Of course, it is also the most expensive.

    My rank:

    1. Monkey fleece-mid range price and really fun and useful

    2. Ortovox Merino fleece-super expensive but fun and useful

    3. Patty R1-least expensive. Nice. Not as flashy or warm as the other 2.

    In rank of favorites

    The monkey f

    Merino is Awesome (part 1 of 3)

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I previously thought mostly about transceivers when I thought about Ortovox, but I was really excited to see them get into the outerwear game. I'm always stoked to see companies that already make a high-quality product try their hand at making other tools we need in the backcountry. So thanks a lot to Backcountry.com and Ortovox for allowing me to review the Merino Fleece Zip Neck Hooded Jacket for the Backcountry.com community.



    First Impression:

    Out of the box - this thing looks cool. I dig the bright colors - this is something I tend to look for in clothes I'll be wearing in the backcountry. I really dig the single colored arm. The materials right away seem high-quality. The flat stitching seems like it will hold up well. The inner brushed wool is exceptionally comfortable. I put it on right away and it wears very nicely. The hood and front pocket have some subtle brand detailing that I thought was cool. The front hand pockets are large and connect all the way through. They're also lined with the soft merino. The fit is very slim, very euro of them. The arms are quite long but I found that I appreciated that in combination with the thumbies. I am around 6'0", 215lbs. and the extra-large was awesome. I'll call it "fits true to size" as I typically wear XL jackets, but note that it is slim.



    First Spin:

    Just a small one - a quick bike to some bars downtown (4 miles at most) the day I got the jacket. On a dry Denver evening at around 40 degrees, I was pretty comfortable on my bike with the jacket over just a merino t-shirt. It blocks some wind - it would be ridiculous to expect a mid-layer to block all wind - but it is warm. I didn't sweat much, but I could definitely tell that the wool breathes well and regulates temps as you'd expect from merino.



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    Merino is Awesome (part 1 of 3)

    (part 2 of 3)



    Continued...



    Backcountry Touring:

    I've had this guy out in the mountains 5 or 6 times now, and overall, let me say that this thing works really well. I’m fairly warm-natured, and tend to sweat up the skintrack at pretty much any temp, so it was warm enough to wear by itself over a merino t-shirt on a sunny, sweaty, 32 degree day around Berthoud Pass.



    The merino breathes very well and dries quickly as you’d expect. It also really helps regulate your body temps as I never felt overheated or frozen. On this day I didn't even end up pulling on another layer at the transition and made my descent the same. The thumbies are great to have and are well-sized to fit over or under your gloves. The hood doesn't have a drawstring but it never really bothered me in combination with the high-zip neck. The hood also obviously fits over a helmet. On the chest pocket – it’s a bit small. Pretty much sized for a Gu I think – can’t fit an iPhone 6 in there, but it’s not a huge deal.



    Something I did think about out on tours was how this jacket works best with your transceiver. Being a half-zip, I was hesitant to wear my beacon underneath it, but I never really like wearing the beacon over a layer that might come off. The zip does come down pretty low, so theoretically if you wear your beacon high on your chest you might be able to still get to it. I haven’t come to any conclusion yet, but that might be a factor in choosing between the zip-neck and the full-zip jacket.



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    (part 3 of 3)



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    My next few tours presented a variety of temps, wind, and snow conditions. My primary decision with the new jacket was how to fit it in with my existing kit. What does it replace? Softshell? Puffy? Hardshell? Ultimately, I haven’t come to a firm conclusion, I've just worn it all day and added or stripped layers as conditions changed. I haven’t yet dropped any other layers from my kit. On a nuking 5 degree, 60 mph gusts day in Rocky Mountain National Park I wore a softshell over the new jacket on the skintrack, and pulled on a puffy at transitions. I was very comfortable with those combinations.



    I was slightly interested in the fact that the hood didn't dry nearly as quickly as the rest of the body. No doubt this was primarily due to the fact that quick-dry fabrics rely mostly on your body heat to vent and dry. As the hood comes up, goes down, sometimes freezes, and doesn't get quite as much body heat as the rest, I guess it’ll just be a little slower to dry. Not a huge complaint at all.



    Over the 30-ish days of everyday casual wear plus 5 – 6 hard backcountry days, the jacket is showing no signs of wear. I’ll update further after some more tours and a couple of planned ice climbing days.



    Conclusion:

    This jacket is a great addition to my kit. I think it’s going to be a permanent addition due to the great feel, look, fit, warmth, and quick-drying capability.



    Pros:

    -Great looks

    -Great feel

    -Warm for the weight

    -Fast-dry

    -Slim fit



    Cons:

    -Odd combination while wearing beacon

    -Smallish pocket