Whether you're setting a steep skintrack or racing daylight in the alpine, the Ortovox Men's Merino Fleece Hooded Jacket delivers the warmth and breathability you need when you're working hard at high elevations. Combining the breathability of merino wool with the durability of polyester and stretch of elastane, Merino Fleece fabric makes an ideal layer for high-aerobic ascents in demanding mountain environments. In terms of fit, this midlayer sports a ergonomic cut that layers comfortably under shells, and the low-profile hood fits comfortably under a climbing helmet for added comfort around the ears on windy ridge lines.
- A layer for high-aerobic ascents in the alpine
- Merino Fleece is breathable, odor-resistant, and stretchy
- Storm hood can be worn under climbing helmets
- Ergonomic cut layers under outer layers well
- Single chest pockets stores small on-mountain essentials
- Item #ORT000M
- Q & A
Warm, flexible, breathable, durable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I wanted a jacket that I could use as a mid layer for cold weather sports (trail running, nordic skiing), but also as a casual jacket. This jacket has served me very well in each of these circumstances--it breathes well when I'm putting off a lot of heat, but also keeps me warm when I slow down. It wicks sweat well and keeps the heat in, though I need a shell in cold, windy conditions when I have really exerted myself. It's been great as an outer layer running in 30-40 degree temperatures in the humid cold of the East Coast.
I can't say enough good things about the fit. As other reviews have stated, this is a Euro-sized jacket, meaning that a Large is really a Large, and we're not skewing the sizes to make Americans feel better about themselves. (10 years ago I wore a Large in North Face; now I have to buy a medium, and I'm the same size). The jacket is a slim fit, meaning that if I'd bought the medium I wouldn't have been able to get it on. It fits comparably to Mammut gear I own. It's not skin-tight though, and has plenty of stretch for athletic pursuits, but there is no bagginess, so it fits well under an outer layer. The zipper goes up just to my chin, and the hood is just a shade looser than snug--meaning that it's just close-fitting enough to stay on your head in a windstorm. I can wear a thin cap under it or a helmet over with no problems. The chest pocket fits everything I need: my ID, credit card, and a key. It won't even come close to fitting a phone--but I use an armband for my phone so it's not a complaint for me.
As far as the looks go, this is a very eye-catching jacket. I got the lighter blue with the black chest pocket and white zipper--it has both a futuristic and a retro look to it, if that makes any sense. I'll even wear it on less formal days at the office--it's that comfortable.
I anticipate this being my go-to mid layer for skiing and sub-zero winter running, as well as my outer layer for fall and mild winter around the city (running and casual use).
Are you getting more sizes in for Crazy Orange in XL?
Unfortunately it doesn't look like we have any more of these jackets on order for this season.
Thanks - I ordered a few to see if they fit well. If they do and I really want the orange in a certain size, could you special order it?