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Ryan Swank wrote a review of on January 20, 2012

5 5

I just got one and love it. The Strato is definitely heavier than the Covert (1 layer vs. double) and is very warm.
I prefer the Covert for all day lounging. The cuffs on this are great.
I'm 5'11" 180lbs. and the Medium fits perfectly.
I can't say enough about the great fit I've experienced with Arcteryx - at least this and the Covert (I'll see soon about the Stingray). The sleeve length is a little longer than the Covert and I appreciate this under a shell as my arms stay covered all the way to the wrists during activity (which the nicely designed cuffs also help with).
I really like the honeycomb like pattern on this.
All in all a great fleece, not sure it's worth $200 but it's definitely another high quality item from Arcteryx.
By the way, I noticed this is NOT made in China but is made in El Salvador which I hope is the start of a new trend to bring manufacturing back to our hemisphere.

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Ryan Swank wrote a review of on January 20, 2012

5 5

I am sad to read the recent review of another long time owner of the covert who has reported it's not as good as it used to be.
Both of mine were made in Canada so maybe something has happened to the quality in China but I hope that it was just an anomaly.

I fell in love with this sweater the first time I tried it on at Bivouac in Ann Arbor. I got one shortly after and the nagging feeling of "I spent how much for a fleece?" quickly went away after I realized I wore it damn near every day. My wife ended up getting me another one since she knew I loved it so much and it started to show its age and use. While it resists pilling it does pill after several months of regular use. Careful use of the electric fuzz buster takes care of this and makes it look good as new. My zipper broke after 4 years and Arcteryx replaced it free (just shipping) so kudos to them.
I love the small shoulder pocket which I call the "dollar pocket" because I always keep a single folded up in there.

FIT:
I'm 5'11" 180 and the medium fits like a second skin.
Not too tight and not loose by any means. Perfect arm length and great articulation. I live in mine (have 2 black and an olive like green).

PERFORMANCE:
Wicks well, breathes great, has zero wind resistance (to be fair, it isn't claimed to be).
You can wear it next to skin as it's very soft and the seams are away from pivot points but I prefer a baselayer (T-shirt most of the time b/c I live in this thing - ha).

COMPARED TO:
Arcteryx Strato, just got one and love it. The Straot is definitely heavier than the Covert (1 layer vs. double).
I prefer the Covert for all day lounging. The cuffs are different, Covert is standard style elasticized cuffs.
The other main difference is the "weave" pattern, the Covert looks more like ribbed merino whereas the Strato has a honeycomb like pattern.

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Ryan Swank wrote a review of on January 19, 2012

3 5

I got this as a cold weather counterpart to my Mountain Hardwear Alchemy (which I absolutely love and can't recommend more highly - both collar and waist cinch) but is not very warm.
I thought this might be just what I wanted when I didn't feel like donning my down sweater.
The medium was a great fit (I'm 5'11" 180) and love the fact that this didn't exhibit the typical Patagonia chest poof. Initially I was concerned with lack of hem cinch as others have pointed out but was pleased to see that the fit was nicely snug for me. I had even noticed that there was an open channel all the way from zipper to zipper in the fabric where you could put your own cinch in the hem.
The deal breaker for me, however, was the large cuffs and lack of any elasticity whatsoever. I could almost already feel the cold wind shooting straight up my arms even though I was inside.
If the cuffs were "stretch-knit" like the excellent Arcteryx Strato http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-strato-fleece-jacket-mens.html then I would have kept this.

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