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Arc'teryx Covert Full-Zip Cardigan - Men's

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Covert Full-Zip Cardigan

Take a stroll down Main Street while you wait for your reservation time, and wear the Arc'teryx Men's Covert Full-Zip Cardigan to block the chill of the evening. Its Alpenex heathered fleece looks and feels like soft wool, but it functions like a technical fleece for long-lasting comfort. This fabric breathes as you walk, so you don't end up at the restaurant feeling like you've been sitting in a sauna. A relaxed fit ensures that you can pair this fleece with your bulkier shirts, and a drop-tail hem offer added coverage from winter's brisk temperatures.
  • Wool-like fleece for casual outings
  • Alpenex Heathered fleece traps in warmth
  • Drop-tail hem provides coverage
  • Laminated hand pockets warm your digits
  • Zippered sleeve pocket holds small accessories
  • Relaxed fit allows for bulky layers
  • Item #ARC005R

Tech Specs

Alpenex Heathered (polyester)
hip, drop-tail hem
Center Back Length
29 in
2 laminated hand, zippered sleeve
Claimed Weight
1lb 2.7oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

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Good but not exactly what I expected

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: s
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 155lbs

I was looking for a nice technical jacket (or inner) for both business and outdoor purposes; however, this is not the Polartec jacket I was hoping for. It looks good when traveling, but it won't be as technical as most of the other alternative jackets.

Excellent Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 175lbs

This has become my go to jacket. The materials are of high quality. This is my first product from the brand and I’m very impressed. The jacket keeps me pretty warm even though it’s lighter than my outgoing jacket. I wear this 30-45F in Minnesotan winters. I got this sale - can’t beat the price for this kind of quality. Highly recommend.

very good sweater

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L
  • Height: 5'12"
  • Weight: 157lbs

i purchase it from backcountry they have a very good costumer service and very quality products i bought this arcteryx cartigan sweater and it is very high quality one, have two layersall over the chest also very comfortable fleece and arcteryx call it "alpenex heathered fleece" also iside the pockets there is two layers and it is very warm inside if you put your hands (my hands gets cold very fast in winter and this pockets warm my hands very well i realy suprised). fits to winter, i wear it in 6-7 degrees (cel) without coat and with strong wind and it was perfect, my arms and chest was very warm while my legs was very cold that shows that this sweater does the job very well, also very nice sweater,
it is my first time with arcteryx and i(i bought marmot columbia the north face and mountain hardwear) will continue with them and with backcountry, i also i bought another one in XL size because i like the sweater wide near my arms
thank you arcteryx and thank you backcountry

Nice casual sweater fleece.

  • Size Bought: XL
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 200lbs

Very nice sweater like fleece comparable to the better sweater. Fit is a little slimmer like most arcteryx. Sleeves run a little long for me. Overall great fleece and a keeper. I prefer for around 55 degrees give or take 5.

Just what I wanted

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 150lbs

A less technical Arc'teryx fleece which is great for staying warm around town or around the house. Looks sharp for a night out and features the typically high quality Arc'teryx build. I was a bit worried about sizing since it's advertised as a more relaxed fit. I'm a thin runner/climber build at 6'1", 150 lbs and the medium is a perfect fit. Not baggy at all and the body and sleeves are the right length.

For an Arc'teryx Lover!

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

We purchased this for my father in law for Christmas who loves really anything Arc'teryx and really how can't you! They make great quality items that last for years and look great as well. He's a typical XL which is what we got him and worked great. He's around 6'2" and 200 to give you an idea. A really nice layering piece that is very warm.

Going to be one of my favourite pieces!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 143lbs

Grabbed the covert cardigan on sale and have worn it only a couple of times but I am loving it so far. The piece is not only extremely good at regulating heat (not too warm/cold), but looks incredibly stylish. Love the minimal branding on the clothing. Has a nice fleece interior, but has a nicer texture on the exterior of the jacket. Wore this with a long sleeve shirt and a Beta SL while it was just below freezing temps and felt perfectly comfortable.

New Go To!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 195lbs

If my wallet could handle it I would buy everything Arcteryx, but I digress. I was looking for a new sweater to wear for fall and early winter. I always overheat when I'm wearing fleece or jackets of any kind once the temperature gets above 50. I took a chance on this and it has been perfect. Kept me warm at 4am when it was cold out and didn't start to really heat up until noon when the temperature rose above 60 degrees in direct sunlight. I'm hard on the stuff I own, where other companies clothing would get snags or pill in certain spots, I have yet to see any signs of wear on this yet. I was looking for something a little more form fitting, so that is the only complaint I have, however my shoulders and chest don't typically allow for me to where a medium in anything. By no means does it run large, it's just more of a relaxed fit design. So if I have any issue, its with my own body!

Great fit!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 120lbs

This is a great looking jacket, just what I would expect from Arcteryx. I bought it for my boyfriend who needed something that would look good in the office and while we're out at dinner, but would also be practical for fishing/hiking. This is exactly what he was looking for! The seaming on it is fantastic and provides structure, so it never looks frumpy. The fabric is soft and comfortable. I bought it in the Moss Green color which is beautiful. However, it does look different in various lighting. For example, in white florescent lights it looks as it does in the picture that is advertised. In yellow or dim lighting it looks almost brown. I got it for him in an XL (his usual size) which fit well. He is 6'5 and 230 pounds & very athletic build.

5 stars going strong

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

Had to buy another since the previous one got stolen (who ever has it now is snuggled up in a cozy ball of style.) My husband uses this jacket to go to meetings, as well as to go into the backcountry, so we had to get another. This time we purchased the Argent color. It’s a little darker grey in person than in the stock photo, not by too much. It looks really nice and the color is much more versatile when dressing the cardigan up. As I have just demonstrated; would buy again if stolen. Well worth it.

Very nice cardigan

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 160lbs

Gives the look of wool but has really nice soft interior that is absorbing and breathable. The fit is really good and that was my deciding factor after trying on several similar products.


    Great fleece. Warm but not too hot if active / sheds excess heat well. Fits me well, others seem to have commented that the newer version is too snug, I wouldn't say I'm overly thin at 6'1" and 200lbs but a large fits me well without being too tight. I also really dig the extra length this has compared to other fleeces. No problems with pilling or stitches coming undone after a year of use. This was my first arcteryx purchase as their stuff is normally outside of my price range, but for a sweater fleece style piece this thing is well worth it.

    Perfect fit and versatile use

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 158lbs

    Fits really well and true to size... really versatile use, can be worn like a technical fleece or a semi formal wear to office with a shirt
    Love It

    Warm. Quite happy with it

      Great fleece. Has not piled like other fleeces I have. Warm. Nice pockets. I got it in utility green and really like the subtle color. Zippers are nice. No complaints except a bit pricey as is typical of Arcteryx gear. Seems to be quality piece I look forward to layering with.

      Love at first sight

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 145lbs

      I got this Jacket for my husbands birthday and it was easly the number one gift of the day. This is the classiest functional cardigan on the market. The material is very soft and warm, but still breathable for summer nights. It moves well for sports like fly fishing or climbing, but can also be worn out to a nice dinner. A plus to not having hood is its easy to layer with other jackets that DO have hoods; Its great for layering. The sealed pockets reduce the risk of snagging the fabric in the zipper and it looks very sleek. Makes up for the lack of beard that was shaved the day before.

      Love at first sight

      I am 6 3"not sure your jackets Are long enough

      Hey Mark,

      It depends on what you're looking for... Are you looking for a standard hip length jacket or something a little longer that covers part of your butt? If you're looking for a standard hip level, this jacket will work for you in a L or XL depending on your weight. If you're looking for something a little longer, let me know and I would love to help you find the perfect jacket with the perfect fit!



      Customer Account Manager; Expert Gearhead

      What's gonna be warmer this or Patagonia's better sweater

      Hey Todd,

      Both jackets are made out of Polyester, so the fabric warmth will be the same. That said, Arc'teryx uses a technical polyester in this jacket, so it will be better at breathing and drying compared to the Patagonia Better Sweater.

      Unanswered Question

      How well does this pack down and what would be its approximate size?